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Polish man assaulted on Brexit result day

Police are investigating an attack on a man in his 30s who suffered significant injuries following a racially aggravated assault in Yeovil.

The victim, a Polish national, was walking along St Michael’s Avenue at about 6pm on Friday, 24 June - the same day the results of the EU Referendum showed Britain wanted to leave the European Union.

He was approached by two men in front of the old Green Dragon pub. The men had come from the direction of Sherborne Road.

After asking the victim whether he spoke English the men then repeatedly punched and kicked him, continuing the attack as he lay on the floor.

The victim required hospital treatment after suffering a potentially life changing eye injury in addition to a fractured cheek bone and substantial bruising to his body.

This is a despicable attack on a man as he walked down the street which appears to be motivated purely by hate.

We’re taking this incident extremely seriously and are doing everything we can to support the victim who has been left psychologically traumatised as well as physically hurt.

– PC Jason Sims

The PCC and Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset have written an open letter condemning hate crime, which has more than doubled since the Brexit vote.

  • Read: Hate Crime has more than doubled since Brexit

Man arrested for impersonating police officer

A man has been arrested for impersonating a police officer after fitting his car with blue lights and the police website address.

The 22-year-old from Yeovil was caught driving in the town, on the M5, and Wiltshire and Dorset.

The car had blue lights and the force website fitted to it Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

The vehicle – a silver saloon 5-series BMW – had blue lights fitted to the rear window, as well as the police website address.

It was spotted in Yeovil, and the driver arrested. He has been released on bail awaiting further enquiries.

Officers are now keen to hear from anyone who may have seen the car during the early part of this month, or may have been stopped by the car.

  • Anyone with information is asked to contact Tri force Specialist Operations on 101, quoting reference 5216119382

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Appeal to find missing woman from Yeovil

Police are asking for the public's help to find a missing woman in Yeovil.

Lesley Beard, 48, was last seen in the town at 10:45 am yesterday (11 April).

If you see her please call 999.

Darren Way signs new three year contract at Yeovil

Darren Way has signed a new three year contract at Huish Park. Credit: Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport

Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has signed a new three year contract.

The 36-year-old initially took charge on an interim basis after the sacking of Paul Sturrock.

He has been rewarded after taking his side from bottom of the table to 19th - 14 points clear of the relegation zone with six games left to play.

I feel very proud and honoured to have signed a new contract to be manager of Yeovil Town.

Since I was a young lad it has always been my dream to become a professional footballer and follow that up by becoming a football manager.

It was a massive honour for me to lead this great football club out as captain when we played our first game in the Football League against Rochdale after 108 years in non-league football and now I am leading the club as manager.

The history this fantastic club has is remarkable and it has been my biggest job not to be scared and keep this club alive.

– Darren Way, Yeovil Town manager, speaking to ytfc.net

I have worked with Darren as a player and coach for 15 years. He has already committed to being a big part of the Glovers future plans.

We have found an extraordinary leader and manager in Darren, who has the full backing of everyone at Huish Park, not only to build a squad, but a Club, that will achieve and sustain League One status within the next five seasons.

He will not let our supporters down.

– John Fry, Yeovil Town chairman, speaking to ytfc.net

Way is a former Glovers midfielder with over 200 appearances for the club. His playing career ended prematurely after being injured in a car crash in 2008.

Appeal after teenagers go missing from Yeovil

Vietnamese teenagers Sen Thi Ngo, known as Sen, and Ngan Ti Nguyen, known as Lil, disappeared in Yeovil Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Two teenagers have gone missing after they failed to turn up at an agreed meeting place following a church event.

Vietnamese teenagers Sen Thi Ngo, known as Sen, and Ngan Ti Nguyen, known as Lil, disappeared in Yeovil on February 27 after visiting a church meeting.

They are thought to have made their way from South Somerset to Bath.

SEN (in the blue coat)

  • 15-year-old
  • 5ft 1ins tall
  • Slight build
  • Long black waist length hair
  • She was wearing black training shoes with green colouring.

LIL (in the dark coat)

  • 16-years-old
  • 5ft 1ins tall
  • Slight build
  • Long black waist length hair
  • She was wearing a black padded coat and black leggings.

It's thought the girls may have travelled to Bath where they have friends but may have since left the city.

Police are urging the girls – or anyone recognising them – to contact them.

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Yeovil property badly damaged by tumble dryer fire

Tumble dryers are the cause of almost one fire a day reported to emergency services Credit: ITV News

There's been another fire caused by a tumble drier in the region. Crews were called to Chelston Avenue, Yeovil this lunchtime.

The Devon and Somerset fire service say there was severe fire damage to the utility area of the house and severe smoke damage to the rest of the property.

There have been hundreds of reports of fires across the country thought to have been caused by Hotpoint, Creda and Indesit dryers.

The tumble drier fire was in Chelston Avenue, Yeovil Credit: Google maps

Man jailed for unprovoked knife attacks on strangers

A 31-year-old man has been jailed for 20 years after being convicted of attempted murder and two counts of wounding with intent after a violent attack on three strangers in Yeovil in June last year.

Lee Jeffries-Jones from Yeovil will spend a total of 27 years behind bars.

Lee Jeffries-Jones, of Yeovil has been jailed for 20 years. Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

In two separate incidents, Jeffries-Jones attacked a teenage girl and a 29-year-old woman with a knife, inflicting significant injuries.

The teenager was stabbed by the criminal in her back and the 29-year-old mother suffered a stab wound in her arm. Jeffries-Jones then approached a man who was putting his child into a car seat, and attacked him, but the knife broke.

Jeffries-Jones will serve a minimum of 10 years before being considered for parole.

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