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Father Christmas and his reindeer visit Wells

Hundreds of people have been enjoying a visit from Father Christmas in Wells this lunchtime.

Every year the reindeer and Father Christmas parade through Wells Credit: ITV News
The reindeer have snack in the Wells after their parade Credit: ITV News

More calls to abolish level crossings ten years after Ufton Nervet crash

The level crossing at Ufton Nervet near to the scene of the rail crash Credit: PA

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.

– steve headley RMT Union

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Tenth anniversary of the Ufton Nervet train crash

The wreckage at Ufton Nervet where seven people died Credit: PA

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.

The revenge of Chloe-Jasmine

Chloe-Jasmine is planning a unique revenge on Simon Cowell Credit: ITV

X Factor singer Chloe-Jasmine Whichello has revealed she is planning her revenge on Simon Cowell - by naming a new hamster after him and watching it run round in circles.

The 23-year-old model, who went to Wells Cathedral School, lost the sing-off against eight-piece boyband Stereo Kicks on last night's show, where the TV mogul told her that she lacked passion.

It meant a double elimination for her mentor Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, who also said goodbye to another of her acts Stephanie Nala.

Whichello said she was unhappy that Cowell appeared to be preserving his own acts and then teasing his fellow judges.

She said: "I respect him very much as a businessman. His brainchild of The X Factor is spectacular.

"What I didn't agree with was, he had all of his acts secured and sat down on the panel to intimidate the other judges."

She added: "I'm now about to purchase a hamster, call it Simon Cowell, and it's going to be running around a kennel."

Did officers lie at inquest into the death of James Herbert?

James Herbert died in June 2010 Credit: ITV News

A watchdog is investigating claims that Avon and Somerset police officers lied during an inquest into the death of a mentally ill man.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has served five Avon and Somerset staff - including three serving police officers - with notices of gross misconduct over the death of 25-year-old James Herbert.

The former public schoolboy died from a cardiac arrest in June 2010 after being detained under the Mental Health Act by officers from Avon and Somerset Police.

An inquest last year heard that Mr Herbert, who had taken drugs, was restrained before being left naked in a police cell at Yeovil police station.

Mr Herbert, a data recovery engineer, was later found to be unresponsive and was taken to Yeovil District Hospital by ambulance where he was declared dead.

An inquest jury returned a narrative conclusion that Mr Herbert, who lived in Wells, died from "cardio-respiratory arrest in a man intoxicated by synthetic cathinones causing acute disturbance following restraint and struggle against restraint".

The jury also highlighted factors that may have contributed to Mr Herbert's death, such as the lack of communication between police officers about Mr Herbert's mental health, drug use and previous incidents; the failure to call for medical assistance while he was being taken to the police station and the need for closer monitoring of him during that journey.

The police watchdog said it was looking at "whether the police at any stage colluded to give false accounts and/or lied during their evidence at the inquest".

A spokeswoman said: "Following the inquest into the death of James Herbert, Avon and Somerset Police received a letter from Mr Herbert's family detailing a number of complaints including concerns that officers colluded or lied during their evidence, and about the conduct of the force during the inquest proceedings.

"These complaints were referred to the IPCC which decided to carry out an independent investigation.

"The IPCC has looked at the evidence provided to the IPCC as part of the original investigation into Mr Herbert's death.

"A number of areas relating to the treatment of Mr Herbert on June 10 are now being investigated further.

"As well as investigating whether the police at any stage colluded to give false accounts and/or lied during their evidence at the inquest, the IPCC is examining the actions and decisions of police officers or staff who had any involvement with James on the day of his death."

Three police officers, one former police officer and one member of police staff have been served with gross misconduct notices advising them that their conduct is subject to investigation.

"The notices relate to the investigation into the circumstances of Mr Herbert's death. Such notices are not judgemental in any way," the spokeswoman added.

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Wells Moat race in it's 13th year

Wells Moat race in it's 13th year Credit: ITV News West Country

Preparations are underway for the Moat Boat Race in Wells. Teams from local groups, businesses and pubs will race each other around the Bishops Palace in home-made rafts and fancy dress. This is the thirteenth year of the event and the fun starts at 11am.

Wells MP urges people to boycott Israeli goods

Wells MP Tessa Munt urges people to boycott Israeli goods Credit: John Stillwell/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A west country MP is asking people to send a message to Israel by boycotting goods coming from the country. The MP for Wells, Tessa Munt says she's hearing from people across the area that are angry and upset about what is happening abroad.

"This summer, it’s not the potholes, traffic lights or broadband, not even poor local planning which is dominating discussions – although they are all high on the list and must be dealt with.

This summer, the majority of people I meet out and about are disturbed, upset and angry.

It’s clear that Israel has crossed a line.

The use of a boycotts is one example of non-violent action and whilst a protest march is effective in

raising awareness and publicity, a boycott hits states and organisations where it hurts most – the wallet.

Israel exports all sorts all sorts of things from food to financial services into the UK and we all have a choice about how we spend our money."

– Tessa Munt, Mp for Wells

First World War exhibit opens at Wells & Mendip Museum

First World War exhibit opens at Wells & Mendip Museum Credit: Mel Longhurst/Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

An exhibition to mark the start of the Centenary of the First World War is being opened at the Wells and Mendip Museum today. "Wells Remembers" will be made up of city archives, weapons, uniforms and artefacts that have been lent to the project. Visitors will also get to experience the sights and sounds of the trenches and discover the stories of individuals from Wells and the surrounding villages.

A second exhibition will take place at the Wells Town Hall.

“We are very excited to be opening this exhibition, which has been created by volunteers and a genuine community partnership. The stories being told are fascinating, engaging and moving – and more stories are emerging each week from the research being carried out and through members of the community coming forward with letters and memories. We want people to get involved – not just by visiting the exhibition but by attending events and sharing their families’ experiences.”

– Martin Grass, the Chairman of the Wells and Mendip Museum,
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