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Cameron: the West Country is critical in the election

David Cameron says voters in the West Country could make the difference in whether the Conservatives or another party form a government after the general election.

He's been outlining his plans for the first 100 days after the election at a rally near Yeovil. He says it's one of 23 key seats he needs to keep his party in power. He's targeting other seats in the region too.

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Cameron: Economy is issue at heart of campaign

David Cameron has said the economy is the issue at the heart of the campaign as he continued on the election trial with a speech in Norton-sub-Hamdon in Somerset.

Mr Cameron set out the Conservatives' programme for government in its first 100 days if it is re-elected to power and said Labour should not be given a second chance with the country's finances.


Yeovil GP cleared of sex assaults

Dr Habeeb Latheef was cleared at Taunton Crown Court Credit: Ben Birchall/PA

A family doctor has been cleared of sexually assaulting three women patients at his surgery in Yeovil. A jury at Taunton Crown Court took just two hours to clear Dr Habeeb Latheef.

The prosecution had alleged that 48 year-old Dr Latheef was giving the women a sensitivity test when they accused him of placing his penis into their hand as he stood behind them.

Prosecutor William Hunter said the doctor placed a number of objects in their hands including a pen, key and his finger in a consulting room at the Henford Medical Centre surgery in Yeovil, Somerset.

Dr Latheef maintained that he used his finger in the test

Family doctor 'sexually assaulted patients' court hears

Dr Habeeb Latheef is accused of assaulting women during consultations Credit: Irving of Exeter

A court has heard a family doctor sexually assaulted three patients at his surgery in Yeovil.

Dr Habeeb Latheef is accused of assaulting the women during consultations between February 2008 and December 2011. The 48-year-old denies all three charges.

The trial continues at Taunton Crown Court.

Yeovil Town relegated to League Two

Yeovil Town's Nathan Smith (left) and Notts County's Gary Thompson battle for the ball. Credit: PA Wire

Yeovil Town have suffered a second successive relegation, returning to League Two 10 years after they last left the division.

Paul Sturrock's first game in charge ended 1-1 against Notts County.

After the game, the new Glovers boss spoke to our Sports Correspondent, Matthias Kurth:

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.

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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