Live updates

18-year-old man pleads guilty to Weston murder

35-year-old Mark Roberts died after being assaulted on his way home in October 2013 Credit: Family

An teenager has appeared in court to admit murdering a man in Weston-super-Mare last year.

35-year-old Mark Roberts died in hospital in October 2013, a day after being assaulted as he walked home on the Bournville Eastate.

18-year-old Ryan Sheppard will be sentenced later for the murder of Mark Roberts Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Today Ryan Sheppard, 18, appeared at Bristol Crown Court and pleaded guilty to the murder of Mr Roberts. He will be sentenced at a later date.

Police say they hope the guilty plea brings some comfort to Mr Roberts' family.

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


Police warn of phone scam targetting Somerset

Warning of phone scam targetting people in Somerset Credit: ITV News West Country

Police in Somerset are warning residents to be vigilant after several people were conned by a telephone scam. Older people in Yeovil, Burnham-on-Sea and Weston-super-Mare have been targeted.

The fraudsters claim to be either police or bank officials and have personal details of the victim. Police advise people not to give out any banking details, especially PIN numbers, personal passwords and card numbers.

Three taken to hospital after Weston fire tonight

Three people in their twenties were taken to hospital this evening after a severe fire at a house in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. Four fire engines were called to the scene just after 5pm tonight (Wednesday 19 March).

They found smoke pouring from a third storey window, and the three people trapped on a balcony. They were rescued by ladder, along with an elderly woman in a lower flat. After being treated in ambulance for smoke inhalation, the three younger people were taken to hospital.

The cause of the fire is unknown, but investigations are being carried out.

Three hunted after Weston robbery

A CCTV image of one of the men sought by police. Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police in Weston-super-Mare are hunting three men after a robbery at a filling station early this morning. A shop employee was threatened with a knife during the raid at the Spar store at the Texaco garage in Locking Road.

Another CCTV image of a man sought by police Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

The man was forced to hand over cash from the till. While this was happening a second man unsuccessfully attempted to open another till and a third person remained near the door.

Image of a third man sought by police Credit: Avon & Somerset Police


Attempted armed robbery in Weston-super-Mare

Police in Weston-super-Mare are investigating after an attempted armed robbery last night. At around 6:35pm a man threatened staff in Hayers Convenience Store in Clovelly Road with a knife, demanding they hand over money form the tills.

Staff managed to set off the store's panic alarm and the man left empty handed. He is described as white, in his twenties and was wearing a black jacket and bottoms and a black woolly hat.

Disabled man slashed and robbed in Weston

Police are appealing for witnesses after a disabled man was robbed in Weston-super-Mare.

The man, 45, had left his home in Sunningdale Road, Worle in his wheelchair yesterday morning when two men approached him. They slashed his face before stole his money and phone and running off.

This is a particularly heinous crime...we are committed to tracking down the people responsible for this and I would urge anyone who knows who was involved or saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area of St Mark's School or Ebdon Road around the time of the incident to call us as soon as possible.

– Detective Sergeant Glyn Edwards, Avon & Somerset Police

Anyone with information is asked to contact investigating officer Detective Constable Sarah Rizvi via the 24 hour non-emergency number 101.

Load more updates


Today's top stories