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Edition 23

It is of one of Avon and Somerset’s longest unsolved missing persons cases. But a police intelligence report links the mother’s disappearance to a notorious gangland slaying.

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Bristol History Podcast

Bristol History Podcast: The Pneumatic Institute in Hotwells

At the end of the eighteenth century, ‘pneumatic’ (gas) chemistry was at the forefront of scientific knowledge. In 1799 the remarkable physician Thomas Beddoes opened...

‘You need to see yourself’: tackling the national curriculum’s overwhelming whiteness

Listen: Bristol Unpacked, with Zakiya McKenzie on Black in the green movement and why people shouldn't be so polite

Black History Month

Misunderstood and excluded: How to build mental health services fit for diverse communities

The Cable speaks to Nilaari, Project Zazi and other local practitioners calling for more culturally competent mental health provision for BAME communities.

Not all heroes wear capes. Many wear PPE. NHS staff protest for fair pay

Nurses and junior doctors say they have been left out of public sector pay rises for too long.

Meet the Bristol collective putting surplus wealth in the hands of people tackling injustice

In a society where hoarding money and power is the norm, what can be achieved by thinking differently? Bristol Redistro is trying to find out, by encouraging rich individuals to channel their excess into a pool of money that community groups control.

Bristol Council questioned over social media ‘spying’

Councillors are asking whether the “surveillance”, which they say was “covert”, needed authorisation.

Investigations

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Taking a deeper look at the issues affecting Bristol

Inside: Bristol's Private Mental Health Services

Another private mental health ward for children has closed. Now Bristol has no residential beds.

The second ward closure at the Priory Hospital Bristol in two months because of staffing problems has left Bristol temporarily without any residential beds for children. MPs, charities and a parent speak out.

Revealed: The true story behind the closure of privately-run mental health ward at Priory Bristol

A police informant says he was let down, now his life is in danger

Inside: Bristol's Private Mental Health Services

Revealed: Failures in care for man who took his life at private mental health unit

Dominic Vickars was just 25 when he died while at Cygnet Hospital Kewstoke in Weston-super-Mare, a private hospital part-funded by the NHS. Using evidence from the inquest and accounts from his family, we tell the story of how he was let down.

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Inside: Bristol's Private Mental Health Services

Inside: Bristol's Private Mental Health Services

Inside: Young and pregnant in a mental health hospital for the first time

A young pregnant woman detained under the Mental Health Act for the first time shares her experience of being sent miles away from home. Both mum and daughter tell their story of navigating through the complex mental health system.

Revealed: Private mental health ward for children in Bristol to close

Opinion: ‘The NHS sends too many mental health patients to hospital for expensive, ineffective care’

Inside: Bristol's Private Mental Health Services

Losing myself: my experiences of psychiatric hospitals

My time in hospitals kept me alive when I was unable to do that myself, but it came with its own set of wounds. Now, I want to be part of changing the system.

Cable Community

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The Bristol Cable is not just a publisher, it's a community of 2,000 people

Inside: Bristol's Private Mental Health Services

Inside: Private mental health services in Bristol investigated

Frontline workers and families speak out as the Cable investigates why private sector involvement is growing and what impact it’s having on people in Bristol.

The Bristol Cable AGM 2020

Co-op Community

Launching an events calendar to amplify Bristol's communities

We’re launching a calendar to help Bristolians find out what's on with community and social events.

Editorial: After Colston, now to tear down structures of racism, including in the media

Bristol Unpacked Podcast

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Listen: Bristol Unpacked with poet Lawrence Hoo, on decolonising education, and if he's now in the establishment

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Extinction Rebellion activist Chloe Naldrett, on getting arrested and where next for XR

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Paul Smith, the council's housing boss, and how a socialist can be ‘credible’ with developers

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Desmond Brown, on knife crime, the justice system and being called a ‘police informant’

Coronavirus in Bristol

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Going behind the headlines on the biggest story of 2020.

Voices

'My insight into the Covid-19 testing fiasco in Bristol'

The national Covid-19 test and trace process is failing. But I didn’t realise to what extent until I tried to get my child tested after getting a fever late one Sunday night.

Inside Bristol schools during a new academic year like no other

Frustrated and ignored: Meet people excluded from Covid-19 financial support

Coronavirus in Bristol

WATCH: Confinement Stories - a snapshot of life in lockdown Bristol

As restrictions ease and life returns slowly to ‘normal,’ this film captures human stories showing a snapshot of what life in lockdown Bristol was like. The Cable teamed up with local filmmakers Paula Romero and Jacobo Garcia to produce this moving audio-visual time capsule.

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Inside Bristol’s civil rights powerhouse

The idea of sharing a home across generational divides is having a come back

Cops need to come clean on predictive policing of 250,000 people

How to heat your home, save cash and the planet