Flowers and tributes left on a bridge overlooking the M5 at Taunton, Somerset

Inquest told of horror of M5 crash

Drivers have told an inquest of their horror at being involved in one of the worst British motorway pile-ups in living memory.

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M5 inquest verdict expected today

The aftermath of the M5 crash Credit: ITV News West Country

The inquest into the deaths of seven people in a crash on the M5 in Somerset is likely to end today.

Evidence about the fatal pile-up near Taunton in November 2011 has been presented over almost three weeks. The Coroner Michael Rose is expected to give his verdict later.

Concern for elderly man who's gone missing in Taunton

92-year-old William Evans hasn't been seen since Friday 11 April Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police are searching for an elderly man who has gone missing from his home in Taunton.

William Evans, who is 92, was last seen on Friday when he went into Taunton town centre. He did not attend his regular church service on Sunday.

Officers say they are increasingly concerned for his welfare because of his age and for health reasons.

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High Court appeal for marine convicted of murder

Sgt Alexander Blackman was convicted of murder for killing an injured Taliban fighter Credit: PA

A Royal Marine convicted of murder for killing an injured Taliban fighter in Afghanistan will have his appeal heard by the High Court later today.

Sergeant Al Blackman from Taunton was found guilty by a court martial and given a life sentence with a minimum of 10 years.

Full report on fireworks man's evidence at M5 inquest

by Richard Lawrence

The organiser of a bonfire display held on the night seven people died in a crash on the M5 has told an inquest that smoke from the fireworks did not drift towards the motorway.

In a trial last year, Geoffrey Counsell was cleared of breaching health and safety regulations on the night of the accident. Today he said there was nothing unusual about the smoke.

Clifton Suspension Bridge toll to double to £1

Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol. Credit: Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

The cost of driving across the Clifton Suspension Bridge is to double before the end of the month.

Motorists who currently pay 50p to cross the Bristol landmark will have to pay a pound from 24 April. Bridge trustees say the increase is needed to pay for maintenance. Drivers who buy a pre-paid card can reduce the cost to 35p per crossing.

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Fireworks man: 'Smoke did not drift over motorway'

Fireworks display organiser Geoffrey Counsell. Credit: PA

The inquest into the M5 crash in which seven people died, has heard that smoke from a nearby fireworks display did not drift over the motorway.

Display organiser Geoffrey Counsell said he was standing between the fireworks display and the carriageway and was worried visibility would be reduced for spectators as the smoke was drifting towards them.

The hearing continues.

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Curtain rises on newly-re-opened Brewhouse Theatre

Tonight was a big night for the Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton - after being closed for more than a year it finally re-opened its doors. Local scouts and guides were the first to tread its boards.

It closed suddenly in February last year after it ran out of money. Volunteers took over and tonight are hosting a very special show to mark what they hope will be a bright new future for the venue. Kevin Langdon reports.

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