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Police have confirmed that the body of a young man found in Cheddar Gorge is that of a missing teenager.
16-year-old Rasmus Barlow hadn't been seen since last Monday. His body was found earlier this week by a member of the public.
His death is not being treated as suspicious.
A body has been found in connection with the search for a missing teenager from Somerset.
16-year-old Rasmus Barlow, a student at Strode College, was last seen near the Causeway in Street on Monday morning.
A member of the public found the body of a young man at the bottom of Cheddar Gorge this afternoon.
No formal identification has taken place, but the teenager's family has been informed.
The area has been sealed off while further enquiries take place.
Police say they're growing concerned for the welfare of a missing teenager in Cheddar and are asking for the public to help find him.
16-year-old Rasmus Barlow is a pupil at Strode College - he didn't turn up to any lessons and has failed to attend college today.
Police say his disappearance is "extremely out of character"
- 5ft 7ins
- dark brown hair
- brown eyes
- last seen wearing dark jeans, a black t-shirt, a black ski-style jacket and carrying a red and black rucksack.
If you see Rasmus please call 999 and quote log number 819 of 2 November.
A Spitfire which crashed near Cheddar Gorge in the second world war has been recovered.
Archaeologists excavated parts of the plane, which crash-landed and became covered by marshland.
It crashed near Draycott in 1943. The young pilot, William Johnston was back flying another Spitfire the next day.
The Spitfire was commissioned just after the Battle of Britain, which was 75 years ago this week.
William Johnston's son Richard was at the excavation:
Avon and Somerset Police are investigating after they had four reports of schoolboys being contacted online by someone using the profile of a similarly-aged girl.
It’s understood the boys, all from North Somerset, were contacted through Facebook between Tuesday 21 April and Friday 24 April.
The messages contained inappropriate sexual references, including an image of a semi-clothed girl, and the boys were asked to share images of themselves.
Officers were alerted by the 12-year-olds’ concerned parents on Saturday 25 April.
This is a very early stage in our enquiries. Statements have been taken and the matter is being looked into by detectives.
Officers from the neighbourhood team are contacting local schools asking them to talk to children about online safety and we will be happy to visit any schools where there are particular concerns.
The police have issued advice for parents about online safety here:
Anyone whose children have been sent similar messages is being asked to contact police.
The key online safety messages for children are:
- Don’t make friends online with someone you don’t know in real life
- Don’t give out personal information or contact details online
- Don’t tell people where you are going to be
- Never arrange to meet in person someone you have met online
- If you’re worried by something you’ve seen online, tell a parent, carer or teacher – or you can call ChildLine on 0800 1111
A 10 year old boy has been taken to hospital after a fall at Cheddar Gorge in Somerset.
Emergency crews were called out at 5 o'clock yesterday after the boy fell ten feet down steps. Ropes and a stretcher were used to rescue him and he was airlifted to Bristol Children's Hospital with a suspected head injury and a broken leg.
A scheme to build a huge reservoir in Somerset has moved a step closer after being approved by Sedgemoor District Council. The £125m storage facility would be built close to the existing Cheddar reservoir to meet increasing demand for supplies.
Bristol Water needs final approval from Ofwat before the plans can go ahead. The industry regulator is due to consider the scheme in the autumn. But it could take another year or two before work starts. Archaeologists are currently sweeping the site in advance of any construction work.
A spokesman for Bristol Water said: "The company believes that the reservoir, if built, will provide a much needed new source of water in Somerset - as well as being of enormous long term recreational and conservation benefit."
*CGI video from Bristol Water shows how the reservoir might look.
A family-run Somerset cheese producer has signed a major new export contract to sell its West Country cheddar in supermarkets in France.
Wyke Farms is now the best known cheddar brand on the other side of the channel, as Bob Cruwys reports.