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Shakespeare helps Somerset estate to find its voice

One of William Shakespeare's plays has being used to help deal with some tough issues on the Bournville Estate in Weston-super-Mare.

Local people have produced and performed an updated version, examining anti-social behaviour and the choices people make. People taking part say it helps give an idea of what housing estates are like. Jonty Messer reports:

Red Arrows confirmed for Weston-super-Mare

The Red Arrows are to appear on two days over Weston Credit: Carl Court/Press Association Images

The Red Arrows are to perform on both days at this year's Weston Air Festival on Saturday and Sunday June 21 and 22.

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team will perform a precision flying display featuring their trademark formations, close-passes and dynamic loops and rolls.

To mark the team’s important role as a global ambassador for the United Kingdom and Royal Air Force, the Red Arrows will be sporting a new Union flag inspired tailfin design at this year’s event.

Today's announcement follows the confirmation that the mighty Avro Vulcan Bomber will appear on the Sunday of the festival.


Man who died in Weston-super-Mare crash is named

Officers tape off the area where Mr Alom was found dying. Credit: ITV News

Police have named the man who died in a road traffic collision in Weston-super-Mare town centre on Wednesday afternoon.

Syful Alom, 31, from Weston-super-Mare, died from his injuries following the collision in Cambridge Place near the town's High Street.

A 41-year-old man arrested after the crash has been released on bail pending further inquiries.

Weston-super-Mare braces itself for high tides

Temporary defences, known as a Dutch Dam, have been raised in Weston-super-Mare to protect the town from the onslaught Credit: ITV News

Communities along the Bristol Channel are bracing themselves for the highest spring tides in decades this weekend.

50 feet high tides - the highest seen for 20 years - are expected in Weston-super-Mare from this morning. Forecasters are warning of the possibility of coastal flooding and North Somerset Council's emergency teams have been put on standby.

We've got good sea defences in Weston-super-Mare. We have a Dutch dam, which is a dam that we put up manually, and we've also got a gate which we shut and that creates a watertight seal.

And that stops the water from pouring onto the road if the weather gets that bad.

– John Flannigan, North Somerset Council

Man arrested over fatal crash in Weston-super-Mare

Police seal off the area near Weston-super-Mare High Street where the man was found dying Credit: ITV News

A 41-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the fatal road traffic collision in Weston-super-Mare yesterday afternoon (18 February).

He is being held on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and remains in police custody at this time.

A man with serious injuries was found by a passer-by in an alleyway known as Cambridge Place between North Street and High Street at approximately 4.50pm yesterday. He later died as a result of his injuries.

Did you see the crash that killed a man in Weston?

Police in Weston-super-Mare have sealed off the area where a man was found dying Credit: ITV News

Police are appealing for witnesses to a fatal crash in Weston-super-Mare in which the driver failed to stop.

A man was found by a passer-by in an alleyway near the High Street just before 5pm yesterday, Wednesday 18 February, but died from his injuries.

Officers have been investigating in the area and would like to hear from anyone who saw what happened.

Officers tape off the area near Weston High Street where the man was found Credit: ITV News


Hit and run victim dies in Weston-super-Mare

A man has died in an apparent hit and run on a Weston-super-Mare road.

The man was found by a member of the public with serious injuries in an alley way between North Street and High Street at around 4.50pm on Wednesday 18 February.

Police are now appealing for witnesses following the incident and are especially keen to speak to a middle-aged couple who helped the injured man.

Officers want to speak to anyone who was in the area between 4.30pm and 5.15pm.

"Dutch Dam" is deployed in Weston-super-Mare

The Dutch Dam has been raised at Knightstone Island to protect Weston seafront Credit: ITV News

Sea defences have been deployed in Weston super Mare because of forecast high tides.

The Dutch Dam at Knightstone Island will remain up until Saturday at least.

  • High tide Friday 20 February at 0730 is predicted to reach 13.23m
  • High tide Saturday 21 February at 0830 is predicted to reach 13.36m

Work begins (at last) on Weston's Tropicana

Work has begun to bring the former Tropicana building up to scratch Credit: North Somerset Council

Work has begun to restore part of the Tropicana at Weston-super-Mare. It is hoped some of the building will be opened to the public in time for the summer.

The site in Weston-super-Mare has remained virtually derelict since the open-air swimming pool closed in 2000.

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