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Two sought after 'vicious assault' on a family in front of 8 children

Police are searching for two men after a family walking home from a New Year’s party were assaulted in front of eight children.

This was a vicious unprovoked assault on a family as they walked home from a New Year’s party.

It was an extremely distressing incident for [the children] to witness.

– Det Con Mark Wilkes said


The victims were walking along Scott Way in Yate at around 2.30am on New Year’s Day, when they were approached by two men.

Map showing location of Scott Way

A 40-year-old man and a 37-year-old man suffered serious injuries which needed hospital treatment while a 40-year-old woman was knocked unconscious to the ground.

Eight children between the ages of four months and 14 years were present during the assault.


Police say the two suspects are believed to be eastern European due to their accents.

First suspect:

  • white
  • around 5ft 10ins
  • short spiky hair
  • wearing a dark jacket.

Second suspect:

  • white
  • 6ft
  • close shaved hair
  • thin face
  • wearing dark clothing and a jacket with white, black and yellow on it
  • was also wearing glasses but they were broken during the incident.

After the assault, the two men walked off in the direction of Yate shopping centre.

Police believe both men may have suffered injuries so are asking people to come forward if they know anyone with unexplained injuries, or if they recognise the descriptions given.


Appeal to find missing woman Louise Reynolds

Louise Reynolds Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police are appealing for the public’s help to find missing Yate woman Louise Reynolds.

Louise, 31, was last seen outside the Best Supermarket on Stokes Croft, Bristol at approximately 5.50am on Thursday 26 November.

Police say her disappearance is out of character and as she has not been in contact with either friends or family, they are growing increasingly concerned for her welfare.


  • white
  • 5 ft 1 ins
  • brown hair
  • tattoo on left wrist with the name 'John'
  • tattoo on right arm of a blue rose and the name 'Saul'
  • thought to be wearing a long black coat with a hood with fur trimming

If you have seen Louise or know where she may be, please call 101 and quote reference 5215049323.

Yate man arrested in Holland & £2.6m worth of cocaine seized

The haul of drugs seized by police Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police have seized £2.6 million worth of Class A drugs as part of a major investigation into the supply of drugs to the South West.

The 66 kilos of cocaine were discovered by officers during the arrest of a 50-year-old man from Yate, South Gloucestershire.

He's being questioned by detectives in Holland on suspicion of international drugs trafficking and money laundering.

These arrests send a strong message to anyone who thinks they can bring Class A drugs onto the streets of the south west that no matter where they are in the world we will pursue you and bring you to justice.

Working side-by-side with our partners we are certain we have prevented what is an extremely large amount of cocaine destined to be brought back to the UK from being sold to communities across the Avon and Somerset force area.

However, our efforts will not stop here. Our determination to disrupt the supply and distribution of all drugs coming into the region remains resolute and we will continue to act on any intelligence we receive.

Our communities deserve to live without the fear of crime and the negative impact of drugs and we are committed to working with our partners across the world as well as those locally to tackle the problem of drugs.

– Detective Inspector Charlotte Tucker, Avon and Somerset police

New sighting of missing DJ Derek in Yate

DJ Derek, who is well-known in the music scene Credit: ITV News West Country

Police searching for missing DJ Derek Morris from Bristol say they have had a suspected sighting of the 73-year-old.

DJ Derek, as he is known, was last seen on his way home from the Commercial Rooms in Bristol on 10 July.

It has now emerged that he may have been seen by friends at Yate bus station on either 16 or 17 July at approximately midday.

Officers are now re-focusing their search in the Yate area.

They have also had sightings of Derek at Cribbs Causeway and Thornbury and are looking into any potential link with bus routes in South Gloucestershire.

Since Derek was reported missing on Thursday 23 July, we’ve conducted a thorough and wide-spread search investigation.

“This has involved detailed CCTV examinations, house to house enquiries and physical searches.

“We have also had a large number of reported sightings following our public appeal and we are working through all of these.

“This new confirmed sighting in Yate will mean we will re-focus our efforts in this area and I would ask anyone who was in the vicinity of Yate bus station on July 16/17 to come forward.

"I would also ask anyone who regularly uses public transport within Yate, Cribbs Causeway or Thornbury to come forward if they have any information.

– Detective Inspector Chris Jay, Avon & Somerset Police

South Gloucestershire dancer and her group wow BGT judges

Groove Thing got four yeses from the judges. Credit: ITV

Fresh from wowing the judges on Britain's Got Talent, young dance group Groove Thing have been performing in South Gloucestershire - but this was an exclusive private showing for the school of one of its members.

11-year-old Eloise Stroud is a Year 7 pupil at Brimsham Green in Yate, and says performing for her classmates was an even bigger challenge than getting four yeses.

She and her 11 fellow dancers are no stranger to a challenge - training all day and after school five days a week in Port Talbot, Wales to get good. It looks like it's paying off.


Two men due in court charged with murdering Jason Betts

Jason Betts died from a head injury after being found unconscious at a house in Yate Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Two men are due in court charged with the murder of a man in South Gloucestershire.

Jason Betts died from a head injury after being found unconscious at a house in Yate on the 5th of March.

The men - 30-year-old Nixon Apire and 28-year-old Nathan Skeen, who are both from London - are due to appear at Bristol Crown Court today.

Two men appear in court charged with Yate murder

Two men from London charged with the murder of 38 year old Jason Betts in Yate have made their first appearance in court.

Nixon Apire, 30, from Barnet and Nathan Skeen, 28, from Lewisham, appeared at a short hearing in North Avon Magistrates’ Court earlier today.

They were remanded in custody to appear before Bristol Crown Court on Monday 16th.

A 37-year-old man previously arrested in connection with this investigation has been released from his bail without charge.

Two charged with the murder of Jason Betts in Yate

Jason Betts died at Southmead Hospital after being found unconscious in Yate Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Two men have been charged with murdering Jason Betts in Yate.

The 38 year old was found unconscious in his flat in Celestine Road a week ago, and later died in hospital.

30 year old Nixon Apire from London and 28 year old Nathan Skeen, of no fixed address, are due before magistrates tomorrow.

Police given more time to question Yate murder suspects

Detective investigating the murder of Yate man Jason Betts have been given more time to question two suspects.

The men, aged 30 and 28, were arrested in Essex on Monday. This morning Bristol magistrates agreed they could be held for a further 18 hours.

A 37-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder and released on bail has had his bail date extended until 23 March.

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