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Falklands veteran gets war medal 32 years on

Clive Smith was presented with his South Atlantic Medal by David Cameron Credit: PA

32 years after fighting in the Falklands, a war veteran from Weston-super-Mare has been presented with a South Atlantic Medal by the Prime Minister. It follows an extension of the qualifying criteria.

Previously only those who served before July 1982 were awarded the medal.

Clive Smith and 19 other veterans are the first to receive the medal since the eligibility was extended.

The South Atlantic Medal was given to nearly 30,000 soldiers.


Weston's Sand Sculpture festival is under threat

There are fears that sculptures like this will not be returning to Weston-super-Mare next year Credit: ITV News

Weston-super-Mare's popular Sand Sculpture festival may not return to the seafront next year unless it gets sponsorship.

Organisers say it costs around £30,000 to set the event up. They are also looking to improve security and even to include an education centre on site.

The annual festival - which brings in sculptors from across the world - is a big attraction for the seaside town.

Books of condolence for girl found dead in woodland

Books of condolence will be opened at the school of a teenager who was found dead in Weston-super-Mare.

15-year-old Josie Herniman's body was found in woodland on Monday. Police are not treating the death as suspicious.

The headteacher of Broadoak College says a memorial service is also being planned.

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
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