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Another step closer for Weston's lido redevelopment

The redevelopment of Weston-super-Mare's Tropicana lido could move a step closer today.

Visitors have fun at the Tropicana in Weston super Mare in 1998 Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/

A working group studying the project will report back to North Somerset Council this afternoon.

Private developers have been told they can turn it into a new leisure complex but the council still has not given them full permission to start building.

Third death rocks seaside town

Police are investigating a third death in the space of a week in Weston-super-Mare.

The body of a man in his fifties was discovered in a street this morning in the Uphill part of the seaside town.

Avon and Somerset Police said they were treating his death as "unexplained".

They're not linking it to the death of a 61-year-old man on Thursday and that of Mark Roberts, 35, who died following an alleged assault last Saturday.

A 17-year-old has been charged with Mr Roberts' murder and was remanded in custody when he appeared in court earlier this week.

The body of the 61-year-old man was found in a car in St Andrew's Parade - close to where Mr Roberts was injured.

A post-mortem examination has been carried out and although further tests are required, police said there was "nothing at this stage" to suggest the death was suspicious.

The results of further tests will not be known for several weeks and until then it will be treated as unexplained.

We have not uncovered any link to the earlier murder and it appears that a second death in such close proximity to the first is simply an unfortunate coincidence.

– Detective Constable Nick Riley, Avon & Somerset Police


Body of man found in Weston-super-Mare street

A body of a man in his fifties has been found in a street in Weston-super-Mare.

Police were called to Uphill Way just after 8am this morning. The road is currently closed between Thornbury Road and Old Church Road while officers carry out their enquiries.

Police are treating his death as unexplained, but are not connecting it to others in the town in recent weeks.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

"We do not know what life is going to be without Mark"

35-year-old Mark Roberts from Weston-super-Mare had recently become engaged Credit: Family

The parents of Mark Roberts from Weston-super-Mare, who died after being assaulted in Baildon Road at the weekend, have paid tribute to him. Lesley and Andrew Roberts say:

“Mark was our only son, loved by us, his sister Rachel, fiancée Zara and his extended family and friends. His loss has devastated us all and we do not know what life is going to be without him. It is unimaginable.

“Last year Mark found the woman he wanted to share his life with, and recently became engaged. He has been robbed of becoming a father, step-father and uncle."

A teenager has been charged with Mark's murder but the investigation into Mark’s death continues. and both the investigation team, and Mark’s family, are continuing to appeal for the community to come forward with information. Anyone who can help should contact Avon and Somerset Police on 101.

Teenager charged with murder in Weston-super-Mare

A teenager has been charged with the murder of a man in Weston-super-Mare at the weekend.

Father of two Mark Roberts, died after he was attacked on the Bournville estate in the early hours of Saturday morning.

A 17-year-old from Weston-super-Mare will appear at North Somerset Magistrates Court on Tuesday. Police still want people to come forward with information.

Tributes to Weston-super-Mare assault victim

A man who died after a serious assault in Weston-super-Mare at the weekend has been named as father of two, Mark Roberts.

Police have started a murder investigation after Mr Roberts was attacked on the Bournville estate in the early hours of Saturday morning. He died in hospital yesterday. Several people have now been arrested.

This video clip shows flowers laid at the scene in tribute to Mr Roberts.


Beach race back at Weston this weekend

Thousands of people will be heading to Weston super Mare beach this weekend, but it's not about sand, donkeys and ice cream.

They'll be there for the annual spectacle that is the Weston beach race, when hundreds of bikers roar over huge man made sand dunes.

It's one of the town's most popular events and is hugely important to the local economy. David Woodland looks ahead to what promises to be a less than quiet weekend.

Weston gets ready for its annual beach race

Thousands of tonnes of sand has been brought in to create the course. Credit: ITV News West Country

Final preparations are underway for this year's beach race at Weston-super-Mare.

Hundreds of motorcyclists and thousands of spectators are expected over the weekend.

Bikers from across Europe are drawn to the competition that is one of the top off-road events in the country.

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