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Plans unveiled for new Taunton shopping development

The site for redevelopment is the old cattle market site at Firepool Credit: Taunton Deane Borough Council and West Somerset Council

Plans have been unveiled for a new shopping and leisure development on the waterfront in Taunton.

105 million pounds is being spent on redeveloping the old cattle market site at Firepool beside the River Tone.

Plans include a new hotel, cinema, shops, restaurants, offices and homes and the developer, St Modwen, says it could create more than 1,800 jobs.

A public consultation means people will be able to have their say on the plans before the developer applies for planning permission.

An artist's impression of what the complex could look like Credit: Taunton Deane Borough Council and West Somerset Council

“Taunton needs to be competitive and provide high quality facilities to attract continued inward investment and satisfy the needs of its growing population and the mix of uses proposed achieves just that.”


Bristol school's fond tribute to young man killed in suspected 'hit-and-run'

Daniel Hickey attended the Bristol Cathedral Choir School, and later played rugby for the Bristol Saracens. Credit: Family

A young Bristol rugby player killed in a suspected 'hit and run' in Clifton was beloved at school and awarded a prize for his contributions when he left, the principal has said.

25-year-old Daniel Hickey attended the Bristol Cathedral Choir School, and later played rugby for the Bristol Saracens.

The school's moving tribute to him joined dozens of others, including thoughts from Bristol mayor George Ferguson.

"Several colleagues here have fond memories of Dan and he was certainly held in high regard as a pupil: when he left in 2008, he was awarded our Becky Westlake Prize for Contributions to the Life of the School.”

– Neil Blundell, Principal, Bristol Cathedral Choir School

22-year-old Tayo Jones from Southville has been charged in connection with Daniel Hickey's death, including causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop after an accident. He appeared in court yesterday and has been remanded in custody until a hearing in October.

Two others, a 39-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man, were also arrested, and are on bail until September 9.

Bristol housing crisis: At least 5 people competing for each rental home

Campaigners protest against Bristol letting agent in April. Credit: ITV West Country

With rents going up and calls for more affordable housing, Bristol's housing crisis continues - as an estate agent tells ITV News West Country that there are at least five people competing for every rental home.

The average cost of renting a 3-bed house in the centre is now £1,400 a month, which is almost double the cost in Gloucester - and with demand often outstripping supply many people are unable to find a place to live.

Are you struggling to find an affordable rent in the city? Has Bristol become too expensive to live in? Write to with your story.

In April campaigners protested against lettings agent CJ Hole, after the Southville branch wrote to Bristol landlords encouraging them to raise rents.

The branch has since had its windows smashed in in what appears to be a vandal attack.


Controversial Bristol lettings agent has windows smashed

Police are investigating after an estate agent criticised for encouraging Bristol landlords to increase rents had its windows smashed in.

Campaigners protested outside the Southville branch of CJ Hole in April after it wrote to landlords with the suggestion, and more than 12,000 people signed a petition calling on the firm to stop "exploiting Bristol's housing crisis" and sign an 'Ethical Lettings Charter'.

The vandal attack against the branch is believed to have happened on Tuesday night.

Can you help find missing 14-year-old Melissa?

Melissa Bowles went missing from a leisure centre in North Wales last week. Credit: Wiltshire Police

14-year-old Melissa Bowles from Swindon has not been seen since she went missing from the Bala Leisure Centre in North Wales last Thursday.

She may have been spotted in Swindon town centre and the Parks area in the last few days.

The teenager was least seen wearing a purple hooded top and baggy black and white trousers, and carrying a multi-coloured backpack.

Anyone with any information should contact Wiltshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous,

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