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Motorcyclist dies in Somerset crash

A man has died in a crash between a car and a motorcycle near Bridgwater.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the accident, which happened at around 6.15am on Sunday morning along Homberg Way in Wembdon near Bridgwater.

The motorcyclist received serious head injuries and, despite treatment at the scene, died shortly afterwards.

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of death by dangerous driving.

Body in carpet murder conviction appeal dismissed

Alan Charlton was jailed in 1991 for murdering Karen Price. Credit: ITV News

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal from the man convicted of murdering a teenage runaway and burying her body wrapped in a carpet.

Alan Charlton, from Bridgwater, and co-defendant Idris Ali were jailed in 1991 for killing 15-year-old Karen Price in Cardiff in 1981.

Her body was discovered eight years later. Mr Ali was released in 1994 after a retrial where he admitted manslaughter.

Charlton referred his case to the Criminal Cases Review Commission in 2009. The case was sent to the Court of Appeal in 2014.

Karen was living in a children's home when she went missing. Credit: ITV News

The appeal against the convictions of both Charlton and Idris Ali was heard by three judges last month and the judgement reserved until today.

This morning, Lady Justice Hallett delivered the ruling that the case had been dismissed.

But she said the court "shared the concerns of the CCRC about the conduct of some officers in the South Wales police force in the late 1980s and early 1990s".

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Missing teenager found

A teenager who disappeared from her home in Bridgwater has been found.

15-year-old Sascha Gallichan was last seen at 11pm on Sunday January 17, and had not been heard from since.

Police have now said she has been found safe and well.

Teenager missing from Bridgwater

Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Police are appealing for help after a 15-year-old disappeared from her home in Bridgwater.

Sascha Gallichan was last seen at 11pm on Sunday January 17, and has not been heard from since.

Police say they are concerned for the teenager and have urged her to make contact with them, or her family as soon as possible.

She is 5ft 3ins, of small build and has blonde hair and blue eyes.

She may have travelled to Brighton where she has friends.

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M5 southbound closed after major accident

A major accident between a motorcyclist, lorry and a number of cars has closed the M5 southbound between junctions 24 - 25 near Bridgwater.

Police say the motorway is likely to remain closed for some time. The cars have been moved to the hard shoulder and the motorcyclist is receiving attention at the scene for what's believed to be a spinal injury.

Drivers are being urged to avoid the area.

Southbound M5 open but drivers should expect congestion

Police have taken to Twitter to announce the expected reopening times of the M5 motorway near Bridgwater after a lorry overturned and spilled diesel over the carriageway earlier today (6 January).

Southbound lanes have been reopened but northbound will remain closed tonight and is expected to reopen tomorrow (7 January) at 06:00 due to resurfacing work.

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Drivers are being advised to check their route and listen to traffic updates while travelling.

Other surrounding roads are also beginning to get busier as a result of traffic moving away from the closure.

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Environmental fears after kerosene spill on M5

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Some environmental concerns have been raised after a tanker carrying kerosene overturned and spilled its load over the M5 carriageway near Bridgwater.

1000 l
Amount of fuel thought to have spilled in the accident

The motorway has been closed and the Environment Agency is on the scene to make sure a nearby river is unaffected.

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