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BUCKINGHAM Palace has announced that the Duke of Edinburgh has died at the age of 99. In a statement, the Palace said: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. “His Royal Highness passed away peacefully […]

PEOPLE in Somerset have access to regular free coronavirus testing from today (Friday, April 9) as the country takes another vital step towards society opening up again. The Government is encouraging everyone in England to access rapid Covid-19 testing. The testing is for people without symptoms of the virus and helps break the chain of […]

A MOTORIST who jumped a red light avoided a driving ban to protect the jobs of 12 people he employs. Nicholas Squire, 63, drove through the red light on the A38 at Chritchard Way, with its junction with Wordsworth Drive, in Taunton, on May 11 last year. The three penalty point he received when he […]

TWO further Covid-related deaths have been recorded in a Somerset district, according to the latest 24-hour figures. The overall number of people to have died in Mendip within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test since the start of the pandemic has risen to 162. The overall totals in the other three districts in the […]

TRIBUTES have been paid to a grandfather who died after he was knocked off his bicycle have paid tribute to “an amazing family man”. Taxi driver Henry Norcutt, who was in his 40s, died after he was in collision with a car on the A39 Bath Road, in Bridgwater yesterday (Wednesday) at around 11am. His […]

A WOMAN hurled racially abusive comments at a teenage girl before grabbing her hair and punching her several times. Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident in the Broadway area of Bridgwater. The culprit had been sitting in the graveyard before she began to make the racially abusive comments and followed the victim, who […]

THERE were single figure increases in new confirmed Covid-19 cases in all four Somerset districts in the latest 24-hour period. There were six positive tests in South Somerset, which has seen a total of 5,414 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic. Somerset West and Taunton recorded four new cases (overall total 5,935). There […]

A CYCLIST sadly died this morning after a collision in Bridgwater – and a 20-year-old has been arrested. Police are appealing for witness after the crash on the A39 Bath Road in Bridgwater just before 11am this morning (April 7). A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and drug […]

A PUPPY stolen in a burglary was later found dead on land beside a main road. Police are appealing for witnesses in a bid to track down the offenders. The dog, a 10-month-old Cavapoochon called Maisy, was snatched from a house in Othery between 9.30am and 11am on Wednesday, March 24. It was later found […]

THE Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police it to retire from the force this summer. Chief Constable Andy Marsh will not seek to extend his contract when it expires at the start of July. He said it had been the “honour of a lifetime” to lead a force he first joined as a recruit […]


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