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Gary Johnson's future in doubt at Yeovil Town

Gary Johnson's future as manager of Yeovil Town is in doubt Credit: Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport

Gary Johnson's future as manager of Yeovil Town is in doubt. The board are currently meeting to decide on his future.

After a torrid first half to the season, the League 1 side have been rooted to the bottom of the table.

An FA Cup clash against Manchester United bought some much needed cash and publicity, but the side have made no improvement in the league.

Man found in Yeovil now in 'life-threatening condition'

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was found with head injuries in West Hendford near Yeovil town centre in the early hours of this morning.

A man in his fifties was found by members of the public in an alleyway running between Tesco car-park and the Manor Hotel.

He was taken to hospital where he remains in a life-threatening condition. His next of kin have been located and informed.

We’re investigating the man’s movements during Saturday evening and early Sunday morning as we want to establish how he got these injuries.

He’s described as white, of proportionate build, with dark hair. He was wearing a black padded jacket over a grey woollen jumper and had a distinctive Manchester City football scarf on with black and white writing on it.

We know he watched the Chelsea vs Manchester City Premier League game in the Westminster pub in Westminster Street and he also attended the Liberal Club, now known as the 94 club, and then the Labour Club.

He’s captured on CCTV going into the alleyway at 2am but we’re appealing for anyone who used this alleyway between 2am and 3am to come forward, as well as anyone who saw a man matching the description given during the evening.

We also believe the man’s black leather wallet may be missing so if anyone finds a wallet matching this description, please call us.

– Det Con Dan King, Avon & Somerset Police


Ugwu scores again as Yeovil draw at Preston

Gozie Ugwu scored for Yeovil at Preston. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Archive

Yeovil Town have drawn 1-1 at promotion-chasing Preston.

Gozie Ugwu gave the Glovers the lead in first half stoppage time with his second goal in two games.

But the home side earned a share of the points when Sylvain Ebanks-Blake equalised fifteen minutes from the end.

Yeovil remain bottom of the table on goal difference.

Yeovil Town to hold consultation over stadium plans

Yeovil Town are hoping to submit new plans to develop land around their Huish Park stadium. Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

Yeovil Town Football Club is holding a public consultation to showcase plans to develop land around their Huish Park stadium.

The club withdrew a proposal to build a supermarket on the site last year, and is now hoping to submit new plans to raise funds to help develop the stadium. There will be a consultation at Huish Park next weekend.

The evolving proposals are very different to the previous application and they do not include a supermarket.

Through our Supporter Planning Consultant, David Bell, much has been undertaken and achieved in the past 7 months.

We started by assessing the needs of our football and our community businesses at Championship/League One level. Our main aim was to find ways of providing a better use of the stadium and site by our supporters and the local community on a 7 days a week cycle.

It is these evolving thoughts and ideas upon which we will be consulting. We would like our fans and the general public to consider the exhibition material, discuss matters with the club’s Planning Consultancy Team and give feedback.

– John Fry, Chairman, Yeovil Town FC


Johnson invites United coach to post match drink

Arguably the biggest, certainly the most glamorous, match in Yeovil Football Club's history is now just three days away.

A capacity crowd of 9,500 will be at Huish Park on Sunday to watch the Glovers take on Manchester United in the third round of the FA Cup.

Yeovil's manager Gary Johnson says he'll invite United's coach Louis Van Gaal to share a post match drink, whatever the outcome.

Yeovil Town to play Manchester United in the FA Cup

Yeovil Town will host Manchester United in the third round of the FA Cup.

The Glovers left it very late in their replay against Accrington Stanley last night. They won 2-0 thanks to goals from Simon Gillett and Kieffer Moore in the last ten minutes.

The Somerset club could make up to half a million pounds from the visit of the Premier League giants on Sunday January the 4th.

After the match fans were looking forward to the landmark next round:

Researchers probe Somerset WW1 memorial mystery

Thorne's name, as it appears on the Yeovil war memorial. Credit: ITV News

Researchers in Somerset are trying to solve the mystery of a man whose name appears on the war memorial in Yeovil.

They know he ('T. Thorne') died in World War One but all other information was thought to have been lost.

Now a photograph has be found and they are hoping, with the public's help, to build up the story of who he was.

We've got one part of the puzzle because we know his name and what he looks like. It's just finding those other people that fit in the background who can make the connections. We have a face of him in the photograph, but we want to see what was he like as a person? Does anyone know him? So we can remember him as fully as we can.

– Joseph Lewis, Community Heritage Access Centre
Thorn (second from left) in the newly-discovered photograph. Credit: ITV News

Did officers lie at inquest into the death of James Herbert?

James Herbert died in June 2010 Credit: ITV News

A watchdog is investigating claims that Avon and Somerset police officers lied during an inquest into the death of a mentally ill man.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has served five Avon and Somerset staff - including three serving police officers - with notices of gross misconduct over the death of 25-year-old James Herbert.

The former public schoolboy died from a cardiac arrest in June 2010 after being detained under the Mental Health Act by officers from Avon and Somerset Police.

An inquest last year heard that Mr Herbert, who had taken drugs, was restrained before being left naked in a police cell at Yeovil police station.

Mr Herbert, a data recovery engineer, was later found to be unresponsive and was taken to Yeovil District Hospital by ambulance where he was declared dead.

An inquest jury returned a narrative conclusion that Mr Herbert, who lived in Wells, died from "cardio-respiratory arrest in a man intoxicated by synthetic cathinones causing acute disturbance following restraint and struggle against restraint".

The jury also highlighted factors that may have contributed to Mr Herbert's death, such as the lack of communication between police officers about Mr Herbert's mental health, drug use and previous incidents; the failure to call for medical assistance while he was being taken to the police station and the need for closer monitoring of him during that journey.

The police watchdog said it was looking at "whether the police at any stage colluded to give false accounts and/or lied during their evidence at the inquest".

A spokeswoman said: "Following the inquest into the death of James Herbert, Avon and Somerset Police received a letter from Mr Herbert's family detailing a number of complaints including concerns that officers colluded or lied during their evidence, and about the conduct of the force during the inquest proceedings.

"These complaints were referred to the IPCC which decided to carry out an independent investigation.

"The IPCC has looked at the evidence provided to the IPCC as part of the original investigation into Mr Herbert's death.

"A number of areas relating to the treatment of Mr Herbert on June 10 are now being investigated further.

"As well as investigating whether the police at any stage colluded to give false accounts and/or lied during their evidence at the inquest, the IPCC is examining the actions and decisions of police officers or staff who had any involvement with James on the day of his death."

Three police officers, one former police officer and one member of police staff have been served with gross misconduct notices advising them that their conduct is subject to investigation.

"The notices relate to the investigation into the circumstances of Mr Herbert's death. Such notices are not judgemental in any way," the spokeswoman added.

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