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.”
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.
Police have used new powers to shut a shop in Taunton which was selling so called legal highs.
Hush in Bridge Street has been issued with a closure notice ahead of a court hearing next week, which could shut it for up to three months.
Officers say it's due to the level of anti-social behaviour which they believe is linked to its sale of legal highs.
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.
Two people have been rescued from the River Tone in Taunton. Fire crews were called to reports of people having fallen into the river after 3am this morning. Specialist rescue teams along with the police attended the incident at Coal Orchard. One man and one woman, both in their twenties were given medical treatment at the scene.
Police have released images of two men they want to speak to in connection with the theft of a sparkly reindeer in Taunton.
The men entered the Homesense store on Priory Fields at around midday on Monday 27 October and left with the large gold ornament without paying.
The glittery deer is worth £250.
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A 6 year old girl from Somerset has been given a clean bill of health after accidentally pricking herself with a drug addict's needle.
Millie Mae Smith thought the syringe was a tube of sweets when she picked it up at a park in Taunton.
Over the weekend her family joined police and volunteers in a clean up of the town. They collected more than 400 drug users' needles.
We've had the all clear after a three month wait and we're really happy with that. Waiting for news has been awful. I've had sleepless nights. The children have had sleepless nights. It's been dreadful "
A man in his 50s has been killed in a crash on the M5 northbound between Junction 26 for Wellington and Junction 25 for Taunton.
The lorry travelling north on the M5 hit the central reservation just after the Taunton Deane services. The driver got out of his cab and was hit by another lorry going the same way. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police have spoken to the driver of the second lorry and would also like to hear from anyone else who saw what happened.
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