Eviction fears in Dunster and Taunton

A little girl of 10 has written to the Queen asking her to try to stop her friends and neighbours from being evicted from their homes.

The Department of Twin Research at King's College London is using Ross and Hugo's trip to study how modern equipment protects the body

The twins polar trekking for science

Two brothers who were schooled in Somerset are preparing to trek across the Arctic for charity and scientific research.

Infamous house gets royal re-opening

The Duke of Gloucester has opened the renovated Castle House in Taunton. We look back at its somewhat chequered past

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Taunton Station in line for four million pound upgrade

Rail passengers in Taunton today welcomed plans for a 4.6 million pound station upgrade. If the funding is found, then better facilities, parking and connections to the town centre will be built.

The Transport Secretary visited this afternoon to inspect the dated station which is a crucial hub for trains running to and from the South West. Our Somerset Correspondent David Woodland reports


Woman sought in bomb hoax enquiry

Police want to identify the woman dressed in red Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Police investigating a bomb hoax at a school in Taunton have released a CCTV image of a woman they would like to speak to

Hoax phone calls were made to Holway Park Community Primary School, Taunton on May 2 and May 8 claiming a bomb threat at the school.

Anyone recognising the woman is asked to contact 101 quoting crime reference 43622/14.

Seals rescued during storms released back into wild

The winter storms wreaked havoc on homes and businesses particularly across the Somerset Levels, but spare a thought for our wildlife that faced little protection against the elements.

The RSPCA's West Hatch Rescue Centre near Taunton has had to nurse forty seals back to health. Today, the final two were released into the Bristol Channel. Our correspondent Seth Conway was there.

Taunton street pastors honoured by the Queen

Taunton street pastors Credit: ITV West Country

Street Pastors in Taunton are to be honoured by the Queen for their work to help young people at night. The volunteers will receive the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

Taunton Street Pastors began their work in 2008 in response to night time-related antisocial behaviour. They're well known for handing out free flip flops, bottled water and foil hoodies. The Pastors have helped more than 25,000 people.

Former Bishop of Lewes and Gloucester faces paedophile charges

The most senior Church of England figure to face paedophile charges has appeared at Taunton Magistrates Court via video link. 82 year old The Right Reverend Peter Ball is the former Bishop of Lewes and Gloucester and a 'loyal friend' of Prince Charles.

He is accused of sexually abusing a number of boys between 1977 and 1992. This is his first court appearance after previous hearings were cancelled due to ill health.


No compromise for Crown Estate tenants

Jeremy Browne's meeting with Crown Estate officials has failed to resolve the problem Credit: PA

A meeting between officials of the Crown Estate, who are threatening to evict 45 tenants from homes in Somerset and Taunton Deane MP Jeremy Browne, has failed to produce a compromise.

The Estate, whose income goes to the Treasury, insists it must sell the homes to raise money for investments elsewhere.

Pony riders relive the moment a car drove into them

Three young girls have been re-living the terrifying moment a motorist drove into them as they rode their ponies along a country lane near Taunton.

Fortunately the girls were unharmed - although, they were left severely shaken. One of the animal's hooves broke the car's windscreen. Police are now investigating. Richard Payne reports on what is a far from isolated experience.

Children's ponies hit by car near Taunton

Police are asking people in the Taunton area to look out for a red car with a smashed windscreen after an incident involving three young girls on ponies.

The girls were riding along an unclassified lane in Upper Cheddon on Sunday afternoon when a motorist came up behind them, revving the engine and doing wheel spins.

The car hit two ponies and one of them reared up, bringing its hooves down on the car and smashing the windscreen on the passenger side. The car drove off towards Taunton.

None of the children were hurt but one of the ponies was bruised.

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