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Man jailed for brutal Yeovil stabbing

Kier Tong. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

A man has been jailed for three years and three months for stabbing another man in Yeovil.

Kier Tong, 29, stabbed Darren Hopkins, also 29, four times in the stomach and back with a chef's knife, in August last year.

Mr Hopkins was left with permanent injuries and will have to take medication for the rest of his life.

Tong was found not guilty of GBH with intent, but convicted of GBH, which he admitted at Taunton Crown Court. Tong had admitted the offence at the scene, and the knife was found in his room.

“The consultant who operated on Darren said three of the stab injuries could have proved fatal.

There was an ongoing dispute between Kier Tong and the victim which culminated in this extremely violent incident ... He’s proven himself to be a violent man who was willing to use a lethal weapon despite the obvious potential consequences.

– Investigating officer Detective Constable Dan King

Police warning over theft of hazardous metal in Yeovil

Cadmium anode balls were stolen in the theft Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police are warning that metal stolen from a factory in Yeovil could pose a health risk to the public. They say a large quantity of cadmium was taken from South West Metal Finishing in Limber Road on Monday night.

The cadmium anode balls were removed from chemical trays. Anyone who comes into contact with them is advised not to touch them and should seek medical attention should they have done so.

One of the suspects captured on CCTV Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Cadmium is carcinogenic. Low-level exposure can result in flu-like symptoms, but more extensive contact can cause lung and kidney disease. Detectives are hunting two suspects who were captured on CCTV around the time of the theft.

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Cleaning product makes van explode

Cleaning product makes van explode Credit: Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service

A man has suffered minor burns to his face and neck after a cleaning product made his van explode.

Yesterday in Yeovil the man was using an aerosol spray to clean the dashboard, he then turned the engine on, causing a reaction and explosion due to the cleaning product vapours.

The Yeovil Fire Crew initially treated the man at the scene. He was then taken to hospital and left later in the afternoon.

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Reports of a bomb scare in Yeovil

A bomb disposal team has been parked outside the building in Newton Road, Yeovil Credit: ITV News

There were reports today of a bomb scare at a block of flats in Yeovil.

A bomb disposal team and forensic investigators were called to flats on Newton Road in Yeovil

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said: "We required specialist support in relation to a substance found at an address in Newton Road, but it does not pose an immediate danger to the public."

Avon and Somerset Polices say there isn no immediate danger to the public Credit: ITV News

Gary Johnson sacked as manager of Yeovil Town

It has been confirmed that Yeovil Town have sacked Gary Johnson as manager of the club.

Chairman John fry says it was the hardest decision he's ever made at the club:

The decision to relieve Gary of his management duties is the hardest I have been involved in during my 23 years at Huish Park. I cannot speak too highly of the man who in the past brought so much success to our club. We part company on good terms and I would like personally to wish him well for the future.

– John Fry, Yeovil Town Chairman
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