Author: Alon Aviram

Edition 23

Police intelligence links disappearance of Linda Millard to gangland murders

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.

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

The Bristol property secretly owned by the controversial governor of the Bank of Lebanon

Strachan and Henshaw, July 2020

Reports

Third mysterious fire in two years at Strachan & Henshaw, ‘The Office’, building

The fire which broke out on the ground floor is being treated as deliberate. It follows a blackmail attempt on the landlord and a separate, violent assault on the ex-landlord.

Scrutinising institutions

Bristol prisoner dies while awaiting trial during coronavirus lockdown

Coronavirus in Bristol

Sacked Bristol Uni temp workers to get coronavirus support after backlash

'The contagion of misinformation and a Bristol Facebook page linking 5G and coronavirus'

There’s another contagion doing the rounds, it’s not coronavirus, but disinformation. And one Bristol Facebook page with thousands of likes is spreading claims that 5G is connected to the pandemic, says Alon Aviram.

Calls for Bristol Uni to U-turn on coronavirus sacking of 84 temp workers

Laid-off casual and temporary workers are calling on the University of Bristol to retain them on government job retention programme

A rent freeze could protect the 1 in 3 Bristolians who rent from coronavirus fallout

Temporary measures could see an eviction crisis unleashed once coronavirus is contained and business returns to usual

Violent assault on ex-landlord of The Office in Speedwell

The former owner of The Office, aka the Strachan and Henshaw building, spent two weeks in hospital after the attack.

Speedwell fire update: Landlord of The Office blackmailed by gang

The Cable can reveal that the landlord of The Office – the Speedwell building, which burnt down last year – has been targeted by a gang in an alleged blackmail raid.

The breakdown on the election in Bristol and South Gloucestershire

Big swings, no change and upsets: See the breakdown of the election results in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

Local policing has been slashed and violent crime is up. Who will claim the mantle of ‘law and order’?

Avon and Somerset Police has had 19% of its police officers cut since the Conservatives came to power in 2010

WATCH: Which way will Kingswood swing?

As voters in ‘The Wood’ gear up for election day, local lad Marcus Smith hits the streets to chat to people about the main issues...

Chris Skidmore, Kingswood MP, declined to give statement in staffer’s sexual assault case, says detective

Chris Skidmore’s former parliamentary aide was cleared of sexually assaulting a teenager. The MP says he offered his full support to the police investigation. But a detective claims he declined to provide a police statement.

Kingswood: What you need to know for the 2019 General Election

Party allegiances aren’t permanent in Kingswood, with the seat historically swinging between Labour and Conservative, and candidates will be using Brexit, austerity and climate change to tempt voters.

The unsolved fire at The Office and the chequered history of a rogue landlord

Five months after the devastating fire at Speedwell’s Strachan and Henshaw building, ‘The Office’ tower is being turned into flats. The Cable investigates former owner Alan Dykes and his run-ins with the law.

Revealed: An anti-slavery court order was made against local boss Lopresti. Here’s evidence it may be being breached

The ice cream boss was banned from managing staff after an investigation found workers living in slave-like conditions

Exclusive: Council to “urgently” investigate Lopresti landlord business, but ice cream vans untouched for now

Announcement follows the Cable’s investigation and police action into the notorious landlords and businessmen.

Too hot to handle? Help us investigate fire at 'The Office' in Speedwell

“It seems the bigger and more dangerous the fire, the less scrutiny it receives." We're calling on readers to share information to help crack the case of the Strachan and Henshaw fire.

Exclusive: Two Bristol activists helping build a new society in Syria

Amidst the rubble of war-torn Northern Syria, two Bristolians follow the footsteps of friend Anna Campbell, murdered by Turkish forces, to carry on the mission of building a new society.

Finally exposed: How Lopresti ice cream boss kept men in slave-like conditions, tenants and families in squalor. But people spoke out.

In a Cable investigation spanning five years, a shocking story has been uncovered.

Ice cream boss Lopresti is slavery risk and banned from business, following Cable exposé

Following Cable investigations, Judge said: “I’m sure that there is a risk that you will commit a human trafficking or slavery offence.”

Episode 4: Tattoo parlours, nightclubs and firebombs - how businesses were blackmailed

In the last episode of the Cornerman, the Cable lifts the lid on protection rackets from London to Bristol, revealing how local businesses were forced to pay gangsters for security.