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Cannabis “factory” discovered in Somerton

from the public. They arrested a 50-year-old female from the town on suspicion of the production of a controlled class B drug. Whilst at the suspect’s address officers found 40 cannabis plants in a large wooden garden shed and a further 20 plants in the garage. PC Tim Rust explained “Yesterday’s find is very positive

Police warn drivers

Avon and Somerset Police have launched a week-long campaign to target irresponsible and dangerous drivers on our roads. The speed enforcement week is part of a European wide coordinated TISPOL speed enforcement campaign which is being supported by police forces across the county. The campaign started yesterday, the 16th April and runs until 22nd April

Appeal following knifepoint robbery in Yeovil

Avon & Somerset Police are appealing for information today after Tesco Express in The Forum, Yeovil was robbed at knifepoint nearly two weeks ago. The incident happened at about 5pm on Monday 2 April as the lone cashier, a 20-year-old woman, was working on the tills. A man joined the queue and began letting others

Greens make inroads

The by election for the ward of Wiveliscombe and West Deane has given the Green Party their first District Councillor on Taunton Deane Borough Council. The results of the by-election were as follows: David Gary Mansell (Green Party) – 600 votes; Susan Levinge (Lib Dem) – 389 Philip Thorne (Conservative) – 352 Following the by-election

Are Somerset residents paying too much for water?

Research conducted by Freeflush, a Manchester based “water harvesting company”, has revealed that despite having the heaviest rainfall in the country, we pay more than anyone else in England and Wales for our water. You might think given that we in Somerset spend half our time inundated, water would not be an expensive commodity. But

Cabinet Reshuffle

The Leveller understands that Somerset County Council has organised a reshuffle of the Cabinet less than a year since the County Council elections in May 2017. Sources close to the County Council tell us that  David Hall has stepped down from his role of Deputy Leader of the Council to be replaced by Christine Lawrence, at

Joint Committee starts work

So finally, we made it to the first Joint Committee meeting of the Heart of The South West (Devon and Somerset to you and me). This is the meeting we led on in our March edition, the organisation that depending on your point of view, will or won’t turn into a devolved authority. More on

Council merger approved

The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (something Taunton Deane apparently didn’t realise), today told Taunton Deane Borough and West Somerset Councils of his decision (which will be subject to Parliamentary approval) on the merger of the two councils. The Secretary of State announced “Having carefully considered all the representations

Northamptonshire (and why Somerset should care about it)

In our lead article in the Leveller this month (March) we discuss the resolute opposition of the Conservative administrations in Devon and Somerset to a unitary authority. In other words cutting back the cost of administration by reducing the layers of local government from 3 to 2. It is especially interesting therefore to note that

Outsourcing isn’t working

Vocare the private supplier of out of hours GP services to Somerset has been rated inadequate once again. The Care Quality Commission has again told the companybased in Wellington House, Queen Street, Taunton that further improvements are required to its NHS 111 service and its GP Out of Hours service. This follows a recent re-inspection