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18-year-old man arrested over fatal Shepton Mallet collision

Officers had been trying to locate two vehicles following the incident. Credit: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Police have arrested an 18-year-old man from Gloucestershire after a pedestrian died in a collision on the A37 in Shepton Mallet on Sunday.

Avon and Somerset Police say the man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

Officers had been trying to locate two vehicles following the incident.

A 28-year-old man from Dorset was killed in the collision, which happened shortly after he left the Westfest event at the Bath and West Showground.

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Police investigate suspected hit and run death at Shepton Mallet

Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police in Shepton Mallet are investigating the death of a man found lying in the road. It's thought he may have been struck by a car on the A37 after leaving a music festival at the Bath and West Showground early yesterday. Several motorists are reported to have stopped at the scene before driving off.

It happened between the Cannards Well public house and the Whitstone roundabout between 5am and 6am. Police say a number of people driving along the A37 stopped and saw the man while he lay injured on the road.

The all-night music event West Fest was being held at the nearby Bath & West Showground.

"We believe several cars may have stopped, including a white car being driven by a man and another car containing at least three women. Were you one of those people in a vehicle that stopped shortly after the incident?"

– Police spokesperson

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Missing vulture is still at large in Somerset

Have you seen Arthur? Credit: Ben Potter

A vulture which was swept off course during a display at the Royal Bath and West Show is still missing.

Owner Ben Potter, of Birds of Prey Displays - based in Yorkshire - says the carrion-eating bird is not dangerous but warns the public not to approach him as they may spook him.

To let Ben know if you see Arthur, call him on 07849846053.

Fancy living in a converted prison? Plans revealed for historic Shepton Mallet site

Parts of a historic former prison in Somerset are to be turned into flats.

Shepton Mallet prison closed and the last of the inmates were moved out in 2013 when this historic building was sold off by the Ministry of Justice.

The developer which bought it has now applied for planning permission to convert the old cell blocks into rows of apartments - 146 homes in total.

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We'll be knocking a number of cells together to make someone's apartment. In terms of the window, we'd be looking to lower the sills to get a lot more natural light into the room.

– Richard Winsborough, Head of Planning
How's this for a bedroom? Between five and six cells will be merged into one flat. Credit: ITV News

Shepton Mallet Prison has a long and varied history. It was the country's oldest working prison when it closed, dating back to 1610, and several of the buildings are Grade Two listed.

The Magna Carta and the Doomsday Book are said to have been stored there for safekeeping in the Second World War, the Kray twins spent time locked up in the cells, and there's even an execution chamber where American soldiers were hanged for murder when it was a US military prison in the 1940s.

Secure accommodation: a view inside the jail Credit: ITV News West Country

There has been some concern in the town that heritage could be lost.

The developers are promising to set aside a handful of cells as a visitor attraction with museum space and a cafe.

Watch the full report from our reporter Bob Cruwys on development plans for the former prison.

Hope for Shepton cider mill as hundreds offered jobs

There's hope that some of the 127 workers due to be made redundant at the Shepton Mallet Cider Mill will be offered jobs by the Brothers cider firm.

The factory first started production in 1953. Credit: ITV News

C and C, the Irish owners of the mill, are closing the plant but today announced Brothers has bought a new bottling factory.

The sale includes the land and the buildings housing the bottling line which are located on Kilver Street across the road from the principal buildings of the Cidery. The Krones bottling line has capacity to produce 1.5 million bottles a day.

It says it's struggling to keep up with demand for its flavoured ciders and is expanding operations in Shepton but it'll be at least three months before it will have enough equipment to begin operations on the Kilver Street site.

Last batch of cider made at mill

Shepton Mallet cider mill makes last batch Credit: ITV News

Production of iconic Somerset cider brands ceased production this week at the Shepton Mallet Cider Mill.

The Dublin-based C&C Group which owns the mill has now stopped the production of the Somerset ciders Addlestones, Blackthorn, Natch and Olde English. Production will now be at Clonmel in the Irish Republic.

The cider mill is due to close in the summer when production ceases and the pulped fruit is transported to Ireland – the first 40 redundancies have already been announced.

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