A 600-year-old gold ring found in a Somerset farmer's field has sold at auction for thousands over its guide price.
The rare Saint George ring has gone under the hammer for £7,000, double what it was valued at. Experts believe it belonged to a nobleman from the early 16th century.
History enthusiast Paul Saxton, who found the treasure with a metal detector in the middle of rainstorm, could not believe his luck. In 16 years of metal detecting this is the first time he has found something of value.
His find was logged with the Museum of Somerset before its spectacular sale at auction.
“Old gold has a lustre to it. It comes out of the land as clean as it goes in,"
“I was the first person to handle it in hundreds of years.".
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David Tennant and Olivia Colman will return for a third series in the award winning and critically acclaimed drama Broadchurch.
We’ve been overwhelmed that nine million people every week have continued to join us on the twists and turns of Broadchurch. This third chapter has been a glint in my eye for a long time and I’m thrilled to be writing these characters once again.
A car has driven into a house in the village of Lympsham near Weston-super-Mare. Emergency crews were called to Bridgwater Road this evening and rescued two people from the vehicle with hydraulic cutting equipment.
The water supply was also isolated.
Over 7.5 million people tuned in last night to watch the return of Broadchurch on ITV.
The series is shot with the stunning backdrop of the Dorset coast, and many of the village scenes are filmed in Clevedon, North Somerset.
ITV News West Country presenter Ian Axton had a small cameo role in last night's episode. Ian has been to West Bay to meet Chris Chibnall, the man who created Britain's most successful crime drama. We get his reaction to the episode and ask him if he's planning a third series:
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A dedicated Broadchurch trail website has been set to up to highlight some of the North Somerset locations used in the series. Part of the drama was filmed in Clevedon including Hill Road which became Broadchurch High Street, a vacant shop, Seeleys, which became the Broadchurch Echo.
The shop is now a local food and craft market. Traders on Hill Road got the idea to set up a market after seeing the fictional outdoor Broadchurch Market set up, and with a grant from North Somerset Council’s High Street Innovation Fund were able to transform Seeley’s into a community market.
What we plan to do is update the trail when the second series has finished so that we don't give away any of the surprises undoubtedly in store.
At the moment the trail includes locations such as Marine Lake, Poets Walk, Marshall's Field and St Andrew's Church (which became Broadchurch's parish church of St Bede).
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An accident has closed two lanes on the M5 northbound between J20 (Clevedon) and J19 (Portishead).
Lanes three and four are closed towards Bristol. Not helped by the wet weather.
A man in 90s has been helped from his smoke-filled home in Clevedon by a neighbour aged in his 80s after a kitchen fire earlier today, 24 December.
It’s believed the neighbour saw smoke coming from the house in Highdale Avenue. When he realised the man was inside, he went in to bring him out.
An off-duty firefighter who also lived nearby arrived shortly afterwards to help. Two fire crews from Clevedon put the flames out. The house was badly damaged by heat and smoke.
The occupant and his neighbour were treated by paramedics at the scene after breathing in smoke.
Avon Fire and Rescue Service has praised the bravery of the neighbour but warns people not to enter properties on fire.