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  1. Renewed appeal to find suspect in Bristol newsagent attack


    Police still want to identify a man who assaulted a newsagent in Bristol on Sunday.

    The attack happened at the newsagents in Gloucester Road at about 7.40am.

    A man entered the store while the victim was mopping the floor of the shop.

    The suspect then, for no apparent reason, attacked the newsagent who fought him off, forcing the suspect out of the shop. He did not take anything.

    The newsagent was not seriously injured, despite being attacked with a knife, which was recovered following the incident.

    Avon and Somerset Police initially arrested a suspect, and after further investigation he was released without charge.

  2. Pizza delivery driver attacked by gang


    Avon and Somerset Police is appealing for information after a pizza delivery driver was assaulted by a group of teenagers in Bristol. The 35-year-old male driver was attacked between 6pm and 6.30pm on Monday in Gatehouse Close, Bishopsworth. The man had just delivered a pizza and was walking back to his car when he was assaulted.

    He returned to his place of work and his employers called the police. His colleagues were also made aware of footage of the incident circulating on social media. The man received hospital treatment for bruising and swelling and is now recovering at home.

  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Somerset southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Somerset southbound severe disruption, from J26 for A38 to J27 for A361.

    M5 Somerset - One lane closed on M5 southbound from J26, A38 (Wellington) to J27, A361 (Tiverton), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  4. Motorcyclist collides with cyclist in Bristol

    A motorcyclist suffered a head injury when his motorbike hit a cyclist in Bristol.

    The incident happened in Connaught Road, Knowle, at around 8pm.

    The cyclist suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The motorcyclist was taken to hospital where his condition is still being assessed.

    Avon and Somerset Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

  5. Talks over emergency medical care restarted

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    An engagement exercise on the future of emergency medical care in Cheltenham has been restarted.

    An idea to remove Cheltenham General Hospital’s emergency unit to make way for specialist planned care on the site is part of the discussion Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust wants to have with the public.

    Closing the town’s A&E department would mean all accident and emergency services would be dealt with at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, seven miles away from Cheltenham in Gloucester.

    The Trust has re-iterated that no decision has been made, and the public and staff will be consulted on any significant changes which follow from the engagement programme.


    The Trust previously said it would hold an “open discussion” with residents on any changes under the Fit for the Future plan, which would examine the future of urgent and hospital care across Gloucestershire.

    But hospital bosses delayed the consultation after outcry from opposition groups and Cheltenham’s MP Alex Chalk.

    The re-launch comes a day after Mr Chalk, Cotswold MP Geoffrey Clifton Brown and Tewkesbury MP Laurence Robertson penned a letter to the Trust asking if it would “categorically rule out” closing Cheltenham’s A&E unit.

    Services such as general surgery – the surgery of the gut – and image guided surgery are among ideas the Trust wants to receive the public’s views on. The period of engagement will take place through summer and autumn.

  6. Burnham MIU will be shut for two days this week

    Burnham MIU

    The NHS trust which runs Somerset's minor injury units says temporary closures and the reduction of opening hours may have to continue until they have enough staff.

    The unit at Burnham-on-Sea will be shut on Wednesday and Thursday this week and Shepton's will close early on Thursday.

    Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust says it's doing everything it can to recruit more emergency nurse practitioners as well as training people to fill the roles.

  7. Watchdog investigating girl's death after MRI scan

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    The circumstances surrounding the death of a 14-year-old Devon girl following an MRI scan are to be investigated by a national watchdog, it has been confirmed.

    Alice Sloman, from Torbay, had autism and was given an anaesthetic for the scan at at Torbay Hospital after becoming "extremely anxious" and "hypersensitive".

    But a hormone given for a growth defect led to an undiagnosed condition which enlarged her heart and put her at danger when anaesthetised.

    She died in Bristol Children's Hospital in October 2018, three days after becoming suddenly unwell during the scan.

    Alice Sloman

    Torbay Hospital referred the case to the the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB).

    The HSIB has now published an interim report, confirming an investigation into aspects of how hospitals support children with special needs, and their families, when a general anaesthetic was required.

    It will also look at the procedures that staff follow if the young person becomes unwell under anaesthetic.

    Quote Message: We will continue to provide whatever information we can to support that review." from Dr Rob Dyer Medical Medical Director, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
    Dr Rob Dyer MedicalMedical Director, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
  8. Man stabbed in the arm on A370

    Police officers

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was stabbed in Congresbury on Sunday.

    The incident happened on the A370, near to The Congresbury Arms, North Somerset, at around 2.50pm.

    The 51-year-old victim suffered injuries to his arm which needed hospital treatment.

    A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of wounding and being concerned in the supply of cocaine.

    Avon and Somerset Police also arrested a second person – a 51-year-old man – on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of cocaine.

    Both men have been released under investigation.

    Officers want to speak to anyone who saw a silver Mercedes 4x4 being driven on the A370 in Congresbury around 2.50pm on Sunday, as well as anyone who saw any part of the assault.

  9. Yeovil could see first ever Pride festival

    Organisers need to raise £1,000 for the event to go ahead.

    Yeovil Pride logo

    Yeovil could see its first ever LGBT Pride event this year, but the organisation behind it says they are £1,000 short of funding.

    It is hoped there will be a march through the town at the end of this month, followed by a much larger event next year.

    The event follows another Pride launch in Somerset, after the town of Watchet held their first event earlier in August.

  10. Warning after cat caught in gin trap

    The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was left seriously injured after being found with her leg snared in an illegal trap in Somerset.

    The tabby and white cat was found on Monday with a gin trap clamped around her front left leg near the Tesco store in Langport.

    She was found by a member of the public who contacted Langport Vets after she was discovered trying to get through a fence trailing the trap.

    The cat is not microchipped so it has not been possible to find her owner.

    Gin trap
    Quote Message: We would also ask local people in the area to be vigilant and to keep an eye out for these traps. Not only is it illegal to set a gin trap, it is also illegal to cause an animal to suffer as a result. We have seen domestic animals fall victim to these traps many times. from John Pollock RSPCA Inspector
    John PollockRSPCA Inspector
  11. Council set to forcibly buy 'eyesore' pub

    Gainsborough pub, Lockleaze

    Bristol City Council is making preparations to allow it to forcibly buy a derelict pub in north Bristol.

    The Gainsborough in Lockleaze closed nine years ago and remains boarded up and is now covered in graffiti.

    It was the scene of a fire in June and is considered the last remaining eyesore in Gainsborough Square, following a £2million investment into the area a few years ago.

    Last year, a petition from a residents’ group which described the pub as “an eyesore and a barrier to investment in the area” called on the council to start the “compulsory purchase order” process to forcibly buy the pub from its owner.

    Now the council has done just that, and the ruling Labour cabinet is due to decide on September 3 whether to allow the compulsory purchase to go ahead.

    Last year, the cabinet agreed to move forward with an £178million scheme to regenerate and develop Lockleaze.