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Appeal for help to find Swindon teenager

Jessica Horton is not thought to have cash or a mobile phone with her. Credit: Wiltshire Police

Police are appealing for information to help locate a teenage girl from Swindon.

Jessica Horton, 14, was last seen at her school shortly before 9:00 am yesterday (Monday 24 November 2014). She has not been heard from since.

Officers are very concerned for her welfare and ask her to make contact so they can make sure she is safe.

Jessica is around 5ft tall and was last seen wearing a navy blue jumper, skirt and quilted jacket. She was carrying an 'over the shoulder' bag but is not thought to have cash or a mobile phone with her.

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Police seek men after theft of sparkly reindeer

The sparkly reindeer is worth £250. Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police have released images of two men they want to speak to in connection with the theft of a sparkly reindeer in Taunton.

The men entered the Homesense store on Priory Fields at around midday on Monday 27 October and left with the large gold ornament without paying.

The glittery deer is worth £250.

Anyone who recognises the men should contact police. Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Cheltenham Town Chairman: Yates departure 'hardest decision I've had to make'

The Chairman of Cheltenham Town Football Club has said in an interview that parting company with the team's Manager, Mark Yates, was the 'hardest decision' he's had to make.

Paul Baker released a video interview this morning confirming the decision.

Mark was understandably very upset and I was too. Everybody who knows him will have a lot of sadness with the decision we’ve had to take, but we have to look after the business and look at results and performances.

– Paul Baker, Chairman, Cheltenham Town FC

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Cheltenham Town part company with Manager Yates

Mark Yates oversaw more than 250 matches at the club. Credit: Dave Howarth/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Cheltenham Town have parted company with manager Mark Yates, with immediate effect.

A popular figure and promotion-winning captain during his playing days, Yates returned to take charge at Whaddon Road in 2009 after leaving Kidderminster Harriers.

He has since overseen more than 250 matches and twice guided the club into the League Two play-offs, and the third round of the FA Cup on two occasions.

The 44-year-old was the third longest serving manager in the top four divisions of English football, behind only Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger and Paul Tisdale of Exeter City.

His final match at the helm was the 4-1 home defeat by Wycombe Wanderers last Saturday, which left Cheltenham 18th in the table.

Millions to be invested in Mendip leisure centres

Almost £2.8m will be invested in leisure facilities in the Mendips over the next 4 years.

The district council has approved 50-year leases to Sports Management Company Fusion Lifestyle for five centres beginning in June 2015. The not-for-profit organisation bid for the contracts with plan involving four years worth of improvements.

The legal agreement is expected to be signed before Christmas, and the programme of investment due to be completed by 1 April 2018.

The following centres are set to benefit:

  • Frome Leisure Centre - £2million
  • Wells Leisure Centre - £550,0000
  • Strode Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre - £100,000
  • Tor Sports and Leisure Centre - £75,000
  • Shepton Mallet Lido - £75,000

To appoint a partner to operate the district’s leisure facilities was a bold move by the council and one that has secured the future of leisure across the district for many years to come. If we had not taken this approach, there would have been a question mark over how long the council could have continued to fund leisure services in Mendip.

– Cllr John Parham, Mendip District Council

Opposition grows to Yeovil housing development

Plans for more than 700 homes on the edge of Yeovil are gaining opposition.

The site near Mudford is included in the district council's draft development plan for the next 14 years.

Villagers fear building the houses near Mudford will cause traffic problems and lead to flooding. A planning application is being processed and will be decided next year.

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