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Lorry driver killed in crash on the M5 in Somerset

A man in his 50s has been killed in a crash on the M5 northbound between Junction 26 for Wellington and Junction 25 for Taunton.

The lorry travelling north on the M5 hit the central reservation just after the Taunton Deane services. The driver got out of his cab and was hit by another lorry going the same way. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police have spoken to the driver of the second lorry and would also like to hear from anyone else who saw what happened.


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Stars come out for the Royal Marines' birthday

Harrison Ford is one of the stars to appear on a video wishing the Royal Marines a happy birthday Credit: Royal Marines

Some famous faces have appeared on a video wishing the Royal Marines a happy 350th anniversary.

They include The Prime Minister, Bear Grylls, Harrison Ford, Ross Kemp, Caroline Quentin, Tom Hardy and Henry Cavill.

You can watch the video here.

Taunton's Ben McBean runs for the Poppy Appeal

Ben McBean in Trafalgar Square before setting off on his run in aid of the Poppy Appeal Credit: PA

Former Royal Marine Ben McBean from Taunton's 40 Commando has taken a 31-mile run through the streets of London, taking a route that forms the outline of a poppy on the London map.

He used a smartphone running app on his mission to raise money for the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal. The appeal provides help and welfare to the serving and ex-Service community and their families.

Ben lost an arm and a leg in a landmine explosion in Afghanistan. He now has a career as a businessman and inspirational speaker.

Ben McBean on his quest to trace a poppy on the streets of London Credit: PA

Morrisons deny leaving Taunton poppy seller in cold

Morrisons has denied telling an 89-year-old poppy seller to make collections in the cold outside a supermarket in Taunton.

The firm says they offered a seller the choice between collecting inside or outside the store and they chose outside. However the veteran took over from the collector later in the day.

It led to an argument on social media with customers angry about the way the veteran was treated.

"Veronica" who tweeted the problem now says she has contacted Morrisons and everything has been resolved.

In response Morrisons has told ITV that it offered the collectors the chance to sell the poppies either at the check outs or outside the store. They chose to go outside.

The firm has provided the following statement:

Concern has been raised regarding an 89-year-old veteran collecting outside the Taunton store for the British legion in the cold. In the morning the British Legion requested to collect outside the store, however in the afternoon an elderly gentleman took over. We are speaking to the veteran, the British legion organisation and the store regarding this issue.

We allow poppy sellers inside all of our stores.

– Morrisons statement


Calls for an investigation into botched eye operations

There's been a call for the Health Secretary to investigate claims about botched eye operations at a hospital in Somerset.

Lawyers acting for patients who were treated for cataracts at a mobile clinic in the grounds of Musgrove Park hospital say more than 30 people suffered complications. The operations were carried out by a private firm contracted by the NHS.

Labour say the government needs to investigate why the operations weren't stopped as soon as concerns were raised.

Here's the Shadow Health Minister Andrew Gwynne

Could thousands of jobs be coming to Taunton?

This is what the buildings at the business park could look like Credit: Taunton Deane Borough Council

4,000 jobs could be created at a new business park planned for Taunton.

The borough council wants to develop land just off junction 25 of the M5. Transport improvements to both the junction and public transport will also be made as part of the scheme.

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Dragon auction raises thousands for local causes

The dragons raised £26,000 for local causes Credit: ITV News

An auction of dragons displayed around Taunton Deane over the summer has raised more than 26 thousand pounds for charity.

The statue based on the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge sold for 2 thousand pounds.

The dragons were decorated by local artists and students.

A trail of statues was set up around the towns of Taunton, Wellington and Wiveliscombe.

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