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
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.
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.
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.
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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79-year-old Winifred, who was reported missing yesterday, has been found dead in the River Tone.
Her body was recovered in Taunton this morning and her death is not being treated as suspicious.
The police want to thank the media and public for their help with the appeal.
Police are concerned about a vulnerable woman who has gone missing in the Taunton area.
79-year-old Winifred Vickery was last seen at 2.30pm yesterday by friends.
Officers say she may appear confused and has missed taking medication.
She is described as a white woman with silver/grey hair. When she went missing she was wearing a dusty pink coloured fleece jacket, black trousers and black shoes. She uses a walking stick.
Anyone with further information should contact Taunton police.
The leaders of a gang which brought drugs from London and laundered the proceeds in Taunton and Bridgwater have been sentenced.Read the full story ›
The family of Alan Turing have arrived at No. 10 to demand the government pardons 49,000 men persecuted like him for their homosexuality.Read the full story ›
A judge has dismissed an appeal from the owners of a legal high shop in Taunton for their closure order to be overturned.
Judge Graham Cottle said he heard from police how anti-social behaviour in the town had plummeted since the order was made, and called it “demonstrably necessary".
Hush, in Bridge Street, was ordered to close by magistrates after complaints from nearby residents and traders. The order can be extended for a maximum of three months.
I’m very pleased the court rejected the appeal and endorsed the decision made by the Magistrates Court in December to close Hush for three months.
The amount of anti-social behaviour linked to legal highs in Taunton fell dramatically overnight after this order came in, and we will decide whether to apply for a further three month closure order when we have considered all the options open to us.