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POLICE recovered stolen items valued at up to £10,000 after stopping a vehicle on the A38. The vehicle was pulled over by Avon and Somerset Police’s road policing unit yesterday (Monday). The haul included 500 stolen printer cartridges and electrical items valued at between £6,00 and £10,000. Three suspects were arrested and police say they […]

EVERYONE in England is being offered two rapid lateral flow tests a week – for free. Boris Johnson has announced that from Friday (April 9) anyone without any Covid symptoms can take the tests, which give results within half an hour. The Prime Minister said: “As we continue to make good progress on our vaccine […]

WE’LL be able to workout in the gym, pop into the pub for a refreshing beer and then get a long-awaited haircut from next Monday, The Government has confirmed that stage two of lifting lockdown is going ahead in England on April 12. It comes as the rate of new confirmed Covid cases has dropped, […]

TWO SEDGEMOOR district council (SDC) employees are set to run 50 miles for charity this month. Natalie Smith, 16 and her brother Alex Smith will be taking on the challenge to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK. But they are no strangers to running – as a family, they have raised money for Teenage Cancer […]

THE chief executive of Somerset County Council is on a higher salary than the Prime Minister, figures on the authority’s website show. Patrick Flaherty’s annual pay was £166,851 at the start of the year – that compares to Boris Johnson’s pay of £161,401 at the same time. Council taxpayers also stump up £30,200 into an […]

A CHARITY has bought and renovated two properties in Bridgwater to house people who are facing homelessness. The properties, brought by Arc, will be able to house 15 people in the area who are homeless. Arc currently has 14 accommodation units (16 with the new properties) to support homeless people in Taunton and Bridgwater. These […]

THERE have been 20 new coronavirus cases in Somerset in the past 24-hours. And the rate of infection is still falling in all four districts. South Somerset had the highest number, with 12 new cases, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 5,405. Sedgemoor had five positive tests, bringing the total to […]

FIRE crews from all over Somerset have spent their Easter Sunday battling a large pub fire in Devon. The thatched roof of The White Hart Inn on the A35 in Wilmington caught fire this morning (April 4) at 11.54am. A total of 15 fire engines have been battling the blaze throughout the afternoon, including a […]

WHICH? has revealed the best and worst motorway services in the UK – and one Somerset stop has been ranked the worst in the UK. Bridgwater services, junction 24 on the M5 motorway, has been named the worst rest stop in the country, while Gloucester (junction 11A-12) has come out top. Bridgwater earned just one […]

PEACEFUL protests took place across Somerset yesterday against the new policing bill. Many turned up to support the cause in Taunton, but the largest demonstration was in Bristol, with around 1,500 people. The protests in all towns were peaceful, but after a Section 35 Dispersal Order was implemented in Bristol, seven people were arrested. In […]


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