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Hundreds expected at meeting on loss of hospital beds

Clevedon Hospital Credit: ITV News West Country

Hundreds of people angry about the possible loss of beds at Clevedon Hospital are expected to attend a public meeting this evening. They are worried that the 18 inpatient beds could be moved to nursing homes, as a more effective way of rehabilitating patients.

They also need to be brought up to modern standards, which could prove costly. The Clinical Commissioning Group for North Somerset says no decisions have been made yet.

Clevedon Community Hospital looks after patients following major surgery at acute hospitals. The Minor Injury Unit has recently been refurbished and is open 365 days a year.

Appeal for former Cam Gears employees

Police in Clevedon are appealing for former employees of the town's former Cam Gears company to get in touch. They hope they maybe able to help with an ongoing investigation.

Detectives would like to speak to anyone who worked at Cam Gears in Clevedon in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

The appeal is in connection with an investigation into sexual offences against two boys in the Weston-super-Mare area, dating back to the early 1990s.

I would like to make it clear the firm, which is no longer trading, is not directly involved in this investigation but it is believed people who worked there may have information which could help us progress this inquiry.

"We were approached by a man in September who reported historic sexual offences against him and another victim, which date back to the early 1990s.

"A 71-year-old man has been arrested in connection with this investigation and he is currently on bail until early February."

– Det Con Andy Eastwood

If you worked at Cam Gears between the late 1980s and early 1990s, or know of someone who did, please call Det Con Eastwood via the 24-hour non-emergency number 101.

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Broadchurch voted as best TV programme of the year

Broadchurch voted as best TV programme of the year Credit: ITV News West Country

Critics have voted an ITV drama filmed in North Somerset as the best TV programme of the year. "Broadchurch" is set on the Dorset coast, but many of the scenes were filmed in Clevedon.

The murder-mystery stars David Tennant and Olivia Coleman and put the town centre-stage boosting the number of visitors. It was voted best of 2013 by a panel of critics from the Radio Times.

Clevedon tree vandals to pay for replacement

The tree which was cut down. Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Three young men have agreed to pay for a new tree to be planted, after sawing one down in a park in Clevedon so that they could burn it on the beach.Police were called to Alexandra Park in the early hours of 14th July and caught the offenders carrying the tree out of the park.

The three offenders - a 16-year-old boy from Yatton, an 18-year-old and a 19-year-old man both from Clevedon - have agreed to pay £336 between them to cover the cost of planting a new tree.

The tree stump which was left. Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

PC Ross Kirby based at Nailsea Police Station said: "This is an example of silly antics on a hot night going wrong. The lads involved were bored and thought it would be fun to cut down a tree, but didn't think about how this would affect the park and the people who use it.

"As well as criminal damage, their actions were anti-social and upsetting to local people.

"By dealing with the offenders through a community resolution we have made them pay for their crime, to the satisfaction of the council and other people involved, but have kept them out of the criminal justice system, which gives them a chance at a clean slate."

Clevedon bidding for world heritage status

Think of world heritage sites, and attractions like the Great Barrier Reef in Australia or the Egyptian pyramids may come to mind. Or nearer to home, the city of Bath.

But now there's a bid to add the seafront at Clevedon in North Somerset to that esteemed list.

A group from the town is applying to UNESCO hoping to secure world heritage status.

Jane Solomons reports:

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Pier to receive £500,000 Government grant

Clevedon Pier will receive an investment of £500,000 Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive

Clevedon Pier is set to benefit from a £500,000 Government grant.

It's one of 20 projects across the country selected to receive the Coastal Communities Fund which hopes to create thousands of jobs and bring in new business.

The announcement will be made by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

Swimmers brave the water on New Year's Day

Swimmers braved the water to raise money for the charity Secret World Credit: ITV West

Dozens of swimmers - many of them dressed as animals - have taken to the freezing waters of the Marine Lake at Clevedon. The New Year dip is something of a tradition in the North Somerset town and this year they were raising money for local wildlife charity Secret World.

Dozens turned out dressed as furry animals Credit: ITV West
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