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No rail service between Weston-super-Mare and Weston Milton

There is currently no Great Western Railway service running between Weston-super-Mare and Weston Milton due to a person being hit by a train at Weston Milton.

Customers are advised that tickets are being accepted on Cross Country services between Bristol Temple Meads and Taunton.

Trains are subject to alterations and cancellations at short notice.

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Lifeboat volunteers save more lives than anywhere else

Rescuers in Weston-super-Mare have saved more lives than any other station in 2015.

Figures released by the RNLI show that Weston volunteers launched 48 times, and saved 13 lives, beating every other station in the UK.

Crews called out on the Bristol Channel saved more lives than any other station Credit: RNLI

Of the 48 launches, 29 people were also assisted.

The region's other stations were not far behind, with Minehead launching 41 times - assisting 19 and saving one, while Burnham-on-Sea launched 32 - assisting 15 and also saving one.

A life boat launches from Weston-super-Mare Credit: RNLI

Across the country the charity's lifeboats launched 8,228 times and rescued 7,973, ensuring 348 lives were saved.

Weston-super-Mare's lifeboat station Credit: RNLI
A table showing the RNLI call outs Credit: RNLI

Birnbeck plea for donations to save the pier

Birnbeck Pier are asking people for donations to help restore the landmark, and save it before more collapses.

Richard Griffin, the project director for the pier's Regeneration Trust, told ITV News the next storm could "finish it off", and urged people to donate.

John Penrose, the MP for Weston-super-Mare says the collapse now means plans to restore the pier are more urgent than ever.

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Police appeal for absconded sexual offender

Police are appealing after a convicted sexual offender has absconded from prison.

Jonathan Wade, 26, was originally jailed for indecent exposure, but was last seen in central Bristol, after leaving approved premises, on November 24.

He is 6ft tall, has various tattoos on his face neck and arms, and normally wears his hear in a Mohican style - regularly changing the colour.

Wade also occasionally wears glasses, and also a circular earring which sit within the ears.

He has links to Bristol, and Weston-super-Mare.

If anyone sees Jonathan, they are asked to not approach him but call us immediately on 999 and quote crime reference number 5215048355.

West RNLI crews aid in Cumbria flood rescues

Two of the West's life-saving RNLI crews are using their skills to help the emergency response following the floods in Cumbria.

After thousands were evacuated from their homes following Storm Desmond Helmsmen Nigel Congram and Liam McDermott from Weston-super-Mare travelled to the badly-hit area.

The pair are specially trained in flood rescue, which means they are able to deal with fast-moving water which behaves differently to the sea.

They have been helping people to escape their homes as part of four RNLI flood teams.

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