Cash reward on offer after masked trio’s ‘shocking’ raid on van

A family is offering a cash reward after a trio were filmed raiding a van – on the same night as a spate of similar thefts in south Bristol and North Somerset. Samantha Boyce said the masked thieves stole around £2,000 worth of tools from her partner Luke’s Vauxhall Vivaro at around 10.36pm on Saturday (May 16). The culprits were caught on camera emerging from a dark BMW car on Wrington Lane in Congresbury, walking onto Ms Boyce’s driveway and …

Coronavirus: Survivor dubbed ‘Teflon Man’ by doctors

Image copyright Faye Harvey Image caption Brian Harvey will be able to physically see his family for the first time since he came out of his coma A Covid-19 survivor has been dubbed “Teflon Man” by doctors after seven weeks in hospital during which he spent a month in a coma. Brian Harvey, 69, will soon be able to see his family for the first time after collapsing with suspected pneumonia. At Bristol Royal Infirmary he had to be put …

Clevedon Pier given cash ‘lifeline’ to help survive lockdown

Clevedon Pier – facing an uncertain future due to the coronavirus pandemic– has been thrown a cash lifeline. Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust, which run the landmark, has been awarded a grant of £29,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The money will help towards the pier’s running costs and maintenance programme over the next four months. (Image: James Beck/Freelance) The grant comes just days after trust bosses warned the Grade I listed pier would run out of cash by …

These businesses will be able to claim back sick pay given to staff

Businesses with fewer than 250 workers will be able to recover statutory sick pay (SSP) given to their staff during the coronavirus pandemic. An online service will launch on May 26 for small and medium-sized employers to claim SSP back from HMRC, the Government has announced today (May 19). The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme was announced at Budget as part of a package of support measures for businesses affected by the Covid-19 outbreak. They will receive repayments at the relevant rate …

Bristol scholar wants Iftar Day on international calendar

Image copyright Worldiftarday Image caption The Rajab family, celebrate breaking their daily fast at sunset in London An Islamic scholar wants to create a national day of celebration to raise global awareness about fasting during Ramadan. Afdal Feroz, 44, from Bristol, says he wants fellow Muslims across the world to invite their non-Muslim neighbours to fast with them on ‘World Iftar Day’. In return Muslims would cook for them and they would gather at sunset to break their fast together. …

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