Garage break-ins at South Petherton and Crewkerne

Police are anxious to alert residents after a mini crime wave broke out in South Somerset with 23 garages reported as broken into overnight between Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 February Thirteen garages were broken into in Southmead Crescent (Crewkerne), three garages and at least one vehicle were reported to have been broken into at

Three community wards to remain closed

Last year we reported on the temporary closure of Community Hospital wards in Shepton Mallet and Chard Community Hospitals. Today the board of the Somerset Partnership Trust which is responsible for running the Community Hospitals has confirmed they will remain closed until at least the end of March. The Board discussed the staffing shortages in

Roadworks to close A39 next week

A key route between Bridgwater and Street will be closed next week for major resurfacing works. The essential work on the A39 Main Street at Walton is the latest phase of a significant highway maintenance programme along the A39 corridor. Works will start at approximately 7am on Monday 5 February and will take around two weeks

Urgent appeal for missing 14-year-old Ella Read

Avon & Somerset Police urgently need your help to find missing girl Ella Read. Ella, 14, was dropped off at Holyrood Academy in Chard at 8.10am yesterday (29th January) but didn’t attend registration. She’s known to use public transport and Police believe she may have travelled south into the Devon and Cornwall area. Ella is

Yeovil Roadworks

More delays can be expected along the A30 Sherborne Road in Yeovil. A major drainage upgrade was carried out last July to tackle structural issues which were causing cracking and potholes on the key route. Work to resurface the road is now underway and being done at night to minimise disruption. To allow preparation works

Consultation launched

We have covered the launch of the library consultation extensively already – but today is the official launch day of the consultation. Do bear in mind what is proposed for the library service: 12 libraries where there are no proposed changes include Bridgwater, Burnham-on-Sea, Chard, Frome, Glastonbury, Langport, Minehead, Taunton, Wells, Williton, Wincanton and Yeovil

Somerset Children’s Services – no longer “Inadequate”

It has been a long hard road and the latest Ofsted Inspection of the County Children’s Services team has been awaited with some trepidation. Another Inadequate assessment could have seen the service taken out of the County Council’s control. So although “Requires Improvement” is not the sort of assessment that sounds like a winner, in

Appeal to find missing girl Abbie Gibbons

Avon & Somerset police are asking for your help to find missing girl Abbie Gibbons. Abbie is 16 and there is concern for her welfare. She is described as white, 5ft 3ins tall and of slim build. When she went missing she had long dark brown hair with a distinctive ginger streak although she may

Musgrove Hospital hit by Norovirus

New figures released yesterday suggest that Musgrove Park has suffered one of the worst impacts of Norovirus in the NHS, across the course of this winter (measured since 20th November). The hospital was one of the three worst in England (along with Weston Super Mare and Rotherham) for bed closures caused by the virus, also