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Extra police patrols at threatened school

The sign pointing to Heathfield Community School, the centre of a scare over a threatened attack Credit: ITV News

There are extra police patrols at a school in Taunton today after a teenager threatened to carry out an attack there.

The 14-year-old was arrested after posting the threats onto Facebook pages of pupils at Heathfield Community School - he's been released on bail.

Police have been reassuring parents and staff.

I think it's really important that I reassure the parents of the children attending that school that we're working really closely with the head teacher, the school, children's services and health to make sure that all the appropriate measures are in place to provide that reassurance and support not only for the local community, the school itself but also the individual boy and their family.

– SUPT CATHERINE JOHNSTONE, AVON AND SOMERSET POLICE

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Male domestic abuse charity 'may have to close helpline'

The ManKind Initiative says there's not enough support for male victims of domestic violence. Credit: ITV West Country

A Taunton-based charity that supports male victims of domestic abuse may have to close its helpline - because it doesn't have enough funding.

The ManKind Initiative says there's not enough support for male victims of domestic violence - and the stigma attached to the issue means they struggle to raise enough in donations to keep the helpline running.

Body formally identified as missing Josh from Taunton

Josh Clayton had worked on the Tresco estate for a number of seasons and it was after a night out with colleagues, on Sunday 13 September, that he went missing, prompting extensive searches. Credit: Family

Police have formally identified a body found in the sea off the Isles of Scilly, as missing Josh Clayton.

DNA testing had to take place, which meant the identification process took over three weeks.

The 23-year-old has been missing on the isle of Tresco since 13th September. The body was spotted by a French yachtsman on the uninhabited island of Tean and was brought to the mainland on 24th September.

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First female Bishop of Taunton officially consecrated

Ruth Worsley is the first female Bishop of Taunton Credit: CofE

The first female Bishop of Taunton will be officially consecrated in a service at St Paul's Cathedral at 11am this morning.

Ruth Worsley was previously Archdeacon of Wiltshire.

She will be formally installed in her new post in a ceremony at Wells Cathedral at 2pm Saturday 3 October, which will be open to all.

Taunton picks up Gold in the South West in Bloom

Taunton picks up Gold in the South West in Bloom Credit: ITV News

Taunton has picked up the Gold award in the South West in Bloom competition.

The awards were announced at a special ceremony at Dartmouth Naval College in Devon.

Bath Place won a special It’s Your Neighbourhood award with judges dubbing the historic street as “thriving.” The campaign is part of the wider Britain in Bloom initiative, for smaller community groups.

Winning gold is a terrific achievement for Taunton. We are justifiably proud of our wonderful parks, open spaces and floral displays so the award is really gratifying.

It’s also real recognition to all the hard work that has gone into making Bath Place look even more attractive so I would like to congratulate all involved.

We owe a huge debt of thanks to all those volunteers who give up their time and energy to help Taunton look its best. We were delighted to win Green Flag awards for our parks earlier this summer so the gold award is the icing on the cake!

– Cllr Catherine Herbert, Taunton Deane Borough Council

Coroner to examine body thought to be missing Josh

The body is thought to be that of Josh Clayton from Taunton who went missing on Tresco Credit: ITV News

A coroner is due to begin their examination of a body found on rocks on the Isles of Scilly.

It is thought to be that of 23 year old Josh Clayton from Taunton who went missing on Tresco on Sunday 13 September.

The body was spotted by a French yachtsman on the uninhabited island of Tean and was brought to the mainland last night, 24 September.

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Body found off the Isles of Scilly still to be identified

It is feared that the body found last night is that of Josh Clayton, who worked on the Tresco estate Credit: Family

It was the news everyone who was searching for Josh Clayton dreaded to hear.

Last night the crew from St Mary's Lifeboat recovered the body of a man from rocks in the sea off Tresco. The body had been spotted by a French yachtsman on the uninhabited island of Tean.

It was close to where the 23-year-old from Taunton was last seen and while there won't be any identification of the body for some days to come, his friends and family are mourning.

Josh Clayton had worked on the Tresco estate for a number of seasons and it was after a night out with colleagues, on Sunday 13 September, that he went missing, prompting extensive searches.

Josh's family had travelled to the island for the investigation but have now returned home. Police say they will make sure they are updated.

We spoke to Sgt Colin Taylor from Devon & Cornwall Police on the Isles of Scilly earlier today and he told us what would be happening to the body they had recovered.

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