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Man jailed for elderly assault

A man has been sentenced to ten years in prison for an attempted robbery and assault in Taunton.

Maurice Danes, 37, entered a flat near to Holway Road in the town on 15 February. He assaulted the occupant - a man in his seventies - and demanded money from him before fleeing the scene.

Danes pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and grievous bodily harm at Taunton Crown Court, and sentenced to ten years in prison.

The family of the elderly victim said Danes was 'callous and cowardly'.

One night earlier this year a man entered our father's flat and assaulted him. He caused serious injuries to a 79-year-old man and left him feeling shaken and vulnerable. It was a callous and cowardly act.

Fortunately our father has been well supported by his family but the impact on his life cannot be underestimated. We are pleased that the man who committed this horrible attack will now be in prison for a long time and we hope he gives some thought to his actions and the consequences they have had for him, our father and the rest of our family.

– Jane Pallister and Daniel Warke (the daughter and son of the victim)

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Police arrive at Cheltenham magistrates court

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Police and counter terrorism officers have arrived at cheltenham magistrates court. http://t.co/Ar9d3iWS

52-year-old Martin Counsell from Cheltenham is due before magistrates charged under the Explosives Act.

He was arrested when explosives were found in some garages in the town last week. He's been charged with making an explosive substance for an unlawful purpose.

Explosives charges: Man due in court

A 52-year-old man is due before magistrates charged under the Explosives Act.

Martin Counsell from Cheltenham was arrested when explosives were found in some garages in the town. He's been charged with making an explosive substance for an unlawful purpose.

Buttermere Close in Cheltenham was sealed off after the discovery of explosives in some garages Credit: ITV West

More than 600 people were forced to leave their homes last week and four controlled explosions were carried out. A 31-year-old man also arrested has been released without charge.

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