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Police appeal for absconded sexual offender

Police are appealing after a convicted sexual offender has absconded from prison.

Jonathan Wade, 26, was originally jailed for indecent exposure, but was last seen in central Bristol, after leaving approved premises, on November 24.

He is 6ft tall, has various tattoos on his face neck and arms, and normally wears his hear in a Mohican style - regularly changing the colour.

Wade also occasionally wears glasses, and also a circular earring which sit within the ears.

He has links to Bristol, and Weston-super-Mare.

If anyone sees Jonathan, they are asked to not approach him but call us immediately on 999 and quote crime reference number 5215048355.

West RNLI crews aid in Cumbria flood rescues

Two of the West's life-saving RNLI crews are using their skills to help the emergency response following the floods in Cumbria.

After thousands were evacuated from their homes following Storm Desmond Helmsmen Nigel Congram and Liam McDermott from Weston-super-Mare travelled to the badly-hit area.

The pair are specially trained in flood rescue, which means they are able to deal with fast-moving water which behaves differently to the sea.

They have been helping people to escape their homes as part of four RNLI flood teams.


Parents claim cover-up over baby's death at Bristol Children's Hospital

The parents of a baby boy who died at just 8 weeks old say health bosses lied to them and then tried to cover up failings in his care.

Ben Condon from Weston-Super-Mare was admitted to Bristol Children's Hospital with a lung condition. Doctors failed to give him antibiotics which may have saved his life.

And to make matters worse, managers were recorded admitting that mistakes had been made, but then when they realised they were still being recorded - they tried to delete the evidence.

Rebecca Broxton reports.

EXCLUSIVE: Banksy gifts a piece of Dismaland to Weston

ITV News has exclusively been told that the Bristol artist Banksy who brought the crowds to Weston-super-Mare this summer for his Dismaland exhibition is leaving a piece of it behind.

The pinwheel - looking quite Dismal on Weston-super-Mare seafront - will soon be up and working again Credit: ITV News

Dismaland was a huge success this summer and the artist plans to leave a lasting legacy at the former Tropicana centre. The huge pinwheel will soon be put back up - complete with sand!

The pinwheel in place at this summer's Dismaland exhibition Credit: PA

Safety work to start on path where 7-year-old was killed

April Reeves was killed when she fell from her bike into the road last May Credit: Family

North Somerset Council are to begin work to widen the path alongside a road where a young girl was killed when she fell from her bike.

Seven-year-old April Reeves died along the A371 at Locking near Weston-super-Mare in May 2015 when she was hit by a car. The driver was cleared of any blame.

Earlier this year hundreds of people attended a march campaigning for better road safety in the area.

The council is spending £225,000 to move the path along the A371 away from the roadside where possible. Work is due to start on Monday 14 December.

Hundreds of people marched along the route in April's memory Credit: ITV News


'Banksy saved my life', says Weston-super-Mare graffiti artist

Credit: ITV News

A graffiti artist from Weston-super-Mare who struggled with drug and alcohol addiction says Banksy saved his life.

JPS was living on the streets of his home town when he decided to visit a Bansky exhibition in Bristol. It helped him uncover his own artistic talent and turn his life around.

More on his amazing story in our main programme from 6pm tonight.

Images released after hundreds stolen from 83 year old

Police want to speak to these men in connection with an incident Credit: CCTV images/ Avon and Somerset Police

Details have been released about a group of men who followed an elderly lady into a bank and distracted her to steal her wallet.

Police want to speak to the men in these pictures after the incident in Weston-super-Mare back in August. Over £500 was then taken from the 83 year old woman's bank account.

A woman had her wallet stolen on 19th August Credit: CCTV images/ Avon and Somerset Police
Images released after hundreds stolen from 83 year old Credit: CCTV images/ Avon and Somerset Police

Anyone who recognises these men are asked to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111

71 year old man missing in Weston-super-Mare

Robert Davies was last seen at midday on Friday Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police in Weston-super-Mare are concerned for 71 year old Robert Davies who hasn't been seen since midday yesterday (Friday). He was last seen in the Clevedon Road area of the town. Police say at around that that time he withdrew some money from the Nat West ATM in High Street but has not been seen since.

Robert is a white man, about 5ft 3ins tall of stocky build with blue eyes and grey short hair, balding on the top. He is thought to be wearing a black jumper with the name ‘Tiverton’ in white lettering, blue jeans and black Velcro-fastening shoes.

Robert enjoys a drink and may have called into a pub in the resort centre but more likely might have bought alcohol from a convenience store or off licence. He is a very private person and is likely to be on his own and may appear confused and disorientated because he does not have medication with him.

We are keen to hear from Robert or anyone who may have seen him, particularly those who work in convenience stores and off licences. It is possible that he may have sheltered overnight in a garden shed, outbuilding or garage and we are asking people to check any outbuildings.

– Spokesperson, Avon & Somerset Police

If you can help, please contact police in Weston-super-Mare on the force number 101 quoting missing person reference 5215025647.

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