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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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Man left with multiple stab wounds following altercation outside flats

A man is in a critical condition after he was stabbed several times during an altercation at the entrance to a block of flats.

The man suffered stab injuries to his head and body in the Green Mead area of Yeovil following the incident at around 1.15am on Sunday.

He is in a critical, but stable, condition in hospital.

A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

The man is in a critical but stable condition

We’re carrying out a full inquiry to establish the facts surrounding this incident which has left a man in a serious condition in hospital.

A man has been arrested and he’s in custody for questioning.

We’re asking for the public’s help and would like to speak to anyone who saw or heard any part of this altercation, or anyone who saw a man running away from the Green Mead area between 1am and 1.30am.

We know this will cause concern in the local community but I’d like to assure people we believe it to be an isolated incident involving people who know each other.

There will be a continuing police presence in the local area as our enquiries are on-going.

– Det Insp Lee Jones

Investigation into fire at Yeovil charity shop which left people running for cover

Pictures from Rishi Naraidoo

An investigation's underway after a large fire at a charity shop in Yeovil last night.

The blaze raged through the three-storey building housing the Age UK shop in Middle Street. The fire only affected one building, with three-storey tall flames issuing from the first and second floors.

Fire crews spent more than three hours at the scene and said the shop had water damage and slight smoke damage, while the first and second floors were severely fire damaged.

The fire broke out in Middle Street last night. Credit: ITV Westcountry

Timeline of events

  • 7.19pm - First floor was well alight, two jets used.
  • 7.30pm - Fire involved ground, first and second floors of three storey building. All people accounted for.
  • 8.34pm - Fire surrounded. Crews begin dampening down.
  • 10.39pm - Fire extinguished.

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Late Jeffers goal keeps Yeovil in the FA Cup

Yeovil Town's Shaun Jeffers (right) celebrates his late equaliser with team-mates. Credit: Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport

Yeovil Town are 'in the hat' for the FA Cup fourth round draw.

The Glovers drew 2-2 at Carlisle this afternoon. Darren Way's men fell behind twice, but goals from Francois Zoko and Shaun Jeffers earned a replay at Huish Park on Tuesday week.

Yeovil Hospital downgraded from black to red alert

The severe pressure on emergency services at Yeovil District Hospital has eased slightly, with the hospital no longer at "black alert".

The alert status has now been downgraded to "red alert", the second highest possible level of severity. The hospital is still very busy and says it is facing significant operational challenges.

Black alert occurs when the hospital can no longer deal with the number of patients coming into A&E because too few are being discharged.

HOSPITALS STILL ON BLACK ALERT

  • Southmead Hospital
  • the BRI
  • Bristol Royal Hospital for Children
  • Weston General Hospital

WHAT DOES RED ALERT MEAN?

A hospital on red alert means that wards are still very busy with limited bed space. All non-urgent work and clinics are usually cancelled so that resourced can be concentrated on the emergency services.

It also means urgent actions are required across the local health system by all partners to prevent the hospital going into black alert.

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