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Late apple blossom is good news for cider makers

Spectacular blossoms are signs of a good apple harvest Credit: National Association of Cider Makers

Cider-makers in the Westcountry are celebrating the best apple tree blossom in more than a decade.

Last year’s bad weather spelled disaster for growers and cider makers in the region after cold and wet weather devastated crops and crippled the harvest.

This year’s blossom has arrived around two weeks late – but is bigger and stronger than cider chiefs could have hoped for.

Neil McDonald runs Orchard Ground Force, an artisan cider producer based near Glastonbury. He said: “This is by far the best blossom I have seen in at least ten years. Last year was worrying – it started with a poor blossom and got worse from there. Around 30 per cent of crop was destroyed.

“In the last few days the trees in our orchards have blossomed beautifully. It means this year is looking exceedingly promising. We’re expecting a terrific crop in a couple of months."

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Mum of boy who saved friends says he's a hero

Two teenagers are still in intensive care and four others in hospital after becoming seriously ill from taking drugs.

They started fitting and hallucinating at a house in Glastonbury after taking 2CB, a drug similar to ecstasy.

The teenagers were helped by their friend Jai Woods who hadn't taken the drug. Jai's mother, Kate, says her son is a hero:

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Extended interview with boy who saved his friends

Two teenagers are still in intensive care and four others in hospital after becoming seriously ill from taking drugs. They started hallucinating at a house in Glastonbury after taking 2CB, a drug similar to ecstasy.

Luckily one of their friends hadn't taken the drug and was able to call the emergency services. Watch our interview with Jai Woods below.

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Teenagers remain in hospital after taking drugs

Two teenagers are still in intensive care and four others in hospital after becoming seriously ill from taking drugs.

They started fitting and hallucinating at a house in Glastonbury after taking 2CB, a drug similar to ecstasy. One man has been arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs.

You can watch Wesley Smith's report below.

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Six teenagers in hospital after taking drugs

Six teenagers from Glastonbury have been taken to hospital after becoming ill from taking drugs. Two are in a serious condition.

Police were called to an address in Northload Street in the early hours of Saturday morning. The six young people were given medical attention at the scene. Three were taken to Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton and the other three to Yeovil hospital.

One man has been arrested on suspicion of possessing Class B drugs and has been released on police bail. A Police investigation is underway.

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