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Search for masked raiders in Frome

Police are investigating a robbery by masked men at a hair salon in Frome over the weekend..

Two men, one carrying a claw hammer, entered Upton Hairdressers on Selwood Road at 1.30pm on Saturday. They stole the cash till and rode away from the scene on mountain bikes.

Officers have issued the following description of the men they are looking for:

  • A white man, around 20-30-years old, over 6' tall with a slim build. He was wearing a balaclava, plain grey/blue or black hooded top and black combat trousers.
  • A white man, aged 20-30, 5'4" tall with a slim build but broad across the shoulders. He was wearing similar clothes to his accomplice.

One of the mountain bikes used one was dark coloured and the other was silver with a blue pattern on the underside of the bottom of the frame.

Button misses chat show appearance due to wasp sting

Somerset born racing driver Jenson Button had to cancel an appearance on Graham Norton's Channel 4 chat show after being stung by a wasp.

Button, from Frome, suffered an allergic reaction after being stung between the eyes while on a bike ride.


So sorry 2 be missing the @grahnort show tonight, I've been taken out by a wasp! I was riding my bike yesterday & got stung between the eyes


Frome farmer puts up 6ft high metal fence to protect land

Frome farmer puts up 6ft high metal fence to protect land Credit: ITV News West Country

A six-feet high metal security fence has been put up through a field in the Somerset countryside. Some people say it makes the field look like a prisoner of war camp. But the landowner says it's essential to stop people and dogs straying onto his field.

Farmer puts up 6ft high metal fence to protect land Credit: ITV News West Country

Lorry driver badly hurt in Frome crash

A lorry driver has life-threatening injuries after a crash near Frome in Somerset.

He was trapped in the cab of his truck after colliding with a bus on the A361 at around half past ten this morning.

There were 27 passengers on the bus. Four people have minor injuries.

The Frome Bypass is closed between the A362 and B3092 while police deal with the incident.


Somerset woman jailed over benefit fraud

A woman from Frome has been sentenced to a year in prison after being found guilty of cheating the benefits system.

Tracy Johnson was living a "champagne lifestyle" whilst claiming benefits. Credit: Wales News

52-year-old Tracy Johnson claimed she was an agoraphobic and a prisoner in her own home. She was actually working as a tour guide in Argentina and receiving around fifty thousand pounds in benefits.

Ms Johnson was found guilty of falsely claiming £48,000 including cold weather payments while she was living in exotic locations around the world.

During her trial at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court she said she had been "entitled" to have a break on India's sunny Goa coast.

The prosecutor Miss James said, "it was absolute, blatant dishonesty."

Tracey Johnson was found guilty of 13 charges of fraud.

Somerset benefits cheat travels world despite 'illness'

A globe-trotting benefits cheat from Somerset who claimed she was too scared to leave her home was working as a tour guide trekking in South America.

Tracy Johnson lived a "champagne lifestyle" as a travel writer and tour operator in Argentina. Credit: Wales News

52-year-old Tracy Johnson from Frome, claimed she was "prisoner in her own home" suffering from agrophobia with a fear of open spaces - and hadn't left Britain for years.

But a court in Wales heard was she was living a "champagne lifestyle" as a travel writer and tour operator in Argentina. The trial continues.

Tracy Johnson claimed she was "prisoner in her own home". Credit: Wales News

Villagers protest over plans for 100 new homes

Residents of a small village in Somerset have been protesting over plans to build a hundred new homes on nearby fields.

Villagers stood on the roundabout just outside Nunney near Frome to make their protest.

The developers, Barratt promise "a significant contribution" to local schools plus jobs.

One of the protesters, Lisa Ramsay, says they are concerned the houses - that will be built on the Greenpits Lane site - will create too much traffic:

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