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Coroner calls for greater safety on ski slopes

Aleksander Owens-Thurston died in February. Credit: Family

A coroner in Somerset has called for greater safety on ski slopes at the inquest into the death of a young man from Taunton.

23 year old Aleksander Owens-Thurston died in February when he hit a snow making machine on a steep run at a resort in Austria. Recording a conclusion of accidental death, the coroner Michael Rose said if the machine had been properly padded or moved into a safer position, his life might have been saved.

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Inquest into 23 year old's skiing death has begun

Taunton Coroner's Court Credit: ITV West Country/Bob Cruwys

An inquest has begun into the death of a man from Taunton who died in a skiing accident. Aleksander Owens-Thurston was just 23 years old when he died on a skiing holiday in February this year. He crashed into a snow making machine at a resort in Austria and fractured his skull.

He is said to have been a very good skier but was not wearing a helmet. He was on holiday with his family when the accident happened. They are expected to attend the inquest into his death at the Coroner's Court in Taunton this afternoon.

Inquest into Taunton man's ski death begins

An inquest into the death of a man from Taunton who died in a skiing accident will be held today.

Aleksander Owens-Thurston was on a family holiday in Austria in February. The 23-year-old, who was not wearing a helmet, lost control on an advanced black run and crashed into a snow machine.

Aleksander Owens-Thurston died in February. Credit: Family

Neighbour tells of "almighty bang" in flat explosion

A neighbour of the exploded flat in Taunton said she heard an "almighty bang" which shook the foundations of her home.

After feeling the building shake, she and her husband were told by police to dress very quickly and evacuate.

They were allowed to return to the property about 3:30am, and said they could smell gas only very slightly.

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Police find evidence of cannabis in exploded flat

Police investigating an explosion at a flat in Taunton have found evidence of cannabis being grown inside.

Crews were called to a flat in Gaunton Close late on Friday night. They rescued a man who is being treated for burns in hospital. When it was safe to do so, police searched the flat and recovered 12 large plants and lights and a tent thought to be associated with the cultivation of the illegal drug.

In an area of the flat in Gaunton Close which was safe to search we found and seized 12 large plants, 6 seedlings and about an ounce of dried vegetable matter, all believed to be cannabis. We also seized what are believed to be lights and a tent associated with the growing of cannabis plants, and enquiries are continuing.”

– Avon and Somerset Police

Suspected gas explosion destroys Taunton flat

The explosion made a huge hole in the wall of the building. Credit: ITV News West Country

A man has suffered burns after a suspected gas explosion at a flat in Taunton.

Crews were called to Gaunton Close late on Friday night where a large hole had been blown out of the building.

They rescued the man and extinguished a small fire. A police corden remains in place while investigations are carried out.

Concern grows for missing elderly woman in Wellington

80 year old Ann Grisman hasn't been seen since yesterday morning Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police are concerned about an elderly lady who has been missing since yesterday morning. 80 year old Ann Grisman was visiting relatives in the Wellington area and was dropped off in the town centre about 10:30am so that she could catch the bus to do some shopping in Taunton. Police say this is something she often did but it is believed she may not have got on the bus. Mrs Grisman is described to be suffering some memory loss and did not return back from her shopping trip.

Ann is described as a white woman, aged 80, about 5ft 4ins with silver coloured hair. She wears glasses and when she went missing was wearing a red coat and red handbag.

Concern is growing because she has missed taking medication.

We are urging people in the Wellington area to check garages, outbuildings and sheds just in case Ann got lost and decided to find shelter overnight.

– Police spokesperson
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