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EDF says it's still backing Hinkley C

Hinkley C will be built in the shadow of Hinkley B - if it gets the financial go-ahead Credit: PA

French energy company EDF has repeated its support for the new nuclear power station at Hinkley, even though a final investment decision for the £18 billion plant is still to be made.

French unions had expressed their concerns over the impact of the project.

EDF relies on sensitivity studies already communicated to staff representatives and considers this vote does not change the fundamentals of the project, nor the desire of players to engage in it.

– EDF statement

The director of Greenpeace comments that, in the wake of Brexit, it would be foolish to pursue the deal. He says the Government should be thinking in terms of renewable energy as a Plan B.

In the UK, Brexit is throwing up endless questions that no one knows the answers to over the future of the European energy market. It would be idiocy of the highest magnitude for the UK government in its current incarnation to sign this disastrous deal.

– John Sauven, director of Greenpeace


Vulnerable man missing from hospital

Christopher Michelle went missing from hospital this morning Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police are asking for help in finding a missing vulnerable man thought to be in the Taunton or Bridgwater areas. 41 year old Christopher Michelle went missing from Musgrove park Hospital at about 9am this morning. Police say he may appear confused.

He is described as a white man, about 5ft 9ins tall with short dark spiky hair shaved at the side and was wearing a black knitted jumper and dark coloured, possibly black jeans.


Appeal to find missing teenager

Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Police are appealing to find a teenager who disappeared after going to the cinema.

15-year-old Sauda Gashi, from Bridgwater, was last seen in Weston-super-Mare at the Odeon Cinema on April 9.

We’re growing concerned about Suada’s welfare and have information to suggest she may be in the east Birmingham area.

– Avon and Somerset Police

The teen is slim build, with long ginger/brown hair and was last seen wearing a cream and black netted top, beige blazer, a black skirt and beige heels.

Anyone with information should contact police.

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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