Author: Alon Aviram

Alon Aviram

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.

Episode 3: A disappearance, two murders and a hole in the ground

Two murders and a disappearance: How the Cornerman slipped through the net.

The cornerman cast of characters

Meet the players in a vast criminal network linking Bristol to London.

Episode 2: Bangers and mash, football and boxing

The gangster jailed for drugs and blackmail who courted footballers, boxers and MMA fighters.

Episode 1: Unmasking The Cornerman

This Bristol Cable investigation exposes one of Britain’s most elusive organised crime bosses after two decades in the shadows.

Relative of Bristol Brink's-Mat gangster jailed as part of organised crime ring

10 men including John 'Goldfinger' Palmer's son-in-law jailed for roles in extortion, drug dealing and blackmail gang. 

How witness intimidation threatens us all

Failure to clamp down on witness intimidation is allowing domestic violence perpetrators to get off scot-free, and failing survivors.

The far-right bomb maker who wasn’t charged with terrorism offences

He built bombs and published racist, far-right views online. Why wasn't Matthew Glynn charged with terrorism offences?

Lopresti ice cream bosses slavery trial date set

Salvatore and Roberto Lopresti face modern day slavery charges.

Update: Loprestis' ‘No plea’ in slavery case

Ice cream bosses face will face Crown Court next month

Exclusive: Lopresti ice cream bosses face slavery charges

Salvatore and Robert Lopresti face charges of forced labour.