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Police still investigating fatal M5 collision

One lane remains closed on the M5 northbound. Credit: ITV West Country

Police say they are still investigating the scene of the M5 collision in South Gloucestershire in which four people sadly died.

One lane of the northbound carriageway between J15 and J14 remains closed.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary say this closure is likely to remain in place for a few more hours.

Police say their thoughts remain with the families of all the victims.

A full investigation is being carried out into the circumstances of this collision, which involved a Mercedes box van and two cars.

Three people – a 42-year-old woman and two children, a 12-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl, remain in a critical but stable condition in hospital.

Family liaison officers are working to support and locate the next of kin of all the victims. It may be some time before formal identification can be concluded. The driver of the lorry, a man in his forties from Worcestershire, has been spoken to and has provided us with an initial statement.

– Insp Frazer Davey, Avon and Somerset Constabulary

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'At least four dead' after M5 crash

"At least four people" have been killed after a crash on the M5.

Emergency Services say the road is likely to stay closed for a considerable time. Credit: ITV News

Emergency services are at the scene of a serious crash on the M5 in South Gloucestershire.

Police were called at just after 2.30pm to the site between J15 and J14 northbound.

Several vehicles were involved, including a lorry.

Traffic at a standstill on the M5. Credit: ITV News

Highways England says traffic is trapped for around five miles.

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The crash has caused delays on surrounding roads too. Police are asking motorists to avoid the area. Credit: ITV News

The motorway is closed in both directions between J16 and 14 and emergency services are working at the scene.

Police are asking people to avoid the area.

Further details of diversions can be found here.

Police appeal for help to find missing 14-year-old girl

Phoebe Sheldon was last seen in Highbridge at around 9.15am on 12 September. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Police are asking for public help to find a missing 14-year-old girl.

Phoebe Sheldon was last seen in Highbridge at around 9.15am on 12 September.

Phoebe is described as white and has dark hair and blue eyes.

Police say she has links to the Highbridge, Burnham-on-Sea and Burrowbridge areas while she could also be in Birmingham.

Anyone who sees Phoebe is being asked to call999 and people with information about her whereabouts should call 101.

Bristol man jailed for more than six years after knife robbery

Jamie Mitchell has admitted a charge of robbery and has been sentenced to six years and four months imprisonment. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Police say a robber who used a knife in a bid to steal money from a Bristol store has been jailed for more than six years.

Avon and Somerset Police say Jamie Mitchell from St Paul's went into the Henbury Co-op in July and threatened staff.

The 38-year-old stole money and again threatened a member of staff who was chasing him.

Mitchell has admitted a charge of robbery and has been sentenced to six years and four months imprisonment.

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Police trying to trace movements of man injured in Bath

The man's injuries have left him stable in hospital. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Officers trying to trace the movements of a man injured in Bath have released a CCTV image.

Avon and Somerset police are trying to work out how the man received head injuries that have left him stable in hospital.

The man became ill just after 8am on Tuesday and was taken to the Royal United Hospital by ambulance.

He is described as aged about 50, white and bald. He was wearing a black jacket and blue jeans and may have appeared drunk.

Police say the man may have been involved in an altercation near some benches in the Riverside coach park within the past few days.

Police say they "are keeping an open mind as to whether any offences have taken place."

Anyone with information is being asked to call 101.

Bristol man jailed after posing as teenager online

Shaun Hudd, of Lawrence Weston, was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment with an extended licence period of five years. Credit: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Police say a 22-year-old Bristol man who posed as a teenager on social media to find children he could exploit has been jailed.

Shaun Hudd, of Lawrence Weston, was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment with an extended licence period of five years.

He admitted 23 offences including causing a child to engage in sexual activity and making and distributing indecent images of children.

Hudd, a former Scout leader, contacted in excess of 60 children online.

He was also given an indeterminate Sexual Offences Prevention Order by the court.

This was a complex and lengthy investigation and I’d like to praise the bravery of the victims who provided us with statements and supported our investigation.

I hope this shows there’s no place for sex offenders like Shaun Hudd to hide online and despite his devious and manipulative behaviour, he was unable to escape justice.

– DC Simon Da Costa, Investigating officer

A Government guide for parents and carers whose children use social media can be found here.

Police searching for two men in connection with Bristol robbery

Police have released CCTV images of two men they want to speak to. Credit: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Avon and Somerset Police are searching for two men they want to speak to in connection with a Bristol robbery.

Police say CCTV images they have released show two men they believe may be able to assist with enquiries.

They say the robbery took place at Shell, Eastville Park Service Station, Muller Road, Bristol last Wednesday afternoon.

The first man is described as a light skinned black male, late teens to early twenties, slim build with short cropped hair. At the time of the incident he was wearing a light grey top.

The second man is described as a light skinned black male, late teens to early twenties, slim build. At the time of the incident he was wearing a light grey baseball cap and a grey Levis hooded top.

Police say anyone who recognises the men should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or call 101.

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