4 men from Weston-super-Mare have been jailed for a total of 33 years after admitting producing and dealing drugs.
Stephen Bailey, 45; Garry Parkinson, 49; Shaun Smith, 49 and Simon Kellaway, 38 were jailed for conspiracy to supply 56kgs of class A and B drugs which had an estimated street value of £1.55m.
They were sentenced at Bristol Crown Court yesterday.
Controlled drugs have always been something that we take seriously in North Somerset. Many residents have seen the negative impact drugs can have on the community such as anti-social behaviour, violence and criminal damage caused by people under the influence of drugs, or crimes carried out to fund their drug use.
Our commitment and the court result will reassure people – especially those living in Weston-super-Mare that we will pursue those intent on following a life of illegal drug activity and bring them before the courts.
The court decision and hefty jail sentence should have a positive impact but we refuse to be complacent and will remain focused and committed to working with Zephyr and other multi agency partners to disrupt, dismantle and destroy organised drug groups in North Somerset, which can have such a negative impact on our communities
Avon Fire & Rescue are warning people not to venture too far out and remember to check the tide times after a heavily pregnant woman got stuck to her waist in mud and had to be rescued in Weston Super Mare.
A woman, thought to be eight months pregnant, her partner and a young girl aged around seven, were...assisted to safety. The woman was stuck up to her waist in the mud.
They were among eight people who had to be rescued by Avon Fire and Rescue Service's hovercraft at the popular tourist resort.
A teenage boy was suffering from exhaustion and unable to get to safety and an older male who was with him was trapped up to his knees.
The RNLI has begun a "Respect the Water" campaign in the West Country. 32 lives were lost on the south west coast last year and it wants beach-goers and surfers to take more care.
The number of people who died along Britain's coast in 2013 was the highest in four years, the RNLI said as it launches a campaign calling on people to Respect the Water.
Figures show that 167 people died in water-related accidents and a further 368 were rescued by lifeguard crews after getting into difficulties.
Cold water shock, rip currents and fatigue were common factors in contributing to accidents at the coast while alcohol played a part in 28 deaths last year.
As the temperature continues to soar RNLI coastal safety manager Ross Macleod called for people to stay safe around the water.
"We really feel that that number is too high and we need to do something about it," he said.
The campaign will be launched in Brighton today by England rugby player James Haskell who said: "This is about being smart and safe when you are there."
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The future of the Tropicana in Weston-super-Mare is once again in doubt after North Somerset Council reported that the latest proposals to fund a restoration project appear to have failed.
In a statement the Council said:
Following the failure of Trop WsM Ltd to come forward with any funding agreement for their project, and an independent assessment of the current proposals, North Somerset Council members will now be asked to consider the next steps for the Tropicana site at Weston-super-Mare.
According to the Council, The West of England Local Enterprise Partnership has concluded that: 'the business plan as currently presented together with the clarification provided is most likely to fail in terms of securing funding for the development'.
As a result the council is now reconvening the Tropicana Working Party to consider the next steps for development of the site. It is expected to report to the next meeting of the Council on 15th July
It's a big weekend for music in Somerset. Not only is Glastonbury taking place but there's 'Summer Weekender' at Weston-super-Mare. 14 big pop acts including Jessie J and McBusted will be performing over the next two days.
Two men from Weston-super-Mare have been jailed after another man was stabbed five times during a dispute. Robert Weatherman, 41, and Kieran Brooks, 18, were sentenced at Bristol Crown Court today after both admitting a charge of wounding with intent at an earlier hearing.
Weatherman was sentenced to 11 years with four years’ extended probation, while Brooks was sentenced to six years.
Rail passengers in Weston-super-Mare should have more choice and more services, according to the town's MP.
John Penrose has written to the Transport Secretary as work gets under way to decide who should get the new Great Western franchise.
He says more companies should be allowed to operate, with more high speed trains stopping at Weston during rush hours.
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