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Taunton poppy tin thief pleads guilty

A 32-year-old Taunton man who took a Poppy Appeal collection tin from the East Street McDonalds restaurant pleaded guilty to theft when he appeared at the town's Magistrates Court on Saturday.

Matthew Morgan, of no fixed abode, was arrested about half an hour after the theft was reported on Friday morning.

He will be sentenced at Taunton Crown Court on 28 November.

Inquest to reopen into soldier's death at Tidworth

An inquest will be reopened into the death of a soldier who collapsed and died at a Wiltshire barracks in 2006.

Private Gavin Williams died after being made to undergo an informal punishment known as 'beasting' at Lucknow Barracks in Tidworth.

Three soldiers were cleared of his manslaughter in 2008 but his family have asked for the inquest into his death to be reopened.


Bristol lettings agent has unusual tenant on the books

Rhys and Marge the cat Credit: Rhys Thickett

Bristol lettings agent Rhys Thickett has a new four-legged tenant on his books.

He found a young cat dumped in a box in a large wheelie bin near his Robert Rhys office at Cabot Circus.

Rhys is hoping to move Marge out of the agency and into a good home. Credit: Rhys Thickett

Beside her was a sack containing a cat bowl, a tin of sardines and some toys. We have no idea who dumped her in the bin, but it seemed obvious she had not been there very long because she did not seem very bothered by her ordeal, and appeared to have been well looked after.

– Rhys Thickett, Robert Rhys Agency

Now Rhys has taken the cat in, and is looking for a home for her.

Bristol photographer 'moved' by Bastion departure

The only civilian on board the last plane out of Camp Bastion in Afghanistan has described the moment as "poignant and moving".

The British military's mission at the base came to an end last month.

Ben Birchall from Bristol was the only photographer there to document the flags coming down.

Ben's photo of the very last British troops leaving Camp Bastion. Credit: Ben Birchall

"It was really poignant, the two guys that received the flag, they were really candid and emotional as it came down. It marked the end of an era so it was really really poignant."

– Ben Birchall

New inquest into death of Stroud man James Elam

James Elam. Credit: Family photograph

A second inquest will be held in to the death of a Stroud man whose body was identified 18 years after he died.

26 year old James Elam's body was discovered in the River Avon in Bristol in 1994 - but placed in an unnamed grave because it could not be identified.

His family contacted the police two years ago when they saw a report on the National Missing Persons website, and new forensic tests suggested the remains were of Mr Elam.

Man with gun arrested in Weston this evening

A man was arrested after walking down a street in Weston-super-Mare with a gun alongside two young children, ITV News understands.

Police were called to reports of a man with a handgun in the Moorland Road area at about 7.30pm (Monday 10 November).

Police officers, arrested the man shortly afterwards, assisted by firearms officers and the police helicopter.

The two young children were unharmed.


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Band Aid 30 will be available next week

Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction. Credit: Kobby Dagan/ABACAUSA.COM

The new Band Aid 30 track will be recorded on 15th November and will be available on 17th. It will not be available on Spotify until January.

Sir Bob Geldof said that they have yet to discuss the VAT options with the government but are hopeful that they will reach a deal to ensure more money goes to the charity.

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Adele and One Direction amongst artists to be involved with Band Aid 30

Adele will be involved with Band Aid 30. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Sir Bob Geldof and Midge Ure have confirmed some of the artists that will be involved in the Band Aid 30 track.

  • Adele
  • Bastille
  • Bono
  • Chris Martin
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Emeli Sande
  • Ellie Goulding
  • Ollie Murs
  • Sam Smith
  • One Direction
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Band Aid 30 to start recording this weekend

Artists will start recording the updated Band Aid track this weekend Midge Ure has said:

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