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Yeovil footballers share to Christmas cheer at local hospital

Yeovil Town players may have Manchester United on their mind, but today the team will be visiting the town's hospital.

Manager Gary Johnson and his players will be handing out presents to sick children who will be spending Christmas at the hospital.

The Glovers have been drawn against the Premier League giants in the FA Cup third round. The match is live on television on Sunday January 4th.

Manager Gary Johnson said he was Credit: Clint Hughes/EMPICS Sport

Praise for the public after sex attacker is jailed

Matthew Farwell has been jailed for four and a half years for assaulting a woman in an underpass in Yeovil Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

A detective has praised the public for their actions after a sex assault in an underpass in Yeovil.

Matthew Farwell was jailed for four and a half years at Bristol Crown Court yesterday (2 September 2014) for attacking a woman in January - Her screams were heard by a patient at Yeovil District Hospital which led to a nurse calling the police.

The victim also managed to flag down a taxi driver who took her to the A&E department at the hospital.

A patient on the fifth floor of Yeovil District Hospital heard the victim's screams and called for help Credit: ITV West

The investigating officer also praised Farwell's colleagues at RNAS Yeovilton, who helped the investigation.

This was a terrifying ordeal for the victim who was violently attacked before being overpowered and sexually assaulted.

It’s no exaggeration to say she thought she was going to be killed and this assault has had a long-lasting impact on her, as well as those close to her.

I’d like to praise all the members of the public whose actions helped the victim at her time of need, including the patient and nurse at the hospital who raised the alarm and the taxi driver who drove her to hospital.

Their actions are among the few positives to come out of this distressing case.

I’d also like to praise Farwell’s colleagues from RNAS Yeovilton who did everything they could to assist our investigation. Some of them had been out with Farwell on the evening leading up to the assault and their evidence helped piece together what happened.

When he was interviewed, Farwell repeatedly denied sexually assaulting the victim but this was disproved by DNA evidence and the accounts of witnesses and he was left with no option but to plead guilty at court.

– Detective Constable Karen Holt, Avon & Somerset police

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West hospital's ambulance times reversed

Yeovil District Hospital. Credit: ITV News West Country

A hospital which was accused of failing to meet its ambulance turnaround targets now says it has the lowest waiting times in the South West.

In February Yeovil District Hospital was fined £24,000 by South Western Ambulance Service after crews were left with patients outside the hospital for over 30 minutes on more than 50 occasions.

The hospital now says patients are seen within around 10 minutes of arriving by ambulance.