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Missing men found

Two men who disappeared have been traced and found, police say.

Appeals were put out to trace 38-year-old Malcolm Barclay, who was last seen Taunton around 6.30pm on Thursday, and Yu Ha Chen, last seen close to the Priory Hospital in Bristol.

Both men have been now been found safe and well.

Malcolm was found in the Minehead area following information provided by a member of the public who saw our social media appeal.

We'd like to thank the public and the media for their help with this inquiry.

– Avon and Somerset Police

We've now located missing Bristol man Yu Ha Chen.

He was located by officers in Bristol last night.

We'd like to thank everyone who helped with this inquiry.

– Avon and Somerset Police


Taunton man reaches bowls final

Robert Paxton from Taunton Credit: Twitter

Taunton's Robert Paxton has made his way into the World Indoor Bowls Championship final.

Paxton beat reigning champion Alex Marshall from Scotland who was chasing his seventh world title.

Paxton came back from one game down to beat Marshall in a tie break. The final is played tomorrow (Jan 24).

Police appeal for man wanted in connection with violent incidents

Police appeal for whereabouts of Thomas Swateridge. Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police are appealing for the whereabouts of a man wanted in connection with two incidents that took place in the Taunton area between Christmas and New Year where weapons and violence were used.


  • white
  • 5'10"
  • stocky build
  • has links to Taunton and Bristol areas

Officers are advising the public not to approach 24 year-old Thomas Swateridge, but to dial 999 immediately if you see him.

£500 Christmas collection stolen from Taunton church

Thieves broke into the vestry of the United Reform Church

Up to £500 in charity donations has been stolen from a church in Taunton. Thieves smashed a window and broke into the vestry.

They then emptied all 20 of the collection pots - each containing around £25.

Police say theft took place between noon on Christmas Day and 9:45am on Sunday 27th December at the Taunton United Reformed Church on Paul Street.

They're appealing for anyone with any information to come forward.


Marine jailed for Taliban shooting had 'mental illness'

Alexander Blackman is serving eight years for murdering a Taliban insurgent.

A former Royal Marine from Taunton found guilty of murdering a Taliban fighter was suffering from a 'recognised mental illness' at the time that went undiagnosed - according to psychiatrists.

A report found Alexander Blackman was struggling with combat stress and had an 'adjustment disorder'. There is an appeal to reduce his charge to manslaughter. The Ministry of Defence say it has followed the legal process throughout the case.

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