Police probe dog-bite attack

Police are to investigate an incident in which a man was bitten by a police dog as he was being arrested.

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Big clean-up on Weston-super-Mare beach

Uphill beach in Weston-super-Mare is getting a spring clean ready for the summer Credit: ITV News West Country

Volunteers will be descending on Uphill beach in Weston-super-Mare this morning to clean it up ready for the summer. They'll be picking up debris and rubbish such as fishing nets, ropes and bottle tops that not only spoil the look of the resort but could damage marine life.

It's part of the nationwide Big Beach Clean-up which last year collected 30 tonnes of litter.


Three men stabbed in fight in Weston-super-Mare

Police are investigating after three men were injured during a fight in Weston-super-Mare.

It happened in the town centre at around 3am today (Monday). Two men were taken to hospital with minor stab wounds following an argument between two groups in Club Vision on Richmond Street.

Officers say some of those involved in the assault then followed a man to the Smith Hotel on Knightstone Road and he was also stabbed. He’s been taken to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injures.

18-year-old man pleads guilty to Weston murder

35-year-old Mark Roberts died after being assaulted on his way home in October 2013 Credit: Family

An teenager has appeared in court to admit murdering a man in Weston-super-Mare last year.

35-year-old Mark Roberts died in hospital in October 2013, a day after being assaulted as he walked home on the Bournville Eastate.

18-year-old Ryan Sheppard will be sentenced later for the murder of Mark Roberts Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Today Ryan Sheppard, 18, appeared at Bristol Crown Court and pleaded guilty to the murder of Mr Roberts. He will be sentenced at a later date.

Police say they hope the guilty plea brings some comfort to Mr Roberts' family.

Weston's former mayor faces child porn charges

A former mayor of Weston-super-Mare and chairman of North Somerset Council is due to appear before magistrates in relation to charges of making indecent photographs of children.

Philip Judd faces 11 charges of making indecent photographs of a child and an additional charge for possessing six prohibited movies of a child.

The 59-year-old was the town's mayor from 2010-2011. He was appointed chairman of North Somerset Council in May 2013 but resigned just a month later, to the surprise of colleagues.

The ex-serviceman, was also a governor at Priory School, a position he has now stepped down from.

A 59-year-old man has been reported for summons for offences of making indecent images and possession of prohibited images.He is due to appear before North Somerset Magistrates' Court on May 9.

– Avon and Somerset Police spokesman


Police warn of phone scam targetting Somerset

Warning of phone scam targetting people in Somerset Credit: ITV News West Country

Police in Somerset are warning residents to be vigilant after several people were conned by a telephone scam. Older people in Yeovil, Burnham-on-Sea and Weston-super-Mare have been targeted.

The fraudsters claim to be either police or bank officials and have personal details of the victim. Police advise people not to give out any banking details, especially PIN numbers, personal passwords and card numbers.

Three taken to hospital after Weston fire tonight

Three people in their twenties were taken to hospital this evening after a severe fire at a house in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. Four fire engines were called to the scene just after 5pm tonight (Wednesday 19 March).

They found smoke pouring from a third storey window, and the three people trapped on a balcony. They were rescued by ladder, along with an elderly woman in a lower flat. After being treated in ambulance for smoke inhalation, the three younger people were taken to hospital.

The cause of the fire is unknown, but investigations are being carried out.

Three hunted after Weston robbery

A CCTV image of one of the men sought by police. Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police in Weston-super-Mare are hunting three men after a robbery at a filling station early this morning. A shop employee was threatened with a knife during the raid at the Spar store at the Texaco garage in Locking Road.

Another CCTV image of a man sought by police Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

The man was forced to hand over cash from the till. While this was happening a second man unsuccessfully attempted to open another till and a third person remained near the door.

Image of a third man sought by police Credit: Avon & Somerset Police
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