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Residents allowed home after furniture warehouse fire

People have been allowed back home after a fire at a furniture warehouse in Somerset.

Crews spent the night tackling the fire in East Street in Chard. Houses nearby were evacuated because of fears about gas cylinders and asbestos on site.

It is understood the owner need treatment for burns to his hands.

Furniture warehouse in Chard Credit: ITV News
Furniture warehouse in Chard Credit: ITV News

Homes evacuated after fire in Somerset

Crews have spent the night tackling a fire at a furniture warehouse in Chard. They were called to the building in East Street just after 8pm yesterday evening.

There were gas cylinders inside so a 200m cordon was put in place and residents were moved out of neighbouring properties. There was also asbestos involved so decontamination has taken place.

The building has been 100% damaged by fire. Firefighters are still at the scene but the incident has been scaled down.


Dozens head down giant water slide in Chard

The slide is open to everyone over the age of six Credit: ITV News

A giant water slide has been set up in Chard town centre.

During the course of the day up to 300 hundred people are expected to head down it.

The event was the brainchild of Mayor Jenny Kenton, who's hoping the slide will help put Chard on the map.

Money raised from the event will go to the Mayor’s five charities – Chard Museum, Chard and Crewkerne After Stroke Care, Chard Carers Support Group, Chard Town Team and Chard Area Youth Committee.

The event replicates an event in Bristol earlier this year, which saw people travel from all over the country to take part.

The slide is open for everyone over the age of six. Those under 1.20 metres tall will be able to head down later in the afternoon when the slide is shortened to allow younger children to take part.

The event was the idea of Chard mayor Jenny Kenton Credit: ITV News

Firm makes its vacuum cleaners LESS powerful

A vacuum manufacturer in Somerset has been forced to redesign its products following new laws banning more powerful cleaners.

Numatic in Chard has had to adapt its Henry range of cleaners to follow EU laws to make machines more environmentally-friendly.

Some shops had reported a rise in sales of the more powerful cleaners ahead of the ban. Robert Murphy reports.

Chard in line for next giant street waterslide

Thousands of people turned out to see Bristol's giant waterslide Credit: ITV News West Country

A huge water slide is going to be put up in Chard High Street next month. Similar to the one that attracted thousands of people in Bristol the 1.2m slide will go down the High Street. It's been organised by the town's Mayor to raise money for her charities.

You can apply to take part at the Guildhall.

Wells-Burr family take petition to Downing Street

Jayne and Phil Wells-Burr leave Bristol Crown Court after the conviction of their daughter's murderers. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

The family of Catherine Wells-Burr will present a petition to 10 Downing Street today.

Two Polish nationals convicted of Catherine's murder have applied to serve their sentences in Poland where they could serve a shorter term.

Jayne and Philip Wells-Burr are calling on the Ministry of Justice to reject their appeal. The family will be accompanied by their local MP David Laws.


National Churches Trust grant £10,000 to local meeting places

Two meeting places in the region have been given thousands of pounds in grants to help make them more attractive to people to use as community hubs.

The National Churches Trust have given £10,000 to both Bath Quaker Meeting House and St Mary Church in Chard. The money will be used for roof repairs, and changing the community facilities at the Bath Grade 2 listed building near Bath Abbey.

Six held in exploitation inquiry

Six people have been arrested in Somerset as part of an investigation into sexual exploitation of girls and young women.

Police raided four addresses in Yeovil and Chard as part of the inquiry, which began in August.

5 men and one woman have been arrested - four remain in custody and two have been released on bail until early January.

Since August we have been building up a picture of intelligence surrounding the sexual exploitation of girls and young women in the Yeovil area, resulting in these warrants.

Our ongoing priority is to support and protect the victims of these offences and to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.

– Detective Chief Inspector Phil Jones

Somerset boyband member through to next round

Matt Cahill - wearing the Choose Life t-shirt - is in the band "Kingsland Road" Credit: ITV/The X Factor

24-year-old Matt Cahill from Chard is one fifth of the boyband "Kingsland Road", one of the finalists in ITV's X Factor competition.

The group sailed through the first of the live shows with their rendition of Wham's "I'm Your Man".

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