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Avon and Somerset Police have revealed fears that the plague of offenders aiming to “groom” children for sexual exploitation is expected to worsen across the region. The warning to parents, grandparents and teachers comes as the force – which is now monitoring 2,000 sex offenders in its area – made a series of raids as …

West Country schoolchildren will be singing for a pot of gold this week when they help the BBC bid to try break all records at the Children In Need fund-raiser. Last year the big-hearted appeal which has become part of modern culture raised its most money ever, a total of more than £60 million with …

Jason Takor, aged five, from Filton, Bristol, has been chosen as the face of a national fundraising campaign for the children and young people’s cancer support charity CLIC Sargent. In the run up to Christmas, Jason, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer last year, is appearing on posters in H. Samuel stores nation- wide to …

Bristol MP Darren Jones has voiced urgent fears of students “ruining their lives” by racking up huge debts from gambling after hearing how one undergraduate in the city lost £4,000 in one day. UK students faced with soaring tuition fees are turning to gambling in increasing numbers and the National Union of Students has called …

Bristol hero Dr Paul Stephenson was hailed on national TV this week as “Britain’s own Martin Luther King” as he was honoured for his pioneering work against racism which changed the nation. Dr Stephenson was presented with a lifetime achievement award at the Daily Mirror’s Pride Of Britain ceremony attended by Prince William, the Prime …

A city centre came to a halt for a unique act of remembrance yesterday. People in Plymouth joined a horse called Anoushka to honour animals lost and injured in conflict. The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Riding Stables at Bickleigh Barracks organised the service held in the Piazza. Stables chief executive Cathie Gillespie, said: “Last …

Women MPs hailed Bristol MP Kerry McCarthy for her “bravery” after she told of her upset at suffering what she described as unwanted attention from MP Kelvin Hopkins spanning 20 years. The Labour former front bencher and Bristol East MP said Mr Hopkins sent her a series of letters and cards making comments about her …

An art lecturer from Truro and Penwith College has seen his creepy crawly creations reach a whole new audience with the publication of a book on bugs and insects. Art and design lecturer Tom Heard has had his insect illustrations included in a new book called Project Bugs, which has been released recently by publishers …