A tiny dragon has been unveiled as the shape of things to come in Taunton - it's the basis for a special arts trail this summer
As the case against the man accused of causing the M5 crash is dismissed, our reporter Bob Cruwys has been to meet survivors.
The case against the man who put on a fireworks display close to the M5 in Somerset where 7 people died has been dismissed.
A358 Obridge Viaduct in both directions re-opened between A38 Toneway / Priory Avenue and A3259 Priorswood Road / Eastwick Road.
A 65-year-old motorist killed by a 100mph train after venturing on to a closed level crossing may have believed the crossing had failed.
Dennis France died after deciding to drive round an automatic half barrier at Athelney level crossing, near Taunton, on March 21 last year.
A report from the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) said Mr France, from Curload near Stoke St Gregory in Somerset, had initially waited at the crossing.
Two witnesses reported they had then seeing the car "roll back" from the lowered barrier and drive around it.
The level crossing was closed to road traffic for longer than normal before the arrival of the train, because of earlier engineering work that had affected the automatic operation of the crossing.
The motorist may have believed that the crossing had failed with the barriers in the closed position, or that the approaching train had been delayed. He did not contact the signaller by telephone before he drove around the barriers."
The RAIB made recommendations including asking Network Rail to reduce the risk resulting from extended operating times of automatic level crossings and modifying the location of the pedestrian stop lines at Athelney.
Armed police were called in this evening after reports of two men firing air rifles at trains near Taunton. They searched the area but no one was found and the operation has now been called off.
Rail travel in and out of the region is to be severely disrupted for the next three week as the mainline is closed between Exeter and Taunton.
From today passengers from St Davids and Tiverton Parkway will be bused to Taunton for journeys to the North.
Services to London and the South East will be rerouted via Yeovil.
Network Rail say it's to allow vital repairs to the one hundred and seventy year old Whiteball Tunnel on the Somerset border to be carried out. Other track renewal work will be carried out to stop flooding.
This tree came down at Hatch Beauchamp near Taunton taking out phone lines at the bottom of the village.
Two Royal Marines who were acquitted of the murder of an injured insurgent in Afghanistan can be named for the first time as Corporal Christopher Glyn Watson and Marine Jack Alexander Hammond.
The High Court confirmed that an anonymity order preventing publication of their identities has been lifted.
The country's top judge has explained the reasoning behind a ruling allowing the public naming of a Royal Marine from Taunton who murdered an Afghan insurgent.
Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas and two other judges at the High Court in London made the ruling.
It led to the identity of Sergeant Alexander Blackman (previously known only as Marine A) being revealed.
Giving the court's reasons for reaching its decision, Lord Thomas said the balance came "very firmly down on the side of open justice".
– Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas
The case is of the greatest public interest, involving as it does a unique charge of murder against soldiers on military operations against a wounded detainee.
There is, therefore, the greatest public interest in the whole of the proceedings being publicly reported.
(In the case of Marine A) there is the greatest public interest in knowing who he was and his background, given his conviction.
It would require an overwhelming case if a person convicted of murder in the course of an armed conflict were to remain anonymous.
Lord Thomas said that "as against that", there is the risk that Blackman would be attacked in prison and after his release from the life sentence.
– Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas
The prison authorities will be well aware of that risk and take steps to minimise it, as they do for other offenders at risk of attack in prison, such as paedophiles.
There is the threat to his family and to Marine A on his release under licence from his life sentence.
It is a known risk. The MoD has taken steps in the past to protect the families of the Marines. There is nothing to suggest that they would not in the future.
Balancing those considerations, we have no doubt that the balance comes very firmly down on the side of open justice; the identity of Marine A must be made public
A date’s been set for an inquest into the deaths of seven people who died in a crash on the M5 near Taunton two years ago.
34 vehicles were involved in the pile-up and fire in November 2011, making it one of the worst motorway accidents in the country.
Geoffrey Counsell, who staged a fireworks display at nearby Taunton Rugby Club ground, was cleared last week of breaching health and safety laws amid claims drivers could not see because of smoke drifting across the road.
West Somerset Coroner, Michael Rose says he will hold a full inquest at Taunton on March 31st.