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Rod Stewart plays Taunton

Thousands of people are expected in Taunton today to watch legendary rocker Rod Stewart perform a charity gig. Last minute preparations are being made at Somerset's county cricket ground for the event.

The concert is raising money for Somerset-based St Margaret's Hospice.

With heavy traffic expected in the area, Somerset County Council is providing extra park and ride bus services from both Taunton Gateway and Silk Mills sites.

Thousands of people are expected in Taunton today to watch legendary rocker Rod Stewart perform a charity gig. Credit: PA

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.

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