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FIRE broke out at a building in Bridgwater being renovated this evening (Friday). The blaze in a property in Taunton Road, which started at 7.21pm, is believed to have been an arson attack. Crews from Bridgwater, Taunton and Burnham-on-Sea were sent to the incident. On arrival firefighters were met by a “large amount of smoke” […]

POLICE have launched a murder investigation following the death of a man in Somerset today (Friday, May 14). A woman has been detained and is currently in police custody. Officers attended a home in Chilthorne Domer, near Yeovil, at 4.45am following a report of an injured man. He was taken by paramedics to Yeovil District […]

A FORMER Avon and Somerset will never be able to serve as a police officer again following his “disgraceful conduct”. Gross misconduct was proven against PC James Hayward at a hearing at the force HQ in Portishead on Wednesday. He breached the standards expected of police officers after last week being convicted of driving a […]

A TALENTED young golfer texted his girlfriend to say ‘goodbye’ before taking his own life, an inquest has heard. Sam Loader, aged 20, had been drinking at a New Year’s Eve event at the end of 2020 when he drove to a popular beauty spot. Sam, of Fitzhead, was more than twice the drink drive […]

CONSTRUCTION of a new £23million state-of-the-art school in Bridgwater is now complete. The first pupils will this summer attend Polden Bower School, in Bower Lane, which will cater for 160 young people with complex needs. The project is part of a wider Somerset County Council programme to boost provision for children and young people with […]

POLICE have appealed to the public to help track down a wanted man known to frequent Somerset. They are seeking information to locate 43-year-old Nicholas Davis. He is wanted on a recall to prison due to breaching the terms of his licence. An Avon and Somerset Police spokesperson said: “We know he frequents Bristol and […]

THE Covid-19 rates of infection in three of the four Somerset districts are well below the overall rate for England. A fourth district remains above the national average. Figures released this afternoon show the rate per 100,000 of population based on the latest seven-day rolling figures are: South Somerset 6.5 people per 100,000; Somerset West […]

MOVES are afoot to reintroduce more train services across Somerset after many were pulled due to safety scares. Services between Taunton and London and in other areas of the country were cancelled over the weekend after cracks were found on some Hitachi trains. Hitachi Rail, train operators and the government have agreed, with oversight from […]

POLICE are appealing for information after cash was stolen from a commercial premises in Bridgwater. Officers want to speak to witnesses to the theft over the weekend earlier this month. The culprit/s forced entry into the building in East Quay between 3.30pm on Sunday, May 2, and 10am the following morning. Anyone who saw what […]

AS if rain soaked yesterday wasn’t bad enough, we’re in for another wet day across Somerset. Most of the county has disappeared under a band of rain on the Met Office’s weather map. We can look forward to a wet and breezy day, with rain persisting across most of the county. At times we can […]


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