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Driver, 27, killed in head-on crash in Somerset

A 27-year-old man has died and another is in hospital with serious injuries after two cars collided in Somerset on Saturday night.

The cars crashed into each other head-on at 9.40pm in Whitelackington, near Ilminster. Both drivers were trapped in their cars, and despite medical treatment, one of them was pronounced dead at the scene.

The other driver, a 51-year-old man, is in hospital with a fractured pelvis and a broken leg, but is not in a life-threatening condition.

Avon and Somerset Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Nick Clegg hints A303 improvements could come soon

Nick Clegg discusses improvements to the A303 at a meeting in Ilminster Credit: ITV News

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has been discussing proposals to improve the A303 to the West country at a meeting with business leaders and councillors in Somerset.

He gave strong hints that money for the scheme would be announced in the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Autumn Statement next month.

I am absolutely determined that we should finally fix this. We haven't crossed the T's and dotted the I's yet on the announcement that will be made in the Autumn Statement in early December but, how can I put it, if there isn't an announcement to improve the A303 in the Autumn Statement, I'll come down here and start tarmacking it myself!

– Nick Clegg, Deputy PM


"Stowaways" spending the night at Somerset village hall

15 people who were found in a lorry at a service station on the A303 in Somerset are spending the night at a village hall near Yeovil. Police have arrested the German driver. An investigation is underway into how the group, who claim to come from Kashmir and Eritrea, came into the country.

Our Somerset Correspondent David Woodland has this report:

Specially trained horses help boy with autism

Just a year ago Ollie Wilson's family say they were hardly able to lead a normal life. Ollie who is 6 years old is autistic. Typical days out were nearly impossible and his parents thought he would be moved to a special school.

But all that changed when Ollie's family discovered the charity Horseshoes and Handprints in Somerset - and for the first time in his life, Ollie even smiled. Ellie Barker has the story.

Horse charity changes life of autistic boy

The charity "Horses and Handprints" in Ilminster has transformed the life of six-year-old Ollie Wilson Credit: ITV News Westcountry

A charity in Somerset has completely changed the life of a six-year-old autistic boy.

Ollie Wilson's parents said days out were almost impossible because of their son's behavioural difficulties. But with the help of Horseshoes and Handprints near Ilminster, they've seen him smile for the first time.

Good Samaritan motorist injured in Somerset

A Good Samaritan driver who stopped to help[ a cyclist who was forced off the road by a speeding motorist near Ilminster was himself injured when the car returned and drove straight at him.

The incident happened at around 10.20am on Saturday on Barrington Hill towards Horton near Ilminster.

A black VW Golf was driving erratically and at speed in the Taunton direction when he overtook a cyclist in an aggressive manor.

The driver of a Renault Scenic stopped to ask the cyclist if he was ok at which point the Golf pulled up and the driver shouted abuse.

He then revved the engine and deliberately drove at the Scenic driver, throwing him into the air and leaving him with serious bruising and shock.


Officers in Catherine Wells-Burr murder case given awards

The body of 23-year-old Catherine Wells-Burr was found in her car in 2012

Nine police officers who worked on the Catherine Wells-Burr murder investigation have been presented with awards by their Chief Constable.

The graduate's body was set alight in her car near Ilminster in 2012. Three people were jailed for life. The team were among a number of staff recognised for their commitment at a ceremony in Bristol.

Cash machine problems row

A Bristol man says his children won't have a Christmas after a cash machine retained £300 he was trying to withdraw in Ilminster.

Mark Ashdown is chasing Natwest for the money after their head office said it would take a month to sort out. The bank says it's investigating claims that £300 was lost at a branch in Ilminster.

Mark Ashdown says he won't be able to buy Christmas gifts after problems with a Natwest cash machine

Video: Armed robbery at Ilminster convenience store

Police in Somerset are appealing for information after an armed robbery at a convenience store in Ilminster.

At 11.30am last Monday (September 23) a security guard attending the store in Station Road was robbed.

Two suspects left the scene in a white new-style Ford Fiesta, which was abandoned shortly afterwards about half a mile south of the town in the middle of the B3168 near to Dillington House. The suspects are then thought to have got into a second vehicle.

Enquiries have established that the Ford Fiesta was stolen from Exford, on Exmoor, and had its number plates and branding removed.

Detectives would like to speak to anyone who saw the Ford Fiesta after it was stolen on Tuesday September 17 and until it was recovered by police after the robbery.

They'd also like to speak to the owner of a green VW Polo which was driving along a private road on the Dillington Estate linking Whitelackington and Ashwell on the morning of the robbery.

Investigating the incident, DC Andy Tearle said:

“This robbery only took a few seconds to commit but the impact this will have on the courier, shop staff and witnesses will stay with them for much longer.

"We are investigating the robbery and our enquiries are progressing well but we need to speak to anyone who might have any information. If you can help, please contact me.”

Anyone who saw the robbery, either of the vehicles or was in the area and saw something suspicious should contact police on 101.

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