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'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.

Driver not to blame for death of April Reeves

Seven-year-old April died in an accident on the A371 on 28th May. Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

A seven-old-girl from Weston-super-Mare died after she swerved into the path of a car earlier this year. An inquest has cleared the driver of all blame.

April Reeves was cycling with her mum and older brother on the pavement along the 60mph A371 in Locking, when she struggled with her gears and swerved into the path of a car.

She suffered fatal head injuries when she was hit by an oncoming car driven by Peter Farmer. He was cleared of any blame.

PC Julian Chambers, who attended the scene, said she may have been trying to change gear when she lost control.

Mrs. Reeves said she was struggling with operating the gears because she was not used to them.

She was riding in sixth gear, which is the last and most difficult gear to cycle in.

It is possible April was trying to change gear while she was moving.

She lost control of the bike and fell off the kerb.

– PC Julian Chambers

Since the accident in May there has been a campaign to lower the speed limit on the 60mph road.

Hundreds took part in a walk in memory of April. Credit: ITV West Country

April's dad Garry issued a statement after the hearing calling for improved safety measures on the road.

He said the 60mph speed limit should be dropped to 40mph and a grass verge should be created between the road and cycleway to prevent future accidents.

Prevention is better than cure. Why wait until we keep reporting more and more deaths and then change the rules?

Let's get the council to work for the people. Get them to work for us.

I would like to have a grass verge running alongside the road. There is no protection in between the path and the 60mph road.

My son said, 'If there had been a grass verge then my sister would be today.'

She was in the right gear. She fell over. If the grass verge was there she would still be alive.

– Garry Reeves, April's dad

Avon Coroner Maria Voisin said she would write to North Somerset Council to discuss measures they could take to prevent future deaths on the road.


Tributes to cricketer from Weston-super-Mare killed in crash

Ashley Doyle. Credit: family

The family of a cricketer from Weston-super-Mare who died in a crash on the M4 in Berkshire on Monday evening has spoken about their 'tragic loss'.

Ashley Doyle, 27, was travelling in a car with members of Uphill Castle Cricket Club. The club's under-19s team had picked up the NatWest T20 club of the year trophy at Lord's earlier in the evening.

The black Citroen C4 Grand Picasso they were travelling in left the west-bound carriageway near Maidenhead shortly before 10pm.

Mr Doyle, who worked as a radio producer at Bristol's Sam FM, died at the scene. The driver of the vehicle, a 60-year-old man from Weston-super-Mare, and five other passengers, all male, were injured. All remain in hospital.

No other vehicles are believed to have been involved in the collision, but investigations by Thames Valley Police continue.

It is such a tragic loss and we are completely heartbroken as Ashley was such a well loved young man with his whole life ahead of him.

Our lives will never be the same again and we miss him so much already. Mal, Vicki, Phyllis, James and Jordan very much appreciate everyone's support.

Ashley, we will always love you and you will never be forgotten.

– Family of Ashley Doyle

The flag at Somerset Country Cricket club has been flying at half-mast.

Other tributes have been paid by the cricket community, including Somerset all-rounder Peter Trego:

Weston Beach Race 'one of the toughest' ever

This year's Beach Race is thought to be one of the toughest yet Credit: ITV News

Organisers of this year's Weston Beach Race say this is one of the toughest yet. Gareth Hockey from RHL who organise the event told ITV News they were making the course less rider friendly and more 'extreme':

Organisers also told ITV News they don't expect fifty per cent of the riders taking part today to complete the course.

Weston Beach Race is in it's 33rd year. Every year hundreds of riders from all over the world travel to Weston to compete in what's thought to be one of the world's most extreme off-road race tracks.

Watch as the riders roar around the course below:

Thousands in Weston-super-Mare for Beach Race

Around 100,000 people have been watching riders from all over the world in Weston-super-Mare roar around one of the world's most extreme off-road race tracks.

The Weston Beach Race, now in it's 33rd year, attracts riders from over 50 countries and is the biggest race of its kind in Europe. Spectators travel from all over to watch - guaranteed many thrills.

This year it seems riders are finding Dune 19 a tough one to get over!

Man rescued after being stuck in the mud at Weston

Coastguard teams and the new search and rescue helicopter were called to the beach at Weston-super-Mare Credit:

A man has been rescued after getting stuck in the mud at Weston-super-Mare. The coastguard was alerted at 2pm that he was struggling near the Grand Pier.

Coastguard rescue teams, the Burnham Area Rescue Boat (BARB) hovercrafts and the new search and rescue helicopter were all called to assist the man who was knee deep in the mud. He had been digging for worms for fishing bait when it happened.

They used specialist equipment to free the man, which injects air and water around them. He was shaken and exhausted but unharmed.

Getting stuck in mud can be a terrifying experience. The tide at Weston-super-Mare comes in very quickly and flows through gullies at enormous speed. The teams did a great job of extracting the man and although he was cold and wet he was uninjured.

“We would advise members of the public to take great care around estuarial mud and not to take risks near it. If you do become stuck in mud at the coast, spread your weight as much as possible, try not to struggle and call 999 immediately.

– Ian Thomas, for the UK Coastguard
The crews used specialist equpment to rescue the man Credit:
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