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Taunton police investigate attack on Russians

Police in Taunton say they're treating an attack on two Russian men as racially motivated. The pair were assaulted by three white men outside a Polish shop on East Reach.

PC Tim Mason, said: “We believe this was a racially motivated assault, and I am keen to speak to anyone who might have information as to the identity of the three suspects. We won’t tolerate any kind of hate crime in Taunton - as the Beat Manager for the area, I want to make that very clear

How this footbridge could transform routes around Taunton

A footbridge dubbed the "missing link" over a river in Taunton has been completed.

The route over the River Tone at Longrun Meadow Country Park links Firepool Lock to the Silk Mills Park and Ride. The riverside path has no steps so is a crucial part of providing disabled-friendly access.

The project has seen several delays, but at least people will be able to avoid a lot of main roads and walk round Taunton on footpaths and through water meadows.

The bridge is made from traditional materials - and councillors say it's a "tremendous asset".

I have been very impressed by the workmanship using traditional high quality materials which look perfectly in place. The bridge is sturdy without being intrusive and is weathering well in its setting.

Most of all it will be welcomed by many in the community as an extension of the walking and cycling routes giving easier access to Longrun Meadow and the town centre.

– Cllr John Williams

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Taunton Town get ready to make history

Taunton Town in training for their FA Cup clash Credit: ITV News

It will be an historic weekend for non-league side Taunton Town.

On Sunday 6 November they'll contest the first round of the FA Cup for the first time since 1981.

They'll host Barrow - a club ranked three divisions higher - in front of a record home crowd of 2,500 supporters. The team can't wait for the big day.

It's completely different and to be honest you wouldn't want it any other way.

For example in the last round against Hemel we had 1,200 people here and everything felt different to a league game or any other cup tie.

But as they say that's the magic of the FA Cup and we're delighted to be experiencing that, so we wouldn't want it any other way.

– Leigh Robinson, Manager, Taunton Town

Family criticises police probe into Isles of Scilly death

A barrister for the family of a man who died on the Isles of Scilly has today criticised the police investigation into his death.

Josh Clayton Credit: Family

Josh Clayton from Taunton was found dead on a remote island ten days after he went missing on Tresco where he worked in September last year.

At a pre inquest hearing in Plymouth today Tom Leeper,the barrister for the family said there were serious misgivings about the investigation by the police.

Mr Leeper said the Chief Constable should be made aware of omissions in the investigation.

Mr Leeper added that the full inquest into Mr Clayton's death should have been held by now.

He said it was "wholly exceptional" that there had been four preliminary hearings including today.

A barrister for Devon and Cornwall Police apologised for the delay in providing documents and said it was due to "pressure of workload".

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16 people evacuated from flats after deliberate fire in Taunton

Credit: Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue

10 people had to be evacuated from a block of flats - and 6 had to escape through a window - after a fire was started deliberately.

Firefighters were called at half past midnight this morning (8/10) to The Court, Victoria Street, Taunton.

Ambulance and police also attended as people were reported as being trapped inside.

10 persons were evacuated from the property and 6 escaped through a ground floor window.

9 of them were treated for slight smoke inhalation and the fire was put out safely.

Police say the fire was started deliberately and an investigation has been launched.

No trains between Weston-super-Mare and Taunton

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Services are at a stand on CrossCountry and Great Western Railway between Weston-super-mare and Taunton due to person hit by a train.

Tickets being accepted on GWR services.

Trains in both directions are subject to delays or diversions via Westbury adding up to 90 minutes to journey times.

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