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4ft-long boa constrictor discovered in garden

Take a look at the moment a 4ft-long boa constrictor was rescued from a back garden in Yeovil.

The RSPCA say the snake is most likely a pet which either escaped or was simply abandoned:

The snake is currently being cared for at nearby Lufton College.

Animal welfare officers are urging people people to do their research before getting exotic pets as the number of abandoned reptiles has soared.

It’s hard to know for sure how this snake came to be in the undergrowth here but I think the caller got a bit of a surprise! It’s not everyday you stumble upon a 4ft snake in the bushes!

– Alison Sparkes, Animal Welfare Officer

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More than thirty cars vandalised in Yeovil

The cars were targeted on The Avenue in Yeovil

Police are appealing for witnesses after more than thirty cars were vandalised in Yeovil.

The incident took place in The Avenue and surrounding roads in the early hours of the morning.

The tyres on more than 30 vehicles were slashed – causing significant damage.

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage.

Human remains discovered in home's back garden

Police have discovered human remains have been found in the back garden of a home.

Officers discovered the remains after a tip off that a stillborn baby may have been buried in the Yeovil home.

Following police enquiries in the St George’s area of Yeovil last week, we can confirm that remains have been located in the back garden of a property.

These enquiries commenced following a disclosure that a stillborn child might be buried at this location. This is unconnected to the current tenant.

Further forensic tests will now be carried out.

– Avon and Somerset Police
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A 29-year-old woman has been arrested and bailed in connection with the discovery, pending further enquiries.

Police have urged the public not to speculate.

As our enquiries are continuing, we would ask the public not to speculate on the circumstances surrounding this incident.

We are continuing to work closely with the family concerned and helping them through this difficult time.

– Avon and Somerset Police

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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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