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Fire crews tackling large fire in barn near Yatton

Fire crews are tackling a large fire involving agricultural buildings on Back Lane, Kingston Seymour, near Yatton, North Somerset. Four fire engines were called to the fire at the barn, which contained a large amount of hay and straw, as well as farm equipment.

Firefighters in breathing apparatus used unmanned monitor jets to extinguish the fire and prevent it from spreading to other nearby buildings. As a precaution they also moved 60 calfs to safety from a second barn adjacent to the fire. The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental.

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Teacher admits sexual offences against teenage boy

A young female teacher who worked in Bristol has admitted a series of sexual offences against a teenage boy.

26 year old Kelly Burgess from Newport in Gwent appeared at North Somerset magistrates court this morning.

She admitted four counts of adult breach of trust and sexual activity with a 16 year old boy between January 1 and August 28 last year.

Dogs on leads gets owners hot under the doggie collar

A paw petition against the ban. Credit: ITV News West Country

Dog owners in North Somerset have got their pooches to sign a petition against plans to keep them on a lead.

Dogs can currently run free at Herbert Gardens in Clevedon, but the town council says people have been knocked over, and there are plenty of other places where they can be exercised without leads.

Dog lovers want to let their animals run off the lead. Credit: ITV News West Country

ROADS: M5 northbound, Somerset

Two lanes are blocked and there's slow traffic due to an accident on the M5 northbound between J20 Clevedon and J19 Portishead.

Lanes one and two (of four) are blocked. Cameras are showing queueing traffic in lanes three and four up the hill toward the split level section.

15 year-old girl missing from North Somerset

Nicole Cameron. Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

A 15 year-old girl has gone missing from North Somerset. Nicole Cameron is from Pill and was last seen on Saturday night (2 November), when she said she was going to see a friend in Bristol. She is five feet four inches tall and normally wears black.

Avon and Somerset Police want anyone with information to contact them.

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Third death rocks seaside town

Police are investigating a third death in the space of a week in Weston-super-Mare.

The body of a man in his fifties was discovered in a street this morning in the Uphill part of the seaside town.

Avon and Somerset Police said they were treating his death as "unexplained".

They're not linking it to the death of a 61-year-old man on Thursday and that of Mark Roberts, 35, who died following an alleged assault last Saturday.

A 17-year-old has been charged with Mr Roberts' murder and was remanded in custody when he appeared in court earlier this week.

The body of the 61-year-old man was found in a car in St Andrew's Parade - close to where Mr Roberts was injured.

A post-mortem examination has been carried out and although further tests are required, police said there was "nothing at this stage" to suggest the death was suspicious.

The results of further tests will not be known for several weeks and until then it will be treated as unexplained.

We have not uncovered any link to the earlier murder and it appears that a second death in such close proximity to the first is simply an unfortunate coincidence.

– Detective Constable Nick Riley, Avon & Somerset Police

Body of man found in Weston-super-Mare street

A body of a man in his fifties has been found in a street in Weston-super-Mare.

Police were called to Uphill Way just after 8am this morning. The road is currently closed between Thornbury Road and Old Church Road while officers carry out their enquiries.

Police are treating his death as unexplained, but are not connecting it to others in the town in recent weeks.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Statement from Liam Fox on mileage row

Dr Liam Fox Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

In response to the row over his 3p expense claim, a spokesperson for Dr Liam Fox said:

The IPSA guidance states that: MPs may claim for Travel and Subsistence Expenditure for journeys which are necessary for the performance of their parliamentary functions¹. In this case the claim relates to category C: ‘travel within the constituency or within 20 miles of the constituency boundary.

Dr Fox provides the exact distance, in miles, travelled to and from each of his constituency engagements based on the post code, as IPSA requires.

Where Dr Fox has a full day of constituency engagements back to back, the mileage is worked out methodically from one location to the next, with intention of ensuring full transparency.

Dr Fox usually submits his mileage claims on a two-monthly basis whereby IPSA determines the value per mile and thus the cumulative value of the claim.

Individual claims are not made in the way suggested by the newspaper stories which clearly intend to mislead. Overall, Dr Fox’s travel spend is one of the lowest, 421st on the list of MP’s.

Taxpayers Alliance slams Liam Fox expense claims

The campaign group The Taxpayers' Alliance has criticised North Somerset MP Liam Fox after it emerged that he claimed 3 pence in expenses for a car of journey of under 100 metres.

The former defence secretary made another 15 claims of under 1 pound for car travel in the past financial year. Mr Fox has said that all his expenses obey current parliamentary rules, but campaign group

Eleanor McGrath from The Taxpayers Alliance think the public will question why such small claims were made.

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