Eviction fears in Dunster and Taunton

A little girl of 10 has written to the Queen asking her to try to stop her friends and neighbours from being evicted from their homes.

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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."

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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.

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Twins take on Greenland ice caps in charity trek

Hugo and Ross Turner will trek 340 miles across Greenland. Credit: ITV News

Identical twins who went to school in Taunton will be starting a 340 mile trek across the North polar ice cap this week.

Hugo and Ross Turner from Kings School are heading to Greenland, and hope to raise tens of thousands of pounds for the charity, Spinal Research. It's after Hugo narrowly escaped becoming paralysed in a sporting accident.

"Amy's death was so unnecessary, I had to speak up"

A mother whose 13-year-old daughter was killed by a speeding driver says she hopes her death will be as a warning to others. Amy Hofmeister died while cycling close to her home in Taunton.

Shortly afterwards her mother Jane started the "THINK Amy" campaign. It's just been given charitable status, with top cricketer Marcus Trescothick as patron. Eli-Louise Wringe reports

To find out more about the Think Amy campaign, click here.

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