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Liselotte Marshall obituary

My mother-in-law, Liselotte Marshall, who has died aged 93, held German, US and British nationalities but felt most comfortable with the idea of being “stateless”, a description that suited her abhorrence of nationalism.

Born in Giessen, Germany, to Klara (nee Mayer) and Siegfried ...

2017-08-16 20:33 open_in_new
Bristol zoo gives rare spiders a leg-up with breeding programme

In what is believed to be a world first, one of the rarest spiders has been bred in captivity at Bristol Zoo Gardens. More than 1,000 Desertas wolf spiderlings, classed as critically endangered, have hatched. Keepers hand-reared some from tiny eggs as they are so precious. At birth, they measure ...

2017-08-09 02:37 open_in_new
Severn crossings tolls to be scrapped next year

Tolls on the Severn crossings linking England with Wales are to be abolished for all vehicles at the end of 2018, it has been announced.

The Welsh secretary, Alun Cairns, said the move would boost the economy of south Wales by around £100m a year.

Around 25 million drivers a year ...

2017-07-21 02:41 open_in_new
School makes pupils wear signs if uniform doesn't meet standards

A school has been criticised for making children wear signs around their necks if their uniforms are not up to scratch.

Pupils at the state school Merchants’ Academy in Bristol have to wear a lanyard with a card bearing the message: “I have 24 hours to sort out my ...

2017-07-17 17:11 open_in_new
Beer: raise a glass to Bristol’s food and drink revolution

T here’s such a focus on Bristol’s restaurants at the moment that it’s easy to overlook the other things the city does well, and in my book top of that list is beer. So dynamic is its brewing scene (it now has around 17 permanent breweries) that the local tourist board recently arranged a ...

2017-07-13 18:53 open_in_new
Truths revealed by the case of Bijan Ebrahimi

The sad case of Bijan Ebrahimi (‘Racism killed our brother. We will not be fobbed off’, 6 July) illustrates two unpalatable facts about my city. First, that there is a definite hardcore of racism within the institutions of Bristol. Both the police and council officials treated him as a ...

2017-07-06 20:51 open_in_new
'It was pure racism': the family of Bijan Ebrahimi on their fight for answers

T here were two moments in particular when Mojgan Khayatian realised that the racism faced by her brother, Bijan Ebrahimi, went beyond the crude bigotry of individuals to the callous indifference of institutions.

The first came in 2007, after Ebrahimi’s flat in Bristol was set on fire ...

2017-07-05 19:15 open_in_new
Police failed to protect Bijan Ebrahimi prior to his murder, IPCC says

Police repeatedly failed to protect a disabled Iranian refugee as neighbours waged a violent seven-year campaign of hate that culminated in his murder by a misguided vigilante, a report has concluded.

Avon and Somerset police officers may have been biased against Bijan Ebrahimi because of ...

2017-07-05 17:55 open_in_new
Bristol city council faces inquiry over handling of Bijan Ebrahimi

Concerns over Bristol city council’s handling of the case of a disabled refugee murdered after a seven-year hate campaign by neighbours are being examined by an independent investigator.

Avon and Somerset police have been severely criticised by a watchdog over failings in the case of ...

2017-07-05 16:35 open_in_new
Can you buy anything real with Bitcoin? On the streets of Bristol, it proves a hard sell

My journey into the dark economy starts much as expected: in front of a computer screen, late at night. It ends somewhere quite unexpected, in a humdrum setting a world away from the stereotype of modernity, equality and sticking it to the man promised by digital currencies such as Bitcoin: it ...

2017-07-02 02:36 open_in_new
Bristol North West: the bellwether seat where 'the Tories didn’t turn up'
After the most stunning election in recent history, Guardian reporters are writing from four key constituencies to make sense of the results. Alexandra Topping and photographer Sam Frost visit a seat that swung to Labour despite its candidate feeling he ‘didn’t have a hope’ ...
2017-06-30 14:47 open_in_new
The Bristol refill-reuse bottle campaign that is spreading across Europe
Natalie Fee left a job in television to focus on reducing plastic pollution. Her latest project, Refill, aims to make reusing a plastic bottle simpler than buying a new one and it’s catching on in cities from Bath to Bonn ...
2017-06-29 09:27 open_in_new
Man jailed for threatening to kill Labour MP Karin Smyth

A man has been jailed after threatening to kill a Labour candidate during the general election campaign. Matthew Niblett phoned Karin Smyth’s office in Bristol seven times in one hour because he had taken exception to her campaign leaflets.

He left messages in the early hours of 3 June ...

2017-06-28 19:53 open_in_new
Man found guilty of manslaughter over gas mask death

A man is facing prison after being convicted of killing his sexual partner who he left tied up wearing a gas mask.

Kevin Adams, 52, was found guilty of the manslaughter of his friend Dohoon Kim, 36, who was discovered dead on a bedroom floor with ropes around his hands, feet and ...

2017-06-23 20:03 open_in_new
Support worker sold adopted child's details to mother to fund holiday

A family support worker who sold details of an adopted child’s whereabouts to her birth mother to fund a luxury Caribbean holiday has been given a suspended jail term.

Androulla Farr contacted the vulnerable mother and offered to hand over details of her young daughter’s adopted ...

2017-06-06 18:21 open_in_new
Bansky forced to withdraw offer to send free artwork to non-Tory voters

The street artist Banksy has withdrawn an eye-catching offer to send a limited edition print of a new piece to voters who shunned Tory general election candidates in and around his home city of Bristol.

Banksy’s stunt had attracted the attention of the police, the Electoral Commission ...

2017-06-06 12:51 open_in_new
Police investigate Banksy offer of free print for voters who spurn Tories

Police are investigating after the secretive street artist Banksy appeared to offer free limited edition prints of his work to people who vote against the Conservatives in the general election.

Banksy said prints of a new work would be mailed to voters in seats in and around his home city ...

2017-06-06 02:57 open_in_new
Helen Dunmore obituary

The writer Helen Dunmore, who has died aged 64 of cancer, seldom made herself her subject. The author of 12 novels, three books of short stories, numerous books for young adults and children and 11 collections of poetry, she was remarkable in that, although she made an impression from the start, ...

2017-06-05 23:39 open_in_new
Tactical voting drive targets remain voters in Theresa May’s own seat

Gina Miller, the pro-Europe campaigner, has launched a tactical voting drive in Theresa May’s own seat amid claims that tightening polls show there is no mandate for a “hard Brexit”.

Voters in the prime minister’s Maidenhead constituency, which backed Remain in the EU referendum, ...

2017-06-04 00:21 open_in_new
Banksy offers Bristol electorate free print if they vote against Tories

Graffiti artist Banksy has offered voters a free limited edition print if they vote for anyone other than the Conservatives this Thursday.

The anonymous artist made the offer to voters in the Bristol North West, Bristol West, North Somerset, Thornbury and Yate, Kingswood and Filton ...

2017-06-03 21:03 open_in_new
Parents like me must fight the education cuts, not pay for them

O n Saturday I attended my first protest march. The weather was grey and drizzly, my banner, saying “No more cuts” was hastily made the night before and I really wished I had brought a whistle. But along with many other march virgins, I joined a crowd of about 6,000 people walking through ...

2017-05-22 18:27 open_in_new