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Ancient treasure returns to its rightful home

The Alfred Jewel is usually on display at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford Credit: Ashmolean Museum

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.

– Tom Mayberry, Chief Executive of the South West Heritage Trust

Ancient treasure to go on display in Taunton

It is thought the Alfred Jewel was commissioned by King Alfred the Great Credit: Ashmolean Museum

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

Has "Hush" closure worked?

"Hush" which sold legal highs has been closed for three months after complaints of anti-social behaviour Credit: ITV News

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.

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The pet's grave marker that's now a museum piece

The ancient carving had been marking a pet's grave but will now go on show at The Museum of Somerset Credit: ITV News

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.

Coroner calls for greater safety on ski slopes

Aleksander Owens-Thurston died in February. Credit: Family

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.

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