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Bristol refugee murder review accuses police of institutional racism

An independent review has found evidence of institutional racism in the way a police force and a local authority dealt with a disabled Iranian refugee who was murdered by a misguided vigilante who believed he was a paedophile.

The review said Avon and Somerset police and Bristol city ...

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Julie Exton obituary

My sister, Julie Exton, who has died aged 59 after suffering from motor neurone disease, was a past president of the Association of Her Majesty’s District Judges. Her proudest achievement in the legal field, however, was the family drug and alcohol court, which she created and presided over in ...

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'It's about making them feel at home': meet the couple who give a bed to the homeless

H eather Lister has lost count of how many young homeless people have slept in this bed. She and her husband, Richard Drake, try to work out the numbers before giving up. “It’s well over 100 now,” Heather eventually says.

We are in a small room with a sofa bed, a computer and a few ...

2017-12-15 19:27 open_in_new
The Guardian view on plastic bottles: make water available on tap

L ike a wave building far out at sea, the momentum behind universally available cool fresh water is growing steadily. It is driven by the realisation that the world’s plastic habit must be broken, quickly. It’s reckoned that a million plastic bottles are bought worldwide every minute; the ...

2017-12-08 21:25 open_in_new
Bristol City’s Joe Bryan offers to pay for non-league player’s physiotherapy

Bristol City full-back Joe Bryan has earned praise from a local non-league side after agreeing to pay for physiotherapy sessions to help one of their players recover from a serious injury.

Nailsea & Tickenham FC thanked Bryan for his “amazing gesture” after he reached out to Chris ...

2017-12-04 22:23 open_in_new
Scores of women say top UK surgeon left them with traumatic complications

A group of 100 women are considering legal action against Britain’s most influential pelvic surgeon, claiming that operations he conducted left them with traumatic, life-altering complications.

They claim that Anthony Dixon, a consultant colorectal surgeon at Southmead hospital in ...

2017-11-24 18:17 open_in_new
Historians working towards a full imperial reckoning for Britain
Miles Larmer says that Britain’s universities and schools are at the forefront of uncovering the nation’s imperial past; Mike Pitts writes about Bristol’s positive contribution in documenting the empire; David Bradbury argues that, far from being airbrushed from history, resources for the study of British slavery are widespread; plus letters from Michael Peel and Jen Wilson ...
2017-11-22 21:11 open_in_new
Bristol's housing crisis: 'The idea you would own a home is ridiculous'

B ristol’s economy has been booming in recent years, fuelled in part by its proximity to the capital’s booming economy and overheating housing market. The west of England, and the city of Brunel and Banksy, is an increasingly expensive place to live with the highest private sector rental ...

2017-11-20 21:27 open_in_new
British man, 60, dies while taking part in round-the-world yacht race

A 60-year-old former solicitor from Bristol has been buried at sea after being swept overboard in the Southern Ocean during the Clipper round-the-world yacht race.

Simon Speirs was a crew member on the yacht Great Britain, which was in sixth place in the leg between South Africa and ...

2017-11-19 18:37 open_in_new
The new northern powerhouse – the home counties and Oxford

Before anyone leaps with joy at the commercial prospects of the Oxford-Cambridge sprawl belt (Hammond urged to invest £7bn in transport links for new towns, 17 November), they should read Larry Elliott’s bleak exposition of the two nations we have become (No wonder the north is angry. ...

2017-11-18 12:27 open_in_new
A more positive picture of museums flourishing across England
Neil Mendoza, who led the review of museums in England, says the sector isn’t doing so badly. Plus Duncan Wilson, chief executive of Historic England, says his organisation will support local authorities ...
2017-11-15 21:23 open_in_new
‘I took my daughter everywhere – even to Narcotics Anonymous’

T he BBC documentary series Drugsland, which begins this week, examines Bristol’s growing drug problem – on the frontline and in the backstreets and hidden stairwells. Cameras follow police, addicts and drug workers. It is a hard, dark programme to watch, but in the midst of the ...

2017-11-14 09:11 open_in_new
There’s more to Knowle West than breeding hard men

Your report (Genge at home with England as Bristol face-off declared ‘a draw’, Sport, 7 November) suggests that promising prop Ellis Genge’s upbringing in a Bristol council estate, Knowle West, may have toughened him more than a middle-class childhood could have. I know it is meant to be a ...

2017-11-14 09:11 open_in_new
Social worker could be struck off after faking evidence in child case

A social worker has appeared before a professional disciplinary panel after she was found by a judge to have fabricated evidence to bolster the case for removing a child from the mother’s care and then lied in court about having done so.

Linda Fraser, who works for Bristol city council, ...

2017-10-31 08:49 open_in_new
Last Concorde goes on show at new Aerospace Bristol museum

After languishing on a scrubby strip of disused runway near Bristol for more than a decade, the last Concorde to be built is taking pride of place in a glittering £19m home.

From Tuesday, visitors will be able to follow in the footsteps of world leaders, rock stars and royalty when they ...

2017-10-25 23:31 open_in_new
The literary life of voices from the dead

I sincerely hope John Harris is correct and “the age of the automobile” is indeed “drawing to a close” (Owning a car will soon be a thing of the past, 23 October). I have a driveway outside my home and in it there is a car. But I have never learned to drive; it is my wife who faces up to ...

2017-10-25 23:31 open_in_new
British man guilty of murder of Kurdish asylum seeker

A man diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia has been found guilty of the murder of a vulnerable Kurdish asylum seeker in Bristol whom he had racially abused for years.

Jeffrey Barry was found guilty at Bristol crown court of killing and mutilating Kamil Ahmad just hours after being ...

2017-10-25 23:31 open_in_new
Man arrested on suspicion of murder in Bristol

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after police were called to a flat fire in Bristol and found the body of a man in the property.

Officers said a postmortem revealed the man, believed to be in his 40s, died from multiple blows to the head.

Avon and Somerset police ...

2017-10-01 14:31 open_in_new
Bristol police shooting: reports of man with gun an hour before incident

Police in the Midlands received a report of a man pointing a gun at another motorist on the M5 about an hour before a driver was shot by officers just off the motorway between Bristol and Portishead.

West Mercia police said officers received the call at 8.30am on Wednesday, when the man ...

2017-09-28 18:19 open_in_new
Police 'surround car and shoot into it' near Bristol

There have been reports of shots being fired during a police incident near Bristol.

A witness has told BBC Radio Bristol that police fired a number of times into a car.

Avon and Somerset police said the A369 was closed near junction 19 of the M5 due to a police incident.

The ...

2017-09-27 13:43 open_in_new
Mental health trust pays damages over man's death in tower block fire

A mental health trust has paid out damages over the case of a man with bipolar disorder and a history of lighting fires who was trapped in a blaze at his cluttered tower block flat.

Bob Crane, 61, a well-known character in the Stokes Croft area of Bristol, had been cooking on open fires at ...

2017-09-20 15:11 open_in_new