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Birnbeck plea for donations to save the pier

Birnbeck Pier are asking people for donations to help restore the landmark, and save it before more collapses.

Richard Griffin, the project director for the pier's Regeneration Trust, told ITV News the next storm could "finish it off", and urged people to donate.

John Penrose, the MP for Weston-super-Mare says the collapse now means plans to restore the pier are more urgent than ever.


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
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