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Appeal for witnesses after Crewkerne crash death

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 49-year-old man died in a car crash near Crewkerne, Somerset.

The collision, involving three vehicles, happened at Turnpike Cross on the A356, between the A303 and Crewkerne at around 5pm Friday 24 January.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Collision Investigation Unit via the non-emergency number 101.

Church faces huge bill after windows vandalised

Parishioners at a church in Somerset face bills running into thousands of pounds to repair stained glass windows damaged by vandals.

Air rifles are thought to have been used to target five windows at the 15th century St Bartholomew's church in Crewkerne. The worst damage was caused to a window that shows a scene of Christ and his disciples. Richard Payne reports.

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Vandals shoot church windows with air rifle

One of the window's targeted by vandals Credit: ITV News West Country

Parishioners at a church in Somerset face bills running into thousands of pounds to repair stained glass windows which have been damaged by vandals.

Air rifles have been used to target five windows at the 15th century church in Crewkerne. Each one will cost thousands of pounds to repair.

Five windows were targeted at the 15th century church Credit: ITV News West Country

Crewkerne assault leaves victim in a coma

A man has been left in a coma following a serious assault in Crewkerne at the weekend.

The attack happened at around 1.45am on Sunday when a man was seriously assaulted in the car park off Abbey Street

The victim, a man in his 30s, was assaulted and left unconscious with a fractured skull. He was taken to Frenchay Hospital where he remains in a critical condition and with serious injuries.

Four men have been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent. They are currently in custody.The offenders are thought to have left the scene in a Ford Focus type car and a vehicle matching this description has already been seized as part of the investigation.

The victim had been out with friends for the evening when he was assaulted and left on the floor with very serious injuries. Attacks of this severity are unusual in Crewkerne and we are working hard to investigate the assault. I am appealing to anyone who has information about the incident to contact us and tell us what they know."

– DI Lee Jones, Avon & Somerset Police

Fail to stop driver being sought in Crewkerne

A motorist has failed to stop after colliding with a pedestrian in Crewkerne.

Police say it happened on Saturday evening in Memorial Avenue.

The victim was crossing the road when a grey people carrier appeared, and the two were involved in a collision.

The driver of the car did not stop and carried on in the direction towards Furland Road.

The victim was taken to hospital.

The vehicle is described as having a square shape rather than a more modern driver.

It is thought the driver was possibly elderly.

Police close down Crewkerne drugs den

Avon and Somerset police have closed down a drugs den in Crewkerne following complaints from neighbours.

When police entered the property they discovered a variety of drug paraphernalia, including tin foil and syringes.

Several residents told Somerset magistrates they were left feeling "terrified" by activities there.

We will pro-actively target people involved in this behaviour to improve the quality of life for the wider community.

– Crewkerne Sgt Richard Barnett

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Dog found hanged in Somerset

Police are appealing for information after a dog was found hanged in Somerset. The lurcher was found by a group of horse riders at a property on Stonage Lane, in Haselbury Plucknett, near Crewkerne.

Police believe the dog was "killed deliberately in a cruel act". They are asking for anyone who may have been walking in the area at the time to come forward.

The RSPCA has been informed of the incident.

"The death of an animal is always upsetting when it may have been done intentionally. We believe the dog was killed deliberately in a cruel act and we are conducting enquiries to establish how the dog died and who is responsible."

– Inspector Jackie Gold, Avon and Somerset Police
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