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Weston-super-Mare annual beach race attracts crowds of 70,000 to seaside town

The annual beach race is one of the world's most extreme off-road tracks. Credit: ITV News

900 motor and quad bike riders competed in one of the world's most extreme off-road tracks in Weston-super-Mare.

The 35th annual beach race took place in the seaside town, attracting crowds of around 70,000 people.

The event, which includes specially-built sand dunes for the competition, is believed to add up to £10million to the local economy.

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Police trying to identify man in connection with sexual assault investigation in Weston-super-Mare

A CCTV image of the man Avon and Somerset Police want to speak to. Credit: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Police are trying to identify a man in connection with a serious sexual assault investigation in Weston-super-Mare.

Avon and Somerset police say a 16-year-old girl was seriously sexually assaulted at a property in the town on Monday night.

Officers say two men, aged 20 and 18, have been arrested in connection with this inquiry and released under investigation.

Police are asking anyone who recognises the man pictured to contact Investigations on 101.

Police arrest Weston-super-Mare man in connection with burglary

52-year-old Michael Anthony Ruff. Credit: Avon & Somerset Constabulary

Avon and Somerset Police have arrested a man from Weston-super-Mare in connection with a burglary.

Police had been searching for 52-year-old Michael Anthony Ruff, who is commonly known as 'Micky'.

The arrest is in connection with an aggravated burglary on Friday afternoon, 25 August, in which a teenage boy was threatened.

Mr Ruff remains in police custody where he is being questioned by officers.

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Weston-super-Mare man wanted in connection with burglary

2-year-old Michael Anthony Ruff from Weston-super-Mare. Credit: Avon & Somerset Constabulary

Avon and Somerset Police are searching for a man from Weston-super-Mare in connection with a burglary.

52-year-old Michael Anthony Ruff, who is commonly known as 'Micky', is described as white, 5 feet 5 inches, of proportionate build and balding, with green eyes.

The aggravated burglary happened on Gillmore Road on Friday afternoon, 25 August, in which a teenage boy was threatened.

Anyone who sees Michael Ruff is advised not to approach him, but to call 999 immediately, quoting reference number 5217194882. Anyone with any information is also asked to get in touch with the police.

Locals told not to swim at beaches after pollution incident

North Somerset Council and the Environment Agency have advised against bathing at Uphill & Weston beaches. Credit: ITV News

Following a pollution incident over the weekend, North Somerset Council and the Environment Agency have advised against bathing at Uphill & Weston beaches.

Wessex Water have been carrying out repair work on a sewage pipe that was leaking underneath the River Axe.

We have been carrying out emergency repairs during the weekend to a sewerage pipe that was leaking under the River Axe.

We immediately stopped the flow to prevent sewage entering the river and met with the Environment Agency on site.

As a precautionary measure, and to check any effect on the environment, our scientific team took samples from the river and beach which are being analysed. The results will be given to the Environment Agency.

Tankers were used to maintain sewerage services during the weekend. Temporary pipework is now in place over the River Axe and work is under way to permanently fix the damaged pipe.

We apologise to any local people who may have noticed extra traffic movement in the area during the weekend while we were carrying out the emergency repairs.

– Wessex Water spokesperson

Motorcyclist dies in crash on A370

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A motorcyclist has died following a crash in Weston-super-Mare. Police were called to the scene where a car and motorbike had collided just after 2pm yesterday afternoon. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Flowerdown Bridge A370 was closed for several hours while the emergency services attended.

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