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Norovirus closes six wards at Musgrove Park Hospital

Pepole should check the website before visiting Musgrove Park Hospital Credit: ITV News

Six wards remain closed at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton due to an outbreak of Norovirus.

Visiting restrictions are in place and people are being asked to stay away to avoid spreading the infection.

People wanting to visit are being asked to check ward closures on the hospital's website. A further two wards are being deep-cleaned but should reopen today.


15 year old girl missing from Taunton

Nargis Mosakhel

A 15-year-old girl has gone missing from Taunton.

Nargis Mosakhel was last seen in the North Street area of the town at 7pm on Tuesday night. She has not been heard from since.

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the teenager, who is believed to be with a man she met. He is described as 50 years old, white, tall and skinny and speaking with a Liverpool accent. He is wearing a blue pin-striped suit and black shoes.

Nargis is described as an Asian girl, about 5ft 2ins, slim build with long wavy light brown hair. She is wearing a black crop top with black fur coat, black leggings, and grey trainers


AP McCoy set to make his last appearance at Taunton racecourse

AP McCoy set to make his last appearance at Taunton Credit: PA: Nick Potts

Legendary Champion jockey AP McCoy is planning to make his swansong appearance at Taunton Racecourse later when it hosts a Family Fun Day.

AP has ridden well over 4000 winners since 1992 and been crowned National Hunt Champion Jockey on 20 consecutive occasions, a record that is unlikely to ever be beaten.

Earlier this year he announced his retirement at the end of this season so this is expected to be the last time he will ride at Taunton.

Pay to park glitch in Somerset

Teething problems mean a new phone and pay system due to come into force today in parts of Somerset is not working.

The phone and pay app for smartphones was due to be operational in Taunton and Wellington. Somerset County Council says the company responsible is trying to fix it.

In the meantime motorists can call 01823 210302 to pay and this will also activate the app.

Watch: our report from outside the courtroom

Michael Overd has been found guilty of bullying and berating the public during sermons delivered using a loudspeaker. He discovered Christianity ten years ago and since then he's devoted much of his life to street preaching.

His literal interpretation of the Bible, including its teaching against homosexuality, prompted complaints from the public. Using a megaphone, he repeatedly quoted a passage in Leviticus which describes homosexuality as an abomination.

Our reporter was outside the court as Mr Overd returned to his preaching.

Not everyone agrees with the prosecution. Peter Tatchell, a prominent gay rights campaigner, says freedom of speech must prevail:

I don't agree with what Michael Overd said - and what he said was very offensive, but I think in a free and democratic we do have to sometimes accept there will be people who say things that we find deeply hurtful.

I would say protest against him, shame and embarrass him, but I don't think he should have been prosecuted.

– Peter Tatchell

But it wasn't just the gay community that Michael Overd upset. Shop owners in Taunton say they lost thousands of pounds in revenue because customers were deterred from going near.

Michael Overd was ordered to pay over £1000 in compensation, some of it to a gay man he had personally insulted.

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