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Abandoned horses need a home

An animal sanctuary in Somerset have two beautiful young horses in need of a home.

5-year-old Sydney was found with a group of 14 other pregnant mares.

She gave birth to a daughter - India - in April at the Ferne Animal Sanctuary in Wambrook, near Chard.

Now both are in excellent health and in need of loving homes.

Sydney and baby India Credit: Ferne Animal Sanctuary


  • A big girl, expected to make at least 14.2 hands high
  • When grown she'll be suitable for riding or being broken to harness
  • Very well handled and can lead, be groomed and pick her feet up
  • Ideally would love a playmate of similar age


  • It’s unknown if she has ever had any training.
  • She has had quite an unpleasant life and is often on the defence - but with some time and tender loving care, she should come round and be a lovely pony.

We are now preparing to wean them so they will both be looking for new homes with people who have experience of training and keeping young horses

– Nikki Haddock, Head of Animal Care at Ferne Animal Sanctuary

Abandoned ponies are now a huge problem throughout the UK.

Horses like these rely on charities to take them in, or they wouldn't have survived.

  • Anyone who can help should contact Nikki Haddock at Ferne Animal Sanctuary on 01460 65214.


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Family devastated by death of Chard mother-of-three

Mother-of-three Tracey Baker was found dead at her Chard home on 5 July Credit: Family

The parents of a woman who was found dead with her husband at their home in Wellings Close in Chard say they are devastated at their loss.

A post mortem examination revealed that 42-year-old Tracey Baker died from multiple head injuries and her husband, 35-year-old Kevin Baker, strangled himself.

We are devastated after Tracey’s life was so cruelly taken on 5 July, leaving behind her three children – Jessica, George and Loren.

We are extremely grateful for the support we’ve been given and for the messages of condolence that we have received since Tracey’s death.

– The parents of Tracey Baker (neé Amey)

Inquest into death of married couple in Somerset home

Kevin and Tracey Baker Credit: SWNS

An inquest is due to open into the deaths of a husband and wife found dead in Chard.

The bodies of 35 year old Kevin and 42 year old Tracey Baker were found at their home in Wellings Close on Sunday morning. A post mortem examination revealed that Mrs Baker died from multiple head injuries and her husband strangled himself.

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Married couple found dead in Somerset home named

Kevin and Tracey Baker were found dead at their home in Wellings Close, Chard. Credit: ITV News

Police say a husband and wife found dead at their home in Somerset last week were Kevin and Tracey Baker.

A post-mortem has revealed that Mrs Baker, who was 42, died from multiple head injures, and her 35-year-old husband strangled himself.

Their bodies were found at their house in Chard on Sunday morning.

Police say they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths, but enquiries continue.

Inside Mr Blobby's derelict house

Mr Blobby Credit: PA

An urban explorer group in Plymouth have found Mr Blobby's derelict house and filmed inside. The 1990's character from Noel's House Party used the property called Dunblobbin - but it was closed in 1999 after the programme ended.

"Visitors flocked to the house, named Dunblobbin, when it opened in 1994 following the success of the pink and yellow-spotted character on popular Saturday night television show Noels House Party.

But it closed its doors in 1999 after the programme, hosted by Noel Edmonds, was axed by the BBC.

Since then the site has been left to fall into disrepair, with buildings covered in moss and furniture left broken and scattered around dingy rooms."

– Urbanexboi

This is how Dunblobbin in Chard looked in the 90s:


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
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