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Huge development in Taunton could get go ahead

The site has sat unused since 2008

Plans for a major residential and commercial development on the old cattle market site in the centre of Taunton could get the go-ahead this evening.

The site's been vacant for a decade now but the Firepool project could now be given approval.

The huge development would homes, offices, shops and leisure facilities and would straddle both sides of the River Tone.


Police trying to identify man after sexual assault in Taunton

Credit: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Police have issued an E-fit of a man they want to identify after a woman was sexually assaulted in Taunton.

A 23-year-old woman was assaulted in Sainsbury’s car-park within Hankridge Retail Park at about 6.30pm on Friday (February 23).

Officers say the man in the E-fit was seen standing near a large silver van, which was parked across several spaces close to Sainsbury’s petrol station and next to a grass bank running parallel with the M5.

The offender has been described as white, between 50 and 60 years old, 5ft 8ins, of average build, with short, light brown hair. He was clean-shaven and wearing a black jumper, black trousers and gloves.

Police have asked anyone who recognises the man in the E-fit, or who saw a man matching the description in the area of Sainsbury’s car-park on Friday to contact them using 101.

Man remanded in custody charged with Taunton murder

Flowers left near the spot where Heather Jordan died. Credit: ITV West Country

A man has appeared before magistrates charged with the murder of a woman in Taunton.

The body of 34-year-old Heather Jordan was discovered in Lyngford Park on Sunday morning, 18 February 2018.

52-year-old Martin Corns of Denmark Terrace has been remanded in custody to appear at Exeter Crown Court on 26 February.

Officers are continuing to patrol the area to reassure residents.

Man charged with murder of Taunton woman

Avon and Somerset Police have charged a man on suspicion of the murder of Heather Jordan. Credit: ITV News

Detectives have charged a man with the murder of Heather Jordan, whose body was discovered in Taunton on the weekend.

Martin Corns, 52, of Denmark Terrace in Taunton, will appear before Taunton Deane Magistrates' Court on Friday 23 February.

34-year-old Heather Jordan was found dead on Sunday morning.

Avon and Somerset officers continue to patrol the area.


Man arrested in connection with death of woman in Taunton

Lyngford Park, in the Priorswood area, was cordoned off by police. Credit: ITV News West Country

A man in his 50s has been arrested in connection with the death of a woman in Taunton.

Lyngford Park, in the Priorswood area, was cordoned off by police.

It followed a call to officers about concerns for the welfare of a woman in the park at about 8am on Sunday 20th February.

The woman received treatment but had already died.

Officers say her death is being treated as unexplained.

Police appeal to find missing Taunton woman

Avon and Somerset Police are appealing for the public's help to find missing 26-year-old woman Stacey Hyde. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Avon and Somerset Police are appealing for the public's help to find missing 26-year-old woman Stacey Hyde.

Stacey was last seen in the Priorswood area of Taunton at approximately 4.30pm on New Year's Eve.

Police are concerned for her welfare and want to find her to make sure she is safe.

Stacey is white, 6ft tall, of slim build and has blonde hair. She was wearing a red jumper and blue jeans which are possibly ripped.

Officers believe she may be in the company of a man in his late 20s who is described as being of slim build with short, possibly bleached hair and facial hair.

Stacey, who also sometimes goes by the name Anastasia Darlison, may be in an agitated state and police advise anyone who sees her not to approach her but to call them immediately.

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