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The West Country at Westminster: Lib Dem leadership debate special edition

Credit: ITV News

See Ian Axton grill the two Lib Dems battling to replace Nick Clegg in the wake of the party's spectacular collapse in the general election - Tim Farron and Norman Lamb.

Questions come in from Lib Dems around our region, but surely the main one is, where does the party go from here?

The West Country at Westminster: Queen's Speech, EU referendum

The first West Country at Westminster since the election.

Ian Axton talks to Conservative MP for North Somerset and former Defence Secretary Liam Fox, Labour MP for Exeter Ben Bradshaw, former Lib Dem MP for Wells Tessa Munt and UKIP parliamentary candidate for the Forest of Dean and UKIP party director Steve Stanbury.


West Country most wanted could be in Spain

The National Crime Agency are searching for two men, one from Bristol and and one from Gloucestershire who are believed to be hiding in Spain.

Mohammed Jahangir Alam,32, (below) is wanted by Gloucestershire Police for rape and sexual assault. He lived in Bradford before moving to Cheltenham in 2008. He is 5ft, 8ins tall and his last known address was in the E3 area of London.

Wanted: Mohammed Jahangir Alam Credit: National Crime Agency

Jayson McDonald, 37, (below) who is originally from Bristol, is wanted by the Metropolitan Police on suspicion of conspiracies to import and supply heroin and cocaine.

McDonald's his last known address was in the Acton area of London. He is believed to be a member of a Europe-wide organised crime network responsible for the importation of Class A drugs into the UK.

He is 5ft, 11 ins tall.

Wanted: Jayson McDonald Credit: National Crime Agency

Anyone with any information regarding these two men is being asked to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Sand sculpture festival will return

Weston super Mare's sand sculpture festival will return Credit: ITV Westcountry

Weston super Mare's sand sculpture festival will return this year despite fears that it might be too expensive.

Organisers have confirmed the festival will be back next month to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Last year organisers said the festival might not return because it costs too much to set up.


Teenage conmen jailed

Rahim Choudhury and Abdul Shafee jailed Credit: ITV Westcountry

Two teenage conmen have been jailed for their part in phone scams which tricked dozens of pensioners out of thousands of pounds.

19 year olds Rahim Choudhury and Abdul Shafee were part of a gang that conned 30 pensioners from across the South West out of a total of £88,000.

They sometimes pretended they were police.

Choudhury received three years, two months in prison and Shafee, 15 months.

Detective Inspector Tony Hubbard from the South West Vice Crime Unit spoke to ITV news after the sentencing.

Convicted murderer back behind bars

Convicted murderer deported from Australia Credit: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

A convicted West Country killer who went on the run in Australia for 15 years is back behind bars.

Robert Hennessey, 50, was jailed in 1978 for repeatedly stabbing his elderly aunt in Plymouth when he was 14 years old.

Hennessey disappeared after walking out of Leyhill prison, in South Gloucestershire in 1998. Officers finally tracked the 50 year old down in Australia and he has now pleaded guilty to evading lawful custody.

He has been jailed for 16 months.

Robert Hennessey was arrested on suspicion of fraud offences in the Queensland area of Australia in 2013.

Since then we’ve been working closely with the Australian authorities to ensure he was returned to the UK to serve the rest of his sentence and to face justice for the unlawful absconsion.

With the assistance of Devon and Cornwall Police, the victim’s family have been kept updated on Hennessey’s deportation and subsequent court appearances in the UK.

– Det Con Stuart Brooks
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