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"25.03.2017 13:01:00" Timeline Photos Are you heading to the football today? We are! Let's hope we see some more celebrations like this! Can Weston-super-Mare A.F.C. halt their five-match losing run?
Read about two new signings here:
"25.03.2017 11:14:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'Serious' accident in Weston-super-Mare causes traffic chaos There has been a 'serious' accident in Weston-super-Mare today (Saturday), with parts of the A370 now close as a result of the incident. Police and the ambulance service are on the scene. Avoid the area if you can...
"25.03.2017 08:36:58" thewestonmercury.co.uk Stricter laws will crack down on people who text and drive 'Tougher' penalties await people who use their phones while driving as police crack down on a 'socially unacceptable' act which could 'hurt or kill' an innocent person. Police are cracking down on people who text and drive. Do you agree with the tougher penalties?
"24.03.2017 18:55:42" thewestonmercury.co.uk Five things to do in Weston-super-Mare this weekend Show your support for worthy cause and enjoy an evening of classical music or try your luck in a round of bingo. Here are five things to do in Weston this weekend. Happy Friday - did you have that feeling the weekend was never going to come?
Well, it is finally here. But are you a bit stuck for ideas of what to do?
Have no fear, we at the Mercury have a few ideas for you.
"24.03.2017 14:37:46" People spent March 24 doing something funny for money in aid of Comic Relief. Send us your pictures to be included in our gallery. Red Nose Day 2017 People spent March 24 doing something funny for money in aid of Comic Relief. Send us your pictures to be included in our gallery.
"24.03.2017 14:29:57" thewestonmercury.co.uk Things to do after dark in Weston-super-Mare Whether seeking food and drinks, fun events or unique entertainment, Weston-super-Mare doesn't go to sleep when the sun goes down. Here are some things to keep you entertained after dark. Looking for some evening entertainment ideas? Look no further...
"24.03.2017 13:54:37" People spent March 24 doing something funny for money in aid of Comic Relief. Send us your pictures to be included in our gallery. Red Nose Day 2017 People spent March 24 doing something funny for money in aid of Comic Relief. Send us your pictures to be included in our gallery.
"24.03.2017 13:32:10" thewestonmercury.co.uk Mercury Music: Your Friday playlist with... Alex Lipinski Every Friday we are inviting musicians, sportsmen, politicians, business owners and other well-known Weston-super-Mare figures to share their top 10 songs. Think of it as Desert Island Discs, based on Flat Holm island, with 10 songs on a Spotify playlist. Introducing... our new Friday feature. We're inviting well-known people from Weston to share their top 10 songs.
For our first week, we've lined up singer-songwriter Alex Lipinski. It was a tough challenge but he's chosen his top 10. Have a listen to
"24.03.2017 11:47:13" thewestonmercury.co.uk Art or 'meer vandalism?' New street art appears on Weston's walls New artwork has appeared in Weston-super-Mare, created by the protegé of one of the town's most well-known street artists. We love this new meerkat artwork. What do you think?
"24.03.2017 11:13:49" Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury's cover photo
"24.03.2017 09:06:44" Timeline Photos Happy Red Nose Day!
Are you doing something hilarious for Comic Relief? Are you dressing up? Are you cooking cakes?
Whatever you're up to, we want to see your pictures. Send them to us so we can add them to a gallery.
"23.03.2017 19:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Review: Sheridan Smith gives everyone a reason to smile in Funny Girl at the Bristol Hippodrome Are you feeling down on your luck? Insecure, vulnerable or down-trodden? Well, the perfect pick-me-up exists in the form of Sheridan Smith's performance in smash-hit musical Funny Girl, which opened at the Bristol Hippodrome this week. If you've not seen Funny Girl at the Brsitol Hippodrome yet, you've got until Saturday to grab a ticket. Our reviewer thought it was fantastic...
"23.03.2017 17:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Was Archie Doran the only Somerset man to die in the Spanish Civil War? Weston man's story told 80 years on Crouched behind a machine gun and surrounded by artillery shells and debris, a Weston-super-Mare man found himself in the centre of a fierce battle near Madrid 80 years ago. But Archibald Lester Doran, aged 23, was not a trained soldier. Instead, he was a Did you know as many as 100 people from the South West were involved in the Spanish Civil War?
Archie Doran from Weston was one of them. Here is his story.
"23.03.2017 14:21:14" thewestonmercury.co.uk WIN: The Three Degrees celebrate decades of hits in Weston-super-Mare The Three Degrees are celebrating more than 50 years in the music industry and will be performing in Weston. There isn't long left to win tickets to watch The Three Degrees - so enter our competition now
"23.03.2017 12:55:35" Timeline Photos PHOTO CHALLENGE: 'Weston by Night' - don't forget to enter our photo competition and send us your picture of Weston taken after dark. go to www.iwitness24.co.uk to take part.
Picture: Night time in Weston; by Nick Page Hayman.
"23.03.2017 12:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Proposals on second Hutton Moor swimming pool to be revealed later this year Work to extend Hutton Moor Leisure Centre will start on Monday, with plans for a second pool due to emerge later this year. Work on Hutton Moor's extension will get underway on Monday. And news on a second pool is expected to emerge later in the year.
Are you pleased about the changes at Hutton Moor?
"23.03.2017 09:13:54" thewestonmercury.co.uk Musician Luke Potter celebrating debut single after signing Sony record deal A musician from Weston-super-Mare has got his first big break after receiving a record deal and will release his first single this week. Congratulations to Luke on his record deal. He will be performing in Weston tonight.
Listen to some of his songs using the link below.
"23.03.2017 07:54:03" www.thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston College buys hotel near its campus A Weston hotel for blind people which was at risk of closure due to its 'limited resources' has been saved by Weston College, the Mercury can exclusively reveal today (Thursday). We can reveal this morning that Weston College has bought The Lauriston Hotel and saved it from closing. Read more here and for the full story pick up a copy of today's Mercury.
"23.03.2017 07:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Half of suicides in Weston-super-Mare and Worle take place in just two council wards More people are killing themselves in central Weston-super-Mare than in other parts of the town, with deprivation which is 'felt by all too many' blamed for pushing people to end their life. A staggering 53 per cent of suicides in Weston and Worle from 2011-15 took place in just two wards – Weston Central and Weston Hillside.
"22.03.2017 19:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Can you match the Weston-super-Mare attraction to its TripAdvisor review? Weston-super-Mare is full of tourist attractions ready to entertain come rain or shine – but what do people say about them in reviews? Can you match the correct tourist attraction to its TripAdvisor comments? Can you match the TripAdvisor review to the attraction? It's not as easy as it seems!
Let us know how many you got right.
"22.03.2017 17:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk INTERVIEW: Weston can win their last seven games, says head coach Scott Bartlett Weston suffered two more defeats this week as their manic schedule took its toll, extending their losing run to five games. Scott Bartlett reckons the Seagulls will win their next seven games. Do you agree?
"22.03.2017 15:31:21" thewestonmercury.co.uk Police looking for 'dark Volkswagen' after teen injured in hit-and-run crash Police have re-issued an appeal for witnesses to a hit-and-run which saw a 14-year-old boy left with serious injuries. Please share to help find the person who left a 14-year-old boy to crawl to the kerb.
"22.03.2017 13:17:59" thewestonmercury.co.uk Persistent shoplifters 'know they will not be put in jail' as courts are criticised for 'letting Weston down' Magistrates are 'letting Weston-super-Mare and the police down' by failing to send persistent shoplifters to prison, a Mercury investigation has revealed. Are the courts tough enough on persistent shoplifters?
Here are the results of our investigation into magistrates' sentencing.
"22.03.2017 10:57:46" Timeline Photos PHOTO CHALLENGE
'Weston by night' is the theme for our current photo challenge. We want to see your favourite pictures taken around Weston after nightfall. We often see lovely photographs of Weston on a sunny day, people having icecream on the beach or
"22.03.2017 10:20:50" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'Unfair' rural funding, says Somerset MP A Somerset MP has challenged the Government to make 'urgent' changes to the way public services are funded in rural areas and says there is a 'long way to go'. Do you agree with the MP's views about Somerset funding?
"22.03.2017 09:29:55" thewestonmercury.co.uk Feature: Four decades of Hutton Village Hall It is a little more than 40 years since Hutton Village Hall opened and dozens of weddings, funerals, birthday parties, barn dances and fundraisers have taken place within its walls – making it the hub of the community. So many great memories have been made at this village hall. Some pictures from down the years here...
"21.03.2017 20:15:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk 8 great places to go shopping in and around Weston-super-Mare Weston has plenty to offer in terms of its attractions and leisure opportunities – but sometimes, you just can't beat a spot of retail therapy. Here's our pick of the 8 best shopping destinations in and around the town. If - like us - you're counting down the days until pay day, take a look at our guide to shopping in Weston.
Where's your favourite place to spend your hard-earned cash?
"21.03.2017 14:16:27" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston's Picture Past: March 17, 1967 A debate over women's hair was one of the bewildering stories recorded in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago, in its March 17 edition. Here is the news from the week in Weston-super-Mare. We like to think the council's debate over women's hairstyles wouldn't happen in 2017.
"21.03.2017 12:01:05" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare duo to take on 'tough' 100km Cotswold Challenge for the NSPCC A charitable duo are braving the elements to complete a 100km walk for the NSPCC. It'll take between 10 and 17 hours of walking a day for two days to cover this distance.
We wish Louise and Mercury reporter Sheridan lots of luck with their fundraising and challenge.
"21.03.2017 09:15:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk READERS' PICTURES: Springtime has arrived in Weston-super-Mare this week Spring has sprung in Weston-super-Mare this week and people have been out and about with their cameras to capture the town in all of its sun-kissed glory. Spring has sprung in Weston-super-Mare as these photos, taken by Mercury readers, show.
"20.03.2017 17:39:45" thewestonmercury.co.uk Keith and Joyce raise £35k for Weston Hospicecare A Weston-super-Mare couple who have raised more than £35,000 for Weston Hospicecare have been praised for their incredible efforts by the charity. Wow, what an amazing achievement!
"20.03.2017 15:51:43" thewestonmercury.co.uk Could more flats be built on former Bayside Hotel site? A developer wants to build extra apartments on the site of a former Weston-super-Mare hotel which it already has permission to develop. Do you think flats should be built on the site of this former hotel?
"20.03.2017 13:45:28" thewestonmercury.co.uk Top 10 places of historic interest to explore in Weston-super-Mare and Somerset Somerset is packed with historical sites, which tell the history of the county right back from the earliest humans to modern conflicts in World War One and Two. Here is our list of some of the top sites for history-lovers to enjoy in Weston-super-Mare and How many of these historic sites have you been to? Are there any others you think we should add to our list?
"20.03.2017 10:58:37" boohoo.com Every single one of us this morning Happy Monday morning, everyone...
"20.03.2017 10:11:14" thewestonmercury.co.uk Last chance to nominate YOUR community champion for an award The deadline for Community Champions of Weston-super-Mare awards is today (Monday), so don't miss your chance to nominate someone you think is worthy of an award. Do you have a friend who is always there when you need them? Has one of your family members always gone the extra mile to help others? Make sure you don't miss out on the opportunity to nominate them for an award...
"20.03.2017 08:43:28" thewestonmercury.co.uk Trainspotting to top the bill during Tropicana's summer season of shows One of the most evocative and visceral films of the 1990s will be brought to life at Weston-super-Mare's Tropicana in the form of an explosive theatre show. A great series of shows is promised at the Tropicana...
"19.03.2017 18:14:47" www.thewestonmercury.co.uk www.thewestonmercury.co.uk http://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/what-s-on/theatre/trainspotting_to_top_the_bill_during_tropicana_s_summer_season_of_shows_1_4934346 Here's what's coming up at the Tropicana...
"19.03.2017 13:25:30" eastdevon24.co.uk Winner of iwitness24 photo challenge 'spring is here' announced We invited Weston Mercury readers to submit their best images of Weston-super-Mare in springtime, and now we can reveal the winner... Thank you to everyone who entered. The next contest is Weston By Night.
"19.03.2017 08:19:48" www.thewestonmercury.co.uk Busy Worle road has people 'scared out of their wits' every time they want to go outside People say they 'take their life in their own hands' when trying to cross a 'dangerous' road in Worle – but there is hope its speed limit could be reduced. Do you think people drive too fast on this road?
"18.03.2017 20:00:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk Bike nights back at Beach Lawns as organisers reach agreement with council Weston-super-Mare's popular bike night fundraiser will remain on the seafront this year, it has been confirmed. The bike night will stay on the seafront.
"18.03.2017 17:00:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk Cuts to children's centre staff will make kids' lives 'tougher' Reduced opening hours and staff cuts at children's centres in Weston-super-Mare will have a 'negative impact' on the community, it has been warned. Fears have been raised over cuts at Weston's children's centre.
Will the reduction in hours affect you and your children?
"18.03.2017 15:00:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk Finding homes for people threatened with homelessness expected to become more difficult Changes in the law to prevent homelessness may cause 'major challenges' for North Somerset Council as it is already struggling to find homes for people to rent. Changes in the law may make it more difficult for the council to find homes for people threatened with homelessness.
"18.03.2017 12:55:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Thatchers Cider in pictures – how it's made from orchard to glass If you are anything like me, you will agree there are few better pleasures than enjoying a glass of ice-cold cider on a warm summer's day. Having Thatchers on our doorstep is a bit of a treat, and the cider-maker gave me an insight into how its Ever wonder how Thatchers Cider makes its delicious drinks? Take a look how the apples find their way into your pint glass.
Right then... Where's the bar?
"18.03.2017 10:41:43" www.thewestonmercury.co.uk Nominations pour in for new awards scheme showcasing Weston-super-Mare's kind-hearted people Nominations are coming in thick and fast for Community Champions of Weston-super-Mare, a new scheme which aims to celebrate the town's unsung heroes. We've had a great response to our appeal for community champion nominations. Just a few days left to send in yours...
"18.03.2017 08:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare's Barbers Of The Duke off to a flying start The owner of Weston's H'allstar Barbers, in Alexandra Parade, has enjoyed a positive start to his second venture in the town with his new salon enjoying a good opening fortnight. A new barbers has opened in Weston. Best of luck to everyone involved.
"18.03.2017 07:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk PREVIEW: Matches come thick and fast for Weston-super-Mare with tough trips to Ebbsfleet United and Hungerford Town ahead Weston-super-Mare may be on a three-match losing run but head coach Scott Bartlett is not worried about his side's dip in form, pledging his faith in his players' ability to bounce back. Off to the football today? Here's what the Seagulls' manager said ahead of the game...
"17.03.2017 20:15:01" northsomersettimes.co.uk WATCH: Shocking footage of driver in high-speed chase through North Somerset Incredible footage of a driver who sped through Backwell, Nailsea, Tickenham and Failand during a police chase has been released today (Friday). Police say it is a 'miracle' he did not kill anyone with his driving. (Via our sister paper North Somerset Times)
"17.03.2017 19:30:31" Timeline Photos Do you have any special memories of North Somerset pubs that have closed? Share your stories and pictures with us for a feature on the area's forgotten locals.
Send an email to email@example.com
"17.03.2017 18:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Teen hit-and-run victim 'lucky to be alive' but is 'scarred for life' A frantic mum has issued a plea to find the person who 'left a 14-year-old for dead' in a hit-and-run in Weston. Here is the latest on the 14 year old, who was left for dead after a hit and run in Weston.
Do you know anything about what happened? There is now a £1,500 reward for information which leads to the driver being found and convicted.
"17.03.2017 17:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk 5 things to do in Weston-super-Mare this weekend Enjoy some live music at the Reaper bar or try a new sport. Here are five things to do in Weston-super-Mare this weekend. At a loose end this weekend? Here are some ideas for you.
"17.03.2017 15:27:28" thewestonmercury.co.uk Dolphin Square bringing 'exciting times' to Weston-super-Mare Weston-super-Mare town centre manager Steve Townsend hopes a revamped Dolphin Square will help the town cope with a potential expansion of the Cribbs Causeway shopping centre in Bristol. Are you excited for the opening of Dolphin Square?
"17.03.2017 13:15:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Kittens left for dead outside Sainsbury's in Worle make incredible recovery – thanks to RSPCA North Somerset Two 'beautiful' kittens who were left to freeze to death in a Worle car park have found a 'wonderful' loving home, after beating the odds to recover from their ordeal. Here's a lovely story to start your weekend with...
Remember the 'Sainsbury's kittens', who were left for dead in a shopping trolley in Worle? Well, we have some great news to bring you about their recovery at RSPCA North Somerset Branch...
"17.03.2017 11:54:02" thewestonmercury.co.uk VIDEO: Lynx helicopters' farewell flight goes over Weston-super-Mare Four iconic Lynx helicopters made a farewell flight over Weston-super-Mare today (Friday). Have you got your own pictures of this farewell flight? We'd love to see them.
"17.03.2017 10:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk REACTION: Is the Government's budget 'brilliant' or the start of a 'funding crisis'? The Government's annual budget has been branded as 'outrageous' by North Somerset education leaders, while politicians believe it is 'utterly brilliant'. What did Weston-super-Mare MP John Penrose, Wells MP James Heappey and North Somerset NUT have to say about the Government's budget?
"17.03.2017 09:14:47" thewestonmercury.co.uk Red Arrows will return to Weston-super-Mare for air day festival The Red Arrows will return to Weston-super-Mare's seafront later this year, it has been confirmed. What's your favourite attraction at the air day and armed forces day?
"16.03.2017 17:01:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk Beauty And The Beast waltzes into cinemas – win tickets to watch it in Weston Emma Watson embodies one of Disney's most famous princesses when she takes on the role of Belle in a live-action re-telling of Beauty And The Beast. So many people have been looking forward to seeing this film. And you can watch it for free if you win our competition...
"16.03.2017 15:31:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Woman with incurable cancer will get trip of a lifetime A Weston-super-Mare woman who has incurable cancer has been given the chance to fulfil her lifelong dream of visiting the mountains of Austria thanks to a charitable trust. "I decided that I wanted to go to a mountain and come to terms with my fate, and create a memory for when it's time to say goodnight."
Jo has incurable cancer - but she will now get the trip of a lifetime.
"16.03.2017 12:40:02" thewestonmercury.co.uk In Pictures: Street art in Weston-super-Mare – as new 'conker the world' piece appears Children have the world in their hands in a new piece of street art which has appeared in the centre of Weston-super-Mare. More street art has arrived in Weston... and here is a look at some of our favourite pieces too.
What's your favourite piece?
"16.03.2017 11:47:00" Are YOU on North Somerset Council's waiting list for housing?
Or are you waiting for the council to find you a property so you can downsize?
There are more than 3,000 people waiting for housing in the district so we want to hear from you on YOUR
"16.03.2017 11:07:52" Timeline Photos We're still looking for some volunteers to feature in our quiz...
Researchers reckon you can guess people's names just by looking at their faces. We want to test it out on some Westonians to see if it's true.
If you want to be involved, send us a
"16.03.2017 09:07:14" thewestonmercury.co.uk £9million pledged to food and drink hub to grow district's 'thriving' industry and create new jobs The ingredients for a new food and drink innovation centre in Weston-super-Mare have come together after funding was secured for the project. Do you like the look and sound of this?
"15.03.2017 15:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk REVIEW: Flawless performance from the cast of The Wedding Singing at the Bristol Hippodrome A tale of heartbreak, love and money was brought to life on stage last night (Tuesday) as The Wedding Singer made its debut at The Bristol Hippodrome. The Wedding Singer opened at the Bristol Hippodrome last night and we had a fantastic time!
Check out what else we had to say here:
"15.03.2017 14:54:35" Timeline Photos This picture by Terry Kelly is our picture of the week in tomorrow's paper. We really like its bright spring colours.
We love all of the spring-themed pictures you have been sending us, don't forget to submit yours to www.weston.iwitness24.co.uk
"15.03.2017 14:04:29" thewestonmercury.co.uk Be on TV: Naked Attraction seeking single Weston women for dating show Single women from Weston-super-Mare are wanted to appear in a TV dating show… where people have to be naked. Another TV show is looking for Weston people to be on it.
Single women, reveal yourself...
"15.03.2017 13:13:56" Timeline Photos Join in: Do you look like your name? Research has suggested people can match names to strangers' faces.
We want to try it out. If you want to be part of our quiz, send us a private message with your first name and a head and shoulders picture.
"14.03.2017 20:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Win a year's family membership to Hutton Moor in Weston-super-Mare – worth £900 You are more likely to stick at a healthy lifestyle if those around you do it with you – so the Mercury has teamed up with Hutton Moor Leisure Centre to offer a prize to help you kick-start your new healthy lifestyle. Want a FREE annual family membership to Hutton Moor? Make sure you enter our competition before it closes on Friday...
"14.03.2017 18:32:53" Live Q&A on Weston General Hospital - round-up
"14.03.2017 17:35:41" We are live with North Somerset CCG answering your questions on proposed changes at Weston General Hospital.
"14.03.2017 17:33:49" thewestonmercury.co.uk LIVE: Q&A on changes at Weston General Hospital Changes are afoot at Weston General Hospital and we are giving you the chance to put your questions to one of North Somerset's top NHS bosses, with a live Q&A... LIVE: We are live with the CCG now on the changes at Weston General Hospital.
Send us your questions - we will aim to ask as many as we can.
"14.03.2017 16:45:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk In pictures: World Book Day celebrated across Weston-super-Mare It might have been hard to spot whose child was whose at the end of the school day on World Book Day, as hundreds of Weston-super-
"14.03.2017 14:59:32" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston General Hospital changes: Join in with a live Mercury Q&A NHS bosses will be live at the Mercury office tomorrow (Tuesday) to answer your questions on four big changes which could take place at Weston General Hospital – including the possibility of its A&E department being scaled back at night. Just a reminder - we will be going live at 5.30pm. Make sure you've asked your hospital-related questions.
"14.03.2017 08:45:41" thewestonmercury.co.uk Naked tanning salon clients secretly filmed by camera hidden in ceiling by Weston man A Weston voyeur has admitted secretly spying for months on unsuspecting naked men and women getting a spray tan at a town centre salon for his own sexual gratification. Police have been unable to track down the victims of this crime.
"13.03.2017 18:44:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston General Hospital changes: Join in with a live Mercury Q&A NHS bosses will be live at the Mercury office tomorrow (Tuesday) to answer your questions on four big changes which could take place at Weston General Hospital – including the possibility of its A&E department being scaled back at night. Weston hospital's A&E could be scaled back as part of plans for four big changes at the site.
Tomorrow we will be hosting a live Q&A with one of the top bosses from North Somerset's NHS. If you can't watch, comment your questions below and we'll make
"13.03.2017 17:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Crosville bus driver attacked by gang during late-night shift in Weston-super-Mare Police have launched an appeal after a bus driver was attacked through an open window while working in Weston-super-Mare. This must have been absolutely terrifying for the driver. Can you help police catch the person responsible?
"13.03.2017 16:02:44" thewestonmercury.co.uk Number of critical care beds at Weston General Hospital to change? Weston General Hospital could be set for four major changes and this week the Mercury is exploring how the number of beds the hospital has for its most seriously ill patients could change... The number of intensive care beds could reduce at the hospital to make way for more high-dependency beds, which are for slightly less critical patients.
Do you think this is a good idea? Find out more by clicking the link below...
"13.03.2017 11:02:04" thewestonmercury.co.uk Roadworks close busy cut-through route in Weston-super-Mare Locking Moor Road, which is a popular cut-through route in Milton will be shut for three days from today (Monday). A reminder of these roadworks...
"12.03.2017 11:53:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Popular shop reopens in Weston-super-Mare after 'sad' arson attack The shop was damaged by an arsonist last year...
"12.03.2017 09:38:11" thewestonmercury.co.uk Fiancée says she feels 'helpless' after partner is 'viciously' attacked outside Weston-super-Mare pub He flew from America to propose... but ended up in hospital after being beaten:
"11.03.2017 20:28:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Win a year's family membership to Hutton Moor in Weston-super-Mare – worth £900 Who fancies winning this big, big prize?
"11.03.2017 19:26:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk New flats for Weston-super-Mare's Boulevard? Some more flats for Weston town centre are planned...
"11.03.2017 18:01:13" thewestonmercury.co.uk MATCH REPORT: Weston-super-Mare lose out to record-breaking Maidenhead United Weston-super-Mare were sunk 3-1 by top-of-the-league Maidenhead United, who now boast a record-breaking striker who scored two of the the Magpies' goals. Our report on Weston's 3-1 home defeat to league leaders Maidenhead United here:
"11.03.2017 17:38:23" Here is what Weston-super-Mare AFC head coach Scott Bartlett had to say after today's 3-1 defeat at home to league leaders Maidenhead United.
"11.03.2017 13:01:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk PREVIEW: Weston-super-Mare face top of the league Maidenhead looking to 'test themselves' Weston-super-Mare host high-flying Maidenhead United tomorrow (Saturday) but Seagulls head coach Scott Bartlett is looking for three points in their third home game within the space of a week. Are you heading to The Woodspring Stadium in a few hours? We will be there to watch the Seagulls take on high-flying Maidenhead United.
Full preview here but keep an eye on Twitter @WSMERCURY and here on Facebook for live updates and post-match reaction.
"11.03.2017 09:00:11" thewestonmercury.co.uk CQC: 'Kind' and 'loving' care on offer at Weston Hospicecare The work of Weston Hospicecare has received praise from the Care Quality Commission...
"10.03.2017 13:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk First West of England has announced new bus routes in North Somerset People will benefit from new bus links in Weston-super-Mare as one of the town's main operators has announced plans to cover six new bus routes. One of Weston's main bus operators has announced new routes which will provide direct links to Weston General Hospital, Clevedon, Nailsea and Bristol Airport.
"10.03.2017 12:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Five things to do in Weston-super-Mare this weekend Stretch your legs and enjoy all Weston-super-Mare has to offer. It is so close to the weekend and we are very excited here at the Mercury.
But if you are stuck for things to do, we have a handy guide which may help you decide.
We hope you all have a good one!
"10.03.2017 10:16:25" thewestonmercury.co.uk Somerset students' safety at college 'compromised', inspection rules A college in Highbridge, which provides education and accommodation for students with learning difficulties, has received the lowest-possible rating by Ofsted, with the education watchdog saying the safety of pupils and staff was 'compromised'. The inspection said students' safety was 'compromised' and the teaching was of a 'poor quality'.
"10.03.2017 09:12:15" thewestonmercury.co.uk Former Weston College student creates Winter Gardens logo A former Weston College student has made his mark on the town's Winter Gardens development, by designing the new logo for the college's revamp of the site. The Winter Gardens development is set to be completed in September and a former Weston College student has designed the logo for the building.
Well done Josh!
"09.03.2017 18:30:38" thewestonmercury.co.uk Social media storm after calls for man to 'jump' off Weston-super-Mare building A suicidal man who was on top of a five-storey Weston-super-Mare building for four hours this week was encouraged to jump by onlookers, according to online reports. People reacted angrily on social this week after they heard some were mocking a vulnerable man on top of a Weston building.
"09.03.2017 17:45:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk Nine in 10 South West families cannot afford average new-build house A 'rigged' system which churns out 'high-priced and poor-quality' houses 'while families struggle' means nine in 10 cannot afford a new-build home in the South West, according to charity Shelter. Is the housing market broken? 89 per cent of families in the South West cannot afford an average-priced new-build home.
"09.03.2017 16:38:58" www.thewestonmercury.co.uk Three injured after car and lorry collide Three people have been injured after a lorry and a car collided on a country road in North Somerset this afternoon (Thursday). Road closed after car and lorry collide.
"09.03.2017 14:24:01" Timeline Photos Our new iwitness24 photo challenge is 'Spring is Here'. To enter, simply visit http://weston.iwitness24.co.uk/home and upload your spring picture to the 'photo challenge' group. We'll choose our favourite picture at the end of next week. Good luck!
"09.03.2017 13:02:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Win a year's family membership to Hutton Moor in Weston-super-Mare – worth £900 You are more likely to stick at a healthy lifestyle if those around you do it with you – so the Mercury has teamed up with Hutton Moor Leisure Centre to offer a prize to help you kick-start your new healthy lifestyle. What a prize! You and your family could win a year's family membership at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre thanks to our competition. It is worth a whopping £900, so make sure you click the link below to find out how to enter.
"09.03.2017 12:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Grandfather who helped rescue prisoners of war receives Legion d'Honneur award A Hutton man who joined the war to escape the cold and witnessed the horror of the Nazi concentration camps has been awarded a medal for his service in France. The Legion D'Honneur is France's highest honour. Phil White has now received his.
"09.03.2017 10:10:27" thewestonmercury.co.uk Driver taken to hospital after head-on collision this morning Two vehicles were involved in a head-on collision in Somerset this morning (Thursday). There was a head-on crash on the A38 this morning.
"09.03.2017 09:16:50" thewestonmercury.co.uk Burglars target bowling club in Ashcombe Park A Weston-super-Mare bowling club was broken into at the weekend, with the thieves trashing its changing rooms before emptying a display cabinet and stealing dozens of badges. Thieves emptied a display cabinet and stole a number of badges - some of which date back decades.
"08.03.2017 16:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Review: Hilarious and talented cast shine in Sunny Afternoon at The Bristol Hippodrome The story of rock 'n' roll legends, The Kinks, was brought to life on stage last night (Tuesday) as Sunny Afternoon opened at The Bristol Hippodrome. We went down to the Bristol Hippodrome to watch Sunny Afternoon last night and we had a great time!
"08.03.2017 15:00:01" Timeline Photos The opposition were impressed with Weston-super-Mare A.F.C. last night, despite the Seagulls slipping to a narrow 2-1 defeat.
"08.03.2017 13:00:57" thewestonmercury.co.uk 10 inspirational women from Weston and the villages you should definitely know about International Women's Day is taking place today (Wednesday) with a call to arms to create a more inclusive, gender-equal world. With that in mind, we have turned our attention to some important and prominent women with links to Weston-super-Mare and the It's #InternationalWomensDay and we wanted to highlight some inspirational women from Weston. Are there any we've missed?
Who are the women that inspire you?
"08.03.2017 10:54:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Increase in Weston-super-Mare traffic 'down to housing and population' Weston-super-Mare's roads are getting busier year on year, due to increased housing demand and a larger population, it has been claimed, after new figures revealed a significant rise in the amount of cars taking to the roads each day. New housing + people = traffic. Who'd have thought it...
"08.03.2017 09:48:13" thewestonmercury.co.uk Police investigating hit-and-run incident which left teenage boy with serious injuries Police are investigating after a car failed to stop after a collision with a teenage cyclist in Weston-super-Mare last night (Tuesday). Police are investigating this incident - did you see it and can you help with their inquiries?
"07.03.2017 22:40:35" Timeline Photos A cruel late winner denied Weston taking a point at home to Wealdstone. Read our match report here:
"07.03.2017 22:19:58" Weston slipped to a 2-1 defeat at home to Wealdstone tonight. Here is what Scott Bartlett made of the performance.
"07.03.2017 16:49:13" thewestonmercury.co.uk People visited Weston-super-Mare, so they will visit the West Bank – Banksy Street artist Banksy has gone from Weston-super-Mare to the West Bank for his latest show, but he has spoken about the town. 'If people were willing to travel to Weston, they'll be willing to travel to the West Bank'. Er... thanks, Banksy...
"07.03.2017 13:13:41" thewestonmercury.co.uk BREAKING: Boy charged after investigation into drug dealing to children in Weston-super-Mare He will appear in court later this month...
"07.03.2017 11:17:40" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Match against Wealdstone to go-ahead with pitch inspection cancelled Weston-super-Mare's re-arranged National League South fixture against Wealdstone tonight (Tuesday) is set to go-ahead. Good news Weston-super-Mare AFC fans as tonight's match against Wealdstone is definitely on, with the planned pitch inspection cancelled. Read more here:
"07.03.2017 10:25:28" thewestonmercury.co.uk Huge waves cause seafront flooding – this week in Weston 50 years ago Weston-super-Mare seafront was hit by stormy seas, while a public smoking ban was considered in 1967, 40 years before one was implemented in the UK. Here are the stories from the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald on March 3, 1967. Flooding along the seafront from high tides is nothing new.
"07.03.2017 08:46:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk £14million to be invested in business hub Around £14million is set to be invested in Highbridge, with plans afoot for a hotel, supermarket and drive-through restaurant all moving at a 'remarkably fast' pace. The town is set to benefit from £14million worth of investment.
There are a number of plans already in motion – what do you think of them?
"07.03.2017 08:40:22" thewestonmercury.co.uk Sky One is on the look out for Weston couples to receive £14,000 towards their dream wedding For some women, the most important day of your life will be when you walk down the aisle, in a beautiful dress, towards your dearly beloved but what if you had no say in the day? Would you go on Don't Tell The Bride? Or do you know anyone who would...?
"06.03.2017 18:34:50" www.thewestonmercury.co.uk Double-decker bus crashes into house near Weston-super-Mare A bus crashed into a house in Uphill this afternoon (Monday). Wouldn't want to have to tell your boss about this one...
"06.03.2017 17:31:29" thewestonmercury.co.uk Parking charges will go up in Weston - but residents' permits are 'a possibility' There is fresh hope for a residents' parking scheme in Weston-super-Mare town centre – but for now parking charges will rise despite central Government plans which will encourage councils to scrap them. Are you in favour of residents' permits?
"06.03.2017 12:03:17" thewestonmercury.co.uk Can you help Weston-super-Mare Football Club ahead of tomorrow's Wealdstone match? Weston-super-Mare head coach Scott Bartlett has asked the club's 'dedicated' fans for their help to get tomorrow night's (Tuesday's) match on, despite a deluge being forecast. Weston-super-Mare AFC head coach Scott Bartlett has asked fans to help the club make sure tomorrow's home match against Wealdstone goes ahead, after their great work to get Saturday's match played.
Can you help at The Woodspring Stadium?
"06.03.2017 11:00:28" thewestonmercury.co.uk Volunteers rescue horse box stuck in soft sand on Somerset beach A horse box which got stuck in wet sand on the high tide line on Berrow beach was rescued by Burnham Area Rescue Boat (BARB) yesterday (Sunday). Great work by Burnham Area Rescue Boat. What would we do without the amazing volunteers who do such a fantastic job on our beaches?
"06.03.2017 10:50:44" thewestonmercury.co.uk Rising energy bills plunge 9,000 North Somerset households below the poverty line Thousands of children in North Somerset have suffered from biting cold this winter, with rising fuel costs leaving families unable to heat their homes. Figures have revealed 10 per cent of households in North Somerset fall below the poverty line after fuel costs are paid.
Are fuel costs too high for the poorer in society? Have you had to go cold this winter so you can afford other essential bills?
"06.03.2017 09:18:20" thewestonmercury.co.uk Hospital's bed shortage is the worst in the country Weston General Hospital has been revealed as the worst acute hospital in the country for how many beds it has available – as new statistics reveal it operated at 100 per cent capacity for three months. Hospitals should operate with 85 per cent of beds occupied, but Weston operated at 100 per cent for three months.
"05.03.2017 20:00:58" www.thewestonmercury.co.uk Public asked to have their say on future of boarded-up Lord Nelson Cleeve Parish Council has called on residents to share their views on the proposed development of the Lord Nelson pub. What are your thoughts on the proposed demolition of the Lord Nelson in Cleeve?
"05.03.2017 18:00:23" www.thewestonmercury.co.uk North Somerset Council to put up rent at its traveller pitches The amount of rent North Somerset Council charges people living in the district's designated traveller sites is set to increase during the next financial year. The council has increased rent at its traveller pitches.
"05.03.2017 16:46:36" www.thewestonmercury.co.uk Unemployment rates drop in North Somerset The number of people in search of work in Weston-super-Mare has reduced in the past year – and has more than halved since 2010. Unemployment has decreased in North Somerset. What are your thoughts on the local economy?
"04.03.2017 19:30:35" www.thewestonmercury.co.uk Teenager to represent Weston-super-Mare at regional modelling competition A 13-year-old girl will represent Weston in the Miss British Isles Modelling Competition this weekend. Good luck Kayleigh!
"04.03.2017 17:40:30" thewestonmercury.co.uk MATCH REPORT: Weston-super-Mare sweep aside Oxford City with impressive 3-0 win Weston-super-Mare swept aside fellow in-form side Oxford City 3-0 today (Saturday) as they sealed their sixth win in nine matches, which leaves them 10 points clear of the National League South relegation zone. A fantastic performance from Weston-super-Mare AFC today. Here is our take on their 3-0 win at home to Oxford City.
"04.03.2017 17:13:22" www.thewestonmercury.co.uk Council and protestors say NHS plan would lead to 'unsafe cuts' North Somerset Council has vowed to write to central Government surrounding its concerns about healthcare cuts in the district. What impact do you think the cuts will have in North Somerset?
"04.03.2017 17:02:56" An excellent 3-0 win for Weston against Oxford City today. Here is what Scott Bartlett made of the match.
"04.03.2017 13:16:15" Timeline Photos Tonight's Q and A with Stan Collymore at Weston Football Club has been cancelled. The former England footballer has issued an emotional statement as to why.
We wish him all the best with his
"03.03.2017 16:07:19" The police are dealing with a sensitive situation in Weston town centre this afternoon. Regent Street is closed and there is a heavy police presence. We would advise you to avoid the area.
"03.03.2017 14:27:02" boohoo.com This tiny kitten is melting our hearts Here's some Friday afternoon cuteness for you...
"03.03.2017 13:51:46" thewestonmercury.co.uk Bake Off stars ready to get back in the tent at Foodies Festival Food-lovers will be given a little slice of heaven this May when Foodies Festival returns to Bristol. This food festival looks like it'll be great – will you try it out?
"03.03.2017 12:24:09" thewestonmercury.co.uk First badger of the year at Secret World Wildlife and Rescue A wildlife rescue centre has welcomed its first badger cub of the year but the adorable animal needs a lot of love and care after being found alone in the cold. CUTE PICTURE ALERT: Secret World Wildlife Rescue has rescued the first badger of the year and he is said to be doing well.
"03.03.2017 10:15:55" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weight loss inspiration hopes to get Weston-super-Mare fit and healthy A Weston man who shed seven and a half stone in just seven months is now on a personal mission to help others change their lives. To lose seven and a half stone in just seven months is pretty impressive. Now Weston's Luke Sutton wants the rest of the town to get fit and healthy. Read his inspiring story of following healthy eating plan Slimming World here:
"03.03.2017 09:34:05" We'll be adding World Book Day photos to this gallery throughout the day – do you have any photos you'd like us to add? Add them in a comment below or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org World Book Day We'll be adding World Book Day photos to this gallery throughout the day – do you have any photos you'd like us to add? Add them in a comment below or send them to email@example.com
"03.03.2017 09:34:05" We'll be adding World Book Day photos to this gallery throughout the day – do you have any photos you'd like us to add? Add them in a comment below or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org World Book Day We'll be adding World Book Day photos to this gallery throughout the day – do you have any photos you'd like us to add? Add them in a comment below or send them to email@example.com
"03.03.2017 09:23:12" thewestonmercury.co.uk Campaign for NHS to pay for PFO closures due to launch as Mercury readers help Steph Hooper get life-saving treatment A Weston-super-Mare woman will receive a life-saving operation thanks to donations from Mercury readers, but a campaign will be launched to urge the NHS to pay for the surgery in the future. Steph's appeal finished in a month; thanks to the Mercury readers who donated.
A campaign will be launched to encourage the NHS to pay for the operation in future.
"02.03.2017 15:52:52" thewestonmercury.co.uk Worle Community School becomes academy with big aspirations for more teachers and smaller classes Smaller class sizes, more teachers and improved facilities are on the cards for a Worle school which will officially join an academy trust today (Thursday). It's all change at Worle School today.
"02.03.2017 13:31:47" We'll be adding World Book Day photos to this gallery throughout the day – do you have any photos you'd like us to add? Add them in a comment below or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org World Book Day We'll be adding World Book Day photos to this gallery throughout the day – do you have any photos you'd like us to add? Add them in a comment below or send them to email@example.com
"02.03.2017 13:31:47" We'll be adding World Book Day photos to this gallery throughout the day – do you have any photos you'd like us to add? Add them in a comment below or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org World Book Day We'll be adding World Book Day photos to this gallery throughout the day – do you have any photos you'd like us to add? Add them in a comment below or send them to email@example.com
"02.03.2017 10:34:40" thewestonmercury.co.uk Waste crews will photograph recycling boxes with wrong items in – but will changes help you recycle more? Waste collection crews will be given cameras so they can take pictures to expose people who have not been recycling properly when a new contractor begins work in Weston-super-Mare this week. Will the changes make you more likely to recycle everything you can?
"02.03.2017 09:15:56" Happy World Book Day, here are some of our favourite quotes from and about books – what are your favourite books? World Book Day Happy World Book Day, here are some of our favourite quotes from and about books – what are your favourite books?
"01.03.2017 19:01:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'That win was for the chairman, board and supporters' – Weston-super-Mare head coach full of pride for in-form Seagulls Weston-super-Mare's good form continued in style on Saturday as they upset the odds by securing a 2-0 win at play-off chasing Hampton and Richmond Borough. Weston head coach Scott Bartlett has thanked Weston-super-Mare AFC's 'outstanding' fans after impressive win on Saturday.
The Seagulls host Oxford City this weekend, hoping to leap up the National League South table.
Read more here:
"01.03.2017 17:34:13" thewestonmercury.co.uk Three cars in Weston-super-Mare crash A three-vehicle crash is causing delays in Weston-super-Mare this evening (Wednesday). Drive carefully and allow extra time if you're heading into Weston this evening:
"01.03.2017 13:52:58" thewestonmercury.co.uk Flood warnings in place as high tides are expected along seafront in Weston-super-Mare Spring tides will be at their highest point tonight (Wednesday) – and may combine with near gale force winds to make flooding possible in Weston-super-Mare. Flood warnings have been issued as spring tides are reaching their peak.
"01.03.2017 10:19:04" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'White tablets and powder' seized in police drugs raid A host of drugs have been seized after a raid and police say they are 'taking proactive action' to tackle the issue. 'We won't tolerate it' – Avon and Somerset Constabulary has said it is taking action after a drugs raid.
White tablets and powder were seized from the property, pending further inquiries.
"01.03.2017 08:55:30" Timeline Photos Weston has one of the lowest university application rates in the country.
Why do you think this is?
You can vote in our poll as well to tell us if you would encourage people to go to university – we would love to hear your thoughts.
"28.02.2017 20:09:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare brothel is 'safe space' for sex workers – manager speaks out after BBC investigation The manager of a Weston-super-Mare brothel says trying to shut it down would have disastrous consequences for the women working there. The manager of Butterfly's says more women would be exploited by pop-up brothels if it was to be shut down.
"28.02.2017 19:48:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'How do you tell your friends Armageddon is coming?' – one man's story of leaving his religion behind A Weston-super-Mare man who was forced to choose between living life as a lie as a Jehovah's Witness or never speaking to his friends and family again has spoken out about his experience. Such an interesting, but heartbreaking story here.
By leaving his religion behind Jordan had to accept being abandoned by his friends and family and starting his whole life from scratch...
"28.02.2017 13:54:03" thewestonmercury.co.uk Six bus routes cancelled in Weston-super-Mare There will be fewer buses running in Weston from mid-April, as Crosville has announced six of its services will be completely cancelled. Crosville says increased competition, a reduction in fares and less funding from North Somerset Council have contributed to its decision to stop six routes in Weston.
Which route will you miss the most? Vote in our poll by clicking the link below...
"28.02.2017 12:52:31" thewestonmercury.co.uk Flood warning issued for Weston-super-Mare People are being told to take extra care in coastal areas today (Tuesday) as a flood warning is issued. Just close your eyes and think of sunshine...
"28.02.2017 10:01:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Volunteers from Weston-super-Mare needed for 'rewarding' charity group – can you help? A North Somerset charity is calling for more volunteers from Weston – and its current members say it is both 'challenging and rewarding'. The Children's Hospice South West is appealing for more volunteers from Weston. Can you help? Current members say it is 'challenging but rewarding'.
"28.02.2017 08:46:54" thewestonmercury.co.uk Why is North Somerset struggling to score top marks in food hygiene? Almost a fifth of restaurants and eateries in North Somerset have failed to gain a top mark for their food hygiene standards. North Somerset has the second highest percentage of eateries with a score of three or less out of all areas in the South West.
Why do you think this is?
"27.02.2017 19:01:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare pull clear of the drop zone after 'excellent' performance at Hampton and Richmond Weston head coach Scott Bartlett has expressed pride at his side's performance away at Hampton and Richmond on Saturday but says it was not a surprise with the quality in the team. We spoke to a very happy Weston-super-Mare AFC head coach after Saturday's impressive 2-0 win at Hampton and Richmond.
Scott Bartlett told the Mercury the team were 'excellent' on the day and deserved the victory.
What do you think the head coach has
"27.02.2017 13:01:39" thewestonmercury.co.uk Man suffers 'serious' head injury after large fight in Weston-super-Mare A man has been arrested after a large fight broke out in Weston-super-Mare on Saturday – but police want to speak to another in connection with the incident. A large fight broke out in Weston over the weekend. One man suffered a serious head injury as a result and another was arrested.
Can you help police find the other man they want to speak to?
"27.02.2017 11:44:56" thewestonmercury.co.uk Warning issued over icy roads in Weston Ice is expected to form on roads in Weston-super-Mare and North Somerset later today (Monday), leading to difficult driving conditions. We will all have to be careful on the roads later...
"27.02.2017 11:03:11" thewestonmercury.co.uk Blaze in Weston-super-Mare flat started 'deliberately' Crews from Weston-super-Mare and Winscombe were called to a flat fire yesterday (Sunday), which is thought to have been started deliberately. The fire started in a ground floor flat:
"27.02.2017 10:58:38" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare's 'underfunded' hospital at risk due to new cuts Weston and North Somerset Trades Council has called for a stop to 'bewildering' cuts to the NHS as concern for the area's standard of healthcare continues to grow. Do you agree with Weston and North Somerset Trades Council's fears for the future of the NHS?
"27.02.2017 10:32:01" eastdevon24.co.uk Iwitness24 Grand Pier photo challenge winner Iwitness24 photo challenge winner announced. Grand Pier photo comp - gallery of pictures.
"27.02.2017 08:46:46" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare crews fight chimney blaze Fire crews from Weston-super-Mare were called to put out a chimney fire last night (Sunday). Thankfully no one was hurt in the fire:
"26.02.2017 11:27:11" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'Incredible' experience for Weston-super-Mare fashion student A fashion design student from Weston showcased her work in front of a host of industry experts at London Fashion Week. This Weston College fashion student had some of her items paraded on the catwalk during London Fashion Week:
"25.02.2017 20:29:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Eight-year-old boy is a 'hero' after coming to Nanny's rescue on Valentine's Day A brave eight-year-old boy became a 'hero on Valentine's Day' after he went to his grandmother's rescue when he found her unconscious on a bed. Well done to Riley on his quick-thinking and bravery!
"25.02.2017 19:43:08" thewestonmercury.co.uk Motorway lane closed after accident An accident on the M5 has forced a lane to be closed tonight (Saturday). Take care of you're driving south on the M5 tonight:
"25.02.2017 19:35:51" thewestonmercury.co.uk Councillors vote against Highbridge's new homes Plans to build more than 600 homes in Highbridge have been unanimously opposed by Burnham and Highbridge Town Council this week. Do you agree with the vote?
"24.02.2017 17:13:22" Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury's cover photo Rob Bayes wins our iwitness24 photo challenge with her stunning picture of an autumn sunset.
Go to www.iwitness24.co.uk where you can upload your local images and get involved with our photo sharing community. Pictures shared on iwitness can appear in
"24.02.2017 16:49:23" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare head coach 'focused on job in hand' despite Eastleigh link Weston travel to play-off chasing Hampton and Richmond Borough tomorrow (Saturday) and the Seagulls' head coach Scott Bartlett says he is fully focused on getting three points on the road. Weston head coach Scott Bartlett is one of the names linked with the vacant Eastleigh manager job. We spoke to him and he addressed the rumours...
Click the link below to read what he had to say.
"24.02.2017 13:41:54" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare Football Club 'super fan' honoured for 'amazing' achievement Weston Football Club presented its most loyal and dedicated fan with a signed shirt at the weekend to mark his impressive record of having not missed a match in the past 25 years. Not to miss a Weston-super-Mare AFC match in 25 years is quite an achievement...
"24.02.2017 12:57:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Windy weather and the waves on Weston seafront – in pictures Storm Doris did not wreak havoc in Weston-super-Mare as it did in other parts of the country – but the forceful winds still whipped up the waves yesterday (Thursday). In case you missed the waves yesterday, here are some pictures showing the impact of Storm Doris.
"24.02.2017 10:16:22" thewestonmercury.co.uk Busy road closed following crash involving four cars Four cars were involved in a crash in a busy Worle road this morning (Friday). Four cars were involved in the crash.
"23.02.2017 19:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Cash-strapped council approves 'toughest budget yet' as bills rise Council tax bills in North Somerset will rise significantly next year as the authority tries to battle 'savage' Government cuts – but the 4.75 per cent rise has been described as nothing more than 'sticking a plaster on a gaping wound'. Council tax bills will rise in the district next year as North Somerset Council tries to battle 'savage' Government cuts.
"23.02.2017 18:45:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'Unforgivable' fly-tipping 'getting worse' in North Somerset villages A 'disgusting' and 'dangerous' pile of rubbish was dumped just off a rural North Somerset road this week, prompting calls for stronger deterrents for fly-tipping. This massive pile of 'disgusting' rubbish was dumped on a bridleway in Banwell.
Do you think there should be stronger deterrents and penalties for fly-tipping?
"23.02.2017 18:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'Britain's smallest coffee shop' lives to fight another day, but more volunteers are required A beloved village charity café, which was due to close because of a volunteer shortage, has been served a fresh lease of life. 'Britain's smallest coffee shop' has been saved from closure but it still needs more volunteers.
"23.02.2017 17:00:02" thewestonmercury.co.uk Something for every jobseeker at Weston-super-Mare Jobs Fair Hundreds of jobs, apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities will be up for grabs next week at Weston-super-Mare Jobs Fair. We did a question and answer with Weston-super-Mare MP John Penrose about Jobs Fair which will take place next week.
"23.02.2017 16:22:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk The Wedding Singer is ditched at the altar as film is brought to life at The Bristol Hippodrome Popular film The Wedding Singer is set to take its place as a sparkling new theatre production next month. WIN: Tickets to see The Wedding Singer at the Bristol Hippodrome. Make sure you enter before 10am on March 3. Enter here:
"23.02.2017 11:34:27" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare school in line for new all-weather sports pitch A sports centre at a Weston-super-Mare school wants to build a new all-weather football pitch after North Somerset Council transferred control to the school's parent body. Good news for Hans Price Academy. Would you welcome a new all-weather sports pitch in Weston?
"23.02.2017 10:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Cheddar car meet organisers speak out about not having 'anywhere else to go' after public backlash A group of car enthusiasts has been the victim of public backlash after its meet was shut down by police. POLL: Should car meets be allowed in Cheddar Gorge?
We spoke to Stance West – a group for car enthusiasts – about its members' struggle to enjoy their hobby.
"23.02.2017 09:30:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk Avon and Somerset Constabulary is 'grateful' to volunteers for their 'commitment' and 'dedication' Avon and Somerset Constabulary has recognised the efforts and achievements of its volunteers in North Somerset during an awards ceremony. The police have recognised the hard work of their volunteers at an awards ceremony this month.
"22.02.2017 20:00:04" thewestonmercury.co.uk Mehmet returns to manage Cadbury House An award-winning North Somerset hotel has appointed a new general manager. A new general manager as been appointed at an award-winning North Somerset hotel.
"22.02.2017 18:00:47" thewestonmercury.co.uk Storm Doris expected to hit Weston-super-Mare as Met Office issues wind warning Thursday may get off to a blustery start in Weston-super-Mare with gusts of 50-60mph predicted by the Met Office, prompting a yellow weather warning. Take care out there tomorrow as Storm Doris blows in.
"22.02.2017 17:35:48" Timeline Photos Iwitness24 photo challenge - Grand Pier. There's still time to enter our competition! To enter simply go to www.iwitness24.co.uk and upload your Grand Pier picture to the Photo Challenge group.
As well as appearing in the Weston Mercury newspaper, the
"22.02.2017 13:13:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk REACTION: Weston-super-Mare boss given selection 'headache' for Hampton and Richmond National League South clash Weston head coach Scott Bartlett says the team have given him a lot to think about after his fringe players impressed in their convincing 3-0 Somerset Cup win against Bath City last night (Tuesday). GALLERY: Did you go and watch Weston-super-Mare AFC on Saturday? Here are some pictures from the match, as well as post-match reaction from Tuesday's match. Read more here:
"22.02.2017 10:01:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'I owe her for giving me my life back' – Weston-super-Mare woman donates kidney to daughter A Weston woman has been set free from a 'life of pain' thanks to her mum, who potentially saved her life by giving her one of her kidneys. What a lovely story. This Weston mother gave her kidney to her daughter and has potentially saved her life. The two now want to tell their story and encourage others to consider organ donation. You can read – and watch a video – about their journey by
"22.02.2017 09:15:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'Invisible' plan to beat poverty Authorities are 'failing' people in Weston town centre, a councillor has claimed after 'shocking' statistics revealed four in 10 households are living in poverty. Does Weston have a poverty problem?
'Shocking' figures reveal four in ten households in central Weston are living in poverty, with fingers being pointed at authorities.
Take a look at our interactive map to see the poverty picture in your area, and have
"22.02.2017 08:49:58" thewestonmercury.co.uk Lane closures possible along busy road as major £1million works start at West Wick roundabout Major roadworks will begin at one of Weston-super-Mare's main roundabouts and roads next Monday. The roadworks will start on Monday and are expected to continue until the summer holidays start.
"22.02.2017 07:00:02" thewestonmercury.co.uk MAP: See where thousands of homes will be built by 2036 as council warns 'easy options' are all gone A senior North Somerset Council planner has warned the district faces 'difficult' and 'controversial' decisions when deciding where to build new homes in the next 20 years – and feels a mix of development would be the best way of solving the area's Thousands of homes will be built... but where will they go? Do you have a preference?
"21.02.2017 22:13:03" Reaction from Scott Bartlett after tonight's 3-0 win over Bath City.
"21.02.2017 21:55:44" thewestonmercury.co.uk MATCH REPORT: Seagulls ease past Bath City into Somerset Cup semi-finals Weston-super-Mare eased into the semi-finals of the Somerset Cup tonight (Tuesday) with a comfortable 3-0 win over Bath City, It was a good night for Weston-super-Mare A.F.C. as they eased past Bath City in the Somerset Cup. Match report here:
"21.02.2017 20:18:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Conman jailed for 'fleecing' pensioner out of £40,000 The judge said McCann was a 'coward'...
"21.02.2017 19:00:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk FEATURE: In discussion with MP James Heappey Somerset is facing fresh challenges every day, including new housing plans, high demand for NHS services and a host of budget cuts. But there are also a number of positives about living in this 'beautiful' part of the world, according to MP James Heappey. Housing developments, increasing demand for NHS services and a host of budget cuts. These are just some of the issues people in Somerset are having to face on a daily basis.
We caught up with Wells MP – whose constituency cover Burnham, Highbridge,
"21.02.2017 17:56:20" 'I'd have died by the time I got to Bristol' - that's what one protestors sign reads this evening.
The Labour Party and Unison are protesting at North Somerset Council's budget-setting meeting tonight. They are against changes at Weston Hospital which
"21.02.2017 17:00:03" thewestonmercury.co.uk Action group's fight against housing plan ends in 'disappointment' after scheme given the go-ahead Planners have granted a housing developer permission to build 50 homes in Congresbury – despite staunch opposition from campaigners and the district councillor. The decision means 50 homes will be built in one part of North Somerset - is this good for the area?
"21.02.2017 11:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Debate over Italian Gardens and Town Square design Weston-super-Mare's Italian Gardens is currently a pile of mud while major work is underway to make it part of a larger Town Square. Mercury readers had their say on the Italian Gardens and Town Square design. One person called the plans 'fabulous' while another thought they were 'characterless'.
What do you think?
"21.02.2017 10:00:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk Picture Past: February 17, 1967 – MP's 'gimmick' makes Parliamentary history A gimmick in Parliament made the headlines in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago. Here is the news from February 17, 1967. The Mercury was disappearing from the library and donkey riding prices were expected to go up.
Here is what was happening 50 years ago...
"21.02.2017 09:00:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'Vulnerable' single mums and children have 'no support' and 'no room' in charity home Two young mums have spoken out about the horrors they have faced after one of their children found a used needle in the garden of their mother and baby unit. Needles in the garden, cider in the pram, mould and broken heating are just a few of the horrors two 'vulnerable' young mums have had to deal with at a charity home.
"20.02.2017 20:15:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk British Airways launches more flights to four new European destinations from Bristol Airport People flying from Bristol Airport will be able to visit four new European destinations this summer, as Britain's flagship airline returns to Lulsgate. Trips to Florence and more are available from Bristol Airport now. Will you be making the most of this?
"20.02.2017 19:43:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Driver jailed for killing North Somerset teenager in crash He was jailed at Bristol Crown Court today for seven years and four months...
"20.02.2017 18:00:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk Take control of your career at Weston-super-Mare Jobs Fair Hundreds of career and volunteering opportunities will be up for grabs later this month, when employers will be on the hunt for talented individuals at Weston-super-Mare Jobs Fair. Employers will be on the hunt for talented individuals at the Weston-super-Mare Jobs Fair.
"20.02.2017 17:15:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk Vets fight back against plan for new rival surgery across the street A veterinary practice in a North Somerset village says plans to open a competing business on the other side of the street are not viable. What do you make of the existing surgery's concerns?
"20.02.2017 16:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk MP John Penrose praises hard work of mental health charity Weston-super-Mare's MP has praised the hard work of a mental health charity which offers guidance and support to people living in North Somerset. MP John Penrose has praised the hard work of a Weston-super-Mare mental health charity.
"20.02.2017 15:25:44" Timeline Photos We've had some cracking pictures sent in to us for our current iwitness24 Photo Challenge – Grand Pier.
You have until the end of this week to submit your favourite picture of the pier via our photo sharing site www.iwitness24.co.uk.
Here's one of the
"20.02.2017 14:00:03" thewestonmercury.co.uk Air ambulance lands in Burnham-on-Sea to help man suffering a cardiac arrest An air ambulance landed in Burnham-on-Sea yesterday (Sunday) following reports of a man suffering a cardiac arrest. Great Western Air Ambulance came to the aid of a man who was suffering a cardiac arrest.
"20.02.2017 13:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Coastguards rescue man stuck in the mud Members of two coastguard teams were called to Weston-super-Mare yesterday (Sunday) to rescue a man stuck in the mud. Coastguard crews from Burnham-on-Sea and Weston-super-Mare responded to calls of a man stuck in the mud.
"20.02.2017 12:50:15" thewestonmercury.co.uk Loud music complaints prompt North Somerset Council to take woman to court A woman from Weston-super-Mare has been ordered to pay more than £2,000 after blaring loud music from her house. North Somerset Council has won a court case against a Weston-super-Mare woman who played her music too loud.
"20.02.2017 10:31:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare headteacher voices concern over schools' future Primary schools in North Somerset will be the 'biggest losers' when new budgets come into play which will put teachers' jobs at risk and result in a loss of funding for pupils. Primary schools in Weston could be at huge risk due to imminent budget cuts, according to one headteacher.
What do you think of the plans? Are you concerned about the challenges schools will face in the town?
"20.02.2017 09:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare Social Club opens new suite Weston Social Club has opened its newly-refurbished function room and named it after one of its most dedicated members. Weston-super-Mare Social Club has opened its newly refurbished function room.
"20.02.2017 08:33:58" thewestonmercury.co.uk Dolphin Square: Developer McLaren Life reveals possible opening date The opening of Weston's multi-million-pound Dolphin Square leisure complex is now thought to be only a matter of months away. McLaren have revealed a possible opening date for the multi-million-pound Dolphin Square development.
"19.02.2017 19:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Messy church enjoyed by Wrington families Children in a North Somerset village sought cover from this weekend's cold weather at a community event. Wrington youngsters made animals out of fruit and vegetables at a messy church session last weekend.
"19.02.2017 18:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk www.thewestonmercury.co.uk A warning to pregnant women as lambing season fast approaches.
"19.02.2017 17:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare duo given awards for humaitarian work Two long-serving members of Weston-super-Mare's Lions Club have been given a prestigious award for their dedicated service to the charity. Two members of the Weston-super-Mare Lions Club have been given prestigious awards for their humanitarian work.
"19.02.2017 16:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk www.thewestonmercury.co.uk Thatchers has been granted planning permission from North Somerset Council to build its new warehouse in Sandford.
"19.02.2017 15:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Could a hall be built alongside homes at North End? A new community hall could eventually be built in a rapidly-changing area of North Somerset, after it was agreed a housing developer would need to contribute towards a new facility. A new community hall could be built alongside 170 homes in Yatton.
"19.02.2017 14:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk www.thewestonmercury.co.uk Youngsters from the scouts, beavers and cubs were honoured at an award ceremony at The Playhouse.
"19.02.2017 13:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Child rushed to hospital in air ambulance A child was airlifted to hospital yesterday afternoon (Saturday) in Highbridge. A child in Highbridge was airlifted to hospital by Devon Air Ambulance.
"19.02.2017 12:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk www.thewestonmercury.co.uk Shipham Players' 'tremendous' pantomime is the 'best one yet' as more than 600 people watch the show.
"19.02.2017 11:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Seven Weston-super-Mare primary schools hope to join forces to create multi-academy trust A group of seven primary schools in Weston are hoping to join together to form a multi-academy trust. Seven Weston-super-Mare primary schools hope to form a new multi-academy trust.
"19.02.2017 10:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston Hospicecare receives £4k donation after train exhibition One of Weston-super-Mare's biggest charities was given a boost this week after it received a donation of more than £4,000. Weston Hospicecare received a fantastic £4k donation which was raised at a train exhibition.
"18.02.2017 21:00:02" thewestonmercury.co.uk Police: Keep dogs on leads near livestock – or they could be put to sleep Dog owners are being urged to keep their pets under control around livestock – or risk seeing it put down. Lambing season is only around the corner and Avon and Somerset Constabulary have asked dog owners to keep their pets under control.
"18.02.2017 19:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Burnham-on-Sea bus route receives emergency cash Somerset County Council is extending its emergency funding for the 67 bus service from Wells to Burnham. Somerset County Council has given funding to a Burnham-on-Sea bus service.
"18.02.2017 18:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk MATCH REPORT: Dayle Grubb brace secures draw at home to Welling United Weston-super-Mare twice came from behind to earn a well-deserved 2-2 draw against Welling United, in the Seagulls' first home game since January 1. Weston twice came from behind to secure a 2-2 draw earlier today. Read our match report here:
"18.02.2017 17:52:37" We lost Scott Bartlett at the end there but here are some of his thoughts on today's 2-2 draw with Welling United.
"18.02.2017 16:05:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk www.thewestonmercury.co.uk More than 20 volunteers helped collect litter at Wedmore's Big Tidy Up event last week.
"18.02.2017 14:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk 1,000 dog poo complaints result in just four fines – but dog-owners could soon be fined if they don't carry a bag North Somerset Council received close to 1,000 complaints about dog mess in just three years – but only four people were fined for not picking up their pet's poo. There is 'no excuse' for not picking up your pet's poo - there were almost 1,000 dog poo complaints in the last three years but only four fines.
Should dog owners be fined if they do not carry a bag?
"18.02.2017 14:03:41" UNILAD Just a kitten trying hopelessly to stop a washing machine Trying to stop time passing at the weekend like...
"18.02.2017 13:45:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Rainbow run to make big return to Burnham-on-Sea Volunteers from Burnham's RNLI are set to organise a second rainbow run, following the success of the event last year. Volunteers from Burnham-on-Sea's RNLI will organise a second rainbow run this May.
Will you be joining in?
"18.02.2017 12:45:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Village 'has woken up' as action group is formed in Sandford A North Somerset village is 'fighting for survival', according to a neighbourhood action group which was formed this week. People from a North Somerset village have come together to 'tackle the challenges' which lie ahead.
"18.02.2017 11:45:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Man rescued after his car overturned in a ditch A man was rescued after his car crashed into a ditch in Wick St Lawrence yesterday (Friday). A man was rescued yesterday evening (Friday) after his car overturned in a ditch.
"18.02.2017 11:14:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Poll: Should North Somerset's NHS stop prescribing gluten-free food? North Somerset's NHS spends thousands of pounds a year paying for people to have gluten-free food – but that could change under new cost-saving measures. Prescriptions cost North Somerset and South Gloucester £315,000 a year.
Do you think North Somerset's NHS should stop prescribing gluten-free food?
"18.02.2017 10:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Nominate YOUR Weston-super-Mare hero for a Community Champions award Nominations are still open for Community Champions of Weston-super-Mare – a new awards scheme which aims to celebrate the town's unsung heroes. It is not too late to nominate someone you know for the Community Champions of Weston-super-Mare.
You have until March 20 to nominate your unsung hero.
"18.02.2017 09:45:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Best of the Grand Pier picture challenge so far Weston-super-Mare's keen photographers have been challenged to take their best pictures of the Grand Pier and submit them to weston.iwitness24.co.uk Photographers have been submitting their pictures into our Grand Pier challenge, check them out!
If you would like to enter, submit them to weston.iwitness24.co.uk
"18.02.2017 09:00:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk Woman is prosecuted after pet dog attacks puppy A dog owner from North Somerset has been prosecuted after her Staffordshire bull terrier attacked a five-month-old puppy. A North Somerset woman has been fined nearly £1,000 after her pet dog attacked a five-month-old puppy.
"17.02.2017 21:41:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Russell Brand to make stand-up return in Bristol later this year One of the country's most eccentric and controversial comedians is making a return to Bristol, and Russell Brand's comedy act is set to be that little bit different now the 41-year-old is a father. WHAT'S ON: Russell Brand will be performing in Bristol this year – would you go to see the comedian?
"17.02.2017 18:09:02" thewestonmercury.co.uk Q&A: Changes for Weston-super-Mare's A&E department explained Emergency department changes explained by Weston's healthcare leaders. A scaled-back emergency service could be introduced between 10pm and 8am. What do you make of the plans?
Find out what it will mean for staff, patients, the hospital and the ambulance service by clicking the link below...
"17.02.2017 14:31:10" thewestonmercury.co.uk Five things to do in Weston-super-Mare this weekend Support Weston's football team or take your loved one out for a belated Valentine's Day meal this weekend. Here are five things to do in Weston this weekend. Take part in a quiz for charity or support Weston-super-Mare's football team.
Here are five things to do in Weston and the surrounding area this weekend.
"17.02.2017 12:05:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Family remember 24-year-old Deakon as 'happy-go-lucky lad' ahead of his funeral next week The family of Worle man Deakon Wilkins have paid tribute to their 'kind and caring' son ahead of his funeral on Tuesday. Deakon's funeral will be held in Weston on Tuesday.
"17.02.2017 08:28:24" thewestonmercury.co.uk Bin lorry races to hit Weston-super-Mare People might be forgiven for thinking dozens of bin lorries gathered on Weston's seafront is a rubbish addition to the scenic sea view – but spectators will be able to see exactly that when the National Refuse Championships come to town in June. Well, this will be a bit rubbish for whoever loses... (we're sorry).
"16.02.2017 19:26:08" thewestonmercury.co.uk Police and council defend themselves after claims of teen exploitation in Weston-super-Mare Organisations designed to protect society's most vulnerable have defended themselves this week in the wake of a damning investigation which claimed they were aware of the exploitation of teenage girls in Weston but did not step in. A 15-year-old girl was employed by a brothel to clean its rooms and hand out leaflets, social services knew when another teen moved in with a known sexual predator and a council employee has even been accused of posting sexually violent content online.
"16.02.2017 17:01:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk REVIEW: Moving story of Goodnight Mister Tom lights up The Blakehay Theatre A Weston audience enjoyed a night to remember as Goodnight Mister Tom opened at The Blakehay Theatre last night (Wednesday), in what was a moving re-creation of the literary classic. Stuck for something to do this evening? Well, Goodnight Mister Tom is at The Blakehay Theatre, Weston-super-Mare tonight. We loved the show last night and would recommend you catch it while you can.
Read our review of last night's performance here:
"16.02.2017 14:50:30" thewestonmercury.co.uk M5 lane closed for extensive resurfacing following oil spillage Highways England is working to clear a spillage on the M5 northbound in Somerset following an accident earlier today (Thursday) – with one lane requiring extensive resurfacing work. Highways England says it is working hard to carry out work so the motorway can be re-opened fully.
"16.02.2017 12:39:25" thewestonmercury.co.uk Oil spillage closes two lanes of the M5 after accident involving lorry and car transporter Police have closed two lanes of the M5 northbound between Bridgwater and Burnham-on-Sea this afternoon (Thursday) after an accident where they had to cut a lorry driver out of their vehicle. One to be aware of if you are travelling today.
"16.02.2017 12:15:31" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare's seafront to get cosy new retro restaurant called Brunello Lounge A West Country restaurant chain will soon be opening along Weston-super-Mare's seafront, and will name its new eatery after Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Loungers is opening a restaurant in Weston and we can't wait!!
"16.02.2017 09:21:54" thewestonmercury.co.uk More than 2,000 homes could be built in Somerset according to Sedgemoor District Council's Local Plan – have your say! More than 2,000 homes could be built across Somerset under new plans outlined by Sedgemoor District Council. Sedgemoor District Council released its draft Local Plan last week and more than 2,000 homes could be built in the area.
What do you think about the plans?
Have your say at two consultation events taking place next week in Axbridge and Cheddar.
"15.02.2017 19:01:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'We can't wait to be back at The Woodspring Stadium' – Weston-super-Mare head coach relishing home match against Welling United Weston-super-Mare head coach Scott Bartlett says he cannot wait for his side to be back playing on their home ground, after a host of postponements have left them without a home match since January 1. We caught up with Weston-super-Mare AFC head coach Scott Bartlett after the side's 2-0 defeat to Poole Town.
He was upbeat about the team's performance and is now looking forward to being back at The Woodspring Stadium after more than a month away. Read
"15.02.2017 16:01:28" thewestonmercury.co.uk Pub to be demolished for shop, café and fuel station? Cleeve's historic Lord Nelson pub will be knocked down and replaced with a supermarket, a petrol station and a pub café – if owner Tout Ltd's proposals are materialised. What do you think of these proposals for this North Somerset pub?
"15.02.2017 11:55:04" thewestonmercury.co.uk Two fire engines called to fire at train station in Weston-super-Mare Two fire crews from Avon Fire and Rescue Service were called to Weston Railway Station last night (Tuesday) after someone set fire to its toilets. The fire is believed to have been started deliberately.
"15.02.2017 10:26:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Could you be the next big trader at Weston-super-Mare's new food festival? Weston's brand new food festival, which is set to grace the town centre this April, has announced a host of new opportunities for traders of all ages. Weston's newest food festival has some exciting opportunities which you can get involved with.
Click the link below to find out more.
How excited are you for Eat:Weston?
"15.02.2017 08:42:20" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare mother: 'Charlton Farm gave me some memories to last a lifetime' A children's hospice is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year and a Weston woman says she is 'eternally grateful' for the care she and her newborn son received. A Weston mother has thanked a children's hospice for the care it provided for her and her son. Charlton Farm is celebrating its 10-year anniversary and you can get involved in a host of ways by clicking the link below.
"14.02.2017 19:00:32" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'The public are the police and the police are the public' – could you join the Special Constabulary? A voluntary branch of Avon and Somerset Constabulary has had a huge impact on policing in the district, with more officers patrolling the streets and ensuring the safety of residents. The Avon and Somerset Special Constabulary is a branch of voluntary policemen and women who patrol the streets and keep the public safe.
One of our reporters joined two of the Specials for a 10-hour shift – this is what she got up to.
"14.02.2017 12:40:51" thewestonmercury.co.uk North Somerset Council spending £800k in cash saving bid after libraries review North Somerset Council will spend more than £800,000 on libraries and children's centres in a bid to save money in the long term following a review of its services. North Somerset Council is spending money to save money. What do you make of the changes to libraries and children's centres in the district?
"14.02.2017 11:00:08" thewestonmercury.co.uk RESULTS: North Somerset's progress 8 and attainment 8 tables have been released – but what do they mean? Schools in North Somerset have been through many changes over the past year – not least in the way they are monitored and students are assessed. Schools are now being rated on progress 8 and attainment results. But what does that mean? We tried to make sense of it all and get some reaction from North Somerset. Click the link below to read more.
"14.02.2017 10:00:07" thewestonmercury.co.uk 10 things to do in Weston-super-Mare this Valentine's Day Valentine's Day is like marmite – you either love it or you hate it – but this year there are plenty of things to get up to in and around Weston-super-Mare. Happy Valentine's Day! There are a number of things to do in Weston-super-Mare to mark the occasion, whether you're single or in a relationship...
"14.02.2017 08:55:43" thewestonmercury.co.uk Mercury's Picture Past: February 10 'Spring is in the air' became Weston-super-Mare's tourism motto 50 years ago – in February. Here are the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald headlines from 1967. 50 years ago students were getting ready for pancake day. Here are some more images as part of this week's Picture Past feature:
"13.02.2017 18:15:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk Busy road near Weston-super-Mare to close next week A major Worle road will close overnight for five days next week. Make sure you plan your route in advance - this will affect a lot of people...
"13.02.2017 17:01:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk REVIEW: The night Busted took Bristol to the Year 3000 One of the most successful bands of the 2000s made a welcome return to the stage in Bristol last night (Sunday) as the 02 Academy turned back the clock, 15 years after the band released their very first single. What I Go To School For, Year 3000, 3am, Sleeping With The Light On – these are just a few of the classics Busted performed in Bristol last night.
We loved it and you can read our review here.
Are you a fan of the band who first made their name back in
"13.02.2017 16:58:47" North Somerset Times TRAVEL: One to be aware of if you are about to head home... A travel story from our sister paper to bear in mind when heading home tonight – there is congestion on the M5 southbound after an earlier accident.
"13.02.2017 11:30:01" Timeline Photos Are you tempted to sign up to any of Weston College's new online courses?
"13.02.2017 10:40:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Firefighters called to free child from locked car Firefighters were called upon in North Somerset yesterday (Sunday) when a child was locked in a car. Some more good work from our firefighters here...
"13.02.2017 09:08:03" thewestonmercury.co.uk Man in court over allegedly stabbing ex-partner A Weston-super-Mare man has been charged with stabbing his ex-partner with a knife and threatening to kill her. The prosecutor said it was alledged he kicked and punched the victim and stabbed her in the side at a house in Worle.
The case has been sent to Bristol Crown Court.
"13.02.2017 07:52:33" thewestonmercury.co.uk Rough sleeping levels in North Somerset quadruple – what more can be done? The amount of people sleeping rough on the streets of North Somerset has quadrupled during the past seven years, amid claims savage Government cuts are leaving people with fewer options than ever. What do you think could be done to help?
"12.02.2017 17:59:51" thewestonmercury.co.uk Not Dead Enough to be brought to life on stage at The Bristol Hippodrome Shane Richie and Laura Whitmore are set to bring best-selling author Peter James' work to life, with Not Dead Enough – and the tour includes a stop in Bristol. Want to win free tickets to this star-studded show? You can enter our competition below...
"12.02.2017 14:14:35" thewestonmercury.co.uk More refugee families could be welcomed to North Somerset More refugee families could be given homes in North Somerset if the district's scheme is increased. North Somerset Council has already found a home for one Syrian family, but is hoping to house two more.
Do you think it is a good idea for the council to expand its refugee policy?
"12.02.2017 11:45:24" thewestonmercury.co.uk Bob Marley concerts heard again after lost tapes are restored by studio near Weston-super-Mare Lost tapes featuring Bob Marley's unmistakable voice have been heard for the first time in decades, thanks to the painstaking work of a Kewstoke recording studio. "We sat in the studio and switched it on and it gave me tingles up my spine."
"12.02.2017 09:24:20" thewestonmercury.co.uk Spin-athon raises almost £8,000 for three charities A 24-hour spin-athon has raised almost £8,000 for three worthy causes. 24 hours of continuous spinning doesn't sound like our idea of fun, but this was all for a good cause... an amazing achiebement!
"11.02.2017 18:37:53" thewestonmercury.co.uk Blakehay Theatre revamp underway A renovation to the upper floors at one of Weston-super-Mare's theatres is underway. What do you make of the revamp so far?
"11.02.2017 13:18:07" thewestonmercury.co.uk Readers' pictures: Stunning views of Weston-super-Mare Despite the wet weather recently, iwitness users have taken some gorgeous photos in and around Weston. Our readers are a talented bunch...
"11.02.2017 11:34:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Win tickets to see The Lego Batman Movie at Weston-super-Mare Odeon An epic superhero franchise has been given the Lego treatment, taking us to a world of blocks and bad guys. Fancy a trip to the cinema on us? You could win family tickets here...
"11.02.2017 08:35:18" thewestonmercury.co.uk Council wardens given go-ahead to dish out fines for on-street parking matters from April Parking wardens will soon be patrolling the streets of North Somerset to stop people parking on double-yellow lines. Council wardens will soon be able to dish out fines to people parked on double-yellow lines or in disabled bays and they will be monitoring bus lane use.
Is poor parking a problem where you live?
"10.02.2017 19:49:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk 6 of the best-value restaurant deals for food-lovers in Weston-super-Mare Weston-super-Mare has lots of great restaurants on offer and there is no reason to miss out just because you are on a budget – here are six of the best dining deals in the town… Sorry if you're hungry, we're about to make it worse... But, if you are looking for some luxury food on a budget here are six of the best food deals in Weston...
Where's your favourite place to eat?
"10.02.2017 18:24:03" thewestonmercury.co.uk This week 50 years ago: New hospital for Weston-super-Mare announced It is 50 years ago this week the Government gave the go-ahead for a new hospital to be built in Weston-super-Mare – although it took nearly 20 years until it became a reality. Changes are afoot at Weston General Hospital in 2017.
But in a strange coincidence, the town's hospital was also making headlines in the same week 50 years ago.
"10.02.2017 17:17:34" thewestonmercury.co.uk Body of Deakon Wilkins formally identified by police Police have formally identified the body found in the Floating Harbour in Bristol on Sunday as 24-year-old missing man Deakon Wilkins from Weston-super-Mare. Police are not treating his death as suspicious.
Our thoughts are with Deakon's family and friends.
"10.02.2017 14:02:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk Popular Weston-super-Mare bar opens branch in Burnham-on-Sea Popular Weston sports bar Vinnies has now opened a branch in Burnham – with its launch party on Friday hailed as a 'huge success'. Popular Weston sports bar Vinnies has now opened a branch in Burnham.
"10.02.2017 11:26:31" thewestonmercury.co.uk Kathryn Williams set to charm Weston music fans A talented singer-songwriter with an unusual link to Weston will be making her debut performance in the town on Saturday. A fine night of music is in store for anyone who ventures to Weston's Loves Cafe tomorrow night.
Details and ticket info for Kathryn Williams' gig here:
"10.02.2017 11:12:42" thewestonmercury.co.uk Teenager calls on Burnham-on-Sea to back cancer charity after receiving 'amazing' treatment A cancer survivor from Burnham, who is just 15 years old, is calling on the community to help support the charity which helped him overcome the disease. This amazing 15-year-old has battled cancer and is now calling on the community to do their bit to help the fight against the disease.
Even just buying a wristband can make a huge difference. Click the link here to read Zenon's story and help him give
"10.02.2017 10:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Five things to do in Weston-super-Mare this weekend Support a Weston theatre by enjoying a cup of tea and a cake or cry with laughter as the comedy club makes its grand return. Watch the new Fifty Shades film at the cinema, check out the Grand Pier comedy club or listen to music from the WorleWind Band.
Here are five things to do in Weston-super-Mare...
"10.02.2017 09:30:08" Pretty 52 Trying to stay awake through someone's boring story like... Happy Friday everyone! This puppy definitely does not sum up how we are feeling sat in the office today...
"10.02.2017 09:13:19" thewestonmercury.co.uk REACTION: 670 new homes earmarked for Highbridge in latest local plan A Highbridge councillor has said he feels insulted after Sedgemoor District Council revealed its latest plan to build hundreds of new houses in the town. There is quite a development planned for Highbridge and it has caused a lot of controversy already.
What do you think of the plans?
"10.02.2017 07:05:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Council budget explained: Bills will rise significantly but services will see £10.4m of cuts Council tax bills will rise dramatically next year but the millions of pounds the hike will generate will not be enough to protect North Somerset's services, as 'savage' Government cuts mean the council must save £10.4million. Confused about the budget? We've got some charts and tables to explain what's happening.
Are you worried about these cuts?
"09.02.2017 20:00:04" thewestonmercury.co.uk Former Co-operative Bank in Weston-super-Mare will become flats A former bank in Weston-super-Mare town centre will be turned into high-quality apartments, after planning permission was granted by North Somerset Council. What do you think of these new flats?
"09.02.2017 17:00:38" thewestonmercury.co.uk Gallery: Hundreds conquered the cold in this year's Two Bay Tough 10 Hundreds of runners braved harsh winds and difficult terrains during the Two Bay Tough 10 race to raise money for an important cause. This year's Two Bay Tough 10 saw 1,000 runners take to Weston seafront and Sand Bay to raise money for charity.
Can you spot yourself in our gallery?
"09.02.2017 15:07:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Cricket club forms partnership with Weston College to 'develop sport in the community' Weston College wants to 'develop cricket in the local community' after announcing a 'fantastic' partnership with Uphill Castle Cricket Club. Weston College is targeting cricket success after striking a 'fantastic' partnership with Uphill Castle Cricket Club.
"09.02.2017 11:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk REVEALED: 2017 Sand Sculpture Festival theme as voted for by you A Mercury poll over the past three weeks has now closed and the theme of this year's Weston Sand Sculpture Festival can now be revealed. You voted. This is the theme for this year's Sand Sculpture Festival.
"09.02.2017 10:25:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'Thoughtful' Weston-super-Mare girls raise money for cancer charity A Weston mother has said she is 'extremely proud' of her 10-year-old daughter and her friend, who have raised £100 for Cancer Research UK. Such a lovely thing for these little girls to do
"09.02.2017 09:30:00" Timeline Photos Our first entry in our Grand Pier Photo challenge.
Captioned: 'Coming home from work and couldn't think of a better time to take photo of the grand pier'. Enter our competition at www.iwitness24.co.uk
by Andy Cooke
"09.02.2017 08:23:36" thewestonmercury.co.uk BREAKING: Weston General Hospital's A&E department to be scaled back as major changes planned Emergency patients face long trip to Bristol and Taunton under new proposals revealed today (Thursday). Some big breaking news this morning...
"08.02.2017 17:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Moor Lane Bridge could be permanently closed as six-month trial comes to an end Weston-super-Mare's Moor Lane Bridge may be permanently closed to vehicles in the future, following a six-month trial. Would this impact your journeys?
"08.02.2017 17:00:01" Timeline Photos Competition time!
We want to see your own favourite picture of the Grand Pier. To enter our photo challenge, simply join iwitness24 and upload your pier pictures. We'll choose our favourites and feature them in print and online at the end of the month.
"08.02.2017 16:18:16" Timeline Photos Charlie Ross shared this cracking shot with us on iwitness24. Charilie commented, 'An enjoyable stroll, with camera, around the Knightstone area on a lovely Saturday afternoon.'
You too can see your pictures in your local news. Simply join the photo
"08.02.2017 14:13:55" thewestonmercury.co.uk Armed police called to North Somerset village Two masked thieves have been arrested by firearms officers after storming into a village shop and stealing a cash tin and a handbag. This must have been terrifying. The shop's staff have been praised for their bravery by the police.
"08.02.2017 13:40:14" Timeline Photos Iwitness member, Nick Page, spotted these snowdrops blooming in Cleeve.
If you've a picture you would like to share with our readers then why not sign up to iwitness24 - the photo-sharing website.
Visit http://weston.iwitness24.co.uk/home to join.
"08.02.2017 10:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Hutton Moor Leisure Centre expansion to be debated – as concerns are raised over squash courts Keen squash players fear they will struggle to find a court to play on if planned changes to Weston's Hutton Moor Leisure Centre go ahead. Are you a keen squash player?
What do you think about the number of squash courts being cut down if the planned changes to Hutton Moor Leisure Centre go ahead?
"08.02.2017 09:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Somewhere To Go receives 'fantastic' donation Rough sleepers in Weston-super-Mare have been given some much-needed support, thanks to a donation made to homeless charity Somewhere To Go. A Weston-super-Mare charity which provides support to rough sleepers has received a donation which could 'make a real difference'.
"08.02.2017 08:54:05" thewestonmercury.co.uk Could proposed Gladman Homes development kill off 200-year-old farm? A North Somerset scientist and farmer fears his livelihood will be permanently destroyed by plans to build dozens of new homes in a field close to his site. "If the development is approved it would be absolutely heartbreaking. It is my life's work.”
Do you think the homes should be given planning permission?
"07.02.2017 17:16:59" thewestonmercury.co.uk 5 of the most ridiculous 999 calls – as one parent calls because son won't sleep A series of tweets from Avon and Somerset Constabulary's call handlers might produce a chuckle or two – but the force wants time-wasters to stop misusing the emergency number. Yes, someone actually called 999 because they couldn't get a refund for a used oven – we're as disappointed in humankind as you are...
"07.02.2017 12:59:48" RSPCA North Somerset Branch An update on our abandoned Sainsbury's shopping trolley kittens....
They are now at our RSPCA Brent Knoll Animal Centre and settling in. This morning they were even exploring their pen and toys!!! They are still shy but gaining a little confidence each An update on the little kittens featured on this week's front page who were dumped outside of Sainsbury's – they are recovering from cat flu and getting more confident each day.
"07.02.2017 11:53:23" thewestonmercury.co.uk Revealed: Surgery mergers and limited GP appointments cause 'issues' for North Somerset patients Hundreds of people in North Somerset say they are struggling to book GP appointments, experiencing problems with treatment and medication and are finding it harder to get to surgeries in rural areas. What do you think could be done to put things right?
"07.02.2017 10:45:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Picture Past: February 3, 1967 – postman 'tossed six foot in the air' by 'menacing cow' A 'menacing cow' and a 'white elephant' both made front page stories in Weston-super-Mare in 1967. These are some of the stories and pictures printed in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago. This week's Picture Past features a rather moo-dy cow.
"07.02.2017 09:21:03" thewestonmercury.co.uk Rise in number of cancelled operations at Weston General Hospital The number of people who had their operations cancelled for non-medical reasons by Weston General Hospital has risen, new statistics have revealed. Do you know anyone who has had their operation cancelled? The hospital says junior doctors strikes led to a rise in cancellations...
"06.02.2017 20:23:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk Children's social care service to be outsourced as North Somerset Council bids to save even more money A North Somerset Council service which supports some of the district's most vulnerable families is set to be outsourced, as the cash-strapped authority looks for more ways to save money. Do you think this is a good idea?
"06.02.2017 18:25:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk 40 metres of historic wall to go if council approves £2m plan The council has submitted an application to its own planning officers for permission to tear down part of the wall in Weston-super-Mare's Italian Gardens – but it says other work already underway at the Town Square does not require planning permission. Do you think part of the wall in the Town Square should be knocked down? Vote in our poll by clicking the link below...
"06.02.2017 17:45:30" thewestonmercury.co.uk Marking 60 years of Churchill Academy Churchill Academy has played a pivotal role in the lives of thousands of North Somerset people, taking them from young-but-talented 11-year olds to adults ready to thrive in the real world.�The school is celebrating its diamond anniversary, with Did you go to Churchill Academy? This may bring back some memories. Share your stories with us in the comments below.
"06.02.2017 17:00:08" thewestonmercury.co.uk Wasted medication costs NHS £1.2m a year in North Somerset Wasted medication costs the NHS £1.2million every year in North Somerset – enough money to fund 75,000 extra GP appointments. Wasted medication costs North Somerset's NHS a staggering £1.2million – have you ever been guilty of wasting medication?
"06.02.2017 16:03:03" Timeline Photos Can you see yourself in this Tough 10 picture taken by Nick Page Hayman? Make sure you tag yourself and your friends in the photo.
More pictures will be featured in the Mercury on
"06.02.2017 13:13:41" thewestonmercury.co.uk Police launch appeal after theft in Weston-super-Mare – do you recognise these men? Police are on the lookout for two men in connection with two separate incidents of shoplifting – one in Weston-super-Mare. Have you seen these men? Police would like to speak to them in connection with two incidents of shoplifting.
"06.02.2017 10:37:31" thewestonmercury.co.uk Police appeal after aggravated burglary in centre of Weston-super-Mare The victim of an aggravated burglary suffered facial injuries and lost teeth after two men forced their way into a property in the centre of Weston-super-Mare. The victim was left with facial injuries and lost teeth in the incident.
"06.02.2017 10:03:31" thewestonmercury.co.uk North Somerset headteachers unite to oppose Government's grammar school plans Nine headteachers from across North Somerset have signalled their opposition to grammar schools after signing a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May. What is your opinion on grammar schools?
"05.02.2017 20:33:51" thewestonmercury.co.uk Body of missing Deakon Wilkins found in harbour The body of missing Weston man Deakon Wilkins has been found, according to his dad. Terribly sad news. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.
"05.02.2017 13:55:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Win tickets to see the latest instalment of Fifty Shades Of Grey The second instalment of Fifty Shades Of Grey will hit the big screen just in time for Valentine's Day – and you could win a pair of tickets to take your beloved to see the film. Don't miss out on the chance to win cinema tickets for your loved one this Valentine's Day.
"05.02.2017 11:53:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk St Paul's serves up a treat to support £5.5million extension scheme A big breakfast raised money for a Weston church's expansion. Big breakfast raises cash for church expansion.
"05.02.2017 10:18:55" thewestonmercury.co.uk Could you cycle 100 miles through London for Weston Hospicecare? Weston Hospicecare is urging committed cyclists to support the charity by taking part in this year's Prudential RideLondon 100 race. Weston Hospicecare is looking for cyclists to take part in a race through the capital.
"04.02.2017 15:30:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare head coach 'frustrated' as Bath City match is called off Weston-super-Mare head coach Scott Bartlett says he is 'disappointed' and 'frustrated' after today's (Saturday's) match against Bath City was postponed due to the pitch being deemed unplayable by the referee. Weston-super-Mare AFC head coach Scott Bartlett is 'frustrated' after today's match was called off. Read his thoughts on the decision here:
"04.02.2017 15:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Fears council's education cuts will be 'significant risk' to pupils' futures Education leaders at North Somerset Council have admitted cuts in one of its learning schemes will pose a 'significant risk' to children's futures. http://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/education/fears_council_s_education_cuts_will_be_significant_risk_to_pupils_futures_1_4876098
"04.02.2017 13:44:15" BREAKING: Today's Weston-super-Mare AFC match against Bath City has been postponed.
"04.02.2017 13:33:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Fears council's education cuts will be 'significant risk' to pupils' futures Education leaders at North Somerset Council have admitted cuts in one of its learning schemes will pose a 'significant risk' to children's futures. What do you think about the proposed cuts to one of North Somerset Council's education and learning schemes?
"04.02.2017 13:20:44" thewestonmercury.co.uk Organisers announce Cheddar as new venue for adventure-filled festival The National Trust says it is 'delighted' to announce a Somerset village will be this year's venue for an adventure-filled outdoor festival. A new three-day festival of adventure sports will be coming to Cheddar this year.
"03.02.2017 19:04:32" thewestonmercury.co.uk Win tickets to see the latest instalment of Fifty Shades Of Grey The second instalment of Fifty Shades Of Grey will hit the big screen just in time for Valentine's Day – and you could win a pair of tickets to take your beloved to see the film. What do you reckon – is a trip to see the new 50 Shades movie a perfect date or the date from hell?
If it's your cup of tea, you could win tickets here...
"03.02.2017 18:48:37" thewestonmercury.co.uk Police appeal to taxi drivers in fresh appeal to find missing Deakon Wilkins An appeal to taxi drivers and drivers of private-hire vehicles has been issued by police today (Friday) in a bid to find missing 24-year-old Deakon Wilkins from Weston-super-Mare. A fresh appeal in the search for Deakon has been issued. It is aimed at taxi drivers, but police want to speak to anyone with information.
"03.02.2017 15:41:47" thewestonmercury.co.uk Woman seriously hurt in stabbing A woman suffered serious injuries after she was stabbed in Worle. The woman had multiple stab wounds.
"03.02.2017 13:45:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Lloyds Bank to close North Somerset branch The people of Winscombe and nearby villages will have to make do without a bank after Lloyds Bank confirmed it will close its branch. Lloyds Bank is closing a branch in North Somerset in May. Will village services like this be missed or has technology made them obsolete?
"03.02.2017 12:00:03" thewestonmercury.co.uk Appeal for Steph's 'vital' heart operation is more urgent than ever following another stroke, doctors warn – can you help her raise the money? The deadline to raise money for life-saving heart surgery for a Weston woman has become more urgent after the 24-year-old suffered yet another suspected stroke at the weekend. The NHS will not pay for a heart operation for Steph Hooper which would prevent her having further strokes - and doctors now say the surgery is urgent.
Please share this appeal to help her family raise the money she needs.
"03.02.2017 10:13:43" thewestonmercury.co.uk Man treated by paramedics after carbon monoxide poisoning Firefighters were called out to the house overnight...
"03.02.2017 09:10:59" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'No excuse' for kittens being left to freeze in sealed bag in Weston car park Three terrified kittens were abandoned inside a bag and left to freeze to death at a Worle car park – prompting a national appeal from animal welfare charity the RSPCA. These adorable kittens were abandoned in a bag and left to freeze to death. Sadly one of the kittens died.
Can you help the RSPCA track down the culprits?
"02.02.2017 20:02:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Win one of 10 family swim passes to use at Hutton Moor this half term Half term is fast approaching and parents are already frantically trying to plan out a week's worth of activities to keep their little ones entertained – but look no further as you could win one of 10 family swim passes valid for the whole of the school Want something to do this half term? Win one of TEN family swim passes up for grabs here...
"02.02.2017 18:18:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk “We miss him so much, we just want him home.” – parents of missing Deakon plea for his safe return It is close to three weeks since the parents of missing 24-year-old Deakon Wilkins have seen their son – and they say they have barely eaten or slept since he disappeared but remain determined to do everything they can to bring him home. “I just know that we are going to get a knock at the door and he's going to be home. And then I am going to give him a massive hug, I am never going to let him go."
Please keep sharing to help get Deakon home to his family.
"02.02.2017 15:50:22" thewestonmercury.co.uk Complaints against chief constable at Avon and Somerset Constabulary cleared The chief constable at Avon and Somerset Constabulary has been cleared of all complaints made against him following a seven-month investigation. He has been cleared of any wrongdoing.
"02.02.2017 13:52:20" thewestonmercury.co.uk Could YOU take on the ultimate breakfast challenge in Weston-super-Mare? A mind-boggling 4,000 calories – with six sausages, six eggs, six rashers of bacon and eight slices of bread just some of the ingredients – make up Treats Café's ultimate breakfast challenge – but could you manage it? Did you watch our #BreakfastChallenge earlier? Would you take it on? Find out what you'd be up against here...
So then, what's for dinner?
"02.02.2017 12:34:44" thewestonmercury.co.uk Brexit: MPs vote in favour of triggering Article 50 and leaving European Union Weston-super-Mare's MP John Penrose backed a bill to trigger Brexit last night (Wednesday). Do you agree with how they voted?
"02.02.2017 10:44:42" BREAKING NEWS: Briana vs breakfast - the results.
"02.02.2017 10:31:52" Update: Briana changes tactics in the breakfast challenge at Treats.
"02.02.2017 10:08:36" The ultimate breakfast challenge! Briana vs breakfast.
"02.02.2017 09:03:44" thewestonmercury.co.uk REVEALED: World famous musicians top the bill at Hazy Days 2017 Hazy Days is returning. And some big names are on their way to perform.
Will you be going?
"01.02.2017 14:31:17" thewestonmercury.co.uk What's on in Weston-super-Mare in February? 7 events to enjoy this month There is so much more going on in February than Valentine's Day. From theatre to a Sherlock Holmes adventure, here are some events you can enjoy in Weston-super-Mare and North Somerset in February. Have you got plans for February yet?
We've got some great ideas for you.
"01.02.2017 13:22:59" thewestonmercury.co.uk www.thewestonmercury.co.uk Are you ready for this Saturday's local derby against Bath City?
Well, Weston-super-Mare AFC are! We caught up with the head coach, who says his squad are in a 'good place'.
"01.02.2017 11:09:38" thewestonmercury.co.uk Will Weston be featured in new Monopoly game? Thirty of Weston's top landmarks could soon be immortalised in a new Somerset version of the ever-popular board game Monopoly – if you vote to make it happen. Do you want a Monopoly game featuring Weston? Here's how you can make it happen.
Which streets and landmarks would you include on the board?
"01.02.2017 09:42:26" thewestonmercury.co.uk Gusts of 80mph predicted by Met Office for North Somerset coast A weather warning has been issued for the South West ahead of storms which are due to hit the UK on Friday. It's about to get really windy, according to the Met Office...
"31.01.2017 20:14:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk New awards launched to celebrate Weston-super-Mare's heroes – and it needs YOUR nominations A new scheme to celebrate Weston's community champions has been launched today (Thursday) and needs you to nominate your neighbourhood heroes. Have you met a kind-hearted stranger who became a friend? Or has your neighbour always been there to help you out? Do you know a volunteer in need of recognition? Or perhaps one of your family members has done something extraordinary.
The Mercury has
"31.01.2017 16:56:52" thewestonmercury.co.uk New apartments go on sale at Haywood Village development People looking for a new place to live in Weston can now buy one of 36 new apartments in Haywood Village. What do you think of the style of the new apartments? Would you buy one?
"31.01.2017 11:28:09" thewestonmercury.co.uk WATCH: New CCTV released in appeal to find missing Deakon Wilkins from Weston-super-Mare New CCTV footage has been issued as part of the police search for missing Weston-super-Mare man Deakon Wilkins. Please keep sharing to help find missing Deakon and get him home to his worried family.
Police have released new CCTV footage of a man they believe to be Deakon walking towards Bristol Temple Meads station – watch it here:
"31.01.2017 08:57:14" thewestonmercury.co.uk North Somerset Council unveils plan to get jobseekers working at Dolphin Square - but will it be a success? Jobseekers in North Somerset will receive extra support designed to match them to vacancies in the district – with an abundance of new opportunities set to be created at Weston-super-Mare's Dolphin Square complex. Will you be looking for a job at Dolphin Square? This could help you out.
"30.01.2017 17:43:40" thewestonmercury.co.uk Travel: Delays on roads in Weston-super-Mare due to TWO accidents on the A370 There are severe delays getting in and out of Weston-super-Mare tonight (Monday) after two separate accidents on the A370. Some bad news if you are on your way home from work. There is not one, but two accidents along the A370 tonight.
"30.01.2017 13:10:55" thewestonmercury.co.uk REVEALED: Crime increases in Avon and Somerset with 30,000 more committed in 2016 than in 2014 Sexual offences, domestic burglaries and public order offences are among crimes which are becoming more common in the police force area as the total number of crimes continues to rise, official statistics reveal. See which crimes are on the rise in our table..
"30.01.2017 10:53:53" thewestonmercury.co.uk HIGHLIGHTS: Weston-super-Mare continue rise up the table with crucial 2-0 win at Whitehawk Weston got back to winning ways on Saturday with an impressive 2-0 win away at Whitehawk – which in turn resulted in the Hawks' joint managers losing their jobs. WATCH: It was another good win for Weston-super-Mare AFC at the weekend.
You can watch the highlights of the 2-0 win here...
"30.01.2017 10:24:36" thewestonmercury.co.uk Man arrested after Weston-super-Mare shop is burgled Police have arrested a man in connection with a burglary at a shop in Weston-super-Mare. A man has been arrested after a busy convenience store in Weston-super-Mare was burgled.
"30.01.2017 08:49:14" thewestonmercury.co.uk BREAKING: Broken down train causes problems for commuters As well as trouble on the M5 (see below), trains are not running to schedule this morning either...
"30.01.2017 08:36:10" thewestonmercury.co.uk Accident on M5 causes miles of tailbacks at Weston-super-Mare junction A crash on the M5 is causing major delays on the M5 this morning (Monday) near Weston-super-Mare. Drive carefully if you're heading north on the M5 this morning
"29.01.2017 19:45:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Dog rescued after fall from Brean Down Another job well done by the coastguard and RNLI teams...
"29.01.2017 18:27:56" thewestonmercury.co.uk Bomb disposal team called as explosive torpedo found near Weston-super-Mare A 1.5km safety cordon was set up by coastguard teams...
"29.01.2017 16:17:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk Cash reward offered for information about missing Deakon Wilkins from Weston-super-Mare The family of Deakon Wilkins are again pleading for anyone with information to come forward...
"29.01.2017 14:17:46" www.thewestonmercury.co.uk Picture Past: January 27, 1967 – Unemployment in Weston almost double the UK average Archaeological digs and proposals for a go-kart circuit made the headlines in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald in 1967. Here is the news from January. Fancy a trip down memory lane this Sunday afternoon?
"29.01.2017 10:36:44" www.thewestonmercury.co.uk Civic society hopes new toilet will unlock key to drawing visitors to Old Town Quarry The unveiling of a new toilet may not be the grandest of occasions, but an opening ceremony took place for one last week in one of Weston-super-Mare's most scenic spots. Do you ever visit the old quarry? What else do you think it could do to attract visitors?
"29.01.2017 08:36:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Oil engineer asleep in car in Iraq died after SUV hit pick-up truck at high speed Our sympathies go out to his family...
"28.01.2017 20:47:03" thewestonmercury.co.uk PICTURES: Stunning snaps of Weston's sights Weston's keen photographers have defied the bitter wintry conditions of late to capture some beautiful pictures of the sky above Weston. Remember you can also upload your pictures to the weston.iwitness24.co.uk website:
"28.01.2017 18:19:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare Grand Pier's future secured by seven-figure bank deal The pier remains a very popular attraction for tourists, but do you think it is still a good place for local people?
"28.01.2017 17:08:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Win tickets to see Sing at Weston-super-Mare's Odeon The latest film to come from the creators of Despicable Me tells the tale of singing animals. Fancy a family trip to the cinema? We're offering you the chance to win family tickets (with popcorn, snacks and drinks) to go and see Sing at Weston's Odeon.
"28.01.2017 16:58:07" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare claim vital 2-0 win at Whitehawk Second-half goals from Bradley Ash and Dayle Grubb handed Weston-super-Mare a big three points at Whitehawk. Great result! Weston's good form continues...
"28.01.2017 16:13:31" thewestonmercury.co.uk Consultation over 118 homes in North Somerset village next week Do you think the village has room for these new homes?
"28.01.2017 14:44:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Could former bank become new veterinary practice? Do you think a vets practice is needed?
"28.01.2017 13:09:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Woman with chronic vertigo prepares for charity sky-dive Wow, that takes some courage!
"28.01.2017 11:43:32" thewestonmercury.co.uk Torquay United defender Ben Gerring agrees Weston-super-Mare loan switch A new face could turn out for the Seagulls today. Do you believe it is a good addition to the squad?
"28.01.2017 11:23:53" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston's 'challenging' GP recruitment problem may soon be tackled with 'robust' plan' Do you find it tough to get a GP appointment in Weston?
"27.01.2017 20:07:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Donald Trump graffiti springs up in Weston-super-Mare A piece of street art portraying Donald Trump as Captain America has appeared in the centre of Weston-super-Mare. Captain America has landed in Weston... what do you make of this piece of street art?
"27.01.2017 17:15:09" thewestonmercury.co.uk Ryan Northmore – The tale of two Jakes Former Weston-super-Mare manager Ryan Northmore has revealed Jake Mawford was the best player he worked with in his time at the Woodspring Stadium and it is his 'biggest regret' that 'talented' defender Jake Llewellyn is currently out of the game. Former Weston-super-Mare AFC manager Ryan Northmore has spoken about some of his former players.
"27.01.2017 15:57:52" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare man killed by an electric shock while tending to cannabis crop A 28-year-old man from Weston-super-Mare died of an electric shock when using wire cutters to tend to a cannabis crop. He died in the loft of a property he was renovating, where an illegal power connection had been set up.
"27.01.2017 15:10:30" thewestonmercury.co.uk Police to set up mobile station at Bristol club where missing Weston-super-Mare man was last seen Police are continuing to search for missing Weston-super-Mare man Deakon Wilkins and a mobile police station will be set up outside the nightclub he was last seen inside tonight (Friday). Police hope to be able to find new leads by speaking to people at the club tonight.
Please keep sharing to help find Deakon.
"27.01.2017 13:50:01" Adorable Animal Videos Pink paw Awhhhh
"27.01.2017 13:00:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk What's on in Weston-super-Mare this weekend? – 5 things to do Women can find their 'inner warrior' at one of many events being held in Weston-super-Mare and the surrounding area this weekend. Here is our guide to five of the events you could visit on Saturday and Sunday. Women - you can use this weekend to find your inner warrior.
"27.01.2017 09:43:07" thewestonmercury.co.uk Crews tackle shop fire in early hours Fire crews from Burnham-on-Sea and Bridgwater were called to a blaze at a shop early this morning (Friday) which is believed to have been triggered by its electrics. Firefighters were called to the fire in the early hours of this morning...
"27.01.2017 07:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Drug addict admits breaking into Weston pub A homeless cocaine addict smashed his way into a Weston pub late at night to steal cash. Shards of glass were strewn over the floor.
"26.01.2017 16:00:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk Review: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – we love you! The stage version of the classic children's story of Chitty Chiity Bang Bang has landed in Bristol for the final stage of its nationwide tour – and its star studded cast really are set to go out with a bang. Thinking about seeing Chitty Chitty Bang Bang? Perhaps our review will sway your opinion...
(Spoiler alert - we loved it).
"26.01.2017 14:04:49" thewestonmercury.co.uk EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Northmore speaks out after Weston-super-Mare sacking Former Weston head coach Ryan Northmore endured a turbulent tenure in charge at the Woodspring Stadium. Former Seagulls boss Ryan Northmore has given us an exclusive interview about his sacking.
He reveals how the dressing room was under his management, and the realities of coaching a team which is the favourite for relegation every season.
"26.01.2017 12:32:51" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare to get bigger JD Sports and new Evans store Weston-super-Mare's Sovereign Shopping Centre will undergo a store reshuffle in the coming weeks, as a national retailer is moved into a bigger unit. Listen up shoppers! Weston is set to get a bigger JD Sports store in the Sovereign Centre and women's clothing shop Evans has found a new home in the building.
BUT the town could lose an entertainment shop in the process.
Are you happy with the changes?
"26.01.2017 11:22:03" thewestonmercury.co.uk Choose life. Choose winning tickets to see Trainspotting: T2 at Weston-super-Mare's Odeon Some of Britain's best-loved characters are making their return to the silver screen this week – as the troubled cast of Trainspotting are revisited 20 years after the original film's release. Choose our competition for free tickets to Trainspotting: T2.
"26.01.2017 09:54:35" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare pair arrested following WH Smith burglary A man and woman from Weston-super-Mare have been arrested and bailed after a WH Smith store in Somerset was burgled at the weekend. A man and woman from Weston have been arrested following the incident in Somerset.
"26.01.2017 09:09:32" thewestonmercury.co.uk Council tax precept for Weston homes announced Fears have been raised that Weston Town Council will face a shortage in its reserves in the future if it does not put council tax up to cover the loss of local authority grants. The council made a decision on its budget this week.
"25.01.2017 13:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk NHS will not pay for operation which would 'save Steph's life – can you help? A 24-year-old Weston-super-Mare woman who has suffered from a series of strokes needs a 'life-saving' heart operation – but the NHS will not pay for it and her determined family is appealing for help to raise the £17,000 needed to pay for it. Will you help to save Steph's life?
"25.01.2017 12:46:30" thewestonmercury.co.uk www.thewestonmercury.co.uk If you saw a road in Weston closed off this morning, this is why...
"25.01.2017 08:47:42" thewestonmercury.co.uk www.thewestonmercury.co.uk The Stroke Association provide aftercare for patients after they have had a stroke. However, its funding will be cut from April. A woman who had a stroke back in 2013 has spoken out about what she thinks will happen without the charity's support. Read
"24.01.2017 19:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Police investigating abandoned car found in ditch Police are trying to locate the owner of a car which overturned into a ditch this morning (Tuesday). Police are trying to locate the owner of the car.
"24.01.2017 18:01:27" thewestonmercury.co.uk Police renew appeal to find missing Weston man – as divers search water near where he was last seen Police have renewed their appeal to find missing Weston-super-Mare man Deakon Wilkins, after divers have searched the water around the nightclub in Bristol where he was last seen. Please keep sharing this police appeal. Deakon has now been missing for 10 days.
"24.01.2017 17:21:53" thewestonmercury.co.uk Police name husband and wife involved in Worle murder inquiry A 70-year-old woman who is believed to have been murdered by her husband at their marital home in Worle has been formally identified. BREAKING: The 70-year-old woman is believed to have been murdered by her 74-year-old husband, who died on the same day when his car crashed into a tree.
"24.01.2017 17:07:31" thewestonmercury.co.uk Body found in water in Weston-super-Mare last month identified by coroner The body of a woman found in the water near Knightstone Island, in Weston-super-Mare, last month has been formally identified by a coroner. A coroner has identified the body of a woman found in the water off Knightstone Island last month.
"24.01.2017 12:38:10" thewestonmercury.co.uk Roads could become dangerous as ice and fog makes its way to Weston Icy patches and dense fog will become widespread in Weston-super-Mare tonight (Tuesday), the Met Office has warned. Another weather warning issued – this time for ice and fog.
Go careful out on the roads...
"24.01.2017 12:20:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Hero Joseph, 10, rushes to younger brother's aid during life-threatening seizure A 10-year-old boy has been hailed as a 'brother in a million', after his 'outstanding bravery' potentially saved his younger sibling's life. Well done Joseph. What an amazing brother he is.
"24.01.2017 11:01:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Dog becomes courtroom witness in Weston 50 years ago Picture Past: Explosives and dogs in court featured in stories in the Weston Mercury & Somerset Herald 50 years ago. This is the news from Weston-super-Mare as reported in the… What was that, you say? A story about a dog becoming a courtroom witness? Sounds barking mad to me...
"24.01.2017 10:01:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Host of improvements to Winter Gardens pavilion set to begin Weston College's development of the Winter Gardens is heading in to its next phase after a planning application to alter the original 1920s pavilion exterior of the iconic building was submitted to North Somerset Council. The latest planning application for the Winter Gardens development has been submitted. What do you think of the plans for the exterior of the building?
"24.01.2017 08:45:21" thewestonmercury.co.uk www.thewestonmercury.co.uk Police and the ambulance service were called after a car slammed into a wall in thick fog.
"23.01.2017 15:36:24" thewestonmercury.co.uk Met Office issues weather warning with fog set to descend across Weston-super-Mare Widespread fog is expected to make its way across North Somerset, the Met Office has announced. Be careful out in your cars this evening and throughout tomorrow. The Met Office has issued a weather warning across North Somerset.
"23.01.2017 12:45:23" thewestonmercury.co.uk Murder investigation launched as police link body found in Worle to fatal Kewstoke crash A murder investigation has begun after a woman's body was found in Worle on Thursday – and police have linked her death to a fatal collision on the same day. BREAKING: The discovery of a woman's body in Worle on Thursday is now being treated as murder.
"23.01.2017 08:59:47" thewestonmercury.co.uk New food festival in Weston-super-Mare aims to bring farmers and producers 'to the heart of the town' The organisers of the successful Burnham Food Festival are now launching a brand new event in Weston town centre this spring. Will you be going to the new Eat:Weston festival?
"22.01.2017 18:03:45" www.thewestonmercury.co.uk Vehicle gets stuck in the mud on Burnham-on-Sea beach BARB Search and Rescue crews in Burnham-on-Sea were on hand to free a 4x4 vehicle which got stuck in the mud today (Sunday). Great work as always from BARB Search and Rescue after a vehicle was found to be stuck in the mud.
"22.01.2017 17:15:14" thewestonmercury.co.uk Fire crews tackle 'deliberate' fire in Burnham-on-Sea Fire crews were called to a Burnham-on-Sea road today (Sunday) to tackle a fire at the back ot the town's post office. The fire is believed to have been started on purpose.
"22.01.2017 15:39:57" thewestonmercury.co.uk CCTV image of missing Weston-super-Mare man released Police have today (Sunday) released a new CCTV image of missing Weston-super-Mare man which show the clothes he was wearing when he was last seen more than a week ago. Police have released a new CCTV image of a missing Weston-super-Mare man. It shows the clothes he was wearing on the night he went missing. Please share this link to see if anyone may be able to help find him.
"22.01.2017 10:15:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Stan Collymore to host talk show live from The Woodspring Stadium Weston Football Club are welcoming former England footballer – and now media pundit – Stan Collymore to The Woodspring Stadium as he hosts his Call Collymore show live from the Seagulls' home ground. WIN: Former England footballer Stan Collymore is hosting his radio talk show live from The Woodspring Stadium and you could be there for free.
Enter our competition and you could be in with a chance of asking Collymore anything you like, as well as
"21.01.2017 18:21:06" thewestonmercury.co.uk Missing Weston-super-Mare woman found safe Tina Wilford, who went missing in Weston-super-Mare yesterday (Friday) afternoon has been found safe. Thank you to everyone who shared the appeal.
"21.01.2017 15:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Readers' pictures: The best animal shots from across North Somerset In this week's gallery of readers' pictures we have picked out some of the best photographs of animals in Weston-super-Mare and North Somerset from the past few months... WARNING: This post contains a host of cute animals. Check out our talented readers' pictures.
"21.01.2017 14:24:13" thewestonmercury.co.uk Police appeal for help to locate missing Weston-super-Mare woman, aged 70 A 70-year-old woman has been missing from Weston-super-Mare since yesterday afternoon and police say they are 'concerned' for her welfare. Can you help the police find Tina? They are 'concerned' for the 70-year-old's welfare.
"21.01.2017 12:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk North Somerset Council's planning website is still plagued with problems – six months after fix was promised North Somerset Council's planning website is still being hit with regular problems – despite the council's leader claiming the issues were being resolved imminently almost six months ago. Six months have passed since North Somerset Council said its planning website was being fixed...
"21.01.2017 10:13:21" Today's Weston FC match is OFF due to a frozen pitch!
"20.01.2017 20:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk PREVIEW: Weston-super-Mare head coach relishing the opportunity to climb the National League South table Weston Football Club welcome Wealdstone to The Woodspring Stadium tomorrow (Saturday) and head coach Scott Bartlett says his team 'can't wait' to get out on the pitch, despite suffering defeat last time out. PREVIEW: We caught up with head coach Scott Bartlett ahead of tomorrow's match at home to Wealdstone. Read his thoughts here:
"20.01.2017 19:37:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk Use of Weston-super-Mare's A&E department spikes – with 3,765 extra patients treated in two years A record number of people visited Weston General Hospital's Accident and Emergency (A&E) department in 2015/16, with hospital staff under pressure to battle ever-growing demand while bosses continue to work on a long-term plan for the site. What do you think can be done to relieve pressure on Weston's A&E?
"20.01.2017 16:04:28" northsomersettimes.co.uk Stranded lorry causes 'slow traffic' on M5 between Portishead and Clevedon This is likely to affect anyone heading home from Bristol on the M5 tonight...
"20.01.2017 15:17:49" thewestonmercury.co.uk Homes in Weston-super-Mare suffer loss of power More than 300 homes have been without power this afternoon (Friday), with more than 100 still without electricity. More than 300 homes have been without power today.
"20.01.2017 14:30:45" thewestonmercury.co.uk Family's plea to find missing 24-year-old from Weston-super-Mare last seen leaving Motion nightclub in Bristol The father of a man from Weston who has been missing for close to a week has put out a desperate plea for information to help find his son. His family are extremely worried. Please share to help get Deakon home.
"20.01.2017 12:30:12" thewestonmercury.co.uk Police investigate 'unexplained death' in Worle Police and forensics team have been at a property in Worle since yesterday (Thursday) morning following a woman's death. Police are still on the scene investigating.
"20.01.2017 12:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare Football Club to build 'fantastic' new 3G pitch Weston Football Club has announced plans for a 3G training pitch have finally been given the go-ahead, something which its football development director says is 'crucial' for the club to move forward. Things are beginning to look up on the pitch for Weston Football Club – and now there is some very good news off it.
Are you happy with the club's plans?
"20.01.2017 11:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'Prominent' Weston-super-Mare building to be turned into 'high-quality' apartments? A former bank in Weston town centre could be redeveloped to become a mixture of flats and retail space. What is your opinion on the proposed changes to this building?
"20.01.2017 09:34:46" Timeline Photos Prime Minister Theresa May has made promises to change the way mental health is dealt with across the country.
A mother – who lost her son after he struggled with his own mental health – has said she is 'cautiously optimistic' about the changes.
"19.01.2017 19:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Your chance to enjoy a year with The Playhouse – the venue which has 'pushed boundaries' for quality theatre It may often be described a 'dying art' but theatre in Weston has enjoyed a remarkable upturn in fortunes, with The Playhouse enjoying huge growth in sales and footfall over the past three years. However, it has not been easy, with the venue taking huge LAST CHANCE: Don't miss your opportunity to win tickets to a show of your choice every month in 2017.
This fabulous competition closes at 10am tomorrow – so don't delay!
"19.01.2017 17:55:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk WIN: Annual gym pass, spa treatment or free meal from Cadbury House The deadline to enter is tomorrow so best be quick...
"19.01.2017 14:29:11" thewestonmercury.co.uk Wrong ashes scattered in crematorium cover-up Weston Crematorium staff tricked a grieving family into believing they were witnessing their loved-one's ashes being scattered, when in fact the remains of a complete stranger were being used in a bid to cover up earlier mistakes. The family were told they were witnessing the scattering of their loved-ones ashes, but staff were using the remains of a complete stranger to cover their own mistakes.
"19.01.2017 11:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Your chance to decide Weston-super-Mare's sand sculpture festival theme for 2017 Weston's iconic sand sculpture festival is set to return this Easter – but this time Mercury readers have a chance to have their say on the theme. How much do you love the sand sculpture festival in Weston? Well, now is your chance to get involved. There are three themes to choose from and one of them will be crowned the winner next month.
Click the link below and vote in our poll.
"19.01.2017 09:29:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Man dies in Kewstoke crash A man has died after a collision with a tree this morning (Thursday). Very sad news to report this morning. Our thoughts are with his family.
"18.01.2017 15:28:41" thewestonmercury.co.uk Could North Somerset villagers 'die' because of parking problems? Villagers in Yatton say it is only a 'matter of time' before someone is killed or seriously hurt due to cars parking on High Street – and they have urged North Somerset Council to paint double yellow lines along the entire length of the road. Have you noticed a problem with parking?
"18.01.2017 12:06:04" thewestonmercury.co.uk www.thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston's unbeaten run ended last night as they were downed 3-2 by promotion-chasing Dartford.
But their performances have significantly improved over the past few weeks. Where do you think the team will finish this season?
"18.01.2017 08:39:59" thewestonmercury.co.uk 82-year-old waits two hours for ambulance on freezing road after falling and breaking his pelvis An 82-year-old man was left lying in the road with a broken pelvis for two hours in the dark while he waited for an ambulance – and could have died, were it not for his friends keeping him warm in plummeting temperatures. The ambulance service said it was sorry to learn of the incident.
"17.01.2017 15:06:24" thewestonmercury.co.uk Cancelled Halloween event set to return – along with new literature festival for 2017 A popular Halloween event in Weston-super-Mare which was scrapped by North Somerset Council may rise again after town councillors agreed to restore it. Will you be attending the literature festival if it goes ahead?
"17.01.2017 12:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Post-Brexit effect could make North Somerset the perfect tourist destination Low interest rates and the weakness of sterling could have a beneficial impact on North Somerset's £1.3billion tourism industry, as more holidaymakers are expected to flock to the area as part of the post-Brexit effect. Will Brexit help tourism in North Somerset?
"17.01.2017 09:07:12" thewestonmercury.co.uk MAP: See where new housing could be built as North Somerset Council approves its core strategy North Somerset Council's housing policy has finally been confirmed – but the area is 'not of the woods yet' when it comes to unscrupulous developers earmarking unsuitable sites for new homes. Want a reminder for where all these houses are being built? Check out our interactive map.
"16.01.2017 20:59:50" thewestonmercury.co.uk Slow traffic as M5 lanes closed near Weston-super-Mare Lane closures are in place on the M5 tonight (Monday) after an accident. Stay safe if you're out on the roads tonight.
"16.01.2017 17:40:20" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare coastguard rescues Birnbeck walkers Weston-super-Mare Coastguard Rescue Team was called to stop a group of people walking out to Birnbeck Island yesterday afternoon (Sunday). Weston-super-Mare's coastguard was called out for the first time in 2017.
"16.01.2017 17:03:37" thewestonmercury.co.uk Highbridge delays after motorcycle crash An accident involving a motorcyclist is causing slow traffic in Highbridge this evening (Monday). You might run in to traffic if you're heading home from Highbridge this evening.
"16.01.2017 12:51:50" thewestonmercury.co.uk Man may need surgery after being hit in the face with a glass bottle Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in connection with a serious assault. Can you help police with this appeal?
"16.01.2017 11:03:24" thewestonmercury.co.uk Are North Somerset's schools being run by too many multi-academy trusts? North Somerset's schools are being run by too many different multi-academy trusts according to Government education leaders, but little can be done to change the situation. Do you think joining an academy trust is the best way forward for your child's school?
"16.01.2017 11:02:08" thewestonmercury.co.uk M5 accident between Weston-super-Mare and Clevedon Drivers are being warned to expect delays on the M5 this morning (Monday) after an accident. More delays on the M5 this morning.
"16.01.2017 09:21:55" thewestonmercury.co.uk M5 crash causing Weston-super-Mare delays An accident on the M5 is causing delays this morning (Monday). A word of warning if you're commuting on the M5 this morning.
"16.01.2017 08:43:33" thewestonmercury.co.uk WATCH: Incredible footage shows Jacob Baird, 3, taking his first steps after life-changing surgery The parents of a boy from Weston-super-Mare with cerebral palsy have described a surgeon who enabled him to walk for the first time as a 'miracle worker'. Today might be 'Blue Monday' - but this story is enough to cheer anyone up. What an incredible little boy Jacob is.
"15.01.2017 18:59:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk South Bristol Link set for Monday opening A road which will link Bristol Airport to the centre of the city is due to open next week, with council bosses hoping it will alleviate traffic issues for North Somerset's frustrated motorists. The South Bristol Link Road will open tomorrow:
"15.01.2017 12:59:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk War memorial broken for decades will finally be fixed Weston-super-Mare's Grove Park war memorial sculpture has had a piece missing for decades – and the town council has now decided to repair it. The piece has been missing for about 40 years:
"15.01.2017 11:56:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Allowing learners on motorways is a 'good thing', says Weston-super-Mare's advanced motoring group Learner drivers could soon be seen on the M5 in North Somerset after the Government announced plans to allow lessons on Britain's motorways for the first time – a decision which has been welcomed by the area's advanced motoring group. Do you agree?
"15.01.2017 09:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Two Burnham-on-Sea care homes given 'good' rating from CQC Two Somerset care homes have been rated as 'good' in every inspection category by a healthcare watchdog. A pair of Burnham-on-Sea care homes have been praised by a healthcare watchdog:
"15.01.2017 07:59:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare man wins photography competition A keen photographer from Weston-super-Mare has won a competition which means his image is now hitting the shelves as the cover shot for a top photography magazine. Well done to Chris on his competition win!
"13.01.2017 18:02:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Five things to do in Weston-super-Mare this weekend Brush up on your general knowledge at a charity quiz or watch the latest blockbuster film at the Odeon this weekend. Not sure what to do this weekend? Well, we have a handy guide to help you on your way. Enjoy!
"13.01.2017 16:23:18" thewestonmercury.co.uk Met Office warns drivers of ice risk this weekend A weather warning has been issued by the Met Office tonight (Friday) for North Somerset with freezing temperatures forecast. Take care when on the roads this evening...
"13.01.2017 13:01:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk North Somerset Council: We will 'keep watch' on Birnbeck Pier's owners North Somerset Council has vowed to keep a close eye on Birnbeck Pier's owners, after a legal row caused work to demolish part of the Weston-super-Mare pier ground to a halt just one day after it began. Here is the latest on Birnbeck Pier and plans to demolish the north jetty.
"13.01.2017 11:47:50" thewestonmercury.co.uk NHS is 'under strain but not in crisis' – watch Somerset MP James Heappey speak in parliament Somerset's NHS services are facing 'real challenges' and are under 'considerable strain' according to Wells MP James Heappey – who argues claims the NHS is facing a crisis are 'not true'. The MP said – despite Weston General Hospital's bed occupancy hitting 100% – declaring a crisis would be a 'disservice' to those working hard to prepare for the 'incredible challenges of winter' – do you agree?
He has also called on the Government to
"13.01.2017 08:03:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Competition: Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling wow in La La Land Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone star in romantic musical comedy-drama La La Land, which critics predict will dominate the year's film awards after it scooped a record seven Golden Globes. La La Land picked up seven awards at the Golden Globes this week - and you could see it for free with our competition.
"12.01.2017 19:51:49" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'Multi-vehicle' crash blocks M5 in North Somerset The M5 is partially blocked north of Weston-super-Mare this evening (Thursday) after multiple vehicles were involved in a serious collision. This sounds nasty. We hope everyone involved is OK - drive safely tonight, everyone.
"12.01.2017 18:04:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'Cherished' pub handed lifeline after council grants community asset status Plans to convert a village pub into a supermarket may be scuppered after North Somerset Council granted the pub asset of community value (ACV) status. Will this prevent the pub from being turned into a shop?
"12.01.2017 15:27:18" thewestonmercury.co.uk Teenager arrested on suspicion of dealing drugs to schoolchildren A teenage boy has been arrested on suspicion of drug-dealing outside a Weston-super-Mare school. The 17-year-old suspect was found with both cash and drugs on him.
"12.01.2017 14:47:31" northsomersettimes.co.uk TRAVEL: Two lanes closed on M5 in North Somerset There are serious delays on the M5 this afternoon (Thursday) after an earlier crash. One from our sister paper the North Somerset Times - this will affect people trying to get home from Bristol.
"12.01.2017 12:58:05" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston Hospital continues to battle 'unprecedented demand' Weston General Hospital is struggling to cope with 'unprecedented demand' as its alert status was raised to the highest-possible level at the weekend, meaning it was 'unable to deliver comprehensive care'. The hospital's alert status was raised to the highest level possible.
“The public can help us manage this demand by using the most appropriate service for their needs and, most importantly, only using A&E for genuine life-threatening emergencies.” - CCG
"12.01.2017 09:40:15" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'Increased' risk of snow and ice disrupting travel services today This what Met Office experts are saying this morning...
"12.01.2017 09:14:50" thewestonmercury.co.uk Your chance to enjoy a year with The Playhouse – the venue which has 'pushed boundaries' for quality theatre It may often be described a 'dying art' but theatre in Weston has enjoyed a remarkable upturn in fortunes, with The Playhouse enjoying huge growth in sales and footfall over the past three years. However, it has not been easy, with the venue taking huge We have a fantastic competition in partnership with The Playhouse Theatre in today's Mercury. You could win a pair of tickets to a show of your choice every month this year – and there are plenty of fantastic shows to choose from.
Click the link below to
"11.01.2017 17:41:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk MAP: See North Somerset Council plans to build 700 homes – right next to the Locking Parklands development North Somerset Council is planning to build a little more than 700 homes – as well as retail and office space and a new primary school – right next to Locking Parklands. Do you think Weston can cope with this much housing in such close proximity?
"11.01.2017 15:55:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk APPEAL: Help needed after Vietnamese teens go missing from Weston addresses Two 'vulnerable' Vietnamese teenagers have gone missing from addresses in Weston-super-Mare, prompting a police appeal. The two teenagers are said to be vulnerable. Do you have any information to help police?
"11.01.2017 15:06:18" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'The fans deserve to have that winning feeling' says Weston-super-Mare head coach as the Seagulls' form continues to improve Weston enjoyed a third win on the bounce at the weekend and the Seagulls' head coach is hoping for more of the same when the side travel to Dartford on Tuesday night. We caught up with Weston FC's head coach earlier this week. He says the Seagulls fans have been 'brilliant' and deserve to see their side win.
What do you think has helped turn the club's fortunes around for three straight wins in the National League
"11.01.2017 11:45:09" thewestonmercury.co.uk Cash-strapped cops' burglary woes revealed as just three of 113 burglaries in central Weston-super-Mare are fully resolved Avon and Somerset Constabulary admits it 'needs to improve' after it emerged less than three per cent of burglaries in central Weston have been fully resolved in the past year. Just three of 113 burglaries in the central Weston beat area were solved in the past year.
What do you think? Are there enough bobbies on the beat?
"11.01.2017 08:53:20" thewestonmercury.co.uk Architects appointed to design Dolphin Square's flats blueprint Work on the fourth phase of Weston-super-Mare's Dolphin Square development has taken an exciting step forward, after a team of architects was appointed to lead the site's redevelopment. A team of architects have been appointed to work on the fourth phase of the Dolphin Square development, where 180 flats will be built, along with ground floor space for retail outlets.
Are you looking forward to the work being completed?
"10.01.2017 19:50:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Concern about 'lethal' town centre paving after woman, 75, has nasty fall A 75-year-old woman from Weston-super-Mare believes stone paving in the town centre is not fit for purpose after rain made it so slippery she fell, split her head open and broke her nose. Have you ever come close to losing your footing in the rain while walking in town?
This woman was left with a broken nose, a one-inch deep gash to her forehead and two black eyes after slipping in Weston.
"10.01.2017 17:51:47" thewestonmercury.co.uk BREAKING: A38 closed near Bristol Airport due to car fire Queues are building up in both directions, according to the police:
"10.01.2017 13:45:14" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'Chance of snow' for Weston, Met Office announces A snow warning has been issued for Weston-super-Mare and North Somerset by the Met Office. Snow could be on its way...
"10.01.2017 11:59:25" thewestonmercury.co.uk Marathons, skydives and cycles – could you conquer a challenge for Weston Hospicecare in 2017? As 2017 gets underway, many people across Weston-super-Mare are looking for ways to make a difference this new year – and one of the town's most-popular charities is urging people to tackle tough challenges to raise vital funds for people in need. Are you feeling up for a challenge? Well, look no further...
"10.01.2017 09:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare's stage stars reveal what life is like in 'tough' performing industry “Always give it 100 per cent and remember there are no wrong answers – your imagination is your best friend.”�This sage advice is shared by one of Weston's biggest performing success stories – yet the town boasts a wealth of theatrical talent, ranging Weston-super-Mare boasts a wealth of acting, singing and dancing talent. We caught up with three of the very best in the town and found out about the trials and tribulations of the notoriously tough industry.
"10.01.2017 08:39:44" thewestonmercury.co.uk Father warns people to 'learn from his mistake' after drink-drive accident left him paralysed A Somerset father left paralysed from the neck down in an accident which killed two men has made it his life's mission to deter people from drink-driving. Greg now needs round-the-clock care and will never walk again after a drink-driving-related accident which killed two fathers.
Read more about his story by clicking the link below...
"09.01.2017 16:30:42" thewestonmercury.co.uk WATCH: Drone footage reveals true state of Birnbeck Pier as jetty demolition is suspended Work to demolish part of Weston-super-Mare's Birnbeck Pier has ground to a halt – while this incredible footage reveals just how much the historic pier has deteriorated. This incredible piece of filming reveals just how badly damaged Birnbeck Pier is, as work to knock down its North Jetty has been stopped.
"09.01.2017 15:53:39" thewestonmercury.co.uk New primary school at Locking Parklands could be delayed by 12 months Parents in Locking Parklands who had planned to send their children to the village's new school this September could be set for disappointment, as its opening will be delayed by 12 months if a temporary site is not found. Were you planning to send your child to the new Locking Parklands primary school in September? Its opening will likely be delayed by a year.
"09.01.2017 13:30:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk Lucky punter scoops more than £10k after Weston-super-Mare win A lucky man from Belgium won more than £10,000 after betting on Weston-super-Mare to beat Concord Rangers on Saturday. It seems Weston-super-Mare AFC fans were not the only ones pleased with Saturday's win.
"09.01.2017 12:34:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk Antisocial behaviour means ancient Iron Age hill fort is now 'at risk' An 'outstanding' ancient monument in Weston-super-Mare has been placed 'at risk' by Historic England after falling victim to antisocial behaviour. The Iron Age fort is an 'outstanding' example of its kind. But it has been damaged after antisocial behaviour and is now 'at risk'.
Volunteers want to raise awareness of its importance - and see work completed to protect it.
"09.01.2017 10:54:21" thewestonmercury.co.uk How did your child's school do in the primary school performance tables? Headteachers have praised the hard work and dedication of their staff and students after more than half of North Somerset's schools scored above the national average in the latest league tables. You can find out how your child's primary school fared in the latest performance table with our handy guide here...
"09.01.2017 08:15:58" thewestonmercury.co.uk Crash on M5 causes delay at Weston-super-Mare Not a good start to the Monday morning rush-hour...
"08.01.2017 19:30:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk 25 photos which prove North Somerset is somewhere you should never visit North Somerset just has nothing to offer. Seriously, what an awful place to live.
"08.01.2017 08:45:33" www.thewestonmercury.co.uk 2017: A 'year of opportunities' for Bristol Airport More jobs, exciting new destinations and better transport links are all on the itinerary for Bristol Airport in 2017, as the airport says it is embarking on a mission to draw the South West's passengers back to the region in the New Year.�The airport We caught up with Bristol Airport's chief executive to find out how he plans to build on the airport's ever-increasing success in 2017.
Find out what he had to say here...
"08.01.2017 07:01:19" www.thewestonmercury.co.uk Katrina cuts hair in aid of Little Princess Trust A Weston-super-Mare woman raised more than £500 for a children's charity by having her long hair cut off. Great stuff Katrina!
"07.01.2017 18:44:05" www.thewestonmercury.co.uk Avon and Somerset Constabulary: Domestic abuse 'will not be tolerated' Fifty-nine people across Avon and Somerset Constabulary's force area have been arrested for controlling or coercive behaviour since a vital change to domestic violence legislation was introduced one year ago. What else do you think could be done to prevent domestic violence in Weston?
"07.01.2017 16:52:26" www.thewestonmercury.co.uk Busiest year ever for Weston coastguard with 118 call-outs – including Pokémon Go! rescues Weston-super-Mare's coastguard had its busiest year on record during 2016. Well done - and thank you - to everyone who helped keep people safe last year.
"07.01.2017 10:47:49" www.thewestonmercury.co.uk 2016: Weston-super-Mare's year in readers' pictures It has been a busy 12 months in Weston-super-Mare and the town's photographers have arguably been the busiest of all, snapping hundreds of pictures, here are some of our favourites from 2016... Our readers were certainly busy in 2016 - and they have some excellent photos to show for it...
"07.01.2017 08:15:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Business donates £3,000 to two Weston-super-Mare appeals An accountancy firm has marked 150 years of business by donating more than £3,000 to two Weston charities. Gracie's Appeal and Weston Hospicecare have both been given a boost after this generous donation. Excellent work!
"06.01.2017 21:07:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Win tickets to see Assassin's Creed at Weston-super-Mare Odeon Talk about paying for the sins of your ancestors. Imagine being abducted because of the precious memories of a distant relative. Will you be going to see Assassin's Creed? You can win free tickets here...
"06.01.2017 18:56:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk North Somerset Council to finally confirm plans for 20,000 new homes by 2026 Plans to build more than 20,000 new homes across North Somerset look set to be finally adopted by North Somerset Council next week, after years of delays and deliberations between the council and the Government. This is a major step forward for house-building in North Somerset - but does the area really need more homes? Where do you think they should be built?
"06.01.2017 17:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Seagulls prepared for 'huge' Concord clash Weston-super-Mare striker Gethyn Hill says the Seagulls have been working hard on the training pitch ahead of their 'huge' basement battle with Concord Rangers tomorrow (Saturday). Weston-super-Mare AFC have a 'huge' game tomorrow. Read more about it and hear from new striker Gethyn Hill.
"06.01.2017 16:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Church congregation raises £188k in a day for extension plans A Weston-super-Mare church has moved a stage closer to its ambition to build a new hub for the community, after it raised more than £188,000 in just one day. This is a fantastic achievement. Well done St Paul's!
"06.01.2017 16:00:59" thewestonmercury.co.uk Stephen Mangan spotted filming star-studded comedy on Weston's Grand Pier Stephen Mangan, the actor and comedian from Episodes and The Green Wing has been filming a new TV comedy in Weston-super-Mare this afternoon (Friday). A famous face is filming in Weston this afternoon. More details on the link below.
"06.01.2017 11:06:08" thewestonmercury.co.uk Clothing chain shuts Weston store as lease ends A women's fashion shop which traded in Weston-super-Mare's Sovereign Shopping Centre for many years closed this week when its lease expired. Another blow to shopping in Weston.. What would you like to see go in its place?
"06.01.2017 09:13:42" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston independent shops report mixed results for trading over Christmas The festive period has brought about mixed results for Weston-super-Mare's retailers, with some shop owners noting an improvement on last year, but others seeing a drop in takings. Shop owners have given mixed views on how good trade was over Christmas and the new year.
Did you go shopping in Weston this year?
"05.01.2017 20:03:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk WIN: A family fitness package worth £454 with Hutton Moor Leisure Centre New Year is traditionally a time for people to begin a new healthy lifestyle and this year the Mercury is making it easier than ever by giving one lucky reader the perfect prize to kick-start their new fitness regime. Hoping to get healthy this year? We've got a prize which could give you a helping hand...
"05.01.2017 14:01:35" thewestonmercury.co.uk BREAKING: Birnbeck Pier jetty demolition to begin 'next week' Birnbeck Pier's north jetty looks set to be ripped down in a matter of days, after diggers were spotted carrying out preparation work at the Weston-super-Mare site today (Thursday). Part of Birnbeck Pier is set to be permanently lost next week, as work to remove the structure's North Jetty is finally starting to take shape.
Pick up next week's Mercury for the full story.
"05.01.2017 11:59:22" thewestonmercury.co.uk 10% more cancer patients in North Somerset now survive the first year than they did 18 years ago The North Somerset survival percentage for cancer is marginally greater than the national average 70.4 per cent. "It is enormously encouraging to see such a significant increase in cancer survival rates in North Somerset."
Great news for for health services and patients in the district here.
"05.01.2017 10:44:05" thewestonmercury.co.uk Town council tax may go up in an average Weston home If you live in Weston and in a band D property, this is how much you are likely to pay to the town council this year...
"04.01.2017 16:59:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk WIN: Tickets to Weston's Model Train Show in aid of Weston Hospicecare One of Weston-super-Mare's most popular family events will return this month – and you could win a family ticket to enjoy the day. Are you in need of a family day out now the festivities are over? Well, look no further - you could win tickets to the Weston Model Train Show, thanks to our competition.
Click below to enter...
"04.01.2017 15:18:51" thewestonmercury.co.uk Police search for two men after thefts Police believe the duo may be in Somerset...
"04.01.2017 14:38:57" thewestonmercury.co.uk Revealed: 17 North Somerset councillors sent reminders for unpaid council tax bills The number of North Somerset councillors who were sent reminders for unpaid council tax bills last year has risen, despite the overall amount of council tax owed to the authority falling. 17 councillors were sent reminders for unpaid council tax bills.
"04.01.2017 11:24:17" thewestonmercury.co.uk Teenage girl who fell from M5 bridge in hospital in 'stable condition' A teenage girl who fell from a motorway bridge on Friday is in hospital in a 'stable condition', according to police. We hope the girl makes a speedy recovery.
"04.01.2017 08:36:43" thewestonmercury.co.uk Families needed to foster 90 children who have fled war zones and persecution Ninety vulnerable children who have fled from war zones and persecution in search of a better life will be given new homes in Somerset. Can you offer a home to a child who has fled from a war zone?
"03.01.2017 15:51:25" thewestonmercury.co.uk Police appeal: Have you seen this wanted man in Weston-super-Mare? Avon and Somerset Constabulary has launched an appeal to find a wanted man who has links to Weston-super-Mare. Shpetim Hysa – who may also be known as Stylianos Koufopolus – is wanted for multiple offences.
Can you help police track him down?
"03.01.2017 14:30:11" thewestonmercury.co.uk New Weston gallery will hold exhibitions and sell artists' work A gallery has opened in Weston-super-Mare, where people can buy work by local artists. Calling all art fans - there's a new gallery in town.
"03.01.2017 11:29:14" thewestonmercury.co.uk Burnham-on-Sea darts ace Gary Anderson falls short in bid for third world title Two-time world champion Gary Anderson could not add to his trophy cabinet last night (Monday), losing to 7-3 Dutch star 'Mighty' Michael Van Gerwen in the final of the World Darts Championship at the Alexandra Palace in London. Did you watch the arrows last night? Burnham's Gary Anderson couldn't make it three world titles in a row, but still gave a record-breaking performance.
"03.01.2017 10:20:16" Photos from Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury's post We always love to see your pictures of Weston, and we have had some beautiful winter snaps sent into weston.iwitness24.co.uk - thanks to Elsie Poynton, Roger Fry and Sally Griffiths for these wonderful images.
"03.01.2017 09:26:12" thewestonmercury.co.uk North Somerset Council unveils plan to crack down on area's 1,400 empty homes The number of unoccupied homes in North Somerset has fallen by more than a third in the past five years – but there are still more than 1,000 properties vacant across the district. Work is ongoing to reduce the number of empty homes in North Somerset.
The council is offering advice to people with empty properties.
"30.12.2016 16:31:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'A touch of style' for Weston-super-Mare as start date for Town Square work is revealed State-of-the-art lighting, attractive trees and a water feature will all become part of Weston's Town Square, when work to overhaul the 'bleak' and 'tired' area begins next week. What do you make of the design for the Town Square?
"30.12.2016 14:00:21" thewestonmercury.co.uk TRAVEL: M5 reopened following earlier closure after woman 'fell from bridge' The M5 northbound has reopened after it was closed earlier today (Friday) when a woman fell from a motorway bridge. The M5 has now reopened, but there are still long delays on the motorway and the A370.
"30.12.2016 13:14:55" thewestonmercury.co.uk TRAVEL: M5 closed northbound after woman 'falls from bridge' The M5 is closed northbound this afternoon (Friday) after a woman fell from a motorway bridge. Best to avoid the roads this afternoon. The motorway closure is also leading to delays on the A370.
"30.12.2016 09:11:17" thewestonmercury.co.uk The big fat Weston-super-Mare quiz of 2016 – how well do you remember what happened? Think you know what happened in Weston-super-Mare in 2016? Put your brain to the test with our quiz. Channel 4's Big Fat Quiz Of The Year has nothing on us...
"29.12.2016 16:11:32" thewestonmercury.co.uk M5 lanes reopen after serious crash near Weston-super-Mare All lanes of the M5 are now open following an earlier collision between Weston and Burnham-on-Sea today (Thursday) – but there are still severe delays affecting drivers' journeys. The good news? All lanes of the M5 are now open.
The bad news? It is still very, very congested...
"29.12.2016 14:55:18" thewestonmercury.co.uk Lanes closed on M5 after crash near Weston-super-Mare There are severe delays on the M5 this afternoon after a collision caused traffic to be temporarily stopped on the motorway. One to look out for this afternoon...
"29.12.2016 12:31:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Patient handover targets missed by Weston General Hospital Some people have had to wait hours with ambulance teams or other medical professionals before being transferred into the care of Weston General Hospital – but it is still one of the best-performing hospitals in the South West. People have regularly had to wait more than an hour to be handed over to the care of the hospital from ambulance teams.
Have you ever experienced a long wait?
"29.12.2016 11:05:05" thewestonmercury.co.uk In pictures: How 2016 unfolded in Weston-super-Mare Throughout 2016, the Mercury has been there, taking pictures. Here are some of our favourites... What is your favourite Weston memory from 2016?
Mercury photographer Mark Atherton has taken a trip down memory lane to pick his favourite shots from the past year – can you spot yourself in any of them?
"28.12.2016 18:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Great Western Air Ambulance Charity has gone 'above and beyond' to save the lives of 143 North Somerset residents Families have said they are 'immensely grateful' to a South West charity which has helped save the lives of nearly 150 North Somerset people this year alone. The Great Western Air Ambulance Charity provide a fantastic service to our area – they saved almost 150 people in 2016.
"28.12.2016 16:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Big disparity in house price growth but is Weston set for regeneration boom? Rural areas of North Somerset have enjoyed stronger growth in house prices than parts of Weston-super-Mare over the past 20 years, according to the Office for National Statistics. How does the price of your house compare to 20 years ago? Take a look on our interactive map.
Why do you think prices are rising faster in some areas of North Somerset?
"28.12.2016 16:00:04" Photos from Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury's post We have added more photos to our Christmas Day Swim gallery today – did you take part? Send us your photos and tag your friends!
See our full gallery here: http://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/in_pictures_dozens_tackle_christmas_day_swim_1_4829925
"28.12.2016 15:53:48" thewestonmercury.co.uk Woman tried to hang herself at Weston General Hospital days before her death A North Somerset woman with mental health difficulties almost hanged herself in Weston General Hospital's emergency department, an inquest was told. Nurses discovered the woman at the hospital and were able to stop her. But, sadly she hanged herself at a supported housing complex two days later.
"28.12.2016 14:13:26" thewestonmercury.co.uk Woman's body pulled out of the sea in Weston-super-Mare A woman's body has been found in the sea off Weston's Knightstone Island. Some sad news to report.
"28.12.2016 13:50:31" thewestonmercury.co.uk Brad Ash renews Weston-super-Mare loan Star striker Brad Ash will stay with Weston-super-Mare for the rest of the season, head coach Scott Bartlett has confirmed. Good news for Weston-super-Mare AFC fans. Brad Ash will stay with the club for the rest of the season.
"28.12.2016 10:09:35" thewestonmercury.co.uk Man jailed for ignoring North Somerset Council over where he put his caravan He was jailed earlier this month...
"28.12.2016 09:58:41" thewestonmercury.co.uk Father Louis, 21, 'will never be forgotten' after tragic A39 collision The parents of a young Worle father, who died in a car crash, say their 'bubbly' and 'outgoing' son's death was a 'complete waste' and have vowed his death will not be in vain. This is desperately sad. Our thoughts are with Louis' family and friends.
"27.12.2016 12:27:09" thewestonmercury.co.uk www.thewestonmercury.co.uk How did you spend Christmas Day morning? Probably in a different way to these hardy souls...
"27.12.2016 11:30:13" northsomersettimes.co.uk M5 reopens after being closed due to ice The M5 has reopened after being closed between Bristol and Weston-super-Mare due to ice. Good news if you need to travel on the M5 today...
"27.12.2016 11:14:25" Timeline Photos Plan your journey carefully today if you're heading out of the area - ice on the M5 has caused a series of crashes, and prompted a motorway closure...