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Wells cygnets named Swanny McSwan Face & Tim Beak & Swan Direction

Names for the cygnets were drawn earlier today Credit: Bishop's Palace

Cygnets born at the Bishop's Palace in Wells have today been named Swanny McSwan Face, Tim Beak and Swan Direction. The names were drawn out of a hat of suggestions along with Lester, Swanold Trump, Ron Swanson, Siegfried, Lilibet and Sadiq Swaan.

The first of this year's cygnets hatched out into the nest in the early hours of the morning of Saturday 30th April.

Swanny McSwanface? Name the baby cygnets

Following the safe arrival of 9 beautiful cygnets over the Bank Holiday, The Bishop’s Palace is launching its annual competition to name the little ones.

But will there be a Swanny McSwanFace?

Credit: Bishop's Palace
Credit: Bishop's Palace

The proud parents took the elder cygnets into the water on Bank Holiday Monday and all 9 were seen swimming in the moat on Tuesday morning.

Send in your suggestions to the Palace via email, Facebook or Twitter.

The names will be announced on 10 May.

Hundreds of cribs on display in Wells

Hundreds of cribs on display in Wells Credit: ITV News

Hundreds of cribs are on display in Somerset as part of a nativity scene. The Crib Festival is running at St Cuthbert's Church in Wells until Monday. People have been invited to bring their own to put on display so that there is a mixed of ages, styles and materials.

It runs over the same weekend as the Rotary's Reindeer Parade which takes place on Sunday and will see Father Christmas and his reindeer parade down the High Street.

The Crib Festival runs until Monday Credit: ITV News

Teenager from Wells cleared of murder at re-trial

Stacey Hyde outside Winchester Crown Court with her mother after she was cleared by a jury of murder Credit: Ben Mitchell/PA Wire

A young woman from Somerset has been cleared by a jury of murdering her friend's violent boyfriend after a re-trial ordered by the Court of Appeal.

Stacey Hyde was originally convicted at Bristol Crown Court in 2010 of killing 34-year-old Vincent Francis when she was aged 17 at the flat he shared with her friend, Holly Banwell.

Miss Hyde, now 23, from Wells, had denied murder, saying she was in fear for her life but the original jury disagreed and she was sentenced to a minimum of nine years in prison by Mr Justice Field.

However, in November last year, the court of appeal overturned her murder conviction and Lord Justice Laws ordered a retrial which has been held at Winchester Crown Court lasting four weeks.

Miss Hyde sobbed and wiped away tears as the judge, Mr Justice Teare, discharged her and told her she was free to leave the court.

The original trial heard that Miss Hyde, a waitress, armed herself with a 10-inch knife and stabbed Mr Francis up to 17 times.

The trial heard that Miss Hyde, who had been drinking heavily that night, had gone back to Ms Banwell's flat in Wells on September 4, 2009, after a night out.

Ms Banwell had called 999 after Mr Francis had attacked her and then Miss Hyde before the defendant then hit him back.

The jury was played the 999 call made by Ms Banwell in which she asks for help to stop Mr Francis from attacking Miss Hyde as the defendant then stabs him.

The retrial has heard about Miss Hyde's mental health with expert witnesses for the defence and prosecution disagreeing to the extent she may have suffered from a personality disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) which can lead to a failure of impulse control.

The Winchester court was also told that the defendant had difficulty coping with stressful situations and in 2009 had been sent for urgent assessment for problematic use of alcohol, depression, self-harm and suicidal tendencies.


Cygnets at the Bishop's Palace named

Results of a competition to name these cute cygnets has been announced Credit: The Bishop’s Palace

The results of a competition to name the cygnets at The Bishop's Palace in Wells has been announced.

Staff received more than 100 entries from viewers of the Swan Cam from all over the world.

One of the youngsters had already been named Charlotte in honour of the new Royal Princess, who was born just before them.

The seven names chosen were: Harry, Ruby, Monica, Kenna, Precious, Cydney and Ben.

There were originally 9 cygnets, but one died last week.

Lib Dem's Tessa Munt predicts her downfall

The former Liberal Democrat MP for Wells, Tessa Munt, was beaten by the Conservatives in Wells.

She told ITV News West Country that she had lost the Somerset seat even before the count took place.

Mixed reaction to Chancellor's visit

The Chancellor has announced more money for Cathedral repairs and visited Wells Cathedral today.

George Osborne also toured a cider factory to see how a drop in cider duty will impact business.

But leading names in the tourism industry here in the West have criticised the government for not doing more to help them.

Our political reporter Robert Murphy has the story.

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