Police name man killed on A372 in Somerset

Bridgwater Mercury:

12:03pm Friday 31st October 2014

POLICE have this morning named a man who died following a collision on the A372 near Yeovil. 

Avon and Somerset Chief Constable Nick Gargan to face gross misconduct hearing

Bridgwater Mercury: Nick Gargan

11:38am Friday 31st October 2014


Avon & Somerset Police Commissioner 'breached her own code of conduct' naming whistleblower

Bridgwater Mercury: Sue Mountstevens

9:15am Friday 31st October 2014

POLICE Commissioner Sue Mountstevens breached her own code of conduct by revealing the identity of a whistleblower, her own police and crime panel has concluded.

Man appears in court charged with mum's murder

Bridgwater Mercury:

2:30pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A MAN from Norton Fitzwarren accused of murdering his mother has appeared in court this morning.

Somerset patients urged to look out for breast cancer signs

Bridgwater Mercury:

4:00pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

A DOCTOR is calling on women AND men to get themselves checked out for breast cancer.

Worldwide audience for Somerset barn owls

Bridgwater Mercury:

11:00am Wednesday 29th October 2014

PEOPLE from around the world logged on more than 1.5million times to follow the progress of Somerset’s most famous barn owl family Boris, Brenda, and their six owlets.

Confusion over chief’s departure

Bridgwater Mercury:

6:36pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

CONFUSION surrounds the termination of the contract of the highly-paid director hired to turn around Somerset’s children’s services – bosses say he was sacked while he claims he’d already resigned.

Young people in Somerset warned - 'we'll catch you if you watch TV without a licence'

Bridgwater Mercury: With 669 households caught out, figures rank town  as eighth highest in north west for TV licence dodgers

11:00am Tuesday 28th October 2014

YOUNG adults caught watching TV without a licence are being warned they face a fine of up to £1,000.

'Sorry I told chief constable whistleblower's name' - Avon and Somerset PCC apologises

Bridgwater Mercury: Sue Mountstevens

6:20am Tuesday 28th October 2014

AVON and Somerset’s Police and Crime Commissioner has apologised for telling chief constable Nick Gargan the identity of a whistleblower who alleged he made inappropriate advances to her.

'More infrastructure for Somerset Levels' call at Emergency Society Planning event

Bridgwater Mercury:

8:00pm Monday 27th October 2014

A CALL for more investment in infrastructure has gone out following the devastating floods on the Somerset Levels earlier this year.

Somerset Rebels lose in final

Bridgwater Mercury: 'It ain’t over yet' - Rebels' manager’s rallying call for second leg of KO Cup

12:08am Sunday 26th October 2014

SOMERSET Rebels have lost to Edinburgh in the Premier League Championship Grand Final by a single race point.

Somerset Rebels clinch narrow victory

Bridgwater Mercury: 'It ain’t over yet' - Rebels' manager’s rallying call for second leg of KO Cup

10:08pm Friday 24th October 2014

THE Somerset Rebels will take a 12 point lead into the second leg of the Premier League Championship Final against the Edinburgh Monarchs

Abnormal load travelling through Somerset cancelled

Bridgwater Mercury: Congestion expected as large loads travel through Taunton

9:37am Friday 24th October 2014

DELAYS are expected on two major roads in Somerset as a large abnormal load and police escort travel through the county this morning (October 24.).

Somerset schoolchldren in Big Questions event in Creech St Michael

Bridgwater Mercury:

4:37pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

YOUNGSTERS from six schools asked the ‘Big Questions’ in a special Religious Education Celebration Day.

Somerset children's services boss "sacked" by council insists: "I resigned"

Bridgwater Mercury:

11:32am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

CONFUSION surrounds the termination of the contract of the highly-paid director hired to turn around Somerset's children's services - bosses says he was sacked, he claims he'd already resigned.

Man pops the question in police car after crashing en route to Somerset beauty spot

Bridgwater Mercury:

12:07pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A LOVED-UP husband-to-be popped the question in the back of a police car after he crashed en route to a beauty spot where he planned to propose.

Avon and Somerset initiative to tackle fraud

Bridgwater Mercury:

11:00am Tuesday 21st October 2014

PEOPLE over 60 are being warned not to be bullied into parting with their cash by fraudsters.

Met Office warning for strong winds across Somerset

Bridgwater Mercury:

5:07pm Monday 20th October 2014

GALE-FORCE winds are expected to batter the coastlines of Somerset in the next 24 hours, forecasters warn.

Woman, 19, dies after car ends in river in Somerset

Bridgwater Mercury:

9:04am Monday 20th October 2014

A 19-YEAR-OLD woman passenger died after she was trapped in a car which left a road and went into a river in Somerset.

Actress and TV presenter Lynda Bellingham to be buried in Somerset

Bridgwater Mercury: Lynda Bellingham: has always wanted to be loved

3:20pm Monday 20th October 2014

ACTRESS and television presenter Lynda Bellingham, who lost her battle with cancer on Sunday, will be buried in Somerset

Enforcement officers' training to combat asbestos fly-tipping

Bridgwater Mercury:

1:00pm Sunday 19th October 2014

SOMERSET’S councils are targeting the criminals fly-tipping hazardous asbestos with new training to improve their enforcement officers' skills and know-how.

Peter Lewis sacked as Somerset County Council's director of children's services

Bridgwater Mercury:

4:30pm Friday 17th October 2014

SOMERSET County Council has announced it has terminated its contract for the services of interim director of children’s services Peter Lewis.

VIDEO Somerset Business Awards 2014 - winners announced

Bridgwater Mercury: Enter the 2014 Somerset Business Awards

11:50pm Friday 17th October 2014

Find out who won what in the 2014 Somerset Business Awards.

Gremlins storm to top spot

Bridgwater Mercury:

6:51pm Friday 17th October 2014

GREMLINS Carnival Club were crowned Carnival Concert champions after their Victorian Shipyard production was awarded the prestigious White Hart Cup for gaining the highest number of points throughout the concert fortnight.

Live Read the report into eye surgery problems at Somerset hospital

Bridgwater Mercury:

10:50am Thursday 16th October 2014

An investigation into problems arising from a series of eye operations carried out by a private contractor has been released overnight.

Somerset cancer charity SURE launches £500,000 appeal

Bridgwater Mercury:

9:00am Thursday 16th October 2014

A TAUNTON-based charity today (Thursday, October 16) launches a £500,000 appeal for a scanner that will avoid cancer patients travelling to Bristol for the first stage of radiotherapy.

South-West campaign to save more lives of bladder and kidney cancer patients

Bridgwater Mercury:

11:00am Wednesday 15th October 2014

A CAMPAIGN to spot the early signs of two kinds of cancer aims to save lives in Somerset.

Taunton's Musgrove Park Hospital refuses to release report into botched eye operations

Bridgwater Mercury: Temporary postal room in place after Musgrove Park Hospital fire

8:31am Wednesday 15th October 2014

AN investigation has been completed into a series of botched eye operations at Taunton’s Musgrove Park Hospital – but the report isn’t being made public.

Drivers urged to stick to limits on A361 at Burrowbridge

Bridgwater Mercury: Busy Cotswold commuter road closing for repairs

11:00am Tuesday 14th October 2014

SPEEDING drivers putting people at risk along a ‘cut through’ are being urged to slow down.

IPCC completes probe into suspended Chief Constable Nick Gargan

Bridgwater Mercury: Nick Gargan

12:06pm Monday 13th October 2014

An independent investigation into complaints against suspended Avon and Somerset Police Chief Constable has found he "may have breached the Data Protection Act" by sending emails about police business to outsiders.

NHS staff strike in Somerset

Bridgwater Mercury:

8:16am Monday 13th October 2014

NHS staff in Somerset are joining thousands of colleagues across the country in a four-hour walkout this morning in a dispute over pay

Britpop beckons: Former Geneva frontman Andrew Montgomery is playing the South-West this month

Bridgwater Mercury:

3:42pm Monday 13th October 2014

A TASTE of Britpop comes to the South-West later this month with the hotly-anticipated return of former Geneva frontman Andrew Montgomery.

Cricket museum among William Stansell/Somerset Building Preservation Trust Awards accolades

Bridgwater Mercury:

1:00pm Saturday 11th October 2014

RESTORATION work on a Heritage at Risk church building has scooped a top preservation award for the architects.

Make your will - and help the British Liver Trust

Bridgwater Mercury:

7:00am Saturday 11th October 2014

YOU can get your will written for at Will Management Services of Taunton, during October – in exchange for a donation to the British Liver Trust.

291 people stopped during M5 police operation

Bridgwater Mercury: Bike falls of car roof on M5

11:00am Friday 10th October 2014

ALMOST 300 people were dealt with for motoring offences and other crimes in the first ever police operation covering the entire length of the M5.

UNISON ambulance staff to strike on Monday

Bridgwater Mercury:

9:00pm Thursday 9th October 2014

UNISON members working for the South West Ambulance Service will take industrial action on Monday (October 13).

Visitors to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, urged to be norovirus aware

Bridgwater Mercury: Dr Colin Close, medical director at Musgrove Park Hospital.

8:00pm Thursday 9th October 2014

PATIENTS and visitors are being urged to do their bit to avoid an outbreak of a nasty bug at Taunton’s Musgrove Park Hospital this winter.

'Child sex offenders need quick help to avoid becoming adult offenders ' says NSPCC

Bridgwater Mercury: Borough marathon runners ready to help raft of good causes

9:00am Thursday 9th October 2014

SWIFT action is needed to prevent children who commit sexual offences turning into adult sex offenders, the NSPCC has warned.

Flood alerts issued for parts of Somerset

Bridgwater Mercury: SOMERSET FLOODS: More rain and strong winds to hit county

6:29pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

FLOOD alerts have been issued for parts of Somerset as weather forecasters prepare for more showers across the area this evening.

Heating oil theft warning for people in Somerset

Bridgwater Mercury:

4:00pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

WITH autumn setting in this week, rural homes in Somerset are being reminded to take measures to avoid heating oil being stolen as they fill up for the winter.

Police investigate death of man reported falling from window in Weston

Bridgwater Mercury:

12:07pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

POLICE are appealing for witnesses following the death of a man who may have fallen from an upstairs window.

Strong winds and heavy rain batter Somerset

8:39am Monday 6th October 2014

STRONG winds and heavy rain are making for a miserable commute for motorists across Somerset this morning.

TRAVEL LATEST: Problems on roads and railways in Somerset

Bridgwater Mercury:

12:14pm Monday 6th October 2014

GETTING around parts of Somerset has been hazardous this morning, with problems on the roads and railways

PHOTOS: Somerset Care awards

Bridgwater Mercury:

2:00pm Monday 6th October 2014

THE commitment and dedication of care workers was recognised at an awards ceremony in Taunton attended by 170 people.

Somerset firefighters donate life jackets for rescue missions overseas

Bridgwater Mercury:

8:00pm Sunday 5th October 2014

DEVON and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service has donated 250 life jackets to search and rescue services in Chile, Uruguay, Venezuela, Russia, Estonia and North-West Africa as part of an International Maritime Rescue Federation-co-ordinated initiative.

bibic hopes for £3,000 award

Bridgwater Mercury:

5:00pm Sunday 5th October 2014

SOMERSET-based children's charity bibic has been shortlisted for a grant of up to £3,000 from the Lloyds Bank Community Fund.

Glastonbury Festival 2015 tickets sold out in 25 minutes

Bridgwater Mercury: Line-up announced for Glastonbury Festival 2013

12:15pm Sunday 5th October 2014

GLASTONBURY Festival 2015 tickets sold out in less than half an hour today (October 5).

Son charged with murdering Norton Fitzwarren mum

Bridgwater Mercury:

10:57am Saturday 4th October 2014

A suspect has appeared in court this morning, charged with murdering his mum.

We're busy backing bees, says housebuilder

Bridgwater Mercury: bee

6:00am Saturday 4th October 2014

HOUSE builder David Wilson Homes is backing Bees’ Needs, a five-point plan to help bees cope this winter.

GP-led health body highlights growing needs of ageing population

Bridgwater Mercury:

12:00am Saturday 4th October 2014

PATIENTS and carers are set to benefit from more joined-up health and social care services in the future, but managing the demand for health care from Somerset’s growing elderly population and those living with long-term ill health, will mean health services will have to change their focus.

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