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Santa Claus makes an early appearance in Somerset

140 people dressed as Santa braved freezing temperatures for a mass scuba dive. Credit: ITV News

Now, it's a week to go until Christmas Eve but Santa made an early visit to Somerset today.

In fact, 140 people dressed as the man himself braved freezing temperatures for a mass scuba dive in Vobster near Radstock.

It's the 10th year the event has taken place with all the money raised going to charity.

We definitely want to make sure that it doesn't make diving dangerous at all, so as long as we make sure that the dry suit controls are exposed, you can go up, come down, do anything you would normally do, then its actually no problem at all.

I think divers really like to put things back into the diving community. We rely on the RNLI and the air ambulance for emergency situations and rescue and I think it's an excellent end to the diving year.

– Tim Clements, Vobster Quay Diving Centre


Severn Trent to compensate customers affected by Tewkesbury burst

Water has now been restored to all customers in the Tewkesbury area. Credit: ITV News

Severn Trent will be paying compensation to any customers who were without water for more than 15 hours as a result of the major pipe burst in Tewkesbury that happened early on Friday morning.

Water has now been restored to all customers in the Tewkesbury area.

The payment of £30, which is roughly the same as having a month free on the average combined water and waste bill, will be deducted automatically so customers don’t need to do anything.

Body found in search for missing person

Police have located the body of a male today. Credit: ITV News

Police searching for missing Tipton St John teenager Daniel Chambers have located the body of a male.

The body was found in a field near Tipton St John, Devon around 11.35am during a police search for 15-year-old Daniel who was last seen on Wednesday morning.

Formal identification is yet to be carried out but Daniel’s family has been informed.

Officers are carrying out enquiries to establish the circumstances of the death but it is not being treated as suspicious at this time.

Woman missing in Derriford

Edith Harrison was last seen on Friday afternoon. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

A woman from Totnes has gone missing in Derriford.

Edith Harrison was last seen on William Prance Road at 2:45pm on Friday (15/12) and police say they are concerned about her.

  • white
  • 5ft5" tall
  • around 10 stone
  • having very light blonde hair
  • wearing black lace up shoes, pale blue knitted jumper, black trousers and black coat

If anyone has any information with regards to Edith’s whereabouts, can they please contact the Police, quoting log number 535 15/12/17.

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