Taxi drivers could make up to £3,000 using electric vehicles
A new initiative set up by Bristol City Council is offering taxi drivers the opportunity to make up to £3,000 by switching to an electric vehicle.
The aim is to reduce emissions and improve air quality, keeping in line with the city’s sustainable development goals.
Councillor Martin Fodor of the Bristol Green Party said of the incentive: ”It will be good for us to support this. We would need to then provide electric vehicle charging points.
Plans afoot to expand popular Bristol school
The popular Whitehall Primary School has announced plans to add a further 200 places for the children of Bristol.
Working alongside the council, the School aims to ensure every child in the city has a place at school.
Cllr Anna Keen, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “We are driven by the ambition to give every child a good start in life so it’s rewarding that more local children can now benefit from an outstanding education at Whitehall Primary School.”
Over 10,000 extra primary places have been created across Bristol in the last few years to meet growing demands across all educational levels.
Boy with cerebral palsy has wheelchair and walker stolen
Police are appealing for information after a nine year old boy had his wheelchair and walker stolen from the Kingswood area.
The items were taken on Sunday 31 March around 3pm from the boy’s front garden on John Street.
The boy’s mum was unloading her car at the time of the theft.
Police are urging anyone with information to come forward.
Police review after wrongful arrest of Bristol Councillor
Councillor Afzal Shah was wrongfully arrest at Trinity Road Police station when he went to report a crime.
A full review will be carried out to ensure “institutional bias” is dealt with effectively.
ACC Steve Cullen said that: “Senior officers are working with Cllr Shah to learn from this incident and to mutually agree a way forward”.
Updates from the court: baby manslaughter trial continues
The mother of baby Ah’Kiell Walker was on trial at Bristol Crown Court this morning.
Hannah Henry denied claims of neglected and admitted that father, Alistair Walker, had shouted at the baby to “shut up”.
Henry was cross-examined about the wet towels, baby teet bottles and asked who was responsible for feeding the baby.
Ah’kiell’s grandmother is being cross examined this afternoon.
Spike Island takes home the Bristol Life Arts award
— Spike Island (@_SpikeIsland) April 26, 2018
Local exhibition centre Spike Island has won the 2018 Bristol Life award for its art space.
Currently in its second year, the Award celebrates Bristol businesses.
The event was started by MediaClash, who also run the same awards in Cardiff, Bath and Exeter.
Event organisers said; “Spike Island makes Bristol a hub for the Arts. It offers variety and innovation and its efforts to continually develop local talent makes it so valuable”
Blood made in the lab could save lives
A team of synthetic biologists have generated red blood cells that could one day be used to treat donor patients.
Based at the University of Bristol, the scientists hope their research will especially help patients with rare blood types, and those who need repeat transfusions.
This is a collaborative project between BrisSynBio and NHS Blood and Transplant Unit.
Dr Ashley Toye, Director of the Unit, said: “Blood made using genetically edited cells could one day provide compatible transfusions for a group of patients for whom blood matching is difficult or impossible to achieve within the donor population. However, much more work will still be needed to produce blood cells suitable for patient use.”
CCTV footage released following nightclub assault
Police have issued a CCTV image of a man wanted in connection with an assault outside Antix nightclub on Park Street.
The 23-year-old victim suffered a broken jaw and a bleed to the brain after being punched in the face by another man.
The attack took place at about 4.50 am on Friday, 30 March.
Police are asking anyone who knows this man to contact 101 and quote reference number 5218067635.
The Bristol Croc is educating people on animal cruelty
A Bristol crocodile, discovered at Chew Valley last August, will go on display to teach people about the dangers of keeping these animals as a pet.
The reptile will join the Crocodiles of the World educational team at a conservation centre near Brize Norton
But do you know your caiman from your alligator? Find out more in this latest video.
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Police seize ‘Aladdin’s cave of wealth’ from Bristol men
Two Bristol drug dealers have been stripped of their ill-gotten gains, with police seizing more than £325k in cash and assets.
Jay Cowell, 43, and Leon Murray, 31 were jailed after being convicted of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
Cowell received 13-and-a-half years, while Murray was sentenced to two years and two months.
Luxury cars, £95k and high value goods including designer clothing, watches and artwork were among some of the items found.
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