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Former soldier guilty of racially aggravated assault on Costcutter shopkeeper

Posted on Friday 28th December 2012 at 5:12 pm by SH (Editor)

Costcutter store, Patchway Roundabout, Coniston Road, Patchway, Bristol.

A former soldier has pleaded guilty to a charge of carrying out a racially aggravated assault on a shopkeeper at the Costcutter store in Patchway, reports the Bristol Post.

Bristol magistrates heard that Ricky Thorne, 26, of Little Stoke, racially abused staff at the Patchway Roundabout convenience store before getting into a fight with the owner, Muhammad Imran Bashir.

Patchway in the press.

The incident occurred on Saturday 22nd December.

The court was told that Thorne has no recollection of the incident, which was committed under the influence of alcohol.

Thorne was handed a 12-month community order as well as 100 hours of unpaid work for the good of the community, £100 compensation and a £60 victim surcharge.

Read more: Former soldier Ricky Thorne racially abused shopkeeper

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Appeal for information after man critically injured in Cedar Close altercation

Posted on Tuesday 25th December 2012 at 11:31 am by SH (Editor)

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Avon and Somerset Police are appealing for witnesses and information following an altercation in Patchway last night that has left a man critically ill in hospital.

At around 2:15am on Tuesday (25th December), police were called to Cedar Close. Two men had been involved in a verbal altercation that then turned physical.

A 29-year-old man remains in Frenchay hospital in a critical condition after being struck with a weapon.

Police officers and search teams are currently in the area and are likely to remain there throughout today.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed this incident, or anyone who may have any information, to come forward.

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and currently remains in police custody.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Related link: Police in Patchway (The Journal)

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Highwood Road closure: Church minister urges flock to “make feelings known”

Posted on Monday 24th December 2012 at 11:00 am by SH (Editor)

"Road ahead closed" sign on Highwood Road, Patchway.

A Patchway church minister has urged his parishioners to respond to South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) consultation over the 18-month “experimental” closure of Highwood Road to general traffic.

Writing in a recent parish newsletter, Fr Eugene Campbell of Holy Family RC Church says he has noticed an increase in traffic using “rat runs” through Patchway estate since the closure came into effect on 15th October. He also raises concern over the volume of traffic using Coniston Road and says he hasn’t seen many buses using the the new dedicated bus lane on Highwood Road.

Expressing concerns over road safety within the main Patchway estate, Fr Campbell writes:

“I am fearful with extra traffic using the estate, that the residents and especially children are put at more danger with increased vehicles in the area.”

Urging parishioners to respond to the SGC consultation, he adds:

“This is supposed to be a temporary closure for 18 months from last November, but will become permanent if we do not make our feelings known.”

Responses to the consultation, which runs until 19th April 2013, must be made in writing, as described here:

Experimental Traffic Orders Highwood Road Area, Patchway

Photo: “Road ahead closed” sign on Highwood Road, near Holy Family RC Church.

More: Extra signs erected to increase awareness of closure »

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New nursery officially opened at Jump, Cribbs Causeway

Posted on Saturday 22nd December 2012 at 2:12 pm by SH (Editor)

Jenny Agutter at the new Caerleon Child Care nursery in Cribbs Causeway.

Actress Jenny Agutter OBE was in town last week to offically open a new nursery in Cribbs Causeway.

Best known for her role as Roberta in the BBC television series The Railway Children, Ms Agutter opened the new Caerleon Child Care nursery on a site next to the Jump children’s play centre in Concord Road.

Following the success of its first nursery in Cardiff (for children of 2 months to 5 years), Caerleon Child Care has invested over £350,000 to create the Cribbs Causeway facility.

The nursery has been designed by architect Neil Scott to be “bright and spacious – a place for children to learn and have fun – but most of all to feel safe.”

Grand opening of the new Caerleon Child Care nursery in Cribbs Causeway.

Caerleon is hoping the new location will follow the success of its Cardiff nursery, which already has 94 registered children just ten months after opening.

John Tham, Chairman of Caerleon Child Care, said:

“Placing their child in a nursery is one of the hardest decisions parents have to face. Our commitment is to reassure parents that in partnership with them their child with our support will reach their full potential.”

The company says it is expecting to create in the region of 30 jobs at the new nursery.

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