Police officer sacked for ‘inexcusable’ behaviour at work party to appeal

A long-serving police officer who was sacked after he touched a colleague’s bottom and then slapped her at a work Christmas party wants his job back.  Ex-PC James McCall was dismissed from Avon and Somerset Police in November over conduct described as inappropriate and “completely inexcusable”.  The misconduct panel heard he had been reluctant to go to the event but was persuaded and had been drinking before he arrived at the party at Sheppy’s House of Cider in Taunton.  Barrister …

Bristol Airport: Almost 100 jobs set to be lost

Image copyright Bristol Airport Image caption CEO Dave Lees said action was needed to allow the airport recover and thrive in the longer term Almost 100 members of staff at Bristol Airport are set to be made redundant due to the downturn in the airline industry caused by the coronavirus. The airport directly employs about 400 people and just under a quarter of the roles are under threat. Bristol Airport would normally expect 27,000 passengers a day during the summer, …

Julia Sawalha ‘devastated and furious’ at Chicken Run sequel ‘ageism’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Julia Sawalha has re-recorded some of her original lines to compare Actress Julia Sawalha has said she is “devastated and furious” at not being in the Chicken Run sequel, claiming she was told her voice sounds “too old”. Sawalha, who played Ginger the chicken in the 2000 animated original, said she felt she had been “unfairly dismissed”. The actress said she had “officially been plucked, stuffed & roasted” after being told the role was …

Star Wars actor sells props after lockdown ‘sort out’

Image copyright East Bristol Auctions Image caption The badge of rank, which has an estimate of £4,000 to £6,000, was worn by Julian Glover in Star Wars’ The Empire Strikes Back A badge of rank worn by Julian Glover in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is being put up for auction by the actor after a “sort out” in lockdown. The veteran actor, who also starred in Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, wore it playing General Veers in …

All areas in Bristol region record rise in coronavirus cases

Four further patients have tested positive for coronavirus in Bristol today (July 9), bringing our total to 1,286. Cases of the deadly virus shot up last week, when the figures were updated to include tests carried out in the community as well as the tests carried out in NHS and Public Health England facilities. Public Health England’s latest data shows South Gloucestershire now has 743 cases after a rise of two. As of 4:04pm on Thursday, North Somerset’s total stood …

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