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Multi-million pound redevelopment proposed in Bridgwater

The council is planning to redevelop the Northgate site. Credit: Sedgemoor District Council

Sedgemoor District Council has unveiled plans to redevelop Northgate in the centre of Bridgwater. The plans include a six-screen cinema; four restaurants; a gym and 111 parking spaces, as well as improved open space on the Brewery Field.

It's hoped the scheme will provide a new space for people to enjoy their leisure time, as well as make positive links to the existing town centre shops, bars and restaurants.

The scheme will be funded by Sedgemoor District Council. It's hoped construction will start next year.

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Bridgwater shop has licence revoked after anti-social behaviour

The International Food Centre on Binford Place, Bridgwater. Credit: Google Street View

A shop in Bridgwater has had its Premises Licence revoked after Avon and Somerset Police raised significant concerns about linked anti-social behaviour in the town.

A review of the International Food Centre’s licence heard holder Memhet Yildirim repeatedly breached the conditions of the licence and undermined all four licensing objectives.

The police provided evidence, including CCTV footage, to the Licensing Committee which highlighted how there was a catalogue of disorder associated with the Binford Place shop.

In addition to a number of altercations in and around the shop, police also raised concerns about anti-social behaviour from customers and about the inappropriate sale of alcohol.

The local community repeatedly raised concerns to us about crime and disorder in and around Binford Place.

We’ve issued 10 dispersal orders along with three community protection warnings and as a direct result we’ve seen the number of complaints fall by two-thirds.

I am relieved that this shop, which has failed to engage with us and our partners and has failed to acknowledge the issues it has contributed to, has had its licence revoked.

– Inspector Andy Pritchard

Yachting firm boss convicted of failing to ensure Cheeky Rafiki safety

A yachting company boss has been found guilty of failing to ensure the safety of the Cheeki Rafiki yacht in which four sailors - two of whom from Somerset - were killed when it capsized mid-Atlantic.

A jury at Winchester Crown Court convicted Douglas Innes, of Whitworth Crescent, Southampton, for failing to operate the yacht in a safe manner.

His company, Stormforce Coaching Limited, was also convicted of failing to operate the yacht in a safe manner contrary to section 100 Merchant Shipping Act.

The jury are still considering manslaughter charges concerning the four crew members. James Male, Andrew Bridge, Steve Warren from Bridgwater and Paul Goslin from West Camel all lost their lives when the Cheeki Rafiki overturned in the North Atlantic in May 2014.

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