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The People's Millions: Wednesday's Vote

The two projects going head-to-head today are Handfuls Of Harmony Choir and Studley Wildlife Trail.

Here’s your chance to vote for the project you’d like to see get the money. To vote from a landline call 09015 228216 or from mobiles ONLY call 6228216 and press option 1 for Handfuls Of Harmony Choir or press option 2 for Studley Wildlife Trail.

Mobile and BT landline votes cost 15p. Other landlines may vary. Lines close at midnight tonight. PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO VOTE IF YOU ARE WATCHING ON DEMAND.

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Bath hospital has lowest level of complaints in UK

Bath's mineral water hospital has come top in Britain's first hospital complaints league table.

The Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases NHS Foundation Trust had just 12 complaints in 2013 to 2014 while some trusts attracted thousands of grievances.

The figures were revealed by the ombudsman's office, which investigates complaints in the NHS.

The Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in Bath, also known as the Mineral Water hospital Credit: PA

Ofsted: Somerset Children's Services 'inadequate'

Two of Somerset's Children's Centres were judged inadequate by Ofsted Credit: PA

Ofsted has published a damning report into the quality of children's services in Somerset.

The education watchdog says the county council is "not providing good enough support for its most vulnerable young people and families".

One third of the 39 places inspected were seen as less than good with six of them judged inadequate. Somerset county council says it will make urgent improvements.

We looked at provision for 13,500 children - that's the number of children whose lives are touched by those children's centres and both those centres were inadequate. So really quite shocking statistics in terms of the number of children who are not getting what they need.

– Bradley Simmons, Ofsted Regional Director

Police seek men after theft of sparkly reindeer

The sparkly reindeer is worth £250. Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police have released images of two men they want to speak to in connection with the theft of a sparkly reindeer in Taunton.

The men entered the Homesense store on Priory Fields at around midday on Monday 27 October and left with the large gold ornament without paying.

The glittery deer is worth £250.

Anyone who recognises the men should contact police. Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Millions to be invested in Mendip leisure centres

Almost £2.8m will be invested in leisure facilities in the Mendips over the next 4 years.

The district council has approved 50-year leases to Sports Management Company Fusion Lifestyle for five centres beginning in June 2015. The not-for-profit organisation bid for the contracts with plan involving four years worth of improvements.

The legal agreement is expected to be signed before Christmas, and the programme of investment due to be completed by 1 April 2018.

The following centres are set to benefit:

  • Frome Leisure Centre - £2million
  • Wells Leisure Centre - £550,0000
  • Strode Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre - £100,000
  • Tor Sports and Leisure Centre - £75,000
  • Shepton Mallet Lido - £75,000

To appoint a partner to operate the district’s leisure facilities was a bold move by the council and one that has secured the future of leisure across the district for many years to come. If we had not taken this approach, there would have been a question mark over how long the council could have continued to fund leisure services in Mendip.

– Cllr John Parham, Mendip District Council
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