The MP for Wells has quit her job as parliamentary aide to Business Secretary Vince Cable after voting against the Government on fracking.
Liberal Democrat Tessa Munt had said she intended to stay on, despite backing calls to suspend the controversial technique but a spokesperson for the Cabinet minister says her resignation has been accepted.
Tessa Munt has resigned from her position as parliamentary private secretary (PPS) to Vince Cable.
Both the Secretary of State for Business and the Deputy Prime Minister thank Tessa for the work she has done in government but understand her strength of feeling on this issue and have, therefore, accepted her resignation.
The death of a man whose body was found on farmland near Wells on Sunday morning is not being treated as suspicious.
Police say that although a formal identification procedure has not been carried out yet, they believe they’ve identified the man as a 38-year-old from the Wells area.
A post mortem examination is due to take place on a body of a man found on farmland in Somerset.
The body was discovered by a member of the public on farmland at Dulcote Quarry near Wells on Sunday morning. His death is being treated as unexplained.
Police believe they have identified the man and are trying to trace his next of kin.
Avon & Somerset Police believe they've identified the man whose body was found on farmland at Dulcote Quarry near Wells on Sunday.
They are now focussing on locating and informing the man's next of kin. A formal identification procedure will take place in due course.
Avon and Somerset Constabulary have released details of the clothing and jewellery worn by a man whose body was found on farmland near Wells.
A member of the public found the man’s body on land near Dulcote Quarry, off the Wells bypass, on Sunday morning.
His death is being treated as unexplained and a post-mortem examination is due to be held tomorrow.
Police have released the following description.
He was white, in his mid-twenties, with short dark hair and a short goatee beard.
He was wearing a black Judas Priest t-shirt, a blue hooded top and jeans. He was also wearing bangles and bead bracelets and had a leather choker around his neck. In one of his pockets we found a key fob, which could be used to open a till.
We have a team of officers working on this inquiry and our primary aim is to identify the man and find his next of kin.
Avon & Somerset Police are investigating the unexplained death of a man near Wells.
At around 10.30am today, the body of a man was found by a member of the public on farmland near Dulcote Quarry, off the Wells bypass.
The man’s death is being treated as unexplained and enquires are ongoing to identify him and trace his next of kin.
There is a cordon in place while police examine the scene and some minor roads have been closed for the time being.
If you were in the Dulcote Quarry area recently and saw or heard anything unusual, or have any information which could help our investigation, the police are asking you to call 101 and quote log number 329 of 11/1.
Hundreds of people have been enjoying a visit from Father Christmas in Wells this lunchtime.
Today marks the tenth anniversary of the Ufton Nervet rail crash which killed seven people - including Barry Stevens from Wells and Charlie Matthews from Warminster.
It took place at a level crossing. The RMT union are marking the anniversary by calling for Network Rail to speed up its efforts to phase them out.
Network Rail have got a programme of closing these level crossings but I don't think it's been prioritised enough. I think money's going on other things and perhaps should have been diverted towards doing this. The worrying thing is you see a number of these level crossings are quite near to schools and places where children cross. When you've got that combination it is inevitable that there are going to be serious accidents.
Today marks the tenth anniversary of a rail crash which killed 7 people - including two people from the West Country.
Barry Stevens from Wells and Charlie Matthews from Warminster lost their lives in the collision at a level crossing in Ufton Nervet in Berkshire.
Today the rail union RMT are renewing calls to speed up the phasing out of level crossings. Plans to replace the crossing at the site of the disaster have not been implemented - despite a further 11 deaths there since the incident 10 years ago.
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