Live updates

No compromise for Crown Estate tenants

Jeremy Browne's meeting with Crown Estate officials has failed to resolve the problem Credit: PA

A meeting between officials of the Crown Estate, who are threatening to evict 45 tenants from homes in Somerset and Taunton Deane MP Jeremy Browne, has failed to produce a compromise.

The Estate, whose income goes to the Treasury, insists it must sell the homes to raise money for investments elsewhere.

Pony riders relive the moment a car drove into them

Three young girls have been re-living the terrifying moment a motorist drove into them as they rode their ponies along a country lane near Taunton.

Fortunately the girls were unharmed - although, they were left severely shaken. One of the animal's hooves broke the car's windscreen. Police are now investigating. Richard Payne reports on what is a far from isolated experience.

Advertisement

Children's ponies hit by car near Taunton

Police are asking people in the Taunton area to look out for a red car with a smashed windscreen after an incident involving three young girls on ponies.

The girls were riding along an unclassified lane in Upper Cheddon on Sunday afternoon when a motorist came up behind them, revving the engine and doing wheel spins.

The car hit two ponies and one of them reared up, bringing its hooves down on the car and smashing the windscreen on the passenger side. The car drove off towards Taunton.

None of the children were hurt but one of the ponies was bruised.

  1. West Country (W)

The little girl begging the Queen to save her home

Officials of the Crown Estate are being asked to rethink a decision to evict 45 families from their homes in and around Taunton. Income from the estate goes to the Treasury and some of it is then passed on to the Queen.

The estate says it wants to sell the homes and use the money for more profitable urban investments. Well now, one little girl who lives there has even written to the Queen for help. Here's our Somerset correspondent David Woodland .

Crown Estate urged to re-think evictions

Officials of the Crown Estate are being asked to re-think a decision to evict 45 families from their homes in and around Taunton.

Income from the estate goes to the Treasury and some of it is then passed on to the Queen. The estate says it wants to sell the homes and use the money for more profitable urban investments.

It's caused anger amongst residents. Mark Kemp says: "They've openly admitted to us that the reason they want to get out of the rural housing market is they don't want to deal with humans any more because of the emotions and everything else and they can't deal with it."

Advertisement

Tenants worried about royal estate sell-off

Concerns over plans to sell off properties in Dunster Credit: ITV News

There are concerns over plans by the Crown Estate to sell off dozens of homes in Somerset, which it's claimed will leave some tenants homeless.

The Crown Estate, which is one of the largest landowners in the country, is planning to sell off up to 45 of its properties around Taunton and Dunster.

Tenants are being given the option to either buy, or up to six months notice period to vacate their properties.

Load more updates