Surge testing is taking place to try and locate coronavirus variants in the South Gloucestershire and Bristol area. Sara Blackmore from South Gloucestershire Council said it was "really important" to stay on top of the virus by testing asymptomatic people in the area. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
A police officer in England received a commendation on January 26, 2021, for “selfless courage” after confronting and arresting a Bristol man armed with three knives in Staple Hill on June 16, 2020, Avon and Somerset Police said.Video shared on January 26 shows the officer, Sergeant Chris Wright, and colleagues telling the man to “put the knife down.” Wright is heard speaking to a radio: “He says he’s gonna come and stab us, can you get firearms here, please.” He then instructs his colleagues to return to a police car.“I was worried about my colleagues, as none of them were equipped with Taser and they didn’t have time to flee. I told them to get back into the car,” Wright said afterward.In the video, David Wilkie, age 41, comes down the stairs armed with three knives. Wright discharges his Taser and the man falls to the ground. He is then handcuffed by officers.Speaking on receiving his commendation, Wright said: “In all my years of service, this is the first time I’ve actually thought, ‘I’m in trouble here,’ but we are well trained in how to deal with scenarios like this, and thankfully the training kicked in.”Wilkie was jailed for 12 months.
Four people have denied committing criminal damage in relation to the topplingof a statue of slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol. Rhian Graham, MiloPonsford, Jake Skuse and Sage Willoughby appeared before Bristol Magistrates’Court for their first hearing on Monday morning. The bronze memorial to the17th century slave merchant was pulled down during a Black Lives Matterprotest on June 7 last year, before being dumped in Bristol Harbour. It waslater recovered from the water by Bristol City Council.
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Boris Johnson has warned that tougher lockdown measures may be needed as heannounced that around 2.4 million vaccines for Covid-19 have now been put inpeople’s arms. The Prime Minister stressed that “now is the moment for maximumvigilance” amid increasing calls for tougher lockdown restrictions. Speakingto reporters, he said stricter lockdown measures may be needed “if we feelthat things are not being properly observed”. During a visit to a vaccinecentre in Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol, the Prime Minister added: “As I speakto you today we’ve done about two million people, maybe a bit more. “We’re atabout 2.4 million jabs all in across the whole of the UK.” It comes asProfessor Chris Whitty warned the UK has not yet hit the peak of the currentwave of Covid-19 infections, with the next few weeks being “the worst” of thepandemic for the NHS.
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said a "massive effort" is under way to prevent new coronavirus variants spreading. "If you look at what we have done in the case of the South African variant, a massive effort went in there" he said, "The same is going on now to contain any spread of the Brazilian variant." Health officials are currently looking for a person in the UK who is infected with a worrying Brazil variant of Covid-19 in a bid to stop it spreading into the wider community. It is thought the individual was tested on February 12 or 13, possibly via a home postal test or a test collected from a local authority. The Prime Minister added that there is "no reason not to think that our vaccines are effective against these variants of concern at the present time" and Public Health England "don't think that there is a threat to the wider public". Mr Johnson made the comments during a visit to a primary school in Stoke-on-Trent ahead of all pupils returning to the classroom on March 8. Report by Thomasl. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Free rapid Covid tests will be offered to the families of all pupils in England under plans to reopen schools from March 8th. Whole households, as well as those in childcare or support bubbles will be able to test themselves twice a week from home. Secondary and college pupils will receive three initial tests at school before taking them at home. Report by Fullerg. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said authorities are working with the postal service to locate a person infected with a concerning variant of coronavirus first found in Brazil. It is thought the person was tested on February 12 or 13, possibly via a home postal test or a test collected from a local authority. The vaccines minister urged anyone tested within this time who has not had a result back, to contact 119. Report by Thomasl. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Coronation Street actor Johnny Briggs has passed away at the age of 85 after a long illness. Briggs played the beloved, roguish character Mike Baldwin for 30 years. Coronation Street writer Damon Alexis-Rochefort reflects on his legacy. Report by Odonovanc. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn