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Charity criticises care home abuse sentences

79-year-old Gladys Wright was abused by three men at The Granary in Wraxall in 2012. Credit: ITV News West Country

A charity has written to the Attorney General calling him to review the sentences given to the abusers of a 79-year-old woman in a North Somerset care home.

Gladys Wright suffered the abuse at The Granary in Wraxall. It was captured on a secret camera by her son.

Daniel Baynes was jailed for four months at Bristol Crown Court last Friday. Two other men - Tomasz Gidaszewski and Janusz Salnikow were given community orders.

Action on Elder Abuse say the sentences are too lenient and does not act as a deterrent.

UKIP election posters stolen in North Somerset

These CCTV images were taken on Wednesday May 14 between 4-7.30pm. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Police in North Somerset are appealing for information after UKIP political posters were stolen.

They want to speak to three people who were seen with a black and white dog about the theft of the election sign from a fence in Charterhouse near Blagdon.

It was one of a series of seven similar thefts in the area in the run-up to last month’s European elections.

These CCTV images were taken on Wednesday May 14 between 4-7.30pm. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

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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.

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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.

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