Big Jeff set to return to Bristol as recovery continues

Legendary Bristol music fan Jeff Johns has shared a message with friends and supporters that he’s ‘still alive’ and ‘still kicking’ as he prepares the next stage of his recovery from a fire which nearly killed him. Known as ‘Big Jeff’, the artist and gig-goer shared a video message with his friends with the news that he will be returning to continue his recovery at Southmead Hospital, after more than two months in the severe burns unit at Morriston Hospital …

Keeping women and girls safe at all times is vital

I WAS pleased that Rodborough Parish Council opened up their meeting with Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Commission and local police to discuss concerns around violence towards women and girls. I am very concerned that there has recently been an increase of sexual violence against women in the Stroud area. I have also raised in parliament the experiences of Stroud High girls who have been harassed while walking in their school uniforms. They have bravely called out this behaviour and their …

REVIEW: Crown at Ampney Brook boutique hotel in Cotswolds

The former Crown of Crucis – dating back to the 16th century – has now undergone a radical refurbishment complete with a change of name. Set on the banks of the brook that flows through Ampney Crucis, the newly renovated and renamed The Crown at Ampney Brook is now a modern, stylish hotel/gastro pub that has retained its original quintessential Cotswold charm endearing itself to locals and enchanting visitors from all over the world. The first time I went to …

A taste of the good life in rural Cotswolds

The former Crown of Crucis – dating back to the 16th century – has now undergone a radical refurbishment complete with a change of name. Set on the banks of the brook that flows through Ampney Crucis, the newly renovated and renamed The Crown at Ampney Brook is now a modern, stylish hotel/gastro pub that has retained its original quintessential Cotswold charm endearing itself to locals and enchanting visitors from all over the world. The first time I went to …

Watershed shuts kitchen as it’s ‘too hot for staff’

The kitchen at a popular venue in Bristol has been forced to shut because it’s “too hot for staff”. The action was taken at Watershed on the harbourside today (August 12) as temperatures soared in the city. Bristolians sizzled in searing heat throughout the day. Temperatures in the city were expected to hit mid-30s today (August 12) as the Met Office’s ‘extreme heat’ weather warning is on its second day. Watershed, a buzzing multi-arts venue with an arthouse cinema and …

Inspector will ‘relentlessly pursue’ men responsible for attacks on Stroud women

Stroud’s Neighbourhood Policing Inspector says he is committed to working more closely with the community to tackle violence against women, and will ‘relentlessly pursue’ those responsible for it.  Paul Cruise was one of a number of police representatives present at a meeting on Tuesday night called to discuss the recent sexual attacks on women in the town. “I wanted to personally thank every single person who attended our community meeting,” he said. “The meeting was called off the back of a number …

Drug dealer caught selling cocaine in Cirencester town centre

A man who was caught selling cocaine in broad daylight in Cirencester town centre has been jailed for 18 months. Erald Mici was caught by plain clothes police as he openly sold cocaine from a car last month. At Gloucester Crown Court on Thursday (August 11) prosecutor Emily Evans said police in an unmarked car on July 19 were alerted to an Audi A3 being driven ‘suspiciously’. “The vehicle was seen to pull over and a man was seen going …

Drivers could be taken to court after ‘ignoring’ Staple Hill road closure

Drivers could be taken to court after ignoring a road closure in Staple Hill. Teewell Hill, which turns off Broad Street opposite the Page Park entrance, was closed for roadworks on July 25 and will not open again until August 19. But according to Avon and Somerset police, drivers have been ignoring the closure and could now end up in court. An update on the South Gloucestershire Neighbourhood Policing page on July 10 said: “Teewell Hill in Staple Hill is …