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Police appeal after blind lady assaulted in South Gloucestershire

Police are appealing for witnesses and information after an apparently unprovoked attack on a 41-year-old blind lady. Credit: PA

Police are appealing for witnesses and information after an apparently unprovoked attack on a 41-year-old blind lady in Staple Hill, South Gloucestershire.

It happened at about 7.55am on Tuesday 13 March. The woman had caught a bus at the Soundwell Road/Portland Street stop, at about 7.45am.

She left the bus at about 7.55am at the end of Soundwell Road, near Page Road car park.

Just after she got off she was assaulted by an unknown suspect who punched her several times in the torso and laughed before running off.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who was travelling along Soundwell Road at around 8am on Tuesday morning, especially anyone who may have travelled on the same bus.

The person responsible for this unacceptable assault would have been aware of this lady’s visual impairment.

She was left with bruising after the attack and has understandably been left shaken and distressed by the incident. I’d ask anyone who can help our investigation to get in touch.

– PC Dan Whalley

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Severely disabled girl has her 'voice' stolen

The father of a severely disabled girl has begged burglars to return his daughter's 'voice' - after they stole a laptop that is her only way of communicating.

Mark Lawrence and his 13-year-old daughter Celyn were victims of a break-in while they slept at their home in Staple Hill on the outskirts of Bristol.

Police have arrested a man in connection with the theft but they are still working to trace the equipment.

Our reporter Ellie Barker has been to visit to the family.

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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.

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