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  1. Two arrested over suspected slave labour

    national crime agency

    A man and woman from Bristol have been arrested over the alleged trafficking of Slovakian nationals into the UK for slave labour. The alleged ringleader of the network, a Slovakian man aged 43, and Polish woman aged 44, were detained on suspicion of Modern Slavery Act offences, money laundering and fraud by National Crime Agency officers in the Fishponds and Locklease areas of Bristol on 8 October.

    The arrests follow a two-year National Crime Agency investigation.

    They are suspected of exploiting dozens of Slovak migrants, who would be transported to the UK and then put to work in labouring jobs or car washes.

    The victims would often have their promised wages withheld, bank accounts controlled by their captors and be threatened with violence.

    NCA branch commander Ian Glover said: "Throughout we have heard distressing allegations of the exploitation, abuse and humiliation of victims for financial profit.

    "Those victims have now been safeguarded and are being supported."

  2. Mental health services in Gloucestershire 'difficult to access'

    Mental health, generic

    An independent patient group in Gloucestershire has highlighted shortcomings in NHS mental health services.

    Healthwatch Gloucestershire asked around 430 people about how easy it was to access services.

    Key findings from the study show:

    • A lot of people experience long waiting times for the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Service (IAPT) and Children and Young People’s Services (CYPS) across the county.
    • People talked about the positive support and help that their GP gave to them but understood that they were not specialists and were limited in the support that they could provide.
    • Patients and carers need more flexibility on the number of support sessions they are given.
    • Some people were able to access information about services and support easily, however some people struggled to know where to go to get this information. Carers especially felt that accessing professional support or advice for themselves was hard.
    • People felt that the information they accessed could sometimes be conflicting and difficult to understand. It often came from many different sources.
    • People talked about the difficulties in accessing support for people who were in acute crisis and that they were sometimes signposted to services that were not able to offer support for those in crisis.

    Jane Melton, from Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: "Feedback about people’s experiences of our specialist services and other local services is really important.

    "The results will add to our knowledge of how to provide best services for people experiencing mental illness and people with learning disabilities."

  3. Armed police deployed to reports of man with sword

    Armed police were called to reports of a man brandishing a sword in Yeovil this morning.

    A witness reported a man with a sword getting into a vehicle in Sherborne Road.

    Armed officers were deployed and supported local police in arresting a man from an address in Monmouth Road at about 09:20 BST.

    The man remains in police custody. Police have also seized a Mercedes A200 from Sherborne Road and a sword as part of their investigation.

  4. Warning to dog walkers after coastguard call-outs

    The coastguard crew on their boat

    Burnham-on-Sea Coastguard say they've had nearly 20 dog related call-outs to incidents on Brean Down and Brean beach in less than three years.

    They're now encouraging dog walkers to take care and put their dogs on a lead if they go on Brean Down.

    The beach is one of the longest in Europe and has the second highest tide in the world.

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    Severe disruption: M4 Bristol eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Bristol eastbound severe disruption, at J20 for M5 J15.

    M4 Bristol - M4 in Gloucestershire exit slip road to M5 southbound partially blocked eastbound at J20, M5 J15 (Almondsbury Interchange), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

  6. Nightclub fears closure due to noise complaints

    Motion nightclub

    The boss of a nightclub has said he wants legal protection to stop residents of yet-to-be-built nearby flats objecting to the noise.

    Daniel Deeks, who manages Motion in Bristol, said he feared the club could be forced to close if people complain.

    He has asked Bristol City Council to grant a deed of easement, which would allow the club to make the same amount of noise as it does now.

    The council said it would consider the granting of such a order.

    Mr Deeks said he needed to ensure a proposed development, including housed, shops and a school, was "planned correctly".

    "My biggest worry is that people will complain and it will affect the venue in the long term, and perhaps because of those complaints the venue could close."

  7. Waste warning over no-deal Brexit

    Waste at depot

    There are warnings that thousands more tonnes of rubbish from the West Country could be thrown in landfill if there is a no-deal Brexit.

    Local councils produce about 160,000 tonnes of processed waste every year, and most is sent to be burned in European incinerators.

    The government accepts there will initially be delays at the ports, and the waste industry fears rubbish will get stuck at Dover or other ports.

    The industry says that will leave it no choice but to throw more stuff in landfill.

  8. Warning over feeding wild boar in forest

    Wild boar

    A campaign has been launched to discourage people from feeding wild boar in the Forest of Dean.

    A working group has been set up to raise awareness of the potential problems caused by feeding them human food scraps.

    Experts say the measure will help keep African Swine Fever out of the UK.

    The disease has killed 800,000 pigs and wild boar across Europe, and millions in Asia.

    It does not affect humans but it can be picked up by pigs that eat meat from infected animals.

    "The perfect boar food is plentiful and growing naturally in the forest, let them forage for their own food," a spokesman said.

  9. Taunton flat linked to drug dealing closed by police

    Image of police officer next to the property in Taunton which was closed due to county lines drug dealing activity on the front door
    Image caption: PC Steve Linton outside the recently closed flat

    Avon and Somerset Police have closed a flat in Taunton for three months after it was linked to county lines drug dealing.

    Police say the flat, in Ladysmith House, Crescent Way, was a focal point for anti-social behaviour including an incident where a woman was chased down a corridor by a man with a knife.

    Somerset anti-social behaviour co-ordinator, Cerwyn Pritchar,d said: "This order hopefully sends a clear message that drug misuse and all forms of anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.".

    The application was submitted by Avon and Somerset Police but supported by the property owners Sanctuary Housing.

  10. Bristol to host UK premiere of Rwanda genocide show

    Unwanted, a performance about the 1994 Rwandan genocide, is coming to Bristol this weekend
    Image caption: Unwanted, a performance about the 1994 Rwandan genocide, is coming to Bristol this weekend

    The survivor of one of the bloodiest incidents of the 20th Century has turned her experience into a performance piece and it's coming to Bristol.

    Choreographer Dorothée Munyaneza has created Unwanted which commemorates the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

    Hundreds of thousands died in the African country as ethnic Hutus turned on their Tutsi neighbours.

    Munyaneza, who survived the slaughter, uses the performance to focus on use of rape against women during the conflict.

    The UK premiere of Unwanted will take place at Circomedia in Bristol city centre on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 October, tells the stories of female victims of rape during the genocide, and the children who were born as a result.

    Unwanted is part of In Between Time, Bristol's bi-annual arts festival, which runs from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 October. The 2019 programme also features We Are Warriors, a light installation in Bristol's Redcliffe Caves.

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    Severe disruption: M49 Bristol northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M49 Bristol northbound severe disruption, from M5 J18 to M4 Prince Of Wales Bridge J22.

    M49 Bristol - One lane closed on M49 northbound from M5 J18 in City of Bristol to M4 Prince Of Wales Bridge J22 in Gloucestershire, because of flooding.

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

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    Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Gloucestershire southbound severe disruption, from J13 for A419 to J14 for B4509 Thornbury.

    M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound from J13, A419 (Stroud) to J14, B4509 (Thornbury), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

  13. A417 reopens in Gloucestershire after fatal crash

    The A417 near Cirencester has reopened after being closed at 10am today due to a fatal crash.

    Police shut the southbound carriageway for accident recovery work after a lorry collided with a car at the junction with Burford Road at Harebush services.

    The car driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the lorry was uninjured.

    The southbound carriageway was closed until just after 5.30pm.

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