Ebola scare at Weston General Hospital

Ebola scare at Weston General Hospital

There's been an ebola scare at Weston General Hospital - staff had to to isolate a patient after fears he'd contracted the deadly virus.

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Wells Cathedral cleared over tour fall

Wells Cathedral has been cleared of Health and Safety breaches after a woman fell 30ft from a tower during a guided tour in April.

The council is satisfied there has been no breach under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and associated Regulations, however we and Wells Cathedral believe it is important to learn from this incident and put in place measures to ensure this type of accident cannot occur again.

– Mendip District Council statement

Recommended measures that the Cathedral will now consider include:

  • Improved guard rails
  • Review of tour group sizes and tour guide ratio
  • Review of pre-information for visitors
  • Review of tours' suitability for children
Wells Cathedral, Somerset. Credit: PA

Man arrested over Somerset lorry released on bail

Avon and Somerset police have released a 50-year-old man on bail following his arrest in connection with a lorry carrying 15 people near Ilminster.

ITV News understands he is the driver of the lorry.

A force spokesman said: "A 50-year-old man has been released on police bail pending further enquiries. He was arrested yesterday on suspicion of facilitating entry of people into the UK. 15 people who were found in the back of a lorry remain in a rest centre."


Lorry towed out of narrow lane in Wells

These pictures show today's operation to extract yet another lorry out of Mill Lane, Coxley, in Wells. It is the third to get stuck in seven days.

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The jammed lorry in Mill Lane. Credit: ITV West Country/Tim Hughes
Lorry down lane
This picture shows just how tight a squeeze it was. Credit: ITV West Country/Tim Hughes
towing lorry
A tow lorry was the only solution. Credit: ITV West Country/Tim Hughes
Broken wall
This garden wall was badly damaged. Credit: ITV West Country/Tim Hughes

Watch: Lorry jammed so tightly that driver has to climb through window

Red Cross caring for stowaways in village hall

Volunteers from the British Red Cross are supporting a group of 15 people found on board a lorry at a service station near Ilminster, Somerset, yesterday.

Having been checked over by paramedics at the scene, they were then taken to Long Sutton Village Hall, Somerset, by a team of four Red Cross emergency response volunteers trained in providing practical and emotional support. The group were provided with beds, bedding and other essential supplies such as hygiene kits.

Police cars outside Long Sutton Village Hall this morning. Credit: ITV West Country/Bob Constantine

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Baby donkey chosen as Weston's new tourism mascot

Raggles with his mother Rosy at Puxton Park stables. Credit: Puxton Park

A five-week-old donkey called Raggles has been chosen as the new mascot for Love Weston, Weston-super-Mare's tourist board. Raggles lives at Puxton Park stables and staff say he already has a lovely temperament. He will tour the country promoting Weston as a beach holiday destination.

Raggles meets another mascot. Credit: Puxton Park

Taunton Deane Borough Council to move to County Hall

Taunton Deane Borough Council has finally voted to move to Somerset County Hall, one month after a similar proposal was narrowly rejected.

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A sign outside the Council's current premises. Credit: ITV News

The council says it costs £650,000 a year to occupy the ageing Deane House off Station Road in Taunton. Its report also found that creating a public sector 'one-stop-shop' together with the County Council would make life easier for service users.

Discussions will now start with the County Council about how best to facilitate the move.


Stowaways have spent night in Somerset village hall

Stowaways have spent night in Somerset village hall
Stowaways have spent night in Somerset village hall Credit: ITV News

15 foreign nationals have spent the night at a village hall in Somerset after they were discovered in the back of a lorry. It was stopped by police at a service station on the A303 near Ilminster yesterday and the German driver was arrested. Immigration officials are investigating how the group, who claim they are from Eritrea and Kashmir, entered the country.


Illegal migration to the UK 'increasing'

Irregular migration to the UK "is increasing", an anti-trafficking expert said.

Andy Desmond, Director of Anti-Trafficking Consultants, told Good Morning Britain that the hot weather simply makes cases, such as those of migrants in lorries, "more overt because of their own distress."

Following the discovery of 35 Afghan Sikhs in a shipping container at Tilbury Docks at the weekend, a lorry has been discovered carrying 15 migrants with suspected dehydration in Somerset. The German driver has been arrested.

Work starts on Somerset flood defences

Work starts on Somerset flood defences
Work starts on Somerset flood defences Credit: ITV News West Country

Work is due to start on flood defences for a Somerset village which was cut off last winter. The £180 thousand scheme will provide better protection for Thorney at times of flooding. It's part of the 20 year Flood Action Plan for the county, which also includes raising the road to nearby Muchelney to ensure access during flooding.

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