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THE family of murdered Somerset man Mikhail Hanid say they wish his killers “no ill will”. They were speaking after Curtis Ford was jailed for 26 years for Mr Hanid’s murder and his cousin Samuel Ford received 12 years for manslaughter, which includes three years on licence. Curtis and Samuel Ford KILLERS: Curtis Ford and […]

A MAJOR Somerset venue is set to become a mass Covid-19 vaccination centre by the end of this month. NHS staff have been working at The Bath and West Showground in Shepton Mallet since December. And the site is expected to be up and running to deliver inoculations in the next fortnight. Rupert Cox, chief […]

CHEF Jaimie Haselock is calling on people to join him in dishing up “hugs on a plate” to support vulnerable people in the Taunton area during lockdown. Jaimie, who runs a business called Gamey Jamie, has already served up roast lunches for 30 homeless people at the Canonsgrove hostel in Trull. He plans to cook […]

POLICE and coastguards in a Somerset town were called out in the middle of the night – by a spider! The alarm at Weston-super-Mare Coastguard Rescue Team’s base was triggered at 3.19am yesterday (Sunday). Police rushed to the scene and the station master arrived soon after after being alerted by his ops room. Fellow coastguards […]

THE family of a 92-year-old Somerset woman have complained that she has no idea when she is likely to get the Covid-19 vaccine – despite the the Prime Minister’s father receiving his second shot. Stanley Johnson, who has a home in Winsford, on Exmoor, told daytime television that he was having his second inoculation last […]

SENIOR ministers have discussed the prospect of introducing tighter lockdown controls in an effort to improve compliance with the current rules, according to reports. The Prime Minister reportedly spoke with senior ministers on Sunday to evaluate “whether the current lockdown rules were working” in reducing the spike of coronavirus cases, the Daily Telegraph suggested. The […]

THERE were nearly 500 positive coronavirus tests recorded in Somerset in the latest figures. Somerset West and Taunton (SWT) saw an increase of 146 new cases, since January 8. This brings the total for the district, since the start of the pandemic, to 3,634. The latest rate of infection in SWT is 423.6 per 100,000. Sedgemoor […]

AS HPC is slowly being built, all the recent evidence from analysts and academics is that the business markets have already moved away from nuclear, and investment is lining up for new renewable projects. Financial markets have been saying for a long while that nuclear is a poor investment, yet our government is unable to […]

SLIGHTLY warmer weather is headed for Somerset this week, with temperatures reaching up to 9 °C. There will be bright spells in places, alongside cloudy weather and scattered showers. On Monday, there will be heavy outbreaks of rain towards the evening, with coastal gales. “It remains cloudy on Tuesday with outbreaks of rain at times,” […]

POLICE issued seven fixed penalty notices after people travelled from Bristol to Cheddar gorge to “sit and eat kebabs”. The incident happened yesterday evening (January 9) when police found the vehicles and told them to leave. The fixed penalty notices were given for a breach of Covid-19 legislation. According to the latest Government advice, you […]


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