SOMERSET NEWS: Fighting housing fraud across the county

SOMERSET NEWS: Fighting housing fraud across the county

Posted: 17th March 2014
THERE are more than 16,000 people on the housing register in Somerset and homes are in high demand. But those falsely claiming a home or renting it unlawfully are making it even harder for the thousands of people on the waiting list, in genuine need of somewhere to live. Current estimates put the number of unlawfully sublet social housing dwellings in the UK at around…

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SOMERSET NEWS: Rape victim urged to come forward

SOMERSET NEWS: Rape victim urged to come forward

Posted: 17th March 2014
A WOMAN who has written anonymously to police about being raped in Taunton nearly 50 years ago is being urged to come forward by officers wanting to step up their investigations. The victim has stated the rape took place in Taunton in 1968. She had been walking home when she was offered a lift and was then taken to a quiet location and attacked. The details are taken from…

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In a rush and stuck behind the dustmen? Please stay calm!

In a rush and stuck behind the dustmen? Please stay calm

Posted: 17th March 2014
MOTORISTS in Yeovil and South Somerset are being urged to take a deep breath and be patient if they find they are being delayed by waste collection vehicles clogging the street. We have all been there. Running late for an appointment or just in a bad mood and you suddenly find that you are stuck in traffic because the rubbish collection lorry is blocking the road and…

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SOMERSET NEWS: Pedestrian dies after collision with taxi

SOMERSET NEWS: Pedestrian dies after collision with taxi

Posted: 16th March 2014
POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a 23-year-old man died during the early hours of this morning (Sunday, March 16, 2014) in Taunton. The man was involved in a collision with a taxi on the A358 at Obridge Viaduct at about 3am. The taxi was travelling from the Priorswood direction towards Taunton town centre when the collision occurred. A police spokesman said…

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The Pope's in Yeovil! Holy Smoke!

The Pope's in Yeovil! Holy Smoke!

Posted: 16th March 2014
POPE Francis marked the first anniversary of his election as pontiff last Thursday (March 13, 2014) by spending the day on retreat to mark Lent – or did he? Audiences at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil over the past week have been enjoying the hugely-popular musical Sister Act – performed by members of the Yeovil Amateur Operatic Society – where the Pope has been seen…

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Volunteers are key to clean-up operation at Yeovil Country Park

Volunteers are key to clean-up operation at Yeovil Country Park

Posted: 16th March 2014
WORK on clearing up the damage caused by the winter storms at Yeovil Country Park could take several months – but it would taken even longer without the support of an army of volunteers. Members of South Somerset District Council’s Area South committee were told that the country park – more commonly known to locals as Ninesprings – saw a large amount of trees…

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SOMERSET NEWS: Black sludge not thought to be hazardous

SOMERSET NEWS: Black sludge not thought to be hazardous

Posted: 16th March 2014
THERE were problems on the main A39 for motorists this afternoon (Sunday, March 16, 2014) between Bridgwater and Street. The Fire Service received a call at just before 3pm to reports of a lorry having shed its load of containers on the road near Ashcott. A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “The containers had split and black sludge was leaking…

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SOMERSET NEWS: Seven casualties in road smash

SOMERSET NEWS: Seven casualties in road smash

Posted: 16th March 2014
TWO vehicles with seven people inside them were involved in a road smash near Burnham-on-Sea this afternoon (Sunday, March 16, 2014). The incident happened at just after 3pm at Berrow and two fire engines from Burnham and one from Weston-super-Mare attended the scene. Officers found two vehicles with seven casualties – one of whom was still trapped inside the wreckage…

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Arson attack on Crewkerne caravan?

Arson attack on Crewkerne caravan?

Posted: 16th March 2014
ARSONISTS are believed to have deliberately set fire to a static caravan at Crewkerne in the early hours of this morning (Sunday, March 16, 2014). The alarm was raised at around 1.15am and fire engines from Crewkerne, Chard and Yeovil were mobilised. A spokesman for the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: “Officers requested the police to attend due to…

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Wet wet wet in Yeovil!

Wet wet wet in Yeovil!

Posted: 15th March 2014
YEOVIL may have been bathed in sunshine today (Saturday, March 15, 2014) and escaped the terrible flooding which caused mayhem and misery to large parts of the county earlier this year – but it has still been wet, wet, wet for the area. Members of South Somerset District Council’s Area South committee were told this month that Yeovil had seen nearly 70 per cent of…

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