The Duke of Gloucester has opened the renovated Castle House in Taunton. We look back at its somewhat chequered past
An explosives expert tells an inquest he has been unable to find any literature warning of the dangers of smoke from fireworks to drivers.
Andrew Gregg, who passed the scene of the fatal pile-up in 2011, told the inquest he had not seen fog like it in his job "for a long time."
A mother whose 13-year-old daughter was killed by a speeding driver says she hopes her death will be as a warning to others. Amy Hofmeister died while cycling close to her home in Taunton.
Shortly afterwards her mother Jane started the "THINK Amy" campaign. It's just been given charitable status, with top cricketer Marcus Trescothick as patron. Eli-Louise Wringe reports
To find out more about the Think Amy campaign, click here.
Taunton's newly restored Castle House will be officially opened by The Duke of Gloucester today. It's been described as one of the finest medieval buildings of its type in the region.
It's in the courtyard of Taunton castle and is believed to have been the place where Judge Jeffreys stayed during the notorious Bloody Assizes. It was restored at a cost of around a million pounds using original techniques.
A woman whose 13-year-old daughter was killed by a speeding driver says she hopes her death can warn other drivers. Amy Hofmeister died while cycling in Taunton three years ago. Now her mother Jane's campaign has won charitable status and she wants her message to go nationwide.
A woman has died after her car hit a wall in Taunton. The 23 year old woman was taken to hospital but died from her injuries yesterday afternoon. Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen what happened to contact them.
A woman has been taken to hospital after her car hit a wall in Taunton.
She suffered serious injuries and was taken to Musgrove Park Hospital. It happened on Wellington Road just before one o'clock this morning. Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen the crash to contact them.
Smoke from a fireworks display has officially been ruled out as the cause of the M5 pile-up which killed seven people.
That was the summary from the West Somerset coroner this afternoon at the inquest into one of Britain's worst motorway accidents.
Michael Rose said he would be meeting with authorities before making further rulings on safety - including whether there should be tighter controls on fireworks displays near busy roads. David Woodland reports.
For many people who lost relatives that night the last two years have been a long search for answers on how the accident could have been prevented.
Tonia White, whose parents Tony and Pamela Adams were killed in the crash, is now campaigning for tighter legislation on fireworks displays.
Coroner Michael Rose says the deceased died as a result of a road traffic accident as vehicles entered an area of reduced visibility.The Coroner will meet authorities before making a ruling regarding:
- Education for fireworks operators - whether minimum distances should be set for displays near highways
- Whether licensing of displays is needed
- Whether visual detection devices should be installed on this stretch of motorway
The Coroner thanked all emergency services and members of the public.
A minute's silence was held as the names of the dead were read out.
The Coroner in the M5 crash inquest has dismissed the possibility that smoke from firework display caused the accident.
Some firework smoke carried over motorway - some lower level smoke carried in a different direction.
HSE, British Pyrotechnics Association and highways legislation has been examined - none contain a warning about risk from firework smoke in foggy conditions.
Coroner Michael Rose says "I was left with the impression that fireworks organiser Geoffrey Counsell was a competent operator who had been putting on displays for 20 years".