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Police seek men after theft of sparkly reindeer

The sparkly reindeer is worth £250. Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

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.

Anyone who recognises the men should contact police. Credit: Avon & Somerset Police


Campaigners collect 400 drug users' needles in Taunton

More than 400 needles were found during a clean up of Taunton Credit: ITV News

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.

Millie Mae Smith was pricked by a needle in a Taunton park Credit: ITV News

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 "

– Caz Smith, Millie Mae's mother

Lorry driver killed in crash on the M5 in Somerset

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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Stars come out for the Royal Marines' birthday

Harrison Ford is one of the stars to appear on a video wishing the Royal Marines a happy birthday Credit: Royal Marines

Some famous faces have appeared on a video wishing the Royal Marines a happy 350th anniversary.

They include The Prime Minister, Bear Grylls, Harrison Ford, Ross Kemp, Caroline Quentin, Tom Hardy and Henry Cavill.

You can watch the video here.

Taunton's Ben McBean runs for the Poppy Appeal

Ben McBean in Trafalgar Square before setting off on his run in aid of the Poppy Appeal Credit: PA

Former Royal Marine Ben McBean from Taunton's 40 Commando has taken a 31-mile run through the streets of London, taking a route that forms the outline of a poppy on the London map.

He used a smartphone running app on his mission to raise money for the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal. The appeal provides help and welfare to the serving and ex-Service community and their families.

Ben lost an arm and a leg in a landmine explosion in Afghanistan. He now has a career as a businessman and inspirational speaker.

Ben McBean on his quest to trace a poppy on the streets of London Credit: PA

Morrisons deny leaving Taunton poppy seller in cold

Morrisons has denied telling an 89-year-old poppy seller to make collections in the cold outside a supermarket in Taunton.

The firm says they offered a seller the choice between collecting inside or outside the store and they chose outside. However the veteran took over from the collector later in the day.

It led to an argument on social media with customers angry about the way the veteran was treated.

"Veronica" who tweeted the problem now says she has contacted Morrisons and everything has been resolved.

In response Morrisons has told ITV that it offered the collectors the chance to sell the poppies either at the check outs or outside the store. They chose to go outside.

The firm has provided the following statement:

Concern has been raised regarding an 89-year-old veteran collecting outside the Taunton store for the British legion in the cold. In the morning the British Legion requested to collect outside the store, however in the afternoon an elderly gentleman took over. We are speaking to the veteran, the British legion organisation and the store regarding this issue.

We allow poppy sellers inside all of our stores.

– Morrisons statement
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