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Two people rescued from Mendips cave

Rescue teams have this morning freed two people from a cave on the Mendips. The man and woman were reported trapped around 270ft down in a cavern at Priddy.

The woman was freed at around 3.30am - more than an hour and half after after emergency crews were alerted. The man was led to safety at around 5.15am. It's not known whether they were injured.

A specialist rescue team from Bridgwater joined fire crews from Cheddar, Wells and Glastonbury for the operation. Further technical assistance came from Devon and Somerset's fire headquarters in Exeter.

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Abandoned dog found on country lane with sore paws

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a young, lurcher dog was found limping down a country lane in Somerset.

The female dog, now known as Star and is less than a year old.

The female dog, now known as Star and is less than a year old. Credit: RSPCA

She was found on a cold afternoon at the end of January, by a member of the public down a quiet lane that runs from the village of Curry Mallet to Isle Brewers Road. She was noted to be in a terrible condition with severe mange between her toes leaving her struggling to walk.

The member of the public who found her said Star came right up to her and was obviously friendly and used to people. They also noticed that she was walking in a funny way and, feeling sorry for her, took her in for the night until she was picked up to take her to a local kennel.

The mange had left her skin raw and sore, leading the RSPCA to launch an investigation into her condition.

Poor Star was found very skinny and unkempt with skin so red raw and riddled with mange. The mange was that bad that it was even between her toes and she could barely walk. She is now thankfully being treated and cared for by the staff at our animal centre, but leaving an animal to suffer like this is just unacceptable.

When she was found she was wearing a really distinctive greyish brown webbed collar. We are hoping that this might trigger people's memories and will help us get to the bottom of exactly what has happened here.

– John Pollock, RSPCA inspector

Staff say Star is recovering well and that they hope to find her a loving home soon.

Anyone with more information is being urged to contact Inspector Pollock on the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

Somerset shoe firm to axe 170 jobs

Clarks shoe-makers have been a global leader in the footwear market for 190 years. Credit: ITV West Country

One of Somerset's biggest companies, the shoe-makers Clarks, has announced plans to cut 170 jobs.

The majority of the jobs will be lost from its headquarters in Street, where they currently employ more than a thousand people. The company says its in conversation with employees both based in Somerset and in their centre in Boston.

The company says the increasingly demanding commercial environment and more competition, are the reasons for the restructuring of the business.

1,230
employees in Somerset centre
Credit: ITV News

A spokesperson for the footwear company, which employs 1,230 people in Street, said it was 'restructuring to make the best use of its team'.

The company also hope the move will use their resources more efficiently.

We have in recent years, experienced a highly demanding commercial and economic environment, with increasing competition and intensified customer expectations. To meet these challenges Clarks has undertaken an in-depth review and a subsequent reorganisation of the business.

Clarks has begun restructuring the company to focus on its global distribution channels, combining its product and marketing functions and making best use of its talented product development teams in Street, Somerset and Boston, Massachusetts. The reorganisation will also address duplication of capabilities and inefficiencies across the Company.

This reorganisation unfortunately means that we are in conversations with approximately 170 people who will leave our business across our global operations over the coming month.

– Clarks spokesperson

800+ operations and appointments cancelled after walk out

Thousands of junior doctors have walked out across the West over disputes over new contracts. Credit: PA

More than 800 operations and appointments have been cancelled across the West as junior doctors walk out for the second time.

They're protesting over a proposed new contract which they say will mean they'll have to work more anti-social hours with no extra pay. However all emergency care today was protected.

Here are the figures ITV News have compiled of all the operations and appointments affected across the region.

WESTON GENERAL

85
cancelled appointments but zero cancelled operations

MUGROVE PARK

15
cancelled operations
114
cancelled appointments

ROYAL UNITED HOSPITAL

9
cancelled operations
168
appointments cancelled
The picket line at Dorset County Hospital today on the second day of strike action. Credit: ITV West Country

DORSET COUNTY HOSPITAL

6
operations cancelled
83
cancelled appointments

NORTH BRISTOL NHS TRUST

44
cancelled operations
271
cancelled appointments

UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS BRISTOL

11
cancelled operations but the number of cancelled appointments is unknown.

YEOVIL DISTRICT HOSPITAL

6
operations cancelled
3
cancelled appointments

The Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust and Great Western Hospital would not provide the figures for the number of operations and appointments disrupted by the junior doctors industrial action today (10 February). This is the second time these both trusts have refused to provide their figures.

Junior doctors say they're striking against the imposed changes in pay for unsocial hours, claiming it devalues the work doctors do on evenings and weekends.

See the full report here:

Two arrested on suspicion of wasting time after search

Emergency services attended the River Tone for several hours

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of wasting police time after a full-scale search and rescue operation was launched in Taunton.

On Monday police were told someone was missing in the River Tone. They deployed a helicopter and attended the scene with other emergency services for several hours. Both men have been bailed.

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