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Man found in Yeovil now in 'life-threatening condition'

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was found with head injuries in West Hendford near Yeovil town centre in the early hours of this morning.

A man in his fifties was found by members of the public in an alleyway running between Tesco car-park and the Manor Hotel.

He was taken to hospital where he remains in a life-threatening condition. His next of kin have been located and informed.

We’re investigating the man’s movements during Saturday evening and early Sunday morning as we want to establish how he got these injuries.

He’s described as white, of proportionate build, with dark hair. He was wearing a black padded jacket over a grey woollen jumper and had a distinctive Manchester City football scarf on with black and white writing on it.

We know he watched the Chelsea vs Manchester City Premier League game in the Westminster pub in Westminster Street and he also attended the Liberal Club, now known as the 94 club, and then the Labour Club.

He’s captured on CCTV going into the alleyway at 2am but we’re appealing for anyone who used this alleyway between 2am and 3am to come forward, as well as anyone who saw a man matching the description given during the evening.

We also believe the man’s black leather wallet may be missing so if anyone finds a wallet matching this description, please call us.

– Det Con Dan King, Avon & Somerset Police

Cheltenham woman writes to Foreign Office to appeal death sentence

Lindsay Sandiford says time is running out and that she could be executed within the next few weeks Credit: Johannes P Christo/AAP/Press Association

It's been reported that a woman from Cheltenham sentenced to death in Bali for drug smuggling has written a letter to Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond asking for funding for an appeal.

57 year old Lindsay Sandiford says she could be executed in the next few weeks. She was found with £1.6million worth of cocaine in Bali in 2012. The Foreign Office say they cannot comment on individual cases, but have previously said they would be "ready to provide support at this difficult time, if requested".

Cheltenham Banksy scaffolding mysteriously removed

Spy Booth scaffolding mysteriously removed Credit: ITV West Country/Ken Goodwin

Scaffolding and cladding which covered Cheltenham's famous Banksy, known as the spies, has been taken down today.

The art work, on the side of a house in Fairview road, was covered up after it was vandalised.

Local people had hoped to raise enough money to save the work for the town. A spokesman for The Bankrobber gallery in london, which had erected the scaffolding in the first place, says that it is no longer prepared to pay to protect the work.

Bankrobber is throwing down the gauntlet to the good people of cheltenham, in short we are no longer prepared to pay to protect the work?. So it's time for someone else to put their hands in their pockets. If not it will inevitably fall foul to both the elements and the vindictive souls ?who wish it ill.

– Robin Barton, Bankrobber Art Gallery
The Bankrobber Art Gallery paid for the scaffolding to prevent further damage Credit: ITV West Country/Ken Goodwin
Bankrobber Gallery no longer prepared to pay to protect the work Credit: ITV West Country/Ken Goodwin


Somerset schoolgirl misses out on junior Grand Slam win

Katie Swan was beaten by Tereza Mihalikova of Slovakia in the junior's final of the Australian Open Credit: Lukas Coch/Press Association

A schoolgirl from North Somerset missed out on her first junior Grand Slam title last night.

Katie Swan lost in the girls' final of the Australian Open against Tereza Mihalikova of Slovakia in Melbourne last night. She lost the match 6-1, 6-4. The 15 year old is originally from Abbots Leigh, but now lives in the USA.

Teenager raises thousands after school punishment

Stan's original target was just £100

A Somerset teenager has raised over £15,000 for a cancer charity after his school punished him for shaving his head.

14 year old Stan Lock shaved off his hair to raise money for Macmillan. But staff at the Churchill Academy put him in isolation because they said his new hairstyle broke school rules. Stan's original fundraising target was just £100.

Stan Lock was punished by his school after shaving his head for charity

School children swim for Harmonie-Rose

Donations for a baby who lost all her limbs to meningitis have continued to pour in. Money raised for 14 month old Harmonie-Rose has now reached £150,000. The family say they're overwhelmed by people's kindness and genoristy - which shows no signs of stopping.

A group of school children from Bath are preparing to swim 1,344 lengths of their school swimming pool tomorrow - the equivalent length of the English Channel. The Monkton Combe Prep School students say they were inspired to help Harmonie-Rose after hearing about her in a school assembly.

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