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Police hunt armed robber with boxers on his head

Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Police are hunting an armed robber who held up a shop in Yeovil - while wearing a pair of boxer shorts on his head.

The man entered McColls, in Lyde Road, before brandishing a large kitchen knife, making sure he covered his face with grey and white patterned boxer shorts.

Police say he then threatened staff before making off with a quantity of cash in the direction of Victoria Road.

Residents of Victoria Road to check their gardens and bins for the knife and boxer shorts.

The man is described as white with either a dark, tanned complexion or dirty skin, aged in his 20s, of skinny build and approximately 6ft tall. He had dark stubble and a moustache and short dark gelled hair.

– Avon and Somerset Police Spokesman
Credit: Avon and Somerset Police


Paedophile gang get 78 years for abusing children, some babies

Adam Toms (top left) was one of the men involved Credit: ITV News

Seven paedophiles who preyed on babies and children younger than 5 have been jailed for a total of 78 years at Bristol Crown Court.

Adam Toms from Somerset was one of the men involved and was given 12 years. The case only came to light after Toms from Yeovil called the police to confess.

Judge Julian Lambert said "the depth to which you sank is astounding and highly shocking to all decent people."

Rowers Stanning and Glover retain World Championship title

Helen Glover (left) and Heather Stanning in training Credit: PA

Rowers Heather Stanning and Helen Glover have retained their title at the World Championships in France.

Stanning from Yeovil in Somerset and Glover began rowing together at Bath University.

They extended their record to 28 unbeaten races in the women's pair event, beating teams from New Zealand and USA to keep the title.

Serial bus thief steals double decker but avoids jail

Serial bus thief Nicholas Atwell decided to take a double decker on a 50-mile joyride from Swanage to Yeovil, has managed to avoid jail.

The 54-year-old took the bus on a 50-mile drive across Dorset and Somerset.

Mr Atwell who has Asperger's syndrome, has more than 100 previous convictions for stealing buses in Bournemouth and Oxfordshire.

He was given a two-year suspended jail sentence at Taunton Crown Court but was told if he ever stole a bus again he would face jail.


Man charged with attempted murder after Yeovil knife attack

Police say the attack was unprovoked. Credit: ITV News

A man has been charged with attempted murder after a teenage girl was stabbed in Yeovil.

The 17-year-old is in hospital following emergency surgery. Two others were also injured in the knife attack which police say was unprovoked.

30-year-old Lee Jeffries-Jones of no fixed address remains in police custody, and will appear at Taunton Crown Court on 24th July.

Man due in court over Yeovil stabbing

Police activity in King Arthur's Drive in Yeovil Credit: ITV News West Country

A 30-year-old man is to appear in court today (Tuesday 30 June), charged with attempted murder. It follows an incident in King Arthur’s Drive in Yeovil on Sunday night when a teenage girl was stabbed.

Lee Jeffries-Jones of no fixed address is to appear at South Somerset Magistrates Court charged with three counts of attempted murder, assault by beating, two counts of affray, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of drugs.

Man arrested after stabbings in Yeovil

The incident happened in King Arthur Drive in Yeovil Credit: ITV News

A teenage girl is in a critical condition in hospital after a man attacked a number of people with a knife in Yeovil.

Police were called to King Arthur's Drive last night where three people had reportedly been attacked with a large knife.

One man has been arrested.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police told ITV News: "A male was walking along the street and suddenly stabbed a young 17 year old girl very seriously in the back. He also attacked another lady who was just in her driveway cleaning her car out. He tried to stab a third man who was getting into his car. That gentleman wrestled him to the ground, took the knife off him and detained him."

Teenage girl stabbed in the street in Yeovil

The incident happened in King Arthur Drive in Yeovil Credit: ITV News

A teenage girl and a passer-by have been stabbed in the street in Yeovil.

The knifeman went on the rampage in King Arthur Drive on Sunday evening, leaving the 17-year-old girl in a critical condition in hospital.

A 29-year-old woman sustained arm injuries.

The attacker was eventually detained by a member of the public, who pinned him to the floor.

Mum-of-two Sarah Hale, 39, who lives on King Arthur Drive said: "My neighbour was washing his car or something and his little son was in the car.

"He managed to get him down on the floor until the police came. It took five of them to get him into the van."

The 17-year-old girl remains in hospital in a critical condition following emergency surgery.

A 30-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and remains in police custody.

Detective Inspector Lindsay Shearlock, of Avon and Somerset Police, said: "This appears to be an unprovoked attack on innocent bystanders in a residential street.

"I must praise the man who bravely tackled the suspect, even though he had seen the violence of the attacks, and detained him until police officers arrived."

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