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Paralympian Paul Blake wins 2 golds in Dubai

Paul Blake Credit: Clare Green for Matchtight

University of Bath-based Paralympic champion Paul Blake has started his 2017 campaign in fine style by winning two golds and a silver at the Dubai 2017 World Para Athletics Grand Prix.

Blake ran his fastest 200m time since 2012 as he clocked 25.73 on the newly-laid track in Dubai to claim his first victory of the week.

He was back in action in the 400m, the distance he won gold in at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

He produced another strong showing to take silver in the final behind Algeria’s Sofiane Hamdi in 56.19.

A busy week concluded on Wednesday as Blake won gold in the 100m final, clocking 12.56 to finish ahead of fellow Brit Jordan Howe.


Not enough medals for all runners at the Bath Half

A record number of people finished the Bath Half Marathon Credit: ITV News

Some competitors at the Bath Half Marathon missed out on a medal as organisers say they had a record number of finishers. Just under 13 thousand people took part in the event.

Among them were former Olympic rower James Cracknell and four times Iron Man World Champion Chrissie Wellington.

If you missed out on a medal and T-shirt you can order one here


Woman arrested on suspicion of human trafficking offences

A 48-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of human trafficking offences.

The woman was arrested in Bath and follows an investigation launched by Avon and Somerset Police last month after a visit to a nail bar in the city centre.

The investigation has since spread to other areas of the country as a result of enquiries.

Other operations also took place in Staffordshire, Cheltenham and London.

We’ve identified four female victims who have been referred into a national process specifically for victims and suspected victims of Modern Slavery crimes

Today’s developments are a significant step forward in this complex and fast-moving inquiry and our absolute priority continues to be the protection and safeguarding of vulnerable young victims.

– Det Insp Charlotte Tucker

Police hunting for wanted man re-appeal for help

If you see Craig Starkey please call 999. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Police searching for a wanted man are re-appealing for the public’s help to find him.

34-year-old Craig Starkey is from Bath and is wanted in connection with theft and burglary offences. He's also wanted on recall to prison for breaching the terms of his licence.

He’s believed to be travelling around the Somerset area but also has links to Weymouth, Liverpool and Southampton.


  • 5ft 8ins
  • heavy build
  • speaks with a strong Liverpool accent

If you see Craig Starkey please call 999, or you can give information anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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