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Woops! 4x4 driver says sat nav got him stuck on Somerset beach

The driver said his sat nav led him to the spot where he and his car got stuck. Credit:

A 4x4 car had to be rescued after getting stuck in the mud on Brean beach.

The driver from Gloucester said his sat nav led him there.

The high tide surrounded the vehicle and it got into difficulty. It was pulled out by a local farmer.



'How can we ever enjoy happiness?' Family's emotional tribute to DJ

Robert Makgill's family have remembered him in an emotional tribute.

The family of missing DJ Robert Makgill, whose body was found in woodland near Wincanton last week, have posted an emotional tribute to him online.

Describing him as a man of "extraordinary charm" who could "light up a room with happiness", the family spoke of their grief that he took his own life, and their support for the Samaritans, who help people in distress.

"Our grief feels total. The idea that we might one day be at peace with his death seems impossible. How can we ever learn to talk about him in the past tense? How can we ever enjoy happiness in the shadow of his sadness?

We know that once the grief has run its course our lives will have been split, there will just be “before Bob” and “after Bob”. Right now, “after Bob” doesn’t have a huge amount going for it, but we know we will get through this somehow. There will be happiness and there will be laughter, it just doesn’t seem possible right now.

So, there is no happy end to Robert’s story, for that, we’re more sorry than you can possibly know, but we tried. Thank you to each and every one of you that put up posters, that shared posts, that liked our page. Thanks also to all those that housed, fed, hugged and cared for Robert over the last few years. Your love for him is a proud testament to his life, we are indebted to you."

– The family of Robert Makgill

Rail travel returning to normal after bank holiday chaos

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Rail journeys are returning to normal after three days of strike action on First Great Western services.

Members of the RMT union walked out over issues relating to the introduction of new high-speed trains.

After three days of reduced services and cancellations, many passengers were feeling frustrated.

176 jobs at risk as Somerset paper mill faces closure

West Somerset's MP Ian Liddell-Grainger is meeting managers at a giant paper mill at Watchet this morning after it was announced all 176 jobs there could go.

The giant Wansbrough paper mill has been in operation for more than 250 years but new investment is needed and its owners are proposing shutting it down by the end of the year.

The mill is the biggest employer in the town and its feared closure will have a devastating impact.


Travel chaos for some as rail strike nears its end

The RMT Union's strike action is taking place during one of the busiest weekends of the year.

After three days of reduced services and cancellations, many passengers were feeling frustrated.

RMT Union members are striking over new high-speed trains which should be in service in 2017. They will have no guards, which union members says is unsafe.

The guards' role is a pivotal role on the train, as indeed are the dispatch staff...they want to put all those responsibilities on the driver.

We believe that undermines safety on the train.

– Brendan Kelly, RMT Regional Organiser
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