Customs officers swoop on Somerset premises in suspected £3million fuel fraud probe

Bridgwater Mercury: Motor tax campaigners lobbying MPs

12:36pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A TOTAL of nine people were arrested yesterday (Wednesday, July 23) for their involvement in a suspected £3million fuel fraud after officers swooped on a number of premises, including in Somerset.

VIDEO: The glory of Somerset, it's music to our ears

Bridgwater Mercury:

11:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

A SOMERSET man has created a music video showcasing the county’s attractions to get the message out to UK tourists that the area is open for business.

Almost £600,000 spent on two interim children's services directors at Somerset County Council

Bridgwater Mercury: County Hall A Block.

9:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

THE near £600,000 cost of employing two temporary bosses to turn around Somerset’s failing children’s services has been branded “astonishing”.

Tributes to ex-Wellington School student Andrew Hoare killed with his family in downed MH17 plane

Bridgwater Mercury:

6:30am Thursday 24th July 2014

A “WONDERFUL man” and his family were wiped out when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was downed over eastern Ukraine.

Police warn Bridgwater residents of 'creepers'

Bridgwater Mercury: Sgt Chris Walls of Bridgwater Police

12:12pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

POLICE are urging people to make sure they lock their doors following a spate of burglaries in Bridgwater.

Bridgwater pub gets golden re-fit

Bridgwater Mercury: The Cotterell Arms pub could be converted into a house if plans are approved.

8:30pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

THE Golden Ball pub in Bridgwater has switched to a managed tenancy model as it seeks to boost weekday trade and broaden its customer base.

Four thefts of charity boxes in Langport in a month

Bridgwater Mercury: PRAISE: The HM Inspectorate of Constabulary has rated West Yorkshire Police as "good" in three key inspection areas around efficiency and savings plans.

5:11pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

FOUR charity collection boxes have been stolen from shops in Langport in the past month.

Sid the dog happy to be rid of his underwear

Bridgwater Mercury:

5:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A MISCHIEVOUS English bull terrier is recovering from four hours in emergency surgery at a Bridgwater vets after eating a pair of pants.

Football camps for kids

Bridgwater Mercury:

3:30pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Budding footballers can head along to Bridgwater College’s summer football camp next month.

Killer infection is passed on at birth

Bridgwater Mercury:

1:30pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A MOTHER is raising awareness of an infection which left her son fighting to survive the first few weeks of his life.

Geordie Shore to film in Somerset for ninth series

Bridgwater Mercury: The lads from the Geordie Shore are on their way to Burnley.

11:03am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

GEORDIE Shore fans canny believe their luck after bosses of the reality television show announced they will be filming in Somerset.

Police probe after public toilets arson in North Petherton

Bridgwater Mercury:

8:27am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

RESIDENTS in North Petherton are furious with vandals who started a fire in the town’s public toilets and forced them to close.

Lorry crash causes M5 chaos

Bridgwater Mercury:

10:00pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A DRIVER had a lucky escape when his lorry flipped on the motorway after colliding with a broken down artic.

New surgery on course to open

Bridgwater Mercury:

8:00pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A NEW doctors’ surgery in Woolavington is a step closer to being completed in time to serve thousands of patients in January.

Westonzoyland carnival club plea for help with HQ

Bridgwater Mercury:

7:30pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

WESTONZOYLAND Carnival Club is appealing to builders, bricklayers and suppliers to help them create a new £60,000 base.

Canal's starring role in TV period drama

Bridgwater Mercury:

6:30pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

CAMERA crews filmed a scene for a new period drama on Bridgwater & Taunton Canal last night (Monday), the Mercury can reveal.

Bloom team go for gold at Cannington

Bridgwater Mercury:

5:00pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

VILLAGERS in Cannington are hoping South West in Bloom judges will award them gold in the prestige competition this year.

Think-again plans for Puriton homes site

Bridgwater Mercury:

3:30pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A HOUSING developer has submitted fresh plans for affordable homes in Puriton, after withdrawing a previous controversial scheme.

Shane's fans Filan the heat in Bridgwater

Bridgwater Mercury:

2:49pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

TEMPERATURES soared in more ways than one when Westlife frontman SHANE FILAN and his band hit Bridgwater’s Blake Hall at his stormy Sedgemoor show.

Bridgwater Morrisons depot to get even bigger

Bridgwater Mercury:

2:15pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THE jobs market in Bridgwater has been given another welcome boost this week with the announcement that Morrisons is expanding its distribution centre.

Somerset residents urged to check on vulnerable people during summer heat

Bridgwater Mercury:

12:00pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

SOMERSET County Council is asking neighbours, friends and relatives to keep an eye out for anyone who may be struggling to cope in the sustained heat and might need help maintaining their health and well-being.

New activities arranged for the Quantocks

Bridgwater Mercury: The Lesser Horseshoe Bat, one of the species found in the Malvern Hills. Photo by John Black of the Bat Conservation Trust.

8:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A NEW programme of events has been unveiled for the Quantock Hills AONB.

Blocked drains lead to flooding in Sedgemoor

Bridgwater Mercury: Fairfield High School closed due to flooding

7:00pm Monday 21st July 2014

BLOCKED drains have been causing chaos for Sedgemoor residents following heavy downpours over the weekend.

Bridgwater man's charity bike ride in memory of nan

Bridgwater Mercury:

4:37pm Monday 21st July 2014

A BRIDGWATER man is embarking on a 100-mile bike ride to raise money for charity and in loving memory of his nan.

Give fishing a go this summer

Bridgwater Mercury: Environment Agency inspect beck

4:22pm Monday 21st July 2014

THE Environment Agency is encouraging would-be anglers, young and old, to give fishing a go as National Fishing Month gets underway.

Butterfly and moth walk to be held on the Quantocks

Bridgwater Mercury: HELPING HAND: Families asked to help preserve local butterfly species

4:14pm Monday 21st July 2014

A BUTTERFLY and Moth Hunt is taking place at Fyne Court on the Quantocks next month.

Firefighters strike ends, but more industrial action to continue

Bridgwater Mercury:

4:00pm Monday 21st July 2014

FIREFIGHTERS in Somerset and the rest of the country will today (Monday, July 21) come to the end of eight consecutive days of strike action over pensions.

Taunton mum campaigns to increase Group B Strep awareness

Bridgwater Mercury:

4:00pm Monday 21st July 2014

A MOTHER whose newborn baby defied the odds after being at death’s door is calling for more to be done to make people aware of a potentially fatal condition that has a simple cure if spotted in time.

Quick-thinking Somerset cricketer Marcus Trescothick helps save trapped hedgehog

Bridgwater Mercury:

3:37pm Monday 21st July 2014

SOMERSET cricket legend Marcus Trescothick was knocked for six when a hedgehog got stuck in his garden gates.

Bridgwater group urges people to protect community buildings

Bridgwater Mercury:

2:49pm Monday 21st July 2014

BRIDGWATER and District Civic Society are urging people to put their favourite buildings forward as community assets - or risk losing them forever.

Bridgwater tattoo event helps raise £800 for Tayen Gilbert

Bridgwater Mercury:

2:09pm Monday 21st July 2014

A FUNDRAISING tattoo event held in Bridgwater on Saturday has helped raise more than £800 for a little girl who is battling a serious genetic condition.

Taunton's Museum of Somerset First World War exhibition

Bridgwater Mercury: North Wiltshire MP James Gray is to visit all of his constituency’s 209 war graves as part of the First World War centenary year commemorations

1:20pm Monday 21st July 2014

AN exhibition to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War opens at the Museum of Somerset in Taunton this weekend.

Bridgwater radio centre hosts Somerset carnival show

Bridgwater Mercury: Operators of Taunton "pirate" radio station vow to get back on air

11:50am Monday 21st July 2014

A NEW weekly radio show dedicated to carnival has been launched for the first time in the history of the Somerset County Guy Fawkes Carnivals.

Environment Secretary Liz Truss to visit Somerset

Bridgwater Mercury: Ian Liddell-Grainger

9:21am Monday 21st July 2014

NEWLY-appointed Environment Secretary Liz Truss is to visit Somerset to check the progress of a massive dredging programme designed to reduce flooding problems on the Levels.

Charity welcomes ban on smoking in cars with children

Bridgwater Mercury: Generic smoking in a car (8230053)

7:00pm Sunday 20th July 2014

SMOKEFREE South-West has welcomed the announcement of a consultation on new regulations to make it illegal to smoke in cars with children inside.

South-West is becoming a region of savers

Bridgwater Mercury: Community groups urged to apply for cash help

11:20am Saturday 19th July 2014

PEOPLE in the South-West are putting more money aside for a rainy day than they were last year, a survey shows.

Somerset's drivers urged to check their tyres before making a summer getaway

Bridgwater Mercury: Changing a tyre

7:00am Saturday 19th July 2014

MORE than 1,000 avoidable collisions took place on the South-West’s roads last summer, the Highways Agency says, with most caused by tyre-related breakdowns.

New home could be built in Cannington

Bridgwater Mercury: Sedgemoor District Council freezes council tax

9:00pm Friday 18th July 2014

PLANNING permission for a new house in Cannington has been submitted to Sedgemoor District Council.

Bridgwater Argos warehouse staff to go on six-day strike

Bridgwater Mercury:

4:33pm Friday 18th July 2014

ARGOS warehouse staff at the Bridgwater distribution centre will be going on a six-day strike from Sunday (July 20) in a dispute over changes to terms and conditions.

Local pub helps support Bridgwater Carnival

Bridgwater Mercury:

4:02pm Friday 18th July 2014

WITH Bridgwater Carnival 2014 fast approaching, JD Wetherspoon has become the latest organisation to throw its support behind the celebrations.

Weather warning for thunderstorms across Somerset

Bridgwater Mercury: lightning.jpg

1:33pm Friday 18th July 2014

SOMERSET is braced for severe weather over the next 24 hours as torrential downpours and thunderstorms are heading our way.

Opposing wind farms will lose you votes, MPs warned

Bridgwater Mercury: The subsidised wind power debate keeps on turning

7:00am Friday 18th July 2014

A RENEWABLE energy group says politicians in the South-West would lose more votes than they gain for denouncing onshore wind farms.

Register to speak at Sedgemoor flood meeting

Bridgwater Mercury: Environment Agency inspect beck

10:32am Thursday 17th July 2014

THE Environment Agency will be answering questions on the winter flooding at a meeting on Friday, July 25.

Farewell festival for retiring Haygrove School teacher

Bridgwater Mercury:

7:00pm Thursday 17th July 2014

STUDENTS past and present came together to say a fond farewell to one of Haygrove School's longest-serving teachers at a specially arranged music festival.

Students enjoy Russian taster

Bridgwater Mercury:

6:30pm Thursday 17th July 2014

A GROUP of year nine students from Ansford Academy enjoyed a foreign language taster session at a nearby college.

Play area site 'not the best' says councillor

Bridgwater Mercury:

6:00pm Thursday 17th July 2014

COUNCILLORS are going ‘back to the drawing board’ after concerns were raised about plans for a new play area.

Royal reminder county's in business

Bridgwater Mercury:

5:00pm Thursday 17th July 2014

WHEN Prince Charles visited Muchelney in February, during the worst of the devastating winter floods, he donned wellies to be transported around the village by tractor and boat.

Free web access sessions offered in Bridgwater

Bridgwater Mercury: File photo dated 06/08/12 of a person using a laptop computer as more than a quarter of 11 to 15-year-olds say their parents do not know what films they are watching online, with a fifth admitting they have been disturbed by content from illegal sites, ac

5:29pm Thursday 17th July 2014

FREE web access sessions are being launched in Bridgwater.

Police to hold beat surgery at Chilton Trinity School

Bridgwater Mercury: Police warning after thefts in car parks

4:06pm Thursday 17th July 2014

Police are holding a beat surgery at Chilton Trinity School on Monday (July 21).

All the fun of the school fair in Westonzoyland

Bridgwater Mercury:

1:51pm Thursday 17th July 2014

WESTONZOYLAND Primary School’s summer fair went down a treat with visitors on Saturday.

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