crime

Reports

Four more 'Kill the Bill' protesters plead not guilty to riot charge

The defendants could get lengthy jail terms if convicted when they stand trial in May and June next year in connection with the Kill the Bill protest on 21 March.

Exclusive: the witness who police didn’t interview after friend’s unsolved disappearance speaks for first time

Community responses to latest wave of violent crime on Bristol to Bath cycle path

Investigations

Caught on camera: suspected surveillance of man who complained of police corruption

Exclusively obtained police report and CCTV suggests Special Branch may have played a part in the surveillance of a former police informant.

Reports

Trial begins of men accused of killing Weston-Super-Mare man Mikhail Hanid

Black History Month

Black and ethnic minority people more likely to face cannabis prosecution in Bristol, data shows

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

Avon and Somerset Police persuaded ‘John’ to provide information about criminals he’d grown up with. One officer’s bending of police guidelines has left him living in fear.

Ex-undercover cop secretly ran business with man connected to gangsters

The ex-undercover cop hid the fact he was running a second-hand car dealership with a man who had “very dangerous” known associates in organised crime. He denied the allegations against him and claimed senior members of Avon and Somerset Police tried to discredit him.

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

Members' meeting: Behind the Lopresti ice cream investigation

This Monday, we hosted a free evening at Windmill Hill City Farm cafe in Bedminster to discuss our investigation into the Lopresti ice cream slavery case.

Part three: A Somerset cider baron’s stolen art collection, heroin from Pakistan, two collapsed cases and a rinsed taxpayer

The tale of how stolen art belonging to a cider baron and former MP was recovered by a man acquitted of the murder of Daniel Morgan.

Part two: The troubled cop bent on solving the UK’s longest running murder case, and a key player in the phone hacking scandal

An art heist in Somerset, the UK’s longest running murder case, and the phone hacking scandal - three sensational stories weave into one.

Part one: The axe murder suspect, Somerset Tory cider baron and botched art heist police probe

Dark Arts is a tale of private investigators, corruption, political pressure, Pakistani heroin and a mansion in the Somerset hills.

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.

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.

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

There's no two ways about it, the Cornerman series is 'sensational', but not at the expense of accuracy, rather because of it.

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.

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.

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