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Alex Beresford says stay cool in the hot weather

Alex Beresford is prepared for hot weather - will you spot the fact that he's wearing shorts on his broadcasts today? Credit: ITV News West Country

We caught our weather presenter Alex Beresford as he was about to record the forecast. Temperatures could reach 28 C today and, as you can see, Alex is making sure he stays cool in the hot weather.

As well as presenting the weather in shorts (and looking very presentable in the hot weather), Alex has some advice from Public Health England on keeping safe in the heatwave:

  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
  • Apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection
  • Wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes
  • Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes, a hat and light scarf
  • Drink lots of cool drinks
  • Look out for others especially vulnerable groups such as older people, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals

RNLI volunteers save two men in a blow-up dinghy

Lifeboat crews rescue two men in a blow-up dinghy near Weston-super-Mare's Grand Pier Credit: RNLI

Beach rangers spotted a dinghy drifting 2 miles out to sea from Weston's Grand Pier yesterday afternoon. After failing to attract the attention of anyone on board they called the Coastguard. A lifeboat was sent within minutes, despite the crew all having to be called in from their day jobs.

The crew found two men on board, they did not realise they were drifting with the strong tides.

The dinghy was a small blow-up craft bought from the seafront. They had no proper life saving equipment with them. When the lifeboat arrived they realised the dinghy was leaking and in danger of sinking.

These young men were very lucky. Not only were they being carried out to sea by the tides but their dinghy was completely unsafe for the Bristol Channel. Also it was sinking and if we had not got to them they would have ended up struggling in the water.

We want people to enjoy the water, particularly in this hot weather, but take care. Dehydration sets in very easily and the sea is much colder than one might think, particularly offshore.

Only use good quality craft if going on the sea, make sure you have lifejackets and a means for calling for help.

– Liam McDermott, Helmsman

Man due in court over Yeovil stabbing

Police activity in King Arthur's Drive in Yeovil Credit: ITV News West Country

A 30-year-old man is to appear in court today (Tuesday 30 June), charged with attempted murder. It follows an incident in King Arthur’s Drive in Yeovil on Sunday night when a teenage girl was stabbed.

Lee Jeffries-Jones of no fixed address is to appear at South Somerset Magistrates Court charged with three counts of attempted murder, assault by beating, two counts of affray, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of drugs.


Cyclist sought after elderly woman injured

The injury to the 86-year-old woman's arm Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police in Taunton are looking for a cyclist who may have injured an elderly woman in the town centre.

The 86-year-old woman was riding her mobility scooter towards East Street on 23 June when a cyclist mounted the pavement in the other direction. She was left with a deep cut to her arm when he passed her.

The cyclist is described as a white man in his early 30s with blond hair, which was cut long on top and short on the sides. He was wearing a white t-shirt with dark shorts or trousers.

There is no suggestion that this particular incident was deliberate but if, as the information suggests in this case, a person cycles through a crowded area at speed and hits someone, then this reckless action could find them being prosecuted for a lot more than just cycling on the pavement.

– Sgt Neil Kimmins, Avon & Somerset Police

Anyone with information should call Taunton Police Station on 101 quoting reference no: 69586/15.

Man arrested after stabbings in Yeovil

The incident happened in King Arthur Drive in Yeovil Credit: ITV News

A teenage girl is in a critical condition in hospital after a man attacked a number of people with a knife in Yeovil.

Police were called to King Arthur's Drive last night where three people had reportedly been attacked with a large knife.

One man has been arrested.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police told ITV News: "A male was walking along the street and suddenly stabbed a young 17 year old girl very seriously in the back. He also attacked another lady who was just in her driveway cleaning her car out. He tried to stab a third man who was getting into his car. That gentleman wrestled him to the ground, took the knife off him and detained him."

Teenage girl stabbed in the street in Yeovil

The incident happened in King Arthur Drive in Yeovil Credit: ITV News

A teenage girl and a passer-by have been stabbed in the street in Yeovil.

The knifeman went on the rampage in King Arthur Drive on Sunday evening, leaving the 17-year-old girl in a critical condition in hospital.

A 29-year-old woman sustained arm injuries.

The attacker was eventually detained by a member of the public, who pinned him to the floor.

Mum-of-two Sarah Hale, 39, who lives on King Arthur Drive said: "My neighbour was washing his car or something and his little son was in the car.

"He managed to get him down on the floor until the police came. It took five of them to get him into the van."

The 17-year-old girl remains in hospital in a critical condition following emergency surgery.

A 30-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and remains in police custody.

Detective Inspector Lindsay Shearlock, of Avon and Somerset Police, said: "This appears to be an unprovoked attack on innocent bystanders in a residential street.

"I must praise the man who bravely tackled the suspect, even though he had seen the violence of the attacks, and detained him until police officers arrived."

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