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Traffic chaos strands commuters on M5 after fuel spill

Commuters in Somerset faced delays of several hours today after the M5 was closed in both directions near Bridgwater.

It was after the top of a tanker split and kerosene spilt onto the carriageway.

Police working to clear the area now say the stretch of road between J23 and J24 is likely to remain closed for at least the rest of the day.


The closure puts a great deal of pressure on A roads and other surrounding routes.

Commuters stuck in the backlog have been sharing their experiences:

Took my Husband 2 hours to get to Bridgwater from Burnham using the back roads !

– Emma Broadway Ives

Son now on the move but was held up for 5hrs...great British spirit made lots of new friends, school children off their coach, all accepting of a difficult situation.

– Julie Hiscoke

One woman's son was right behind where the above photo was taken:

My son is 500yds behind this, he has been stuck for over 2 hours with according to him not moving anywhere for a long while

– Julie Hiscoke

No hope of northbound coming off at 23 been sat stationary for almost 2 hours

– Samuel George Crawford
Ivan Steerment sent us this shot of traffic mounting on the M5 from the A39 Puritan hill Credit: Ivan Steerment

Dave Porter a 36 year old accountant took this photo from his car while stuck on the M5 for 5 hours.

Standstill traffic leads to people chatting amongst themselves on the motorway. Credit: Dave Porter


Have you seen missing puppy Sooty?

Police are appealing for information about a missing 10-week-old Shih Tzu puppy in Bridgwater.

The female puppy, called Sooty, is believed to have escaped from its owner’s home in the Turner Road area of the town on Friday 13 November.

A witness has said they found the puppy near Old Taunton Road between 9.30am and 10am the same day, but gave it to two men walking with a whippet-type dog to look after until the owner could be traced.

The puppy has not been handed into the police, any local vets or the RSPCA.

Sooty isn’t micro-chipped but has a distinctive birth defect – her ribs are not in alignment and stick out more at the back.


Police increasingly concerned over missing teenager

15 year-old Sascha Gallichan has been missing since Sunday Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Police are becoming increasingly concerned about the whereabouts of a missing teenager.

15 year-old Sascha Gallichan was last seen in Bath on Sunday morning. Officers believe she maybe in the west Somerset area - in particular Taunton, Brridgwater and Petherton.

Detective Inspector, Lorett Spierenburg, is keen to say to Shascha that she is "not in trouble":

“I want to make it clear that Sascha is in no trouble – we just want to make sure she is ok. She has lots of people who care about her and they just want to know she is safe.

“I would appeal to anyone who may have seen Sascha or someone matching her description, to come forward immediately."

– Detective Inspector Lorett Spierenburg

Anyone with information is asked to contact us now on 101, quoting ref 5215026702.

Work to begin on Bridgwater hotel

Work is due to start in Bridgwater on a new hotel.

new jobs could be created
total cost of the project
The old Co-Op will be knocked down.

The old Co-Op and other buildings in the Eastover area are to be demolished to make way for the hotel - which will have more than 100 bedrooms.

An impression of the proposed development

The plans were agreed by Sedgemoor District Council in July 2013 - it says the development will transform the area.

The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership allocated £4.5m of funding from the Growing Places Fund to the development. The fund was designed to create jobs and boost economic growth.

Price of milk paid to farmers not expected to rise yet

The price of milk paid to farmers is not expected to rise until the end of this year or early next, according to a government minister.

George Eustice was giving evidence to MPs after a summer of protests by dairy farmers across the South West over the low price they get for their products.

A petition calling for the introduction of a minimum price farmers get for their milk triggered this afternoon's one-off parliamentary session.

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