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999 calls re-directed after technical problems at Avon and Somerset Police

999 calls re-directed after technical problems at Avon and Somerset Police Credit: PA

Avon and Somerset Police were forced to re-route 999 calls yesterday - after technical issues meant call handlers couldn't log on to their computers.

Those calling for emergencies were delayed as they were connected with neighbouring police forces.

But people calling in via 101 had to wait up to an hour to speak to someone.

The computer glitch has now been resolved.

Avon and Somerset Police making fewer drink driving arrests

The police have been conducting roadside drug tests. Credit: ITV News

Avon and Somerset Police say their campaign against drink and drug driving is working.

It's called Operation Tonic, and in June they breathalysed almost 1,000 drivers and arrested 78 - a 12% drop from last summer.

They also used new equipment introduced this year to conduct roadside drug tests.

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Chief Constable found guilty of misconduct

Nick Gargan had been suspended on full pay since May last year. Credit: PA

The Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police has been found guilty of misconduct at a private panel hearing today.

Nick Gargan faced ten charges of gross misconduct and three of misconduct, and has been found guilty of eight at the level of misconduct, though not of gross misconduct.

The Chief Constable was accused of leaking internal emails and behaving inappropriately towards female staff members last year. He has been suspended on full pay ever since.

His suspension has been lifted, and after a hearing on what sanctions he will receive, he is due to return to work.

Fire crews offer advice to residents after fatal blaze

The house in Long Sutton which burnt down on Monday night Credit: ITV News

Fire crews will be offering safety advice to residents of a Somerset village following a fatal house fire earlier this week.

Investigations are continuing into the cause of the blaze at Long Sutton, but there have been several recent incidents where the victim lived alone.

They will be knocking on doors and will also be outside the post office 9am-5pm and at the village hall from 3.15pm until the weekend.

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Woman dies in Somerset house fire

Police are trying to find the woman's next of kin. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

A woman has died following a fire at the Dower House in Long Sutton last night.

The victim has not been formally identified yet but is believed to be in her sixties. Police have been trying to find her family, and are appealing for witnesses to the fire.

Fire crews battled the blaze for several hours last night, and investigations have continued today.

Police say the incident is not being treated as suspicious at this stage. Anyone with information has been asked to call Yeovil Investigations via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 101, quoting log number 941 of 21 June.

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Death in police custody in Somerset

The man was being held at the new police custody centre at Bridgwater Express Park Credit: ITV News

A 40-year-old man has died while being held at the new police custody centre in Bridgwater.

He was arrested on Sunday December 28 after a fire in College Street, Burnham-on-Sea. He was taken to the custody centre at Bridgwater Express Park, where he was charged for being drunk and disorderly and hindering a member of the fire service. He was remanded in police custody to appear at Taunton Deane Magistrates Court yesterday, Tuesday 30 December.

The man was checked at 4am that morning and found to be unresponsive. Paramedics were called in but he was pronounced dead at approximately 4.10am.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating.

Cells at the new custody centre in Bridgwater Credit: ITV News
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BREAKING: Death in police custody in Somerset

The man was being held at the new police custody centre at Bridgwater Express Park Credit: ITV News

A 40-year-old man has died while being held at the new police custody centre in Bridgwater.

He was arrested on Sunday December 28 after a fire in College Street, Burnham-on-Sea. He was taken to the custody centre at Bridgwater Express Park, where he was charged for being drunk and disorderly and hindering a member of the fire service. He was remanded in police custody to appear at Taunton Deane Magistrates Court yesterday, Tuesday 30 December.

The man was checked at about 4am that morning and found to be unresponsive. Paramedics were called in but he was pronounced dead at approximately 4.10am.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating.

Cells at the new custody centre in Bridgwater Credit: ITV News

Some police stations to close

Avon and Somerset police has announced the closure of a number of police stations.

As part of the scheme stations in Taunton, Minehead and Chard will close and move to a smaller base - while Bridgewater will get a new station.

MP for Bridgwater, Ian Liddell-Grainger says he hopes that it won't make things worse for rural crime:-

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