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£200,000 of cannabis plants seized from Yeovil house

Some of the seized cannabis plants in Yeovil. Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Cannabis plants worth £200,000 have been seized from a house in Yeovil.

Officers found 198 plants at a detached house that had been converted into a cannabis factory in Boundary Close.

A 33-year-old man is in custody for questioning on suspicion of drugs and immigration offences.

The area’s beat manager PC George Pettingell said: “We’re very grateful for help from the public in being our eyes and ears identifying this suspected cannabis factory.

“We take drugs misuse and its associated crime and anti-social behaviour very seriously. If you have any information about drugs in your community, please call us on 101.”

Somerset & Gloucestershire ready for new season

The first over of the new cricket season will be bowled on Sunday. In Taunton, Somerset begin their County Championhsip Division One campaign against Yorkshire and they have much to prove after battling against relegation last season.

And Gloucestershire host Hampshire in Division Two, hoping that a new-look County Ground can help usher in a new era of success.

Our sports correspondent Matthias Kurth reports:

Major decline in West Country bee species

A bumble bee. Credit: PA

75% of the most threatened bee species have been lost to some of the region's counties.

A report by nature conservation charity Buglife says the large garden bumblebee (Bombus ruderatus) is still found in Gloucestershire and Somerset, but over the past 50 years has disappeared from Dorset and the far South West.

The increased use of pesticides and unpredictable weather have contributed to their decline.


Protests at Hinkley as Govt probed over energy price

by Caron Bell

There has been a protest at Hinkley Point in Somerset today (Thursday 10 April) over plans for a new nuclear power station there. People are angry that the Government has agreed to pay twice the current market price for the electricity the plant will generate.

Meanwhile, Energy and Climate Secretary Ed Davey has given his backing to renewable energy at a tidal power company in South Gloucestershire.

Green Party MP to protest at Hinkley Point

Caroline Lucas MP will join protesters campaigning against the new nuclear power plant Credit: PA

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas will be taking part in a demonstration at Hinkley Point in Somerset today. She and other activists are campaigning against plans for a new nuclear power station at the site because of a range of safety concerns.

She is also angry that the Government has agreed to pay twice the current market price for the electricity the plant will generate.

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