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Britain's Biggest Action Sports Festival in Weston

Up to 20,000 people are expected in Weston-super-Mare this weekend for Britain's Biggest Action Sports Festival.

50,000 tonnes of sand on Weston beach has been sculpted in to race-tracks for vehicles ranging from quad bikes to monster trucks.

The event organiser Matt Bares says there will be something there for everyone while British Motocross Champion Kristian Whatley is expecting the adrenaline-fuelled competition.

Weston Hospital won't be sold to private bidders

Controversial plans to sell off Weston General Hospital to another NHS Trust or a private organisation have been dropped.

It will now either merge with another NHS Trust or be acquired by an NHS Foundation Trust within a 50 mile radius. The successful bidder will be announced in the autumn.

MP for Weston-super-Mare John Penrose says its a move that will benefit the hospital.

Weston-Super-Mare youngster to ask MPs for help

Matthew Barret will lobby MPs later today Credit: ITV News West Country

An 18-year-old year old boy from Weston-super-Mare is travelling to London today to lobby MPs to help sufferers of a severe degenerative disease.

Matthew Barrett has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and has been in a wheelchair since he was 10 years old. The condition mainly affects boys. Sufferers rarely live beyond their late teens and twenties.


Former Weston mayor charged with making indecent images of children

Former mayor charged with making indecent images of children Credit: Weston Town Council

A former mayor of Weston-super-Mare has appeared in court charged with 11 counts of making indecent images of children. 59 year old Philip Judd of Trenleigh Drive, Worle is charged with making the photographs between September 2011 and May 2013.

He is also charged with possessing six prohibited movies of a child.

Judd was Weston's mayor between 2010 and 2011 and represented north Worle area as well as being a member of Weston Town Council. Judd was released on bail until his next appearance at Bristol Crown Court on 3rd June.

Police dog attack video appears on the internet

An investigation has begun after a man appeared to be bitten by a police dog in Weston-super-Mare while he was being arrested. You may find the following pictures disturbing.

Footage has emerged on the internet of a man apparently being bitten on the neck by a police dog. The man is lying on his front in the road when the barking dog, which is on a lead, lunges forward and appears to sink its teeth into his neck, dragging him forward a short way.

Avon and Somerset Police say the incident has been referred to their professional standards department for a thorough investigation.

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