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Police search for 'vulnerable' man who's gone missing without his shoes

Have you seen Vasco Macedo? Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Police say they're worried about a vulnerable man who's gone missing in Somerset, and are asking for the public's help to find him.

39 year old Vasco Macedo was last seen at his home in Chard at 5am this morning.

He's taking his bicycle with him:

Vasco has taken his bike with him. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

He was wearing light blue tracksuit bottoms and a grey hooded top. He's not believed to have any shoes with him. He doesn't speak English.

If you see Vasco, please call police on 101.


Woman trapped under cart at Chard Carnival remains in serious condition

Credit: Shelly Ford

A woman who was trapped under a cart at Chard Carnival remains in a critical condition this evening.

The woman, in her forties, has yet to be formally identified.

The accident happened at the end of the procession on Saturday night.

Police have confirmed the woman injured is one of the ground crew.

They said this morning the woman is now in a "serious but stable condition".

She was taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol after the incident.

A crowdfunding page had been set-up to help her family through this time.

Chard Carnival committee says that while this is a rare occurrence, it is important to consider potential safety improvements for the future.

The lady is stable. The family are with her and we've been keeping in close contact and offering as much support as we can at this moment.

I think we've just got to take advice from everyone involved now and see what we can do. If we can make it any safer that's what we need to do and we just need to work with everyone to try and implement anything that is recommended.

– Jason Baker, Chairman, Chard Carnival Committee

Fundraising effort for 'incredible grandmother' injured during carnival accident

A fundraising page has been set up to help the family of a woman who was seriously injured when she was trapped under a carnival cart in Chard.

The woman, who's been described as an "incredible grandmother", was a member of the event's road team.

She was trapped under the Adventures of Mowgli cart which was being run by the Somerset-based Eclipse Carnival Club.

Club bosses thanked the emergency services for helping their member.

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Chard Carnival: woman seriously injured after getting trapped under carnival float

A woman has been seriously injured after being trapped under a cart at a carnival in Somerset.

It happened towards the end of the Chard Carnival, just before 10pm on Saturday.

Police confirmed that the woman injured was a member of the road crew, and say her injuries are believed to be life threatening.

The woman was airlifted to Southmead Hospital. Credit: ITV News

South Western Ambulance Service said she was airlifted to Southmead Hospital in Bristol with serious leg injuries.

An investigation has been launched and the Health and Safety Executive notified.

We believe this to have been an unusual and exceptional incident which happened at the end of the carnival parade.

We will be looking into the circumstances but do not anticipate it will have any impact on other carnivals planned over the next few weeks.

– Chief Inspector John Holt, Avon and Somerset Police

Anyone who has information about what happened is asked to call Avon and Somerset Police on 101, quoting reference 5217235336.


One month on: police renew appeal after 'nasty' assault

Police investigating a "nasty" assault in a Somerset town have renewed their appeal for information.

It happened in Chard on August 4, at around 4pm, near to the reservoir off Chaffcombe Road.

A woman was walking her dog near to a stream - other dog walkers in the area heard a scream, before the woman stumbled towards people with serious head injuries.

Police believe the two people pictured here may have information that could help with their investigation:

Police are keen to speak to these two people. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Are you one of the two people pictured?

Do you recognise these people?

– Avon and Somerset Police

Police say they are also keen to talk to a man who was seen running away from the area.

E-fit of a man police have been unable to identify. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Police are also keen to talk to two other people:

  • an 18-20 year old man with blonde hair, wearing a cream hoody and carrying a rucksack in the area on the day
  • a white man, in a black hoody and black trousers, riding a dark coloured mountain bike in the area at the time

This was a nasty unprovoked assault for which the motive is still unclear. We would like anyone who was in the area at the time to come forward and identify themselves as they may have key information that could help in our investigation.

– DS Lee Jones

The woman was being treated for her head injuries but is now in a stable condition.

Can you help?

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and ask to speak to DS Lee Jones Yeovil Investigations quoting reference number 5217178432.

Alternatively you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Missing Vasco Macedo found safe and well

Missing Vasco Macedo from Chard has been found safe and well.

Vasco went missing on the night of 26 May - police were very concerned about him as he has learning difficulties and is described as "vulnerable".

We would like to thank the public and media during the search for Vasco, who has been reunited with his family.

– Avon and Somerset Police
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