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Revealed: How the council flogged off public land in the face of austerity

Libraries, fields, offices: All sold off to fund the cost of austerity

How two survivors of abuse were failed. And how they fought back.

The cornerman cast of characters

Series: The Cornerman

Episode 2: Bangers and mash, football and boxing

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

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Episode 1: Unmasking The Cornerman

Series: The Cornerman

A secret side of Bristol is revealed by the Cornerman crime series

Bristol’s ketamine dealers: trapped in luxury

Falling into it, dealing with your own habit- quitting dealing can be just as hard as giving up a drug addiction.

Revealed: Homemade Spice infiltrates Bristol prison

Drones, rampant violence and under-staffing as HMP Bristol struggles to deal with Spice problem.

Bristol Brexit millionaire Banks lied to parliament about his campaign, say whistleblowers

Major Brexit bankroller, now under investigation by the National Crime Agency, “deliberately misled” parliament about his insurance company’s political work, and amassed campaign data ‘warchest’

Revealed: The aristocrats behind Totterdown’s unaffordable tower blocks

Bristol’s red hot housing crisis is attracting a globetrotting elite. One owns this castle.

Bank robbery: the ‘theft of the century’ and a house in Fishponds

Unsuspecting local business owner shocked to learn that companies registered to his property used by fraudsters.

Revealed: Bristol’s drug services dogged by problems

Bristol’s restructured drug and alcohol services are going “disastrously badly” in places, workers in the sector have told the Cable, fuelling concerns that drug users are being put at risk.

Investigation: Bristol’s invisible sex trade

The police are struggling to deal with sexual exploitation happening online. How does this off-street sex trade operate in this city?

Exclusive: Former coppers, including undercover, exposed in police data blunder

While police are fighting to protect the identities of officers during the ‘spycops’ public inquiry into undercover policing, an Avon and Somerset Police Facebook group has exposed the identities of former officers, including covert police.

EXCLUSIVE: Council policy on van living outlines greater enforcement powers

Bristol is to become one of the first places in the country to have a stretegy for vehicle dwellers, but some fear it could simply end up displacing people. 

Revealed: NHS staff in Bristol are being worked until they’re sick with stress

In the 70th year of the NHS, an investigation by the Cable reveals that those who care for the nation are in need of serious attention.

Revealed: Tory financiers are cashing in on the bailiffs used by the council

The bailiff firm most used by Bristol City Council to collect council tax debts is part-owned by a firm of financiers closely linked to - and major donors of - the Tory party, the Cable can reveal.

The council have set bailiffs on tens of thousands of Bristolians. But there is another way.

This investigation is part of a Bristol Cable campaign calling on the council to stop using bailiffs to collect council tax.

Revealed: ‘The most tradable prescription drug’ at HMP Bristol

The prison is trying to crack down on prescription drug pregabalin, as inmates either remain addicted or use it as currency.

Prisons: From ‘warehousing’ to workshops

Could education and training for prisoners help solve the crisis at HMP Bristol?

Revealed: Why this 630 unit development won’t have a single affordable home

A huge new development is set to begin in South Bristol. However, there won't be a single affordable home. But this time it’s not developers trying to get around council targets. 

Explore and help us investigate the Bristol properties owned offshore

From major hotels and office blocks, to flats and single car parking spaces, hundreds of properties in Bristol are owned through companies based overseas. Most of these companies are based in tax havens, marked by secrecy and opportunities for dodging taxes or hiding the origins of their money.

Council properties flogged to secretive offshore companies

Twenty-eight properties owned by Bristol City Council are being leased to companies based in secretive tax havens, an investigation by the Cable reveals.

Police snooping: a campaign for accountability on surveillance tech

The Cable is co-ordinating a national campaign to prompt a parliamentary inquiry into IMSI-catchers, and to get police to come clean on their use of the technology.

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