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Teacher gets suspended sentence for sex offences

Kelly Burgess had earlier admitted four charges of sexual activity with a boy aged 13 to 17 Credit: Wales News & Pictures

A former drama teacher at a North Somerset secondary school has walked free from court after admitting four charges of adult abuse of position of trust, namely sexual activity with a boy aged 13 to 17 years old between 1 January and 28 August 2013.

Kelly Burgess admitted having an affair with a 16-year-old pupil. She had claimed that she was not aware she had done anything illegal as the boy had reached the age of consent and the relationship was "loving and on equal terms".

The judge at Bristol Crown Court sentenced her to ten months in prison, suspended for two years, and said losing her teaching career was "the greatest punishment in many ways".

Burgess will also have to carry out 200 hours unpaid work.

Teacher due to be sentenced for sex offences

Kelly Burgess is due to be sentenced for sexual offences against a pupil Credit: Wales News & Pictures

A teacher who worked at a school in North Somerset will be sentenced for sexual offences against a pupil later.

26-year-old Kelly Anne-Marie Burgess has admitted four counts of adult breach of trust and sexual activity with a boy aged 16 and 17.


Weston's former mayor faces child porn charges

A former mayor of Weston-super-Mare and chairman of North Somerset Council is due to appear before magistrates in relation to charges of making indecent photographs of children.

Philip Judd faces 11 charges of making indecent photographs of a child and an additional charge for possessing six prohibited movies of a child.

The 59-year-old was the town's mayor from 2010-2011. He was appointed chairman of North Somerset Council in May 2013 but resigned just a month later, to the surprise of colleagues.

The ex-serviceman, was also a governor at Priory School, a position he has now stepped down from.

A 59-year-old man has been reported for summons for offences of making indecent images and possession of prohibited images.He is due to appear before North Somerset Magistrates' Court on May 9.

– Avon and Somerset Police spokesman

Fire crews tackling large fire in barn near Yatton

Fire crews are tackling a large fire involving agricultural buildings on Back Lane, Kingston Seymour, near Yatton, North Somerset. Four fire engines were called to the fire at the barn, which contained a large amount of hay and straw, as well as farm equipment.

Firefighters in breathing apparatus used unmanned monitor jets to extinguish the fire and prevent it from spreading to other nearby buildings. As a precaution they also moved 60 calfs to safety from a second barn adjacent to the fire. The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental.

Teacher admits sexual offences against teenage boy

A young female teacher who worked in Bristol has admitted a series of sexual offences against a teenage boy.

26 year old Kelly Burgess from Newport in Gwent appeared at North Somerset magistrates court this morning.

She admitted four counts of adult breach of trust and sexual activity with a 16 year old boy between January 1 and August 28 last year.


Dogs on leads gets owners hot under the doggie collar

A paw petition against the ban. Credit: ITV News West Country

Dog owners in North Somerset have got their pooches to sign a petition against plans to keep them on a lead.

Dogs can currently run free at Herbert Gardens in Clevedon, but the town council says people have been knocked over, and there are plenty of other places where they can be exercised without leads.

Dog lovers want to let their animals run off the lead. Credit: ITV News West Country

ROADS: M5 northbound, Somerset

Two lanes are blocked and there's slow traffic due to an accident on the M5 northbound between J20 Clevedon and J19 Portishead.

Lanes one and two (of four) are blocked. Cameras are showing queueing traffic in lanes three and four up the hill toward the split level section.

15 year-old girl missing from North Somerset

Nicole Cameron. Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

A 15 year-old girl has gone missing from North Somerset. Nicole Cameron is from Pill and was last seen on Saturday night (2 November), when she said she was going to see a friend in Bristol. She is five feet four inches tall and normally wears black.

Avon and Somerset Police want anyone with information to contact them.

Third death rocks seaside town

Police are investigating a third death in the space of a week in Weston-super-Mare.

The body of a man in his fifties was discovered in a street this morning in the Uphill part of the seaside town.

Avon and Somerset Police said they were treating his death as "unexplained".

They're not linking it to the death of a 61-year-old man on Thursday and that of Mark Roberts, 35, who died following an alleged assault last Saturday.

A 17-year-old has been charged with Mr Roberts' murder and was remanded in custody when he appeared in court earlier this week.

The body of the 61-year-old man was found in a car in St Andrew's Parade - close to where Mr Roberts was injured.

A post-mortem examination has been carried out and although further tests are required, police said there was "nothing at this stage" to suggest the death was suspicious.

The results of further tests will not be known for several weeks and until then it will be treated as unexplained.

We have not uncovered any link to the earlier murder and it appears that a second death in such close proximity to the first is simply an unfortunate coincidence.

– Detective Constable Nick Riley, Avon & Somerset Police
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