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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.

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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.

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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.

Teenager jailed for Weston-super-Mare murder

Mark Roberts died following an assault on the Bournville Estate Credit: Family photo

A teenager who beat an engineer to death in an unprovoked attack in North Somerset filmed on his friend's mobile phone has been jailed for life. 18 year old Ryan Sheppard will serve a minimum of 12 years and three months' imprisonment after admitting the murder of 35 year old Mark Roberts in Weston-super-Mare on October 12 last year.

Mr Roberts had been walking home alone following a night out with friends in the Somerset town when he was approached by four teenagers, then aged between 15 and 17. Sheppard began pestering Mr Roberts for a cigarette and to take him to a pub - requests the stepfather-of-two declined, instead suggesting the group "go home". The teenager responded by hitting Mr Roberts to the floor before a girl, then aged 15 and who cannot be named for legal reasons, took out her iPhone and started filming.

Sheppard and his friends then walked away, leaving Mr Roberts, who suffered a cardiac arrest, lying unconscious. Residents called paramedics and Mr Roberts was taken to Weston General Hospital, where he died 36 hours later.

"He will always be my one and only," she said. "As well as my children, Mark was my whole life. In the short time we had together we achieved a lot. He made me so happy."

– Zara Powell, Mark's fiancee

"There was no reason for Ryan Sheppard to suddenly turn on Mark and beat him to death but that is what happened. Now, as he begins a lengthy prison sentence, he must face up to the consequences of his actions.

“This murder sent shockwaves through the community and left people feeling stunned, angry and upset. I would like to thank the community for their support as we investigated Mark’s death and I hope the result today demonstrates our determination to investigate violent crime and put offenders before the courts.”

– Detective Inspector Lorna Dallimore

Pier owners offer support to Sussex counterparts

Weston pier burned down six years ago this week Credit: ITV News Westcountry

The owners of the Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare have told their opposite numbers in Eastbourne to "stay positive" despite the fire there two days ago.

It was six years ago this week that Weston suffered a similar disaster, when the pavilion at the end of pier went up in flames. However a larger and stronger building was opened just over two years later - and could provide an inspiration for its counterpart in Eastbourne.

Warnings over dangerous mudflats

Emergency services say they fear a tragedy could happen if people don't follow warning signs about the dangerous North Somerset mudflats.

Avon Fire and Rescue's Hovercraft was called into action yesterday afternoon after reports that 8 bathers had got stuck on the beach at Weston-super-Mare during low tide.

Amongst them was a heavily pregnant woman and a young girl.

Avon Fire and Rescue's Hovercraft was called into action yesterday afternoon after reports that 8 bathers had got stuck on the beach at Weston-super-Mare during low tide. Credit: ITV
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