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One month on: police renew appeal after 'nasty' assault

Police investigating a "nasty" assault in a Somerset town have renewed their appeal for information.

It happened in Chard on August 4, at around 4pm, near to the reservoir off Chaffcombe Road.

A woman was walking her dog near to a stream - other dog walkers in the area heard a scream, before the woman stumbled towards people with serious head injuries.

Police believe the two people pictured here may have information that could help with their investigation:

Police are keen to speak to these two people. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Are you one of the two people pictured?

Do you recognise these people?

– Avon and Somerset Police

Police say they are also keen to talk to a man who was seen running away from the area.

E-fit of a man police have been unable to identify. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Police are also keen to talk to two other people:

  • an 18-20 year old man with blonde hair, wearing a cream hoody and carrying a rucksack in the area on the day
  • a white man, in a black hoody and black trousers, riding a dark coloured mountain bike in the area at the time

This was a nasty unprovoked assault for which the motive is still unclear. We would like anyone who was in the area at the time to come forward and identify themselves as they may have key information that could help in our investigation.

– DS Lee Jones

The woman was being treated for her head injuries but is now in a stable condition.

Can you help?

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and ask to speak to DS Lee Jones Yeovil Investigations quoting reference number 5217178432.

Alternatively you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Missing Vasco Macedo found safe and well

Missing Vasco Macedo from Chard has been found safe and well.

Vasco went missing on the night of 26 May - police were very concerned about him as he has learning difficulties and is described as "vulnerable".

We would like to thank the public and media during the search for Vasco, who has been reunited with his family.

– Avon and Somerset Police


Abandoned horses need a home

An animal sanctuary in Somerset have two beautiful young horses in need of a home.

5-year-old Sydney was found with a group of 14 other pregnant mares.

She gave birth to a daughter - India - in April at the Ferne Animal Sanctuary in Wambrook, near Chard.

Now both are in excellent health and in need of loving homes.

Sydney and baby India Credit: Ferne Animal Sanctuary


  • A big girl, expected to make at least 14.2 hands high
  • When grown she'll be suitable for riding or being broken to harness
  • Very well handled and can lead, be groomed and pick her feet up
  • Ideally would love a playmate of similar age


  • It’s unknown if she has ever had any training.
  • She has had quite an unpleasant life and is often on the defence - but with some time and tender loving care, she should come round and be a lovely pony.

We are now preparing to wean them so they will both be looking for new homes with people who have experience of training and keeping young horses

– Nikki Haddock, Head of Animal Care at Ferne Animal Sanctuary

Abandoned ponies are now a huge problem throughout the UK.

Horses like these rely on charities to take them in, or they wouldn't have survived.

  • Anyone who can help should contact Nikki Haddock at Ferne Animal Sanctuary on 01460 65214.

Family devastated by death of Chard mother-of-three

Mother-of-three Tracey Baker was found dead at her Chard home on 5 July Credit: Family

The parents of a woman who was found dead with her husband at their home in Wellings Close in Chard say they are devastated at their loss.

A post mortem examination revealed that 42-year-old Tracey Baker died from multiple head injuries and her husband, 35-year-old Kevin Baker, strangled himself.

We are devastated after Tracey’s life was so cruelly taken on 5 July, leaving behind her three children – Jessica, George and Loren.

We are extremely grateful for the support we’ve been given and for the messages of condolence that we have received since Tracey’s death.

– The parents of Tracey Baker (neé Amey)

Inquest into death of married couple in Somerset home

Kevin and Tracey Baker Credit: SWNS

An inquest is due to open into the deaths of a husband and wife found dead in Chard.

The bodies of 35 year old Kevin and 42 year old Tracey Baker were found at their home in Wellings Close on Sunday morning. A post mortem examination revealed that Mrs Baker died from multiple head injuries and her husband strangled himself.

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