Bristol News Wire…………… Saturday, September 24, 2011

Bringing you a round-up of the top headlines from around Bristol this morning


Stock market fall will cause more riots: One of the leaders of the alternative community in Stokes Croft believes that the financial crisis will lead to more riots in Bristol. Chris Chalkley, a spokesman for the People’s Republic of Stokes Croft, claims there is a link between the recent unrest on the streets of Bristol and the problems of the economy. More from Bristol Evening Post…

VAT or no VAT?: TV presenter Noel Edmonds knew that his business partner was trying to tax-dodge while they renovated a house together, a court was told. Property developer Ulrik Lawson told Bristol County Court yesterday that when he carried out work on picturesque St Surf house in Exeter, he did not charge VAT for some of the work. More from Bristol Evening Post…

Metal detectors installed at Bath Spa: Airport-style metal detectors are to be used to screen passengers arriving at Bath Spa station. Police said the equipment, which will be in place on Friday, will screen visitors arriving in the city for knives and other weapons. More from BBC News…

Businesses overrun by flies: A recycling plant in Bristol has been asked to spray its vehicles by the Environment Agency to help reduce a fly infestation. New Earth Solutions, in Avonmouth, said it had followed guidelines but nearby firms said they were being overrun with insects. More from BBC News…

Bristol TV Licensing staff vote for strike: Workers at TV Licensing have voted to go on strike in a dispute over pay, it has been announced. Members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU), based in Bristol and at Darwen in Lancashire, backed industrial action by 301 votes to 89. The workers, who process TV licences, were said to be “increasingly frustrated” over a below-inflation pay offer worth around 2.6%. More from BBC News…

Burglar jailed after traffic arrest: A man who was arrested for minor traffic offences has been jailed for seven years after his fingerprints matched those found at a series of burglaries.  The 37-year-old, from London, was linked forensically to burglaries at properties where he had climbed drainpipes and stone masonry to burgle homes through open first floor windows. More from Avon and Somerset police…

Cricket chief exec disappointed at missing out on Australia match: Chief executive Tom Richardson says he is disappointed Gloucestershire missed out on staging England’s one-day matches against Australia in 2015. Headingley and the Rose Bowl will host the Australians as well as Tests against other tourists. Gloucestershire have been allocated ODI’s against New Zealand in 2013, India in 2014 and Sri Lanka in 2016. More from BBC News…

Pedestrian bridge plan set for scrap heap: A pedestrian bridge proposed from King Street to Redcliffe Quay looks set for the scrap heap after Bristol City Council failed to spend money allocated for it. The bridge has been promised by the council for more than a dozen years. It was described in the authority’s city centre strategy document a decade ago, and then became part of a plan to regenerate Redcliffe. Artists’ impressions were drawn up for the bridge, which would have gone from where the floating Apple bar is now moored to the other side of the river. More from Bristol Evening Post…

Rail scheme could create 170 jobs: A major scheme to build a rail maintenance depot at Stoke Gifford could create up to 170 permanent jobs. The project – which will play a similar role to the St Philip’s Marsh depot – has been drawn up as part of plans to electrify the railway between Bristol and London. More from Bristol Evening Post…

Hope for Nailsea statue of Adge Cutler: A tribute act is raising money to create a life-sized bronze statue of the late frontman of The Wurzels, Adge Cutler, to be displayed in Somerset. Mr Cutler grew up in Nailsea and worked at a local cider factory and Portishead Power Station. He died aged 43 in 1974. Russ Holland, from The Cornish Wurzells, said: “It is time the South West recognised the achievements of the master Cutler.” The statue will cost about £40,000 and will be displayed in Nailsea. More from BBC News…

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