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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
Police cuts: force says it would struggle to respond to terror attack

A police force has said it would struggle to provide the response to a terrorist attack that the public would expect because of cuts.

A report from Avon and Somerset constabulary says the force has reached a “tipping point” because of financial pressures and an increased workload. ...

2017-09-19 02:45 open_in_new
Stalking, actually: why men who reject rejection are not romantic heroes
Sitcoms and films teach us to view women as property, and their boundaries as obstacles to overcome. It’s time to call out this creepy, entitled behaviour • Tauriq Moosa blogs at Big Think on ethics, technology and pop culture ...
2017-09-12 17:39 open_in_new
Third WWII bomb found in Bristol Channel near Hinkley Point

A half-mile (1km) exclusion zone has been set up in the Bristol Channel near the Hinkley Point nuclear power stations after a third unexploded second world war bomb was discovered in as many weeks.

Bomb disposal experts will carry out a controlled explosion on the 250lb (113kg) ordnance on ...

2017-08-30 14:35 open_in_new
Statues are not the issue. These are ‘history wars’, a battle over the past

A s a teenager growing up in Newcastle, I played a small role in a long campaign of attrition waged by my generation against the city council. Our single objective was to ensure that by the end of each weekend the statues of central Newcastle all had a traffic cone on their heads, or had been ...

2017-08-27 02:55 open_in_new
Slowdown in London house price growth ebbs as Bristol sees steep fall

The slowdown in the growth of London house prices appears to be abating, leaving Bristol as the UK city with the biggest drop in property prices expansion last month, according to new figures.

Upward pressure on prices in the capital is returning following weak annual growth since the ...

2017-08-25 02:27 open_in_new
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