The family of Alan Turing have arrived at No. 10 to demand the government pardons 49,000 men persecuted like him for their homosexuality.Read the full story ›
A judge has dismissed an appeal from the owners of a legal high shop in Taunton for their closure order to be overturned.
Judge Graham Cottle said he heard from police how anti-social behaviour in the town had plummeted since the order was made, and called it “demonstrably necessary".
Hush, in Bridge Street, was ordered to close by magistrates after complaints from nearby residents and traders. The order can be extended for a maximum of three months.
I’m very pleased the court rejected the appeal and endorsed the decision made by the Magistrates Court in December to close Hush for three months.
The amount of anti-social behaviour linked to legal highs in Taunton fell dramatically overnight after this order came in, and we will decide whether to apply for a further three month closure order when we have considered all the options open to us.
The Jewel which is lavishly made of gold, enamel and rock crystal, will go on display in Taunton having been returned by Oxford University.
It also bears a famous inscription which translates as 'Alfred ordered me to be made'.
Historians have assumed that King Alfred the Great commissioned the Jewel, and that it may have been his gift to the abbey at Athelney which he founded in thanksgiving for his defeat of the Vikings in 878.
The jewel will go on display from Saturday 31st January.
The Alfred Jewel is a unique and compelling object which goes to the heart of West Country history. It left Somerset in 1718 and has never returned, so this is a very special occasion.
The Alfred Jewel, one of the most celebrated treasures from Anglo-Saxon England, is returning to Somerset for the first time in nearly 300 years.
The jewel, which dates from the late 9th century, was found near North Petherton church in 1693.
The jewel will be on display in Taunton throughout February
Police in Taunton have set up a dedicated phone-line to find out if the closure of a shop selling legal highs has reduced anti-social behaviour in the town.
Hush, in Bridge Street, was ordered to close by magistrates for three months after complaints from nearby residents and traders.
Officers are asking people to ring 01823 363 185 with their feedback.
As hospitals face unprecedented numbers of patients, the social care team at Musgrove Park is working together to ease pressure.Read the full story ›
An Anglo-Saxon sculpture is to go on display at The Museum of Somerset in Taunton after £150,000 was raised to buy it.
The carving of St Peter was found in a garden at Dowlish Wake near Ilminster in 2004. It was being used as a pet's grave.
Almost £80,000 of the total came from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
A 'legal highs' shop in Taunton which was closed by the police using new powers last month is to appeal against the decision.
Hush in Bridge Street was issued with a three-month closure notice by Taunton Magistrates' Court, after officers complained about anti-social behaviour they believe is linked to its sale of legal highs.
The shop owner has reportedly lodged an appeal with the court, with a hearing date to be set.
A coroner has called for safety improvements at an Austrian ski resort after a Taunton student was killed while not wearing a helmet.Read the full story ›
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.