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Police: Lorry passengers include a 15-year-old boy

Police say they were alerted to the presence of 15 individuals after people reported hearing "noises coming from the back of the lorry".

They previously reported that there had been 20 people onboard.


Large, white HGV seen at closed service station

A reporter for Chard and Ilminster News has tweeted this photo purporting to show the closed service station at Southfield roundabout.

A large heavy goods vehicle can be seen in the background surrounded by police and ambulances.

None of lorry passengers require hospital treatment

None of the people found travelling in a lorry in Somerset are expected to require hospital treatment, a spokesman for South Western Ambulance Service has said.

Paramedics were treating 15 individuals - 12 males and three males - at the scene after they showed signs of dehydration.

Two ambulances and two rapid response vehicles responded to a call at 3:13pm this afternoon.

Police stop lorry containing 20 people in Somerset

Avon and Somerset Police say they have stopped a lorry containing 20 people suffering from possible dehydration.

The vehicle was stopped at a service station off the A303 at Southfields roundabout near Ilminster, Somerset at about 1pm.

"Their health and welfare is paramount as we try to piece together with the immigration authorities exactly what has happened," a police statement said.

Dozens of balloons take to the air at international fiesta

A mass ascent saw balloons take to the skies of Somerset as part of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.

Hot air balloons over north Somerset following a mass ascent. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Balloons at one of Europe's largest ballooning events. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Hot air balloons are inflated at the 36th International Balloon Fiesta at the Ashton Court Estate near Bristol. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire


Prince Charles to return to flood-hit Somerset village

Prince Charles is set to return to the flood-hit village of Muchelney in Somerset.

The visit comes five months after the Prince of Wales saw the impact of flooding on agriculture and the livelihoods of people on the Somerset Levels.

Prince Charles pictured in Muchelney in February, when it was largely cut off due to flooding on the Somerset Levels. Credit: PA Wire

The Prince used the emergency boat service - the only means of travelling in and out of Muchelney at the time - and a tractor to meet people in their own homes.

He also criticised efforts to help those affected by the floods, saying: "The tragedy is that nothing happened for so long."

Charity abseil cancelled after seagull dive-bomb threat

"Seagulls are fiercely protective of their offspring," disappointed organisers conceded. Credit: DPA

A charity abseil down the side of a hospital has been postponed due to fears seagulls would dive-bomb fundraisers.

The 100-foot abseil, down Yeovil District Hospital, in Somerset, was due to take place tomorrow to raise funds for a new special care baby unit.

But organisers were forced to cancel the event when a seagulls' nest containing baby chicks was discovered yards from the launch site during final preparations.

A spokeswoman for the Flying Colours campaign, which aims to raise £500,000 for the unit, said the event would take place once the birds had moved on.

"The seagulls are fiercely protective of their offspring, and even during the inspection the inspectors were dive-bombed by the seagulls," she said.

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