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Dog rescued from Afghanistan wins Crufts prize

He's been tortured in Afghanistan and forced into dog fights - but now Wylie has won a prize at Crufts.

The canine was judged 'Best Cross-breed Rescue' at the famous dog show last week. After being rescued by soldiers he has been adopted in Yeovil.

Wylie and his new owner Sarah came into the ITV News West Country studio.

Warning caffeine can mask effects of alcohol

The charity Alcohol Concern says young people don't realise the dangers of mixing alcohol with caffeine-based energy drinks.

It has spoken out after Jayde Dinsdale, a Yeovil student, suffered three heart attacks after drinking a number of Jagerbombs in one night. Experts say the caffeine in this sort of drink stops people realising how drunk they really are.

Bristol GP Dr Tom Frewin says caffeine can mask the effects of alcohol:

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Yeovil teenager wins British Heart Foundation award

Just over a year ago Samantha Hobbs almost lost her mum Mandy when she had a cardiac arrest at their home in Yeovil.

Aged just fourteen at the time, she saved her mum's life using CPR skills she'd learned at the local lifesaving club.

Sam has been campaigning to get other teenagers to learn these skills, and has earned an award from the British Heart Foundation for what it calls her exceptional contribution to improving the UK's heart health.

Man jailed for life for Yeovil murder

Gobinath Vellasamy will serve a minimum of 18 years for the murder of Mayurathy Perinpamoorthy Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

A man has been sentenced to life for the murder of a woman in Yeovil last year. Police called to Tudor Court last August found the body of Mayurathy Perinpamoorthy in a ground-floor flat. She died from multiple stab wounds to her neck.

Mayurathy Perinpamoorthy died from multiple stab wounds last August Credit: Family

Gobinath Vellasamy was arrested in Tudor Court shortly after police responded to the incident.

He was charged with murder and today a jury at Exeter Crown Court found him guilty of murder. He was given a life sentence and must serve a minimum of 18 years in prison.

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Wind puts trampoline up a tree in Yeovil

This tweet from Matt Parker, shows the damage caused by the recents winds as well as the power of them when they swept through the region recently:

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Ok I knew the weather was bad, but a trampoline... Up a tree... Only in Yeovil! http://t.co/uqlfIEJ6Ff

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Yeovil company to benefit from £760 million deal

Some very welcome news on the jobs front at the Agusta Westland company in Yeovil today. It has won a contract to convert twenty five RAF Merlin helicopters for Royal Navy use, securing work for years to come.

Its existing contract to service the army's Apache Attack helicopters has also been renewed for another five years. The Defence Secretary Philip Hammond announced the deal worth £760 million, at a visit to the Yeovil site this morning. Bob Cruwys reports:

Helicopter contracts will give workers security

Agusta Westland in Yeovil has won a contract to convert 25 RAF Merlin helicopters for Royal Navy use.

Its existing contract to service the army's Apache Attack helicopters has also been renewed for another five years.

The Defence Secretary Philip Hammond announced the deal, worth seven hundred and sixty million pounds, at a visit to the Yeovil site this morning. He said workers at the plant can now have a "sense of security":

Defence Secretary announces new contracts in Yeovil

Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond has announced two new contracts at a helicopter manufacturers in Yeovil.

The contracts, with the Ministry of Defence, include one to convert 25 Merlin Helicopter for Royal Navy use.

Philip Hammond meeting apprentices at AgustaWestland
Philip Hammond meeting apprentices at AgustaWestland after announcing 2 new MoD contracts. Credit: ITV News West Country

The Merlin helicopters will be moved from RAF Benson in Oxfordshire to replace ageing Sea King aircraft at RNAS Yeovilton. The conversion will involve installing a folding rotor head and folding tail.

The RAF Merlin which will be adapted for use by the Royal Navy.
The RAF Merlin helicopters will be adapted for use by the Royal Navy. Credit: ITV News West Country
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