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Will Young to play Somerset Rocks 2016

Will Young to play at Somerset Rocks Credit: PA: Myung Jung Kim

Will Young has announced today (1 Dec) he will perform a one-off show in Taunton in August 2016 and is the second artist to be announced as part of the Somerset Rocks line-up.

Will Young will take to the outdoor stage on Saturday 27 August 2016, the second evening of Somerset Rocks, the three-night music event being held in Taunton’s Vivary Park during the August bank holiday weekend (26 – 28 August 2016).

Performing is what I love to do. Hearing my fans singing back to my music and seeing their reactions when I perform some of my old favourites and new hits, makes it very special for me.

I can’t wait to get back on the stage in the summer – it’s going to be a fantastic show!

– Will Young, Singer

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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

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.

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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.

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
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