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Residents allowed home after furniture warehouse fire

People have been allowed back home after a fire at a furniture warehouse in Somerset.

Crews spent the night tackling the fire in East Street in Chard. Houses nearby were evacuated because of fears about gas cylinders and asbestos on site.

It is understood the owner need treatment for burns to his hands.

Furniture warehouse in Chard Credit: ITV News
Furniture warehouse in Chard Credit: ITV News

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Dozens head down giant water slide in Chard

The slide is open to everyone over the age of six Credit: ITV News

A giant water slide has been set up in Chard town centre.

During the course of the day up to 300 hundred people are expected to head down it.

The event was the brainchild of Mayor Jenny Kenton, who's hoping the slide will help put Chard on the map.

Money raised from the event will go to the Mayor’s five charities – Chard Museum, Chard and Crewkerne After Stroke Care, Chard Carers Support Group, Chard Town Team and Chard Area Youth Committee.

The event replicates an event in Bristol earlier this year, which saw people travel from all over the country to take part.

The slide is open for everyone over the age of six. Those under 1.20 metres tall will be able to head down later in the afternoon when the slide is shortened to allow younger children to take part.

The event was the idea of Chard mayor Jenny Kenton Credit: ITV News

Catherine Wells-Burr's mother at Victim Support anniversary

Jane Wells-Burr (right) after the trial of her daughter's killers. Credit: PA

The mother of murder victim Catherine Wells-Burr will be at an event today to mark the 40th anniversary of Victim Support. Since Catherine was murdered in Somerset in 2012, her parents have supported families in similar situations and campaigned for victims' rights.

Jayne Wells-Burr will be at a reception held by the Lord Mayor to celebrate the work of the charity, in Bristol.

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Full report: Man bailed in Spain over father's death

A man from Somerset has been questioned by a Spanish judge on suspicion of killing his father in a fight while they were on holiday.

45-year-old Ian Bennett was arrested in a seaside town on Spain's Costa Brava, after allegedly attacking his father while they were at a camp site.

Today neighbours of the family in Chard spoke of their shock at the tragedy.

Duncan Sleightholme reports:

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Ian Bennett released on bail as investigation continues

Ian Bennett, released on bail Credit: Facebook

Ian Bennett from Chard in Somerset, has been released on bail as Spanish police look into the circumstances of the death of his father at a campsite on the Costa Brava.

69 year old Douglas Bennett was taken to hospital in Girona with severe head wounds after he was found in a pool of blood but died on Friday morning.

Castell Montgri campsite where Doug Bennett died Credit: CastellMontgri.com
L'Estartit on Spain's Costa Brava where Ian Bennett was arrested Credit: CastellMontgri,com

Somerset man bailed by Spanish judge as investigation continues into father's death

A British man has been questioned by a Spanish judge on suspicion of killing his father, from Somerset, in a fight and released on bail.

Ian Bennett, 45, was arrested on Friday in L'Estartit, a seaside town on north-east Spain's Costa Brava, after allegedly attacking his father, 69-year-old Douglas Bennett, while on holiday at a camping site.

Police said he had been taken before a judge and bailed while the investigation continues.

Mr Bennett senior was taken to hospital in Girona with severe head wounds after he was found in a pool of blood but died on Friday morning.

"Doug and Ian were so close it was unreal. I have no idea what could have sparked this. I'm absolutely speechless."

– Doug Bennett's brother Bob speaking to The Mail on Sunday

All we know is Doug is dead and Ian has been arrested. I'm stunned."

– Valerie, Doug Bennett's sister

Briton held on suspicion of killing father in a fight

A British man is being questioned on suspicion of killing his father in a fight while on holiday at a Spanish camping site.

The 45-year-old, named in reports as Ian Bennett, was arrested on Friday in L'Estartit, a seaside town on north-east Spain's Costa Brava, after allegedly attacking his father, named as Douglas Bennett, 69 from Chard in Somerset.

His brother Bob told The Mail on Sunday: "Doug and Ian were so close it was unreal. I have no idea what could have sparked this. I'm absolutely speechless."

"I don't know whether it might be relevant or not but Ian was very ill about 20 years ago when he had some sort of mental breakdown."

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