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Serial bus thief steals double decker but avoids jail

Serial bus thief Nicholas Atwell decided to take a double decker on a 50-mile joyride from Swanage to Yeovil, has managed to avoid jail.

The 54-year-old took the bus on a 50-mile drive across Dorset and Somerset.

Mr Atwell who has Asperger's syndrome, has more than 100 previous convictions for stealing buses in Bournemouth and Oxfordshire.

He was given a two-year suspended jail sentence at Taunton Crown Court but was told if he ever stole a bus again he would face jail.

Man charged with attempted murder after Yeovil knife attack

Police say the attack was unprovoked. Credit: ITV News

A man has been charged with attempted murder after a teenage girl was stabbed in Yeovil.

The 17-year-old is in hospital following emergency surgery. Two others were also injured in the knife attack which police say was unprovoked.

30-year-old Lee Jeffries-Jones of no fixed address remains in police custody, and will appear at Taunton Crown Court on 24th July.

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Man due in court over Yeovil stabbing

Police activity in King Arthur's Drive in Yeovil Credit: ITV News West Country

A 30-year-old man is to appear in court today (Tuesday 30 June), charged with attempted murder. It follows an incident in King Arthur’s Drive in Yeovil on Sunday night when a teenage girl was stabbed.

Lee Jeffries-Jones of no fixed address is to appear at South Somerset Magistrates Court charged with three counts of attempted murder, assault by beating, two counts of affray, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of drugs.

Man arrested after stabbings in Yeovil

The incident happened in King Arthur Drive in Yeovil Credit: ITV News

A teenage girl is in a critical condition in hospital after a man attacked a number of people with a knife in Yeovil.

Police were called to King Arthur's Drive last night where three people had reportedly been attacked with a large knife.

One man has been arrested.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police told ITV News: "A male was walking along the street and suddenly stabbed a young 17 year old girl very seriously in the back. He also attacked another lady who was just in her driveway cleaning her car out. He tried to stab a third man who was getting into his car. That gentleman wrestled him to the ground, took the knife off him and detained him."

Teenage girl stabbed in the street in Yeovil

The incident happened in King Arthur Drive in Yeovil Credit: ITV News

A teenage girl and a passer-by have been stabbed in the street in Yeovil.

The knifeman went on the rampage in King Arthur Drive on Sunday evening, leaving the 17-year-old girl in a critical condition in hospital.

A 29-year-old woman sustained arm injuries.

The attacker was eventually detained by a member of the public, who pinned him to the floor.

Mum-of-two Sarah Hale, 39, who lives on King Arthur Drive said: "My neighbour was washing his car or something and his little son was in the car.

"He managed to get him down on the floor until the police came. It took five of them to get him into the van."

The 17-year-old girl remains in hospital in a critical condition following emergency surgery.

A 30-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and remains in police custody.

Detective Inspector Lindsay Shearlock, of Avon and Somerset Police, said: "This appears to be an unprovoked attack on innocent bystanders in a residential street.

"I must praise the man who bravely tackled the suspect, even though he had seen the violence of the attacks, and detained him until police officers arrived."

Man arrested after knife attacks in Yeovil

A man has been arrested in Yeovil after attacking a number of people with a knife, including a 17-year-old girl who is in a critical condition in hospital following emergency surgery.

Police were called to King Arthur's Drive in Yeovil just before 7.30pm last night, Sunday 28 June where a man had been detained by a member of the public.

The road will remain closed while investigations continue.

This appears to be an unprovoked attack on innocent bystanders in a residential street. I must praise the man who bravely tackled the suspect, even though he had seen the violence of the attacks, and detained him until police officers arrived.

A second man should also be commended for taking the most seriously injured victim to hospital.

– Det Insp Lindsay Shearlock, Avon & Somerset Police

A 29-year-old woman who sustained an arm injury was released from hospital after treatment.

A 30-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and remains in police custody.

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Hospital attack victim was 'wonderful father and grandfather'

Kenneth Tyrer flew fighter jets in World War Two Credit: Family photo

The family of a war veteran who died after being attacked at a Somerset hospital have paid an emotional tribute to him.

90-year-old Kenneth Tyrer suffered from dementia, and was allegedly pushed to the ground by a fellow patient at Yeovil District Hospital. He died two days later.

"He was a wonderful father and grandfather and he will be missed dearly. We now wait for the results of the investigation."

– Kenneth Tyrer's family
Kenneth Tyrer in his younger days Credit: Family photo

Police are investigating, and the hospital is also carrying out an internal investigation.

Police investigate Yeovil 'hospital attack' on war hero

The attack reportedly happened at Yeovil District Hospital. Credit: ITV News

Police are investigating the death of an elderly man who was allegedly attacked on a hospital ward by a fellow patient.

The man has been named by the Daily Mail as former Second World War fighter pilot Kenneth Tyrer, 90.

The hospital is also carrying out an internal investigation following his death at Yeovil District Hospital last weekend.

Mr Tyrer, who was suffering with dementia, is said to have died two days after being pushed to the ground.

His son Bill Tyrer, 58, told the paper he felt the hospital should take "some responsibility".

"We are working closely with the police and the coroner's office following the death of a patient (during the weekend). We are also carrying out our own internal investigation.

Our thoughts are with the family at this very difficult time."

– SPOKESPERSON FOR YEOVIL DISTRICT HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

"We are investigating the circumstances around the death of a man at Yeovil Hospital. The hospital is helping us with our inquiries."

– Avon and Somerset Police

Family reaction to nurse's not guilty verdict

Joshua Gafney from Yeovil died after taking a fatal overdose of his medication in 2012 Credit: SWNS

The family of a young man from Somerset, who died after taking a fatal overdose of his anti-psychotic medication say they are devastated that Amanda Young, the nurse accused of his manslaughter has been found not guilty.

They are also calling for an apology from Amanda Young's employer, Somerset Partnership NHS Trust.

22-year-old Joshua Gafney died at his home in Yeovil in 2012.

Det Sgt Robert McGhee from Avon and Somerset Police read out their statement outside Bristol Crown Court, where the not guilty verdict was given.

We still do not understand why Somerset Partnership NHS Trust, who employed Amanda Young, have not apologised to us or accepted responsibility for Josh's death. As a family we are devastated with the not guilty verdict. Joshua was taken away from us. We really wanted justice for him.

– Joshua Gafney's family

Nurse found not guilty of patient manslaughter

Amanda Young (left) arriving at court today. Credit: ITV News

A nurse accused of killing a patient with an overdose of medication has been found not guilty at Bristol Crown Court today.

Amanda Young, 40, from Yeovil, had pleaded not guilty to manslaughter by gross negligence for administering a lethal overdose of clozapine to 22-year-old Joshua Gafney in 2012.

Joshua Gafney died in 2012. Credit: SWNS
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