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Suspected gas explosion destroys Taunton flat

The explosion made a huge hole in the wall of the building. Credit: ITV News West Country

A man has suffered burns after a suspected gas explosion at a flat in Taunton.

Crews were called to Gaunton Close late on Friday night where a large hole had been blown out of the building.

They rescued the man and extinguished a small fire. A police corden remains in place while investigations are carried out.


Concern grows for missing elderly woman in Wellington

80 year old Ann Grisman hasn't been seen since yesterday morning Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police are concerned about an elderly lady who has been missing since yesterday morning. 80 year old Ann Grisman was visiting relatives in the Wellington area and was dropped off in the town centre about 10:30am so that she could catch the bus to do some shopping in Taunton. Police say this is something she often did but it is believed she may not have got on the bus. Mrs Grisman is described to be suffering some memory loss and did not return back from her shopping trip.

Ann is described as a white woman, aged 80, about 5ft 4ins with silver coloured hair. She wears glasses and when she went missing was wearing a red coat and red handbag.

Concern is growing because she has missed taking medication.

We are urging people in the Wellington area to check garages, outbuildings and sheds just in case Ann got lost and decided to find shelter overnight.

– Police spokesperson

Police seek men after theft of sparkly reindeer

The sparkly reindeer is worth £250. Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police have released images of two men they want to speak to in connection with the theft of a sparkly reindeer in Taunton.

The men entered the Homesense store on Priory Fields at around midday on Monday 27 October and left with the large gold ornament without paying.

The glittery deer is worth £250.

Anyone who recognises the men should contact police. Credit: Avon & Somerset Police


Campaigners collect 400 drug users' needles in Taunton

More than 400 needles were found during a clean up of Taunton Credit: ITV News

A 6 year old girl from Somerset has been given a clean bill of health after accidentally pricking herself with a drug addict's needle.

Millie Mae Smith thought the syringe was a tube of sweets when she picked it up at a park in Taunton.

Over the weekend her family joined police and volunteers in a clean up of the town. They collected more than 400 drug users' needles.

Millie Mae Smith was pricked by a needle in a Taunton park Credit: ITV News

We've had the all clear after a three month wait and we're really happy with that. Waiting for news has been awful. I've had sleepless nights. The children have had sleepless nights. It's been dreadful "

– Caz Smith, Millie Mae's mother

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.

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