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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

Man seriously injured in police car crash in Dorset

A 28-year-old man from Yeovil has been seriously injured after being hit by a police car. It happened on Saturday evening (23 August) on the B3146 between Dorchester and Sherborne.

Dorset Police say one of their vehicles was in pursuit of a black Peugeot GTI which hit a road sign. The driver got out and then collided with the police car.

The man was taken to Dorset County Hospital with a seriously injured arm. He was arrested for driving offences.

I am appealing for witnesses to the collision to come forward and contact police.

I would also like to hear from anyone who witnessed the manner of driving of either vehicle leading up to the collision.

– Police Sergeant Dave Stroud, of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit

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Man charged with Yeovil stabbing

A 29 year old man has been charged with a stabbing in Yeovil. Kier Tong from Newton Road is accused of wounding with intent and possession of a blade after a man was stabbed at a house in Newton Road yesterday morning. The man is in a serious but stable condition in hospital. Tong is due in court tomorrow morning.

Two men from Somerset missing in mid-Atlantic ocean

Two Somerset men have been named as one of the four Britons feared dead after the yacht they were sailing in capsized in the mid-Atlantic Ocean.

56 year old Paul Goslin from Yeovil and 52 year old Steve Warren from Bridgwater were part of the crew on the Cheeki Rafiki returning from a sailing regatta in the Caribbean.

The yacht got into difficulties near Cape Cod in Massachusetts on Thursday. A search rescue for the crew has this afternoon been called off.

"We searched with multiple assets over 4,000 square miles for pings from the vessel's personal locator beacons.

"After receiving no more transmissions we believe that we would have found them by now if we were going to find them.

"These beacons are small devices and the ones being used have a very short battery life."

– US Coastguard spokesman

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Two injured in Yeovil building collapse

Two injured workmen who were trapped inside a collapsed building in Yeovil have been rushed to hospital.

Emergency services were called to a construction site on Boundary Road shortly after midday.

They were freed from the wreckage and taken to hospital by ambulance. A man in his early twenties suffered head and leg injuries and was taken to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol. A second casualty, in his 60s, was taken to Yeovil District Hospital with minor injuries.

92 clubs in just 92 hours

A group of football fans from Bristol are touring all 92 league clubs in the country in just 92 hours.

They set off from Plymouth Argyle's Home Park stadium this morning, and have already visited Yeovil Town and both Bristol clubs.

They're raising money and awareness for an ME charity. Catherine Harley is one of the group, and she's a Yeovil Town fan:

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