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No 'Happyland' return for Banksy to Weston

Dismaland drew the crowds to Weston-super-Mare during August and September 2015 Credit: PA

Hopes that the elusive urban artist Banksy might be returning to Weston-super-Mare have been dashed after the council denied any such rumours.

The Bristol artist pulled in the crowds in August and September 2016 with his antidote to theme parks, Dismaland, which he built in the former Tropicana on the seafront.

A Facebook group has claimed that he would be returning to the same venue with Happyland - in contrast to the miserable set up which proved so popular with visitors of all ages.

But any speculation has been quashed by North Somerset Council which says lots of events are planned for the Tropicana over the summer but none of them are Banksy's

The Tropicana is hosting a range of events... but not one organised by Banksy Credit: ITV News

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Dog rescued after falling off a cliff

Dog was rescued after falling off a cliff Credit: RNLI

Volunteer lifeboat crew have rescued a dog after it fell off a cliff on Brean Down. They were called out on Saturday afternoon by the dog's owner. The local RNLI team say the dog was in good health, despite a few scratches.

“This was a positive outcome to a potentially life threatening situation for the dog. We would like to remind dog owners that if this does happen to them not to enter the water, call 999 and ask for assistance. Entering the water has a extremely high chance of making any situation worse”

– Paul Sargent, crewman

Appeal to find missing teenager

Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Police are appealing to find a teenager who disappeared after going to the cinema.

15-year-old Sauda Gashi, from Bridgwater, was last seen in Weston-super-Mare at the Odeon Cinema on April 9.

We’re growing concerned about Suada’s welfare and have information to suggest she may be in the east Birmingham area.

– Avon and Somerset Police

The teen is slim build, with long ginger/brown hair and was last seen wearing a cream and black netted top, beige blazer, a black skirt and beige heels.

Anyone with information should contact police.

RNLI saves two children cut off by tide

The Weston-super Mare volunteer Lifeboat crew have saved the lives of two children after they were cut off on the rocks by the tide.

Neither child was hurt but both were 'ashamed' at being caught out by the tide. Credit: RNLI

The crew received a call this afternoon (4 April) when a member of the public raised the alarm about two children who'd been cut off by the tide.

Within minutes the lifeboat was released and raced around Knightstone Island to where the boys were trapped. Each boy was perched on a rock with the water rising around them. One already had his feet in the water.

Although the rocks are sharp and hazardous the crew manoeuvred the lifeboat in amongst the rocks and managed to grab both boys.

These two lads were lucky. The tide around here rises very, very quickly and if we had been some minutes later they would have drowned.

The Bristol Channel has the second highest range of tides in the world and everyone should treat the sea with respect.

– Nigel Congram, helmsman
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