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£800,000 of Cannabis seized in Minehead

£800,000 of Cannabis seized in Minehead Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Over £800,000 of cannabis has been seized in Minehead. Police discovered the cannabis factory on Alcombe Road after members of the public reported a strong smell of the drug.

Police say when they approached the property they saw a man jump out of a 1st floor window at the rear of the house. He was detained while a search of the house was carried out.

Officers found a significant amount of cannabis plants being grown, using hydroponic equipment, over three floors. They say some had been harvested and packed in preparation for sale. They also discovered that the electricity meter had been bypassed, and Western Power were called to make the property safe.

A 35 year-old Vietnamese national was arrested on suspicion of production of cannabis and various immigration offences and is currently in custody at Bridgwater.

This has been a significant seizure for this area. We have seen cannabis factories such as this in other areas of the force. The people who set-up and run these properties often use illegal immigrants as “gardeners” forcing them to live and work in awful conditions as modern slaves.

We won’t tolerate either drug dealing, drug production or indeed any kind of modern slavery that sees vulnerable people exploited through fear of deportation.

– PC Charlie Fitzpatrick, from Minehead Police Station

Beautiful pictures from extraordinary low tide at Minehead

Sea life uncovered in Minehead at low tide Credit: Gaynor Gough

The South West experienced extraordinary low tides this weekend.

Sea beds and river beds not previously seen before were exposed with remains of prehistoric bridges and other structures becoming visible.

These pictures were taken by Gaynor Gough in Minehead.

A medieval fish trap was exposed by the low tides Credit: Gaynor Gough
Credit: Gaynor Gough
Sea life uncovered in Minehead at low tide Credit: Gaynor Gough
Sea life uncovered in Minehead at low tide Credit: Gaynor Gough
Credit: Gaynor Gough

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Sea life uncovered in Minehead in extraordinary low tide

Waters edge looking back to Minehead Credit: Jophie Bruford

We're experiencing extraordinary low tides this weekend. Sea beds and river beds not previously seen before are being exposed with remains of prehistoric bridges and other structures becoming visible.

These pictures were taken in Minehead.

Sea life uncovered in Minehead at low tide Credit: Jophie Bruford
Minehead low tide Credit: Jophie Bruford

Police seek owner of a dog who bit a man in Somerset

Police in Minehead are requesting any information on the identity of a man and his dog involved in a bite attack which left another man and his dog needing medical attention.

It was reported as happening about 8am on Tuesday 30th December in Vennland Way.

A sandy coloured German Shepherd-type dog ran up and attacked a collie. He then also bit the owner when he tried to save his dog.

A man approached and dragged the dog away, but failed to identify himself.

The man being sought is described as white, clean shaven, about 60 years of age, about 5’7 to 5’8 and slightly overweight.

His dog appeared to be quite mature and probably nine or 10 years of age.

The owner of the attacked dog was also bitten Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Candelight vigil for badgers in Minehead

Minehead protestors held vigil ahead of badger cull Credit: ITV Westcountry

Members of campaign group Somerset Badger Patrol held a candlelit vigil overnight in Minehead to mark the start of the cull.

The group are against the measure. They believe there is little proof that it will prevent the spread of bovine TB. The patrol urging the government to re-think its environmental policy around badgers.

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Baby porpoise washed up on Minehead beach

Baby porpoise washed up on Minehead beach Credit: ITV News West Country

The Coastguard and Maritime Agency has collected the body of a baby porpoise which was washed up on Minehead beach. Around two hundred dead dolphins and porpoises are found dead on the south west coastline each year. Scientists are keen to find out what is causing the deaths.

The Agency believes most deaths occur after the animals are caught in giant seine nets used by French and Spanish trawlers.

Body of porpoise is recovered from Minehead beach Credit: ITV News West Country

Police order vehicles off the road in Minehead

Police in Minehead ordered eight faulty vehicles off the road during a day of checks on local taxis and young drivers.

The joint operation with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) was run in the town on May 24.

Young drivers were also stopped and examined by the VOSA experts to see if their vehicles conformed to traffic regulations.

A total of 23 cars were stopped and eight issued with prohibition orders, keeping them off the road for up to seven days. A number of vehicle defect tickets were also issued.

Sergeant Andy Whysall of Minehead Police Station said: “A number of those stopped believed their vehicles were roadworthy, but just because you have a valid MOT there is no guarantee that your vehicle has not developed a faulty since it was last tested."

World record attempt takes some beating

It needed more than 600 eggs for the mix. It had to be baked in an industrial oven. And a forklift was brought in to assemble the all-important parts. But when it came to the crunch, did it all come together?

Watch this video of the military-style operation involved in putting together a Victoria sponge that, it's hoped, will break records.

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