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4 jailed for dealing £1.55m worth of drugs

£1.55m drugs seized from four men Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

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

– DI Saunders, Weston-super-Mare CID

Eight, including pregnant woman, rescued from mud at Weston super Mare

People walking with their dogs underneath the Grand Pier at Weston-super-Mare Credit: Ben Birchall/PA

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.

– Avon Fire & Rescue

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.

– Avon Fire & Rescue


ITV tackles a tonne of water to see the power of the sea

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 RNLI shows the sheer power of the sea by challenging the ITV team (and friends) to move a tonne of water Credit: ITV News/James Chapman

Tropicana plans look likely to fail

The derelict facade of the Tropicana in Weston-super-Mare Credit: ITV News West Country

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.

The Tropicana seen from the beach Credit: ITV News West Country

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


Jessie J and McBusted in Weston-super-Mare

Crowds gather for performers in Weston-super-Mare Credit: ITV News West Country

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.

McBusted to perform in Weston-super-Mare Credit: Suzan/Suzan/EMPICS Entertainment
Jessie J to perform in Weston-super-Mare Credit: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

Two men have been jailed after man stabbed in Weston-super-Mare

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.

Robert Weatherman jailed for stabbing man Credit: Avon & Somerset Police
Kieran Brooks jailed after man died Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Weston-super-Mare needs more rail choices says MP

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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