Dog owners in South Somerset are being advised to prepare their pets for the end of lockdown. A Yeovil man who committed a string of sexual assaults spanning nearly 40 years has been jailed for 17-years. Extra volunteers are needed at Somerset's Covid vaccination centres. Avon and Somerset's new police and crime commissioner is seeking to recruit a deputy...and more.
Dog owners in South Somerset are being advised to prepare their pets for the end of lockdown. The RSPCA says suddenly leaving a dog at home without company can encourage destructive or aggressive behaviour as part of a stress reaction.
A Yeovil man who committed a string of sexual assaults spanning nearly 40 years has been jailed for 17-years. Barry Dunthorn, of Hendford Grove, was found guilty of nine counts of sexual assault on four males following a trial at Taunton Crown Court. The court heard how Dunthorn groomed his victims by giving them cash payments.
Extra volunteers are needed at Somerset's Covid vaccination centres. Although no appointments have yet been cancelled, fewer people are volunteering because they're returning to work or taking a holiday.
Avon and Somerset's new police and crime commissioner is seeking to recruit a deputy. Mark Shelford, who took over the role in May, says he wants the post holder to help him seek the views and concerns of local people.
People in the Bath and Wells diocese are being asked in a questionnaire who they would most like as their new Bishop. Peter Hancock retired as Bishop of Bath and Wells in May. The process to find his successor is expected to take a year to complete. People are asked to express their preferences in a survey on the Bath and Wells diocesan website.
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Local News Wednesday 4th August
A new Solar Farm could be built in Wincanton. Rural crime in Somerset fell by 20 percent according to new figures from NFU Mutual. There’s better news for people in South Somerset waiting for eye operations. Around 500 wristbands have been given out to people with dementia in Somerset. A Crewkerne man has been fined £68 for a speeding offence...and more
Local News Tuesday 2nd August
People in South Somerset are being warned of scammers asking for money for having a vaccination passport sent. New figures show that more than 80% of 18 to 24-year-olds in Somerset have had their first Covid vaccine. A Yeovil man has been jailed for two years for burglary offences. South Somerset District Council is taking legal action to have traveller families removed from Yeovil Country Park...and more.
Local News Monday 2nd August
The mass vaccination centre at the Bath and West Showground has moved to the Haynes Motor Museum in Sparkford from today. A councillor in Chard is calling on the Government to abandon the planned cut of £20 in universal credit. A man in a wheelchair needed hospital treatment after colliding with a bus in South Chard...and more.
Local News Friday 30th July
Somerset Waste Partnership says it will be suspending all green waste collections for six weeks from Monday. Wessex Water is supporting changes to the law to stop polluted water from getting into the local rivers. Police are treating as suspicious a fire that destroyed a mobile home near Castle Cary. South Somerset District Council says it won’t be buying the Oscar Mayer site in Chard...and more.
Local News Thursday 29th July
The South Western Ambulance Service says they're getting too many 999 calls for issues that aren't real emergencies. Yeovil Town has put on sale its new team shirt for the 2021-22 season. Fire crews have dealt with a bus fire in the village of Maperton. The Leader of Somerset County Council, David Fothergill, has written to the government to acknowledge the decision to collapse Somerset’s five existing councils and replace them with one council...and more.
Local News Wednesday 28th July
A lorry driver had a lucky escape when his vehicle overturned and hit an embankment on the A37 Dorchester Road in Yeovil. South Somerset District Council says a site has been found for a new primary school in Chard. A South Petherton man has appeared in court to deny murder. Kingsbury Episcopi is the latest South Somerset village to lose its local pub.
Local News Tuesday 27th July
Avon and Somerset police are launching a summer crackdown, to catch speeding drivers. Great Western Railway, who run trains through Castle Cary, is operating a reduced timetable. There are fears Chard could be hit by further serious flooding. The Government is being asked to intervene to get house building moving in Somerset...and more.