Bristol briefing for October 15: Murder probe after teen dies | ‘Emergency’ closes McDonald’s | Mum’s covid test concern

1. Murder investigation after teenager dies

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody after a teenager died in east Bristol last night (October 14)

A force spokesperson said: “While his identity is not yet formally confirmed, his immediate family are aware and our hearts go out to them in their loss. They will now be supported by specially-trained officers.

“A cordon is in place and roads in the area are closed to enable officers to carry out investigations at the scene.

“If you have any information which could help the investigation call 101 quoting reference 885 of 14 October. Alternatively ring the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“They never tell the police who you are, just what you know.”

Murder investigation after teenager dies in east Bristol

2. Nando’s party in Bristol

A Nando’s music event is coming to Bristol.

The chicken brand has announced it is going on tour with Nando’s Yard, hosting parties in student unions of three major UK cities: Birmingham, Bristol and Leeds, this November.

On November 3, Nando’s Yard on Tour will be visiting Bristol and bringing an exciting line-up of local music talent, as well as established headliners, with My Nu Leng, Mella Dee and Sicaria Sound all set to perform.

Each student that attends will receive a wristband entitling them to redeem a free ¼ chicken or starter in their local restaurant up to 48 hours post-event.

A statement from the brand reads: “Nando’s has worked closely with local promoters to help champion each city’s music scene and culture, whilst creating a night designed to inspire students up and down the country to discover local musical talent; creating a space for students to let off steam, to the sound of great music and some tasty free PERi-PERi.”

Nando’s music event coming to Bristol to ‘celebrate end of Covid restrictions’

3. Meet the Bristol butcher who’s opening a new vegan shop

A Bristol butcher who has been in the meat industry for 33 years is opening a vegan shop in a bid to “save the world”.

Abdul Malik is on the brink of launching a shop that looks like a traditional butcher’s but only offers plant-based substitutes, after researching the impact the meat industry has on the environment.

Thinking of going vegan himself, Abdul said customers are increasingly asking about plant-based products when they visit his shops.

The 48-year-old said he knew he wouldn’t be able to sell vegan products within his existing branches so has instead decided to open a new shop specialising in meat alternatives.

Abdul Malik is also thinking of going vegan himself

4. ‘Serious emergency’ forces Hengrove McDonalds closure

Emergency services responded to a serious medical incident, forcing the closure a south Bristol McDonalds branch.

Paramedics were called to Hengrove Leisure Park at 11:52am today (October 14).

A spokesperson for South Western Ambulance Service told Bristol Live that they were called to a “potentially serious medical incident” where they treated a female patient.

‘Serious emergency’ forces Hengrove McDonalds closure

5. Plans to turn Bristol homeless shelter into affordable housing still in the pipeline

Plans to turn what was Bristol’s first 24-hour homeless shelter into affordable housing are still in the pipeline, Bristol Live understands.

Proposals to convert St Anne’s House in Brislington – which was used as a winter shelter providing 30 emergency beds until the pandemic meant the accommodation was no longer suitable – were first announced in January 2020.

No planning application has been submitted in relation to the plans, but Bristol Live understands they are still being considered.

When asked about plans for affordable homes at the site, a Bristol City Council spokesperson said they were still in the pipeline.

With people who were homeless now housed in self-contained accommodation, St Anne’s House is being run by a community organisation to host activities, as well as being home to various groups including artists and charities.

Plans remain to turn homeless shelter into affordable housing

6. Mum ‘concerned’ about Covid testing discrepancies after son’s false negative PCR test

A mum-of-three says confusing advice over discrepancies in the Covid-19 testing system is ‘worrying’ after her son’s false negative PCR test results.

Gemma Tyson, 39, said she has lost trust in the government’s current guidance as “it needs to be made clear that if you have symptoms and a positive result on a lateral flow test (LFT) or polymerase chain reaction (PCR), you need to be isolated”.

The 39-year-old added: “Knowing people are ignoring the positive lateral flow results and just focusing on the negative PCR results is scary.

“We’ve been told for over 18 months how important it is to stop the spread of this virus, now as we approach the crucial winter months for the healthcare system it feels like it’s beginning to get out of control.”

Mum ‘concerned’ about Covid testing discrepancies

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