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Man arrested after knife attacks in Yeovil

A man has been arrested in Yeovil after attacking a number of people with a knife, including a 17-year-old girl who is in a critical condition in hospital following emergency surgery.

Police were called to King Arthur's Drive in Yeovil just before 7.30pm last night, Sunday 28 June where a man had been detained by a member of the public.

The road will remain closed while investigations continue.

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.

A second man should also be commended for taking the most seriously injured victim to hospital.

– Det Insp Lindsay Shearlock, Avon & Somerset Police

A 29-year-old woman who sustained an arm injury was released from hospital after treatment.

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

Hospital attack victim was 'wonderful father and grandfather'

Kenneth Tyrer flew fighter jets in World War Two Credit: Family photo

The family of a war veteran who died after being attacked at a Somerset hospital have paid an emotional tribute to him.

90-year-old Kenneth Tyrer suffered from dementia, and was allegedly pushed to the ground by a fellow patient at Yeovil District Hospital. He died two days later.

"He was a wonderful father and grandfather and he will be missed dearly. We now wait for the results of the investigation."

– Kenneth Tyrer's family
Kenneth Tyrer in his younger days Credit: Family photo

Police are investigating, and the hospital is also carrying out an internal investigation.

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Police investigate Yeovil 'hospital attack' on war hero

The attack reportedly happened at Yeovil District Hospital. Credit: ITV News

Police are investigating the death of an elderly man who was allegedly attacked on a hospital ward by a fellow patient.

The man has been named by the Daily Mail as former Second World War fighter pilot Kenneth Tyrer, 90.

The hospital is also carrying out an internal investigation following his death at Yeovil District Hospital last weekend.

Mr Tyrer, who was suffering with dementia, is said to have died two days after being pushed to the ground.

His son Bill Tyrer, 58, told the paper he felt the hospital should take "some responsibility".

"We are working closely with the police and the coroner's office following the death of a patient (during the weekend). We are also carrying out our own internal investigation.

Our thoughts are with the family at this very difficult time."

– SPOKESPERSON FOR YEOVIL DISTRICT HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

"We are investigating the circumstances around the death of a man at Yeovil Hospital. The hospital is helping us with our inquiries."

– Avon and Somerset Police

Family reaction to nurse's not guilty verdict

Joshua Gafney from Yeovil died after taking a fatal overdose of his medication in 2012 Credit: SWNS

The family of a young man from Somerset, who died after taking a fatal overdose of his anti-psychotic medication say they are devastated that Amanda Young, the nurse accused of his manslaughter has been found not guilty.

They are also calling for an apology from Amanda Young's employer, Somerset Partnership NHS Trust.

22-year-old Joshua Gafney died at his home in Yeovil in 2012.

Det Sgt Robert McGhee from Avon and Somerset Police read out their statement outside Bristol Crown Court, where the not guilty verdict was given.

We still do not understand why Somerset Partnership NHS Trust, who employed Amanda Young, have not apologised to us or accepted responsibility for Josh's death. As a family we are devastated with the not guilty verdict. Joshua was taken away from us. We really wanted justice for him.

– Joshua Gafney's family

Nurse found not guilty of patient manslaughter

Amanda Young (left) arriving at court today. Credit: ITV News

A nurse accused of killing a patient with an overdose of medication has been found not guilty at Bristol Crown Court today.

Amanda Young, 40, from Yeovil, had pleaded not guilty to manslaughter by gross negligence for administering a lethal overdose of clozapine to 22-year-old Joshua Gafney in 2012.

Joshua Gafney died in 2012. Credit: SWNS

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Patient questioned his medicine levels before dying of overdose

Joshua Gafney died at home in 2012. Credit: SWNS

A court has heard how a young psychiatric patient asked his mother why he'd been given so much medicine, two hours before he died of an overdose.

Nurse Amanda Young is on trial for the manslaughter by gross negligence of 22-year-old Joshua Gafney from Yeovil, a charge she denies.

Tina Marren, Joshua's mother, was visibly shaking as she told the court that she'd said to her son "she's a nurse, she knows what she's doing".

She went on to say that he'd gone to bed early, telling her the medicine was making him tired, and that he died within two hours.

During cross-examination by defence, Mrs Marren said she wasn't always present when nurses came to give Joshua his medicine in days prior to death. She said she wasn't sure what amounts Joshua was given on those days, and that he didn't comment on it to her.

The trial continues.

Amanda Young arriving at court today. She has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter by gross negligence. Credit: ITV News

Family of patient killed by medication overdose to give evidence

Joshua Gafney died at home in 2012. Credit: SWNS

The family of Joshua Gafney are due to give evidence in the trial of a nurse accused of his death.

Amanda Young, 40, is accused of manslaughter by gross negligence, after administering a quantity of a powerful anti-psychotic drug to the 22-year-old at his home in Yeovil in 2012.

Nurse accused of killing patient pleads not guilty

Amanda Young has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter. Credit: SWNS

A nurse accused of killing a patient with an overdose of medication has pleaded not guilty at Bristol Crown Court today.

Amanda Young, 40, from Yeovil, is alleged to have administered a fatal overdose of clozapine to 22-year-old Joshua Gafney at 4.5 times the maximum legal dose of the drug. He died at his Somerset home in 2012.

Joshua Gafney died at home in 2012. Credit: SWNS

Nurse to go on trial for killing patient with drug overdose

Joshua Gafney died at home in 2012. Credit: Family

A nurse accused of killing a patient with a powerful anti-psychotic drug is due to be tried for manslaughter at Bristol Crown Court today.

Amanda Young, 40, is alleged to have administered a fatal overdose of clozapine to 22-year-old Joshua Gafney at his Somerset home in 2012.

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