22nd October 2013
Thefts in Martock
Police are warning cyclists to be aware of thieves and to take more stringent security measures after seven expensive road bikes were stolen over a weekend in which a mini crime wave hit Martock.
Five bikes, including a Cervelo worth £5,000 and a Pinarello worth £4,000 were taken from an outbuilding in East Street overnight on Saturday and Sunday. A chain saw, a jet washer and various power and electrical tools were also stolen.
The same night, another two sheds were broken into at another property in East Street, Martock. A specialized bike and power and garden tools were taken. The same night, the same street, a detached garden studio was burgled and a valuable model train set and toys were stolen.
Another Pinarello bike worth more £1,000 was stolen from a garage at a house in the Old Market at some point during Friday and Saturday night.
Police believe the burglaries are linked and that the thieves knew what they were looking for. They are appealing for anyone who heard or saw anything suspicious overnight to contact them with information on 101.
Neighbourhood Sgt. Rob Jameson notes “These thieves must have used a lorry or a van, so we are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have seen a vehicle like that in the area. They have stolen expensive tools as well as the valuable, distinctive and specialist road bikes, and we would like to hear from anyone who may be offered them for sale at a knock-down price.”
21st October 2013
Can you help the
police find Maureen Mackenzie?
12th September 2013
£300,000 double counted?
We welcome the announcement made on the 12th September that Somerset County Council will commit £300,000 towards dredging the Levels. However you should note that this is not new money.
It is the same £300,000 that the County Council committed to provide back in July. They have simply re-announced it, presumably feeling they needed to do so as this is a new administration.
The total sum committed for dredging our rivers remains exactly the same as it has been since July, £300,000 from the EA, £300,000 from the County Council, £300,000 from the Department of the Environment.
The total needed for dredging the Tone, Parrett and Ivel is of the order of £4m. We recognise that the EA are trying to find cheaper ways of doing the work.
However the fact remains, no new money has been committed from government or local government. The sum raised is not even a quarter of what is needed.
22nd August 2013
Beware rogue traders in the Somerton Area
Police are warning householders to be alert to rogue traders operating in the Somerton and Yeovil area. It follows an incident on Monday August 19 when an 86-year-old Somerton man was asked for £5,500, and paid £2,000, for incomplete resurfacing work on a path at his home.
Police tell us that a man had knocked on his door offering to carry out work on his drive, and agreed to repair a side path for £800. After carrying out some of the work he said the price had gone up, and the elderly man went to the bank and withdrew £2000.
Police have received reports of a group of men in a white pick-up truck and a green Mitsubishi Shogun 4x4 who have been touting for work in the Somerton area. Anyone who may have been approached by them, or has any information, is asked to contact Yeovil CID on 101. A 31-year-old man has been arrested in Dorset and is currently being questioned in Yeovil.
Police have issued the following advice to residents to minimise the risk of becoming a victim of rogue traders or distraction burglars is:
· If you’re not sure who’s at your door, don’t open it
· Call a neighbour, family member or friend nearby to come along and check out the caller before you open the door to them
· Genuine callers will make an appointment to see you and will happily come when you have someone with you
· To check someone’s identify, use a telephone directory – don’t use a number given by the caller as it may be bogus
· Don’t keep large quantities of cash at home – put it in a bank or Post Office account
· Keep your doors and windows secure at all times
· If you suspect a bogus caller is at your door, call 999. We would rather be called to a false alarm than not called at all.
20th August 2013
Somerton Road Closure 30th August
The County Council Highways team have just told us there will be a road closure on West Street at extremely short notice. The advert telling residents will not be published until the 29th August for a closure on 30th. West Street will be shut from 7pm until 11pm to install speed bumps. Highways will only say the short notice is "for various reasons". Once again it is to say the least unfortunate and smacks of poor planning.
13th August 2013
Celebrate Puckington Day on 24th August
Residents of Puckington near Ilminster, in Somerset, are joining forces with Working Cocker Spaniel Rescue to host a joint event to raise funds for essential maintenance work to Puckington’s beautiful 13th Church and for Working Cocker rescue.
Three months ago the parish received the news that the Church Bells, some dating from the 16th Century were in desperate need of repair. The tiny hamlet of Puckington has just over 50 houses but self-help is big round these parts and they have already raised £5,000 towards the £30,000 total needed to make the bells ring out once again.
Geoff Wade Vicar for the parish said “Puckington is a close knit community and is great at rallying around when needed”.
The country fair themed day starts at 12 noon on Saturday 24 August is at Bradon Lane, Puckington, near Ilminster. The event includes a charity clay pigeon shoot – with a top gun prize of £100 and a £50 second prize. There will be a have a go clay shoot, for those who would like to give the sport a try. A gun dog scurry will run for the duration of the afternoon and you can even bring your family dog to enter their own fun show classes. There will be many country games and children's activity workshops throughout the afternoon. Puckington Day would not be complete without refreshments including home-made cakes and ice-cream. It really is planned to be an afternoon out for all of the family and of course your dogs.
Puckington Day is Saturday 24 August and takes place at Bradon Lane, just off B3168, the main Ilminster to Langport road. Gates open at 11 am, activities start at 12 noon and continuing throughout the afternoon with prize-givings planned for just after 5.00pm.
9th August 2013
Can you help the police find Andrew Wilson
The police need your help finding a man missing from his home near Taunton.
Andrew Wilson was last seen on Thursday evening when he left his home in Fivehead, east of Taunton. He was reported missing that evening and since then the police have been conducting enquiries to try and find Andrew. His family, and the police officers searching for him, are concerned for his welfare because of his state of mind when he left.
It's believed Andrew left in a black Vauxhall Astra with the registration number HK53 WXU. We would like to hear from anyone who knows where the vehicle is.
Andrew is 50-years-old, 6'1" tall with short brown hair and stubble. He was last seen wearing a red t-shirt, light-coloured shorts and walking boots.
Anyone who has seen Andrew since he went missing, or knows his current whereabouts, should contact us on 101.
19th July 2013
How to cope with a heatwave
Important news from Somerset County Council and the Met Office.
The Met Office confirmed there is a 90 per cent probability of heatwave conditions continuing today (Friday 19 July), which could have serious repercussions for everyone in the County, particularly the most vulnerable.
Those identified at particular risk include anyone aged over 75, babies and young children, the physically active and anyone with a heart, respiratory or serious health problem.
Trudi Grant, Public Health Director at Somerset County Council said: “We urge everyone to keep an eye out for anyone they feel might be at risk during this continuing heatwave. Check on your neighbours, check on your friends and check on your family.
“Danger symptoms to watch out for include feeling faint and dizzy, being short of breath, vomiting or increased confusion. If you experience any of these, then take immediate action. Seek early medical help if you start to feel unwell.”
“We urge everyone to take care of themselves – and each other. Cool down as much as you can, have plenty of cold non-alcoholic drinks, take cool showers, baths or body washes and keep your living space cool. If you must go out in the sun, try to avoid the hottest parts of the day if you can, cover up or use plenty of high factor suncream and apply it regularly. A hat can really help provide protection against the sun.”
1st July 2013
Charity is NOT closing
Important news about the charity Special Horses for Special Children is being circulated today after the founder, Lilias Ahmeira, announced its closure on Facebook. The nature of facebook being as it is, neither the website nor the trustees have any access or the opportunity to finesse the story.
The full story is as follows. THE CHARITY IS NOT CLOSING. Lilias Ahmeira is closing her yard and selling the horses which belong to her. However the charity is continuing at a new farm with a new name- Horseshoes and Handprints. More details will follow but the trustees were anxious to impress upon the public that the charity is not closing its doors.
21st May 2013
Accident in Chilthorne Domer
Can you help?
At 7.55am today there was a collision on the A37 Yeovil
Road at Chilthorne Domer. Five vehicles were involved; a VW Golf, Vauxhall
Corsa, Audi A6, Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Vectra. Two drivers were taken to
hospital with minor injuries but one driver failed to stop at the scene. A
black Audi has failed to stop at the scene of a collision involving four other
19th May 2013
Yeovil Town celebrate as they look forward to their first ever season in the Football League Championship. After winning a tense Webley final 2-1 against Brentford the Glovers can look forward to playing against clubs such as Ipswich Town, Bolton Wanderers, Leeds United, Nottingham Forest, Derby County and Birmingham City all of whom have played at the highest level in the 2013/14 season. Paddy Madden and Dan Burn scored for Yeovil with Harlee Dean replying for the Bees.
16th May 2013
Police investigate Somerton Robbery
Police have started an investigation following a burglary
at the Nisa store in Somerton. The burglary happened at around 3pm on Tuesday
May 14. Police were alerted when the intruder alarm was activated and
immediately went to the scene. On arrival they found the rear doors open and a
safe near the door. Police believe the
offenders got into the shop through the roof and after failing to access the
ATM terminal started dragging the safe out.
6th May 2013
Yeovil Library and the Langport Leveller
Many of you will be aware that Yeovil library is closing this month for a massive overhaul and refurbishment before emerging as one of the county's new self-sevice libraries. If you usually collect your copy of the Langport Leveller from the library, from this month you will find a copy at the Tourist Information centre just around the corner - as well as at the Cartgate Roundabout and the Brimsmore Garden centre. If you do have any difficulty getting hold of a copy, please let us know
19th April 2013
High Level meeting in Langport
Flooding minister Richard Benyon's ministerial car swept into Langport this morning for a meeting convened to discuss the flooding situation with local representatives (see picture). He was joined by David Heath local MP and also a government minister and Jeremy Browne the MP for Taunton. They met local representatives of
the farming community, the drainage boards and the town council. The Environment Agency were also present and the purpose of the meeting, we understand was to explain why the EA had been unable to help the local community by dredging the river system and the Parrett and Tone in particular. Currently all sides now agree that dredging is the solution, but the EA claim their funding formulae prevent them from finding the money they need to spend. In the meantime they have already spent more than the £2m cost of an initial dredge of the river, simply pumping flood water off the land and back into the river. We await with baited breath to see if common sense will prevail or will we persist in wasting more public money in a desperate pursuit of avoiding the obvious solution.
21st March 2013
Accident at level crossing
A nasty accident at 6 o'clock this morning at Athelney on the road from Burrowbridge to Stoke. A train collided with a car at the level crossing in Athelney, killing the driver on impact. The road has been closed and will almost certainly remain so as an investigation takes place. Diversions have been set up and rail passengers will face a bus journey from Taunton to Castle Cary and Westbury until the line is reopened. In the meantime we can only offer our sympathies to the family of the victim.
18th January 2013
Don’t drive unless you need to
As snow continues to fall across Avon and Somerset this
morning (Friday January 18) police are advising motorists, in particular heavy
goods vehicles, to avoid making journeys unless they are absolutely necessary.
14th December 2012
Body found by police in Yeovil
We're sorry to announce that police looking for missing 58 year olf Philip Eyre of Somerton have announced this evening that a body has been found in Huish Lane, Yeovil (Mr Eyre used to work at the Westland factory in the town). No formal identification of the body has taken place as yet but police believe the body is that of Mr Eyre. They have not released any further details about the manner of his death.
7th December 2012
Levels open for business again
The Somerset Levels are open for business and visitors can expect the warmest of welcomes after an exceptional and difficult two weeks for the community. From the pubs and village shops to the renowned Willows and Wetlands Centre, all are determined to carry on trading after some of the worst floods in living memory. As the waters finally start to subside only a small section of the A361 near Burrowbridge remains under water – but the area is far from cut off. Businesses in East Lyng can be easily reached from Taunton while access roads from Thornfalcon to North Curry, Stoke St Gregory and Burrowbridge are fully open.
Somerset Highways said the A361 would remain closed after the flood water has subsided for a few days to allow the deeper layers to drain and regain some strength to avoid future maintenance which would cause further disruption.
Cllr Gill Slattery, who represents North Curry , Stoke St Gregory and Burrowbridge, said: “These villages are blessed with some wonderful village shops offering a terrific range of products, as well as pubs, restaurants and the Willows and Wetlands visitor centre and they will give you a great welcome.”
7th December 2012
Police are concerned for safety of Somerton man
The police are appealing for the public's help to find
missing 58-year-old Philip Eyre, who has been missing for more than 24 hours. Philip
was last seen by his family when he left his Somerton home at 5.30pm on
Wednesday. He was driving a silver coloured Peugeot 206 which was located in
the Charlton Mackrell area yesterday morning (Thursday). Searches have been
carried out in the area without success and police are continuing today.
5th December 2012
Flooding at Muchelney Pottery
The flood waters managed to seep into the Muchelney Pottery over the last week, but happily not too much damage has been done and the shop and gallery remain safely dry.... The Pottery would like everyone to know that they are OPEN AS USUAL and you can get to it safely from Kingsbury!
In the meantime we are considering offering a prize from anyone who spots the much promised but as yet unsighted shuttle boat service that the Civil Contingency Unit promised to set up and run (the current one was arranged by a local PR company) on their last visit on 30th November. No reports from Muchelney as yet - I suppose it depends on your definition of the word "soon".....
4th December 2012
As far as I can see no-one has bothered to notice that poor old Muchelney is still pretty much an island. Most flooding has subsided and most roads across the Levels are now passable - even if stretches of the Yeo Valley and Curry Moor look like something from the Great Lakes. The usual trouble spots are OK, Hambridge, Long Load, Broadway, Ilchester and the Othery to Aller road are all passable. Or should we add, for the moment. Today's heavy rain is not a good sign.....
However all roads in and out of Muchelney remain pretty much impassable unless you have a boat or amphibious vehicle.
26th November 2012
As far as I can see no-one is telling you anything about the flooding on the roads unless its a motorway. If anyone can give us an update on the flooding where they are, we'll post it here for everyone to share. The ones we know about as of now are:
The Curry Rivel to Ilminster road is blocked from Hambridge through to Puckington
The road from Huish Episcopi to Muchelney and from Drayton to Muchelney are blocked (with very deep water in some stretches).
The Taunton to Othery road is blocked between East Lyng and Burrowbridge
The Othery to Langport road is closed
The Ilchester to Yeovil road is blocked south of Ilchester.
There is localised flooding at North Curry, Ruishton, Henlade.
But for complete insanity, there is the road from the A358 into Broadway known as Broadway Road. It is flooded almost up to the A358 and yet there is no signage or any other clue on the A358 to tell people. In the daylight that is fine, the extent of the flooding is clear, in the night time.... it's amazing no-one has been seriously harmed.
Please drive carefully.