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Glastonbury woman killed by train

It's thought 22 year old Yasmin Jones was trying to rescue her dog. Credit: South West News Agency

A woman from Glastonbury who was killed by a train on Wednesday has been named.

22 year old Yasmin Jones was living in Liverpool, when she was hit by a train close to Ainsdale station, near Southport. It's thought she was trying to rescue her dog from the tracks.


Police presence increased ahead of NATO summit

Police officers representing several forces from around the country will be on the streets of Bristol and Bath over the next week, ahead of the NATO summit taking place in South Wales.

A number of delegates are staying at hotels in our region, as world leaders gather at the Celtic Manor Resort on Thursday and Friday. The increased security comes as the Home Secretary raised the terror alert to severe.

Badger Trust: "..serious concerns remain over culls."

The Badger Trust says they are deciding whether to appeal after the High Court today rejected their request to stop the culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire, unless an expert panel was reinstated to oversee them.

“The Trust is considering its options in respect of an appeal against the Court’s decision.

This judgment does not detract from the serious public concerns over the continuation of the cull, including the most recent leaks regarding potentially unlawful and unsafe activity undertaken by culling contractors during the 2013 culls.

Given the indisputable failure of the 2013 culls, the still unresolved issues regarding safety, the only sensible option for the Secretary of State is to call a halt to these pilots.

if she is not willing to do so, we call on Ms Truss to reinstate the IEP.

Whatever happens during the second year of the culls, in the absence of the IEP, it will be impossible to trust any findings supporting a wider roll out."

– Dominic Dyer CEO Badger Trust

Somerset cricket boss resigns

Director of Cricket, Dave Nosworthy is standing down
Director of Cricket, Dave Nosworthy is standing down from the role Credit: Somerset Cricket Club

Somerset County Cricket Club have today announced that Director of Cricket, Dave Nosworthy, will be leaving the Club at the end of the current season.

“With me being the type of character to always put the Club and the team first, I believe I have done as much as I can and that the time is now right to step aside.

“There have been highs and lows, and some tough decisions to have been made along the way, but what has been most pleasing to me has been the emergence of some of the younger players who have flourished and have really come through in recent months.

I have personally learnt a lot over the last two years about people and cricket, and look forward to taking this knowledge and these experiences along with me in to the future.

Lastly, I’ve really enjoyed my time at the Club and it will always have a special place in my heart. I would like to thank the Club, the players, the members and staff for allowing me to be part of Somerset and for your patience and help along the way.”

– Dave Nosworthy

Developer should stand down "for the good of the Pier"

MP calls for developer to stand down
John Penrose MP has urged the developer to stand aside to let other companies address the site before it is damaged beyond repair. Credit: PA

Weston’s MP, John Penrose, has called on developer Wahid Samady to stand aside as the developer of Birnbeck Pier.

It follows reports this week that Mr Samady’s project to redevelop the Royal Pier Hotel has stalled more than three years after the project was approved.

The Royal Pier site borders Birnbeck Pier, and Mr Samady’s firm acquired the rights to develop the Pier shortly after getting approval for the Royal Pier site.

Since then no planning application has been received for the Grade 2 listed Pier and and there are local concerns over the continued deterioration of its structure.

“It’s been more than two years since Mr Samady took over Birnbeck Pier, and nothing has happened.

Now it looks as though he’s got his hands full dealing with another stalled project, at next-door Royal Pier.

That’s a much simpler site, and it already has planning permission, so if he can’t get it going then what chance does a more complex and less-developed project like Birnbeck have?

I share Mr Samady’s ambition to get Birnbeck sorted out, and so does the rest of Weston, but I’m afraid he’s changed from being the Pier’s saviour into the biggest single obstacle to its survival.

For the good of the Pier, and the town as a whole, he should stand aside and let other developers take on the site before it’s too late.”

– John Penrose, MP for Weston-Super-Mare


Man charged over fatal car accident

A man has been charged with dangerous driving after a car crash in Swindon which killed one man and seriously injured another.

It happened in May on Thamesdown Drive near the Orbital Shopping Centre.

23-year old Arnie Peter Rogers from Swindon has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, causing death by driving without licence/insurance or whilst disqualified and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

He has been released on bail and is due to appear at Swindon Magistrates Court on September 17th.

Government plans for hospital food "won't make a difference"

A campaigner from Bath says government plans to improve food in hospitals don't go far enough.

Mark Sparrow spent 10 weeks in hospital documenting his experience and ever since has campaigned to change things. Now new rules are being brought in and hospitals that don't meet the standards could be fined and publically named and shamed.

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