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Woman trapped under cart at Chard Carnival remains in serious condition

Credit: Shelly Ford

A woman who was trapped under a cart at Chard Carnival remains in a critical condition this evening.

The woman, in her forties, has yet to be formally identified.

The accident happened at the end of the procession on Saturday night.

Police have confirmed the woman injured is one of the ground crew.

They said this morning the woman is now in a "serious but stable condition".

She was taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol after the incident.

A crowdfunding page had been set-up to help her family through this time.

Chard Carnival committee says that while this is a rare occurrence, it is important to consider potential safety improvements for the future.

The lady is stable. The family are with her and we've been keeping in close contact and offering as much support as we can at this moment.

I think we've just got to take advice from everyone involved now and see what we can do. If we can make it any safer that's what we need to do and we just need to work with everyone to try and implement anything that is recommended.

– Jason Baker, Chairman, Chard Carnival Committee


Drug dealers in Somerset jailed for total of more than 72 years

Aaron Manley Geddes was sentenced to eight years in prison. Credit: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

27 drug dealers caught selling heroin and cocaine on the streets of Somerset have been jailed for a combined total of more than 72 years.

Avon and Somerset Police say a series of dawn raids were carried out in July in Bridgwater, Glastonbury and Taunton following a four month investigation into the supply of Class A drugs in the towns.

Among those jailed were Aaron Manley Geddes, 24, from Southampton and Callum Sheppard, 22 from Weston-super-Mare.

Geddes was sentenced to eight years in prison while Sheppard will serve five years and four months.

In addition to those given immediate custodial sentences, 19 other people were given either suspended prison terms or community orders.

We always listen to the concerns of our communities but it can take us some time to develop the intelligence we receive and people shouldn’t assume that because they don’t see immediate results that it isn’t being acted upon.

Some of these dealers targeted some of the most vulnerable people in our communities – using their home as a base, or for transporting drugs. We won’t tolerate this and are working hard to prevent it but we need the public’s help to do this.

– Chief Inspector Lisa Simpson, Avon and Somerset Police

Weston-super-Mare annual beach race attracts crowds of 70,000 to seaside town

The annual beach race is one of the world's most extreme off-road tracks. Credit: ITV News

900 motor and quad bike riders competed in one of the world's most extreme off-road tracks in Weston-super-Mare.

The 35th annual beach race took place in the seaside town, attracting crowds of around 70,000 people.

The event, which includes specially-built sand dunes for the competition, is believed to add up to £10million to the local economy.

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