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Calls for an investigation into botched eye operations

There's been a call for the Health Secretary to investigate claims about botched eye operations at a hospital in Somerset.

Lawyers acting for patients who were treated for cataracts at a mobile clinic in the grounds of Musgrove Park hospital say more than 30 people suffered complications. The operations were carried out by a private firm contracted by the NHS.

Labour say the government needs to investigate why the operations weren't stopped as soon as concerns were raised.

Here's the Shadow Health Minister Andrew Gwynne


Could thousands of jobs be coming to Taunton?

This is what the buildings at the business park could look like Credit: Taunton Deane Borough Council

4,000 jobs could be created at a new business park planned for Taunton.

The borough council wants to develop land just off junction 25 of the M5. Transport improvements to both the junction and public transport will also be made as part of the scheme.

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Dragon auction raises thousands for local causes

The dragons raised £26,000 for local causes Credit: ITV News

An auction of dragons displayed around Taunton Deane over the summer has raised more than 26 thousand pounds for charity.

The statue based on the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge sold for 2 thousand pounds.

The dragons were decorated by local artists and students.

A trail of statues was set up around the towns of Taunton, Wellington and Wiveliscombe.

Rugby player tells story of head on collision

Rob Odams was airlifted to hospital following the crash Credit: Rob Odams

A former Taunton rugby player has told of the moment he hit a coach head on as a new campaign is launched to warn drivers of the dangers of country roads.

Rob Odams is still recovering from the accident - doctors said he was lucky to be alive. According to the Department for Transport, 60 per cent of fatalities occur on rural roads but few people are aware of the risks.


Car found of missing Taunton man

Car found of missing Taunton man Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

The car of a missing Somerset man has been found north Devon. 52 year old William Douglas from Taunton was last seen on Wednesday morning. He was reported missing when he didn't turn up for work. His car has today been found in North Molton. Exmoor Search and Rescue have now joined in the search.

Taunton Foodbank appeals for donations

Taunton Foodbank appeals for donations with increasing numbers Credit: ITV News

Taunton Foodbank is appealing for people to donate more food as their supplies have dwindled. They say increasing numbers of families have been referred to them for food and they've been feeding children in the holidays that would normally receive free school meals. The volunteers that run it say without their help crime would increase as people would either starve or steal.

Government official in Taunton to back watersports centre

Government official in Taunton to back watersports centre Credit: ITV News

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport will be in Taunton later to back plans for a new £800,000 watersports centre in the heart of the town. Sajid Javid will visit the proposed site and meet members of the Taunton Rowing and Canoe clubs who will benefit from the new centre.

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