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Labour candidate owed thousands in fines

The Labour Party candidate for Kingswood in South Gloucestershire has stood down after it was revealed that she owed more than £2,000 in parking fines and fees.

It's an embarrassment for the party as the constituency is one of its top target seats at the next General election. Our Political Correspondent Bob Constantine has the story.


Windfall for health researchers in West Country

Health researchers in Bristol and mental health researchers in Devon are to receive millions of pounds worth of Government money to help them with their work.

The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust is looking into dementia and also mental health in school children.

Health Minister Lord Howe says funding the research now will have long term benefits:

Travel: A303 - Devon - Upottery - serious accident

There are delays of up to 20 minutes on the A303 in in both directions between A30 (Upottery) and A358 / B3168 Station Road (Southfields Roundabout, Ilminster).

The road is closed due to a serious accident. Two vehicles were involved.

Air ambulance attended the scene. One person was airlifted to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol. Police say the person is seriously injured.

Post office workers in strike over jobs

Post office workers on strike last month Credit: ITV News West Country

Post office workers across the country are going on strike today. The action has been called in response to disputes over jobs and pay.

The Post Office plans to close 76 offices which will affect more than eight hundred jobs.

The union is seeking protection for jobs and the service. It also wants to secure a fair pay rise for staff who haven't had one since April 2011.

Today, the strike will affect 373 post offices across the country.

Man in hospital with burns after police taser incident

The police watchdog has launched an investigation after a man suffered serious burns in an incident involving a police Taser.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said the incident, involving Devon and Cornwall Police, occurred in Honicknowle, Plymouth on Thursday 18 April.

A 32-year-old man was taken to Derriford Hospital but later transferred to the specialist burns unit at Frenchay in Bristol.

The information available at this stage indicates that two police officers attended the address in Honicknowle following an emergency call from an occupant shortly after 9pm.

The caller advised that another resident at the premises, the 32-year-old man, was in the garden with a can of flammable liquid.

Shortly after the police arrived, the man sustained serious burn injuries and an ambulance was called. Police records indicate an officer deployed a Taser during the incident.

– Spokesman, IPCC

The spokesman said the man's condition was "life-changing, but is not considered to be life-threatening".

The investigation will look at to what extent, if any, police actions caused or contributed to the man's injuries, and whether police acted in accordance with procedures.


TV burglar jailed after he goes back to crime

Derek Bray. Credit: Exeter Court Service

A serial burglar who boasted on television about being a reformed character has been jailed for six years for raiding the homes of two sleeping pensioners.

Derek Bray was watched by millions of viewers on the Channel Four series Thief Catchers as he told how a special police unit had helped him turn his back on a lifetime of crime and drugs.

He moved to Exeter from Bristol to start a new life but soon drifted back into his old ways and has now been jailed for a crime spree in which he raided four homes in the space of a few weeks.

Bray, aged 37, of Blackall Road, Exeter, admitted two burglaries, two thefts, taking a car without consent, handling, and asked for three other offences to be considered.

He was jailed for six years by Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, at Exeter Crown Court, who was told that Bray has 35 previous convictions dating back to his teens.

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50 arrested for drink or drug driving

Police carry out drink drive check Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police have arrested nearly 50 people for drink or drug driving across Avon and Somerset in the first week of the Operation Tonic Christmas campaign. Since it started on Dec 1, a total of 47 motorists who have been stopped have tested positive.

This Christmas police are asking people to shop a drink or drug driver by ringing 999 or texting the word drunk to a special number, 81819, from their mobile and giving the driver's details if they see anyone getting behind the wheel while under the influence.

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