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Weston-super-Mare Pier gets the X Factor

This week Weston-super-Mare was visited by boy band, Overload. The boys wowed the X Factor judges with their performance at the weekend.

The young five-piece are one of the favourites to make it through to the live finals. They have embarked on a tour of the country to try and show off what they can do.

The band is aged between 17 and 20. Ollie Garland, who comes from Bristol, says the band were ecstatic to have received positive comments from Simon Cowell - but need to assure him they are not trying to copy anyone else.

Ollie, along with other band mates Joey, Andy, Jordi and Ryan, got a standing ovation from the audience in last week's episode. Mel B even said they are the best boy band the judges have seen this year.

After making it through the live auditions at Wembley the boys are preparing for the next stage of the competition; Bootcamp.

The X Factor Wembley Arena auditions continue on ITV on Saturday, September 20, 8:00pm.


Boy Band Overload wow X Factor judges

Overload were a a huge hit with the judges on ITV talent show the X Factor.

Bristol boy Ollie Garland and the other band members sailed into the next round.

The band performed their own song, called No, No, No. Judges said they were one of the best boy bands in the competition with Louis saying the song could be a hit.

Overload is made up of Ollie, Joey, Andy, Jordi, and Ryan.

Overload performing at Weston-super-Mare Credit: ITV

Ex-mayor jailed for 14 months for child porn offences

Philip Judd has been jailed for 14 months Credit: ITV News

A former mayor of Weston-super-Mare, who admitted downloading more than 350 indecent pictures and videos of children, has been jailed for 14 months.

60 year old Philip Judd pleaded guilty to 12 charges of making indecent photographs of a child and possessing prohibited images. Bristol Crown Court heard he was a married father-of-three with a lifetime of public service that covered his 'dark secret'.

Former Mayor jailed after downloading indecent images of children

former Mayor of Weston super Mare jailed for 14 months

A former Mayor of Weston super Mare has been sentenced to 14 months after he admitted downloading more than 350 indecent pictures and videos of children.

Philip Judd had been a local councillor since 2007, and was mayor of Weston-super-Mare between 2010 and 2011. He was appointed vice-chairman of North Somerset Council in May 2013 but resigned just a month later following his arrest.

Police found a total of 205 images and 156 movies stored on his computer and hard drive during a search of his home in Worle.

He pleaded guilty to 12 charges of making indecent photographs of a child and possessing prohibited images.

Police dog that bit a man has returned to duty

A dog that bit a man during an arrest in Weston super Mare, and the officer in charge of the animal, have returned to work following an investigation into the incident.

The 28-year-old was bitten after being arrested on suspicion of assaulting two police officers and causing criminal damage.

The internal investigation found that the officer and his dog had followed the correct guidelines. His dog has undergone further training in order that it could be re-licensed.

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Somerset Hospital 'very cautious' of Ebola symptoms

A spokesperson from Weston General Hospital says nurses followed the correct procedure when dealing with the possibility of a case of Ebola.

A man was kept in isolation after returning from Lebanon exhibiting symptoms that could be associated with the disease.

There is no licensed treatment or vaccine for the disease, which has killed at least half of its victims this year. As a result isolating patients is critical to slowing the spread of the disease, as sick people can transmit it through their bodily fluids such as blood, sweat or urine.

A patient came in from abroad and because of some of the symptoms they were displaying, the accident and emergency department were naturally very cautious. They followed all the correct procedures and the proper triaging. The patient was found not to have Ebola.

– Weston General Hospital

Man quarantined at Weston General in Ebola scare

A man was put into quarantine at a hospital in Somerset after concerns he was showing symptoms of Ebola.

The man, who had travelled from Lebanon, walked into the Accident and Emergency department at Weston General Hospital at the weekend.

Patients were kept waiting for assessments at the hospital in Weston-super-Mare, while the hour-long incident was resolved.

Tests carried out later confirmed he was not infected with Ebola.

Anti-social behaviour targeted in Weston-super-Mare

Dispersal zone set up in Weston-super-Mare to stop anti-social behaviour Credit: David Jones/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A new 'dispersal zone' has been set up in Weston-super-Mare to try to stop anti-social behaviour and criminal damage. Police will now be able to stop groups of people gathering in the Alexandra Parade area where there have problems reported since the beginning of the school holidays. Alcohol has been seized in that time, along with cigarettes and three arrests have been made.

Anyone under 16 years old will not be allowed in the area between 9pm and 6am unless they are with a responsible person over 18 years old. If they are found in the area between those times they could be taken home by the police, or arrested.

Mounted police officers will be patrolling the area and CCTV will be used to monitor the situation.

“We have consulted with more than 150 businesses and residents and collated their views. They said that they felt unsafe and intimidated by the large groups of young people congregating in the Alexandra Parade area."

“Our intention is not to move the problem on, but to nip it in the bud and to remove the core group of troublemakers. It is also about protecting people, particularly those under-16s who are staying out late in the area without a responsible adult. If we are worried for them and their welfare, we will take them to their parents or carers who will be informed of our concerns around the issues in which they have been involved."

– Inspector Sharon Bennett

The zone is encompassed by the following streets: Grove Lane (including Grove Park), Waterloo Street, George Street, Station Road, Edinburgh Place, the seafront area, including the beach and Beach Lawns and Lower Church Road.

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