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.

Marie Curie calls for volunteers to help hospital patients

Bridgwater Mercury:

5:00am Friday 3rd October 2014

MARIE Curie needs additional volunteers to expand a service providing emotional and practical support to dying patients and their families at Taunton’s Musgrove Park Hospital.

Live Somerset Jobs and Training Fair in Taunton today!

Bridgwater Mercury:

9:43am Thursday 2nd October 2014

All the latest from the Somerset Jobs and Training Fair

Fire warning to caravan and camper van owners

Bridgwater Mercury:

12:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014

DEVON & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service is reminding everyone with caravans and mobile homes to check that their smoke alarms are in working order.

Carers in Somerset could face extra cost for respite service

Bridgwater Mercury:

6:30am Wednesday 1st October 2014

SOME people in Somerset who are carers for loved ones may soon have to pay more if they want to take a break.

Union pledges to fight falling milk prices

Bridgwater Mercury: Hampshire dairy industry hit by collapse of milk co-operative

12:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

‘We’ll work to fight falling prices’ says dairy board chairman

Reminder to vote for Bibic in Lloyds Bank Community Fund

Bridgwater Mercury: Spring clean your home and help change lives

2:29pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

PEOPLE in Somerset are being reminded that they can vote for a national children’s charity to receive a grant towards the work it does.

Swap fags for gags during October

Bridgwater Mercury:

1:09pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A range of organisations will be available to help anyone with their Stoptober quit at The Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton on Thursday, October 9 from noon until 5pm.

Racial equality group set up in Somerset

Bridgwater Mercury:

9:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A STEERING group has been established to promote racial equality in Somerset.

Hannah Goodenough appointed head of Institute of Directors business development in South-West

Bridgwater Mercury:

12:00pm Monday 29th September 2014

HANNAH Goodenough has been appointed head of business development for the South-West team of the Institute of Directors.

More than 13,000 people aged over 100 in UK - latest stats show

Bridgwater Mercury:

7:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

THE number of people aged over 100 in the UK has rocketed by 70% in a decade, official figures show.

Avon and Somerset Police to honour fallen colleagues

Bridgwater Mercury:

2:00pm Friday 26th September 2014

AVON and Somerset Police will honour colleagues who have lost their lives in the call of duty this weekend.

500,000 listeners to get access to Somerset radio stations digitally

Bridgwater Mercury:

12:00pm Friday 26th September 2014

MORE than 500,000 people in Somerset will be able to access local radio stations on their DAB digital radios, following the switch-on of new transmitters today.

More of Somerset's schools achieving good Ofsted verdicts, says council

Bridgwater Mercury: Frances Nicholson.

3:03pm Friday 26th September 2014


Age UK Somerset conference to cover health, housing and more

Bridgwater Mercury:

10:43am Friday 26th September 2014

AGE UK Somerset is hosting its first ever conference at Taunton Racecourse on October 23.

Report shows increase in ethical business banking source enquiries

Bridgwater Mercury: Police issue bank card fraud scam warning

4:48pm Friday 26th September 2014

THE Somerset Savings and Loans credit union has reported an increase in the number of inquiries being made by small- to medium- sized businesses looking to borrow from ethical banking sources.

Somerset UNISON reaction to NHS staff strike next month

Bridgwater Mercury:

1:00pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

PATIENTS needing emergency treatment will not be put at risk when hundreds of NHS staff strike next month, a Taunton-based union boss promises.

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