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3 people charged in sexual exploitation inquiry in Yeovil

Three people have been charged in connection with a sexual exploitation inquiry in Yeovil. Luke Fuller, aged 24, of Kingston, Yeovil, has been charged with one count of rape and one count of trafficking persons within the UK for sexual exploitation.

Jon Smillie, aged 27, of Hathermead Gardens, Yeovil, has been charged with trafficking persons within the UK for sexual exploitation, one count of rape of a girl under 13 and one count of controlling a child aged 13-17 involved in prostitution/pornography.

Eleanor Dollery, aged 20, of Preston Road, Yeovil, has been charged with conspiracy to rape a woman aged 16 or over and trafficking persons within the UK for sexual exploitation.All three are due to appear before South Somerset Magistrates' Court today.

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Security for Yeovil factory

AgustaWestland has won a £1billion helicopter supply contact with the Norwegian government which will safeguard more than 3,000 jobs in Somerset.

The company will supply 16 AW101 helicopters plus support and training.

The helicopters will be assembled at its Yeovil facility.

Business Secretary, Vince Cable, was there today for the announcement:-

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Six held in exploitation inquiry

Six people have been arrested in Somerset as part of an investigation into sexual exploitation of girls and young women.

Police raided four addresses in Yeovil and Chard as part of the inquiry, which began in August.

5 men and one woman have been arrested - four remain in custody and two have been released on bail until early January.

Since August we have been building up a picture of intelligence surrounding the sexual exploitation of girls and young women in the Yeovil area, resulting in these warrants.

Our ongoing priority is to support and protect the victims of these offences and to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.

– Detective Chief Inspector Phil Jones
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3,000 jobs protected at AgustaWestland

Yeovil company AgustaWestland has signed a £1 billion deal with Norway to supply 16 Search and Rescue helicopters.

The AW101s will be delivered from 2017 through to 2020.

The Business Secretary, Vince Cable says it's great news for British aerospace and helps protect 3,000 jobs. All the aircraft will be built in Yeovil.

Vince Cable meets apprentices at AugustaWestland ahead of announcing the deal

Free Christmas parking in South Somerset

Parking will be free at Yeovil's Quedam Shopping Centre after 2pm Credit: ITV News Westcountry

Christmas shoppers in Yeovil and the rest of South Somerset are to benefit from free car parking from this afternoon. The district council is dropping charges after 2pm every day until Boxing Day.

Charges have also been dropped at the Quedam Shopping Centre. There will also be free parking all day on New Year's Day.

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76 dogs seized for being dangerous in the last year

by Caron Bell

The number of dangerous dogs seized in the Avon & Somerset area has risen for the third year in a row - that's according to figures obtained by ITV News. Seventy six dogs were taken from their owners last year - up from forty two in the previous twelve months.

Well we've been speaking to victims of dog attacks who've suffered horrific injuries. The following report contains a graphic image.

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