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Have you seen missing Jessica?

Jessica Buttigieg was last seen on Tuesday afternoon Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police are trying to trace a 15-year-old schoolgirl who has been missing since Tuesday 25 November.

Jessica Buttigieg, from Locking near Weston-super-Mare, failed to return home after school.

Officers say she was last seen between 3 and 4pm on Tuesday. She was getting off a school bus in Locking Village, by the Post Office and Manor Stores.

Micky Bell leaves Weston-super-Mare FC

Micky Bell pictured with Doncaster Rovers manager Paul Dickov. Credit: Simon Galloway/PA Wire

Weston-super-Mare manager Micky Bell has left the club by mutual consent.

A statement on the club's website said: "We would like to thank Micky for his efforts on behalf of the Club."

The Seagulls are currently second from bottom and four points from safety in the Conference South.

Weston had been due to face Whitehawk at the Woodspring Stadium this afternoon but the game was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Bell's last game was on Tuesday - a 4-1 defeat against League One side Doncaster in the FA Cup.


Weston-super-Mare's rescheduled FA cup match will go ahead

Weston-super-Mare have confirmed that their FA cup match tonight against Doncaster Rovers will go ahead.

There has been no rain over night and none is forecast for today, so no pitch inspection will be required before the match can go ahead. Three divisions separate non-league Weston and their League One opponents.

The match had to be rescheduled after referee Tim Robinson called off the game nine days ago after deciding parts of the pitch waterlogged. A team of groundsmen and volunteers have been working to ensure tonight's match can go ahead.

Fans fury as Weston's FA Cup tie is called off

There were angry scenes at Weston-super-Mare's Woodspring Stadium this afternoon after their FA Cup First Round match against Doncaster Rovers was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.

Referee Tim Robinson called the game off just 20 minutes before kick-off. The decision was met with fury from visiting supporters who had made the long journey down to the West Country.

No date has been set for the re-arranged fixture.

Referee Tim Robinson checks the pitch before the FA Cup First Round match at Woodspring Stadium. Credit: Simon Galloway/PA Wire
Referee Tim Robinson checks the Woodspring Stadium pitch. Credit: Simon Galloway/PA Wire
Weston-super-Mare manager Micky Bell and Doncaster Rovers boss Paul Dickov talk to referee Tim Robinson about the pitch, Credit: Simon Galloway/PA Wire
Unhappy Doncaster fans after the FA Cup First Round match was called off. Credit: Simon Galloway/PA Wire
A fan is taken away by police after the FA Cup First Round match was called off. Credit: Simon Galloway/PA Wire

Weston carnival to go ahead as usual

A previous carnival procession wends its way through the streets of Weston-super-Mare Credit: ITV News

The route of tomorrow's carnival procession in Weston-super-Mare will remain the same.

There were fears it might have to change because of the predicted high tide.

Instead, the promenade will be closed between Cove West cafe and the Grand Pier from 6pm to 8pm.

Once the tide has turned, the barriers will be lifted to allow spectators to watch the procession when it arrives at about 8pm.

RNLI team save elderly lady with broken hip

RNLI team help elderly lady with broken hip Credit: ITV News

A north Somerset life boat crew has helped save an elderly lady after she collapsed with a broken hip neat their station. The RNLI volunteers were scrambled yesterday as a yacht got into difficulties in the Bristol Channel. But after preparing to launch in Weston-Super-Mare they were told to stand down and return their lifeboat to the station. As they prepared the vessel for its next task they spotted an 83 year-old woman lying on the promenade nearby.

The crew went to her rescue and tended her for two hours until an ambulance arrived. The team, including lifeboat medical officer, Dr Mike Pimm, comforted the woman, who was in shock, in extreme pain and very distressed and kept her warm.

If the crew had not been there it is very likely that there would have been a real danger to the lady's survival.

She was in such a poor condition that a member of the public might not have been able to provide the necessary warmth and comfort.

– Brian Ward, Deputy Launching Authority

I am very proud of the crew. A broken hip is a very serious problem at her age.

The actions of the crew, as well as making her feel better, have given her a much better chance of a favourable outcome.

– Dr Mike Pimm


Falklands veteran gets war medal 32 years on

Clive Smith was presented with his South Atlantic Medal by David Cameron Credit: PA

32 years after fighting in the Falklands, a war veteran from Weston-super-Mare has been presented with a South Atlantic Medal by the Prime Minister. It follows an extension of the qualifying criteria.

Previously only those who served before July 1982 were awarded the medal.

Clive Smith and 19 other veterans are the first to receive the medal since the eligibility was extended.

The South Atlantic Medal was given to nearly 30,000 soldiers.

Weston's Sand Sculpture festival is under threat

There are fears that sculptures like this will not be returning to Weston-super-Mare next year Credit: ITV News

Weston-super-Mare's popular Sand Sculpture festival may not return to the seafront next year unless it gets sponsorship.

Organisers say it costs around £30,000 to set the event up. They are also looking to improve security and even to include an education centre on site.

The annual festival - which brings in sculptors from across the world - is a big attraction for the seaside town.

Books of condolence for girl found dead in woodland

Books of condolence will be opened at the school of a teenager who was found dead in Weston-super-Mare.

15-year-old Josie Herniman's body was found in woodland on Monday. Police are not treating the death as suspicious.

The headteacher of Broadoak College says a memorial service is also being planned.

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