Former soldier guilty of racially aggravated assault on Costcutter shopkeeper

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. The

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

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

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