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Warming up for Women's Ashes

The England Ladies team leave a trail of kit bags as they warm up in Taunton Credit: ITV News West Country

The England Ladies Cricket Team are warming up at the County Ground in Somerset ready for the first match in their Ashes Series tomorrow, Tuesday 21 July.

While the men may have been defeated by Australia at the weekend, the women's side are hoping to make it three wins in a row.

For Vice Captain Heather Knight, Tuesday's match will be like playing at home.

I grew up playing for Somerset Academy and did a lot of training here as a youngster. I see it as my home ground in the West Country and it's always lovely to come back here. I absolutely love it.

Lots of family and friends are coming on Tuesday for my 50th cap so I'm really looking forward to it.

– HEATHER KNIGHT England Vice Captain

Former teacher appears in court charged with sex offences

Jonathan Thomson-Glover was head of house at Clifton College Credit: SWNS

A former teacher at a top public school in the west country has appeared in court charged with using hidden cameras to spy on scores of pupils. Jonathan Thomson-Glover, 53, was a head of house at £30,000-a-year Clifton College in Bristol. He taught German at the school for 31 years.

Mr Thomson-Glover appeared before Taunton Magistrates to face 36 counts of making, taking and possessing indecent images of children. The charges relate to between 120 and 160 alleged victims, who were between 12 and 17 at the time of filming, and span a 16-year period.

He is accused of installing cameras in various locations around the prestigious Bristol school and at one other address. Mr Thomson-Glover, of Wadebridge, Cornwall, did not enter a plea. He was bailed to appear before Taunton Crown Court on August 17.


Cyclist sought after elderly woman injured

The injury to the 86-year-old woman's arm Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police in Taunton are looking for a cyclist who may have injured an elderly woman in the town centre.

The 86-year-old woman was riding her mobility scooter towards East Street on 23 June when a cyclist mounted the pavement in the other direction. She was left with a deep cut to her arm when he passed her.

The cyclist is described as a white man in his early 30s with blond hair, which was cut long on top and short on the sides. He was wearing a white t-shirt with dark shorts or trousers.

There is no suggestion that this particular incident was deliberate but if, as the information suggests in this case, a person cycles through a crowded area at speed and hits someone, then this reckless action could find them being prosecuted for a lot more than just cycling on the pavement.

– Sgt Neil Kimmins, Avon & Somerset Police

Anyone with information should call Taunton Police Station on 101 quoting reference no: 69586/15.


Somerset man faces sentencing for killing his mother

A man from Somerset, found guilty of killing his mother as she slept, will be sentenced today.

Alexander McDonald used multiple weapons including a knitting needle and strangulation to kill 57 year old Catherine McDonald at the family home near Taunton.

The two week trial at Exeter Crown Court heard how the 27-year-old was in a "disassociated state of mind" at the time, and has no memory of the crime.

BREAKING: Son who stabbed mother with knitting needle found guilty of murder

Alex McDonald has been found guilty of murdering his mother. Credit: Facebook

A Somerset man who admitted strangling and stabbing his mother but denied murder has been found guilty.

27-year-old Alex McDonald had admitted to manslaughter for the death of Catherine McDonald, 57, who was attacked with an electric cord, a kitchen knife, scissors and a knitting needle as she slept in September last year.

The court heard he had drunk four bottles of wine and taken cocaine, and he said he could not remember his actions.

McDonald has been found guilty of murder by a jury at Exeter Crown Court. Sentencing has been adjourned until tomorrow.

Catherine McDonald was attacked as she slept. Credit: Family

Crackdown on begging in Taunton

Police are asking people in Taunton to avoid giving money directly to beggars Credit: ITV News

The police are urging people in Taunton to stop giving money to beggars as they claim it helps fund their drink and drug habits.

Officers have been working closely with local charities to identify repeat offenders and prevent anti social behaviour.

They recommend donating money through charities instead.

Unfortunately there are a small number of persistent beggars in the town who can be quite demanding and beg purely to feed a habit.

We are trying to educate them that begging will not be accepted in the town, especially given that there are fantastic support agencies such as TAH, Open Door and the Food Bank that are there to help.

– PC Jim Breakwell, Town Centre Beat Manager
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