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Get your flu jab

Somerset’s Director of Public Health is reminding parents and people in ‘at risk’ groups that to maintain good health this winter it is not too late to get their free flu vaccine. For most people flu is just a nasty experience, but for some it can be an awful lot more serious. In extremis flu

Brooklands Remand Home

Avon & Somerset police are appealing for the public’s help with an historical investigation they are undertaking. It revolves around the former Brooklands Remand Home in Langport, which was a youth remand home. Police are trying to contact one of the teachers – Mr Peckham – and would like him or anyone who knows of

M5 accident

A tanker has overturned on the northbound carriageway of the M5 this morning resulting in closures in both directions. Police were called at just before 9am after a tanker carrying kerosene overturned just before the slip-road at junction 23 northbound. The top of the tanker has split and kerosene has spilt onto the carriageway.  There

Junior Doctors strike

Following the break down of talks at the arbitration service ACAS this afternoon, the BMA has announced that Junior Doctors will now go ahead with three days of industrial action. These will be as follows: 12 January 2016: Emergency care only between 8am on Tuesday, 12 January and 8am on Wednesday, 13 January (24 hours)  26

Levels flooding situation

We heard from the Environment Agency this evening who are responding to an increasing number of calls from the public asking for an update on the situation across the Levels and Moors. The following is their report…. It is important to note that none of our key trigger points have been met and that local

New website for Langport

The new website for Langport, Langport.life (no, not wheresittoo.com) went live last week. The business group and town council agreed that Alex Keyworth-Wright would be taken on as web administrator, to ensure a successful launch. The website brings together material on the town council, local businesses and local tourism, which should, in a perfect world,

Public safety – private shopping

It did not take long for the outcry that followed the murders of 130 innocent civilians in Paris to give way to alarm and questions about the work of the intelligence services and the police. There is simply too much communication – via email, social media, phones and the like – to look out for,

Christmas refuse collections

SSDC have just forwarded to us the arrangements for Christmas waste collections. These will be running but with revisions to the day of collection as listed below:  Your usual collection day Your revised collection day Monday 21 to Thursday 24 December 2015 No change Friday 25 December 2015 Sunday 27 December 2015 Monday 28 December to

Somerton Sentinel

Apologies to all our readers in Somerton and also readers of the Somerset Leveller. We contract out the printing of our papers and have done so since our launch 5 years ago. Usually this is a trouble free process but this month the printer made a series of significant errors on both the Somerset Leveller

County Council threat to bus services

Somerset County Council are starting a consultation with residents who use subsidised bus services. Two separate consultations have opened today (Monday 9th November) and will close on Monday 11th  January 2016. When our county council say “consultation” you can probably take that as a euphemism. They would like to close these services down. Unless there