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Dog escapes unharmed after chasing stone off cliff

A dog had a lucky escape after falling the best part of 150-feet down Hurlestone Point near Porlock, while chasing a stone.

Indy, a cocker spaniel, suffered only minor injuries after jumping off the Somerset headland on Thursday.

The Minehead RNLI lifeboat crew helped rescue her from the base of the cliff where she was reunited with her owners.

Watch the rescue below:


Search for pair after pub assault

Police are searching for the pair in connection with an assault Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Avon and Somerset Police have released CCTV footage of two people they want to speak to in connection with a serious assault in Minehead.

A 42-year-old man was assaulted in the men's toilets of the Old Ship Aground pub on Quay Street at around 10.20pm on Saturday January 14.

He was later taken to Musgrove Park Hospital for treatment.

If you recognise them, please call PC Jeff Trimmings on 101 and give the reference number 5217009874.


Minehead man jailed for attempting to rob pensioner

Geoffrey Biddulph Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

A man has been jailed for two years after attempting to rob an elderly woman in Minehead.

43-year-old Geoffrey Biddulph was convicted of attempted robbery and possession of a bladed article during an incident in December.

The court in Taunton heard he tried to grab an 82-year-old woman's handbag when she was returning from the bank after withdrawing money.

He was apprehended after being tackled by a member of the public.

Detective Constable Max Priestley said:

"Biddulph callously targeted an elderly woman as she was walking home from the bank. In my view, his actions were simply despicable."

"I know the victim is grateful for all the work which has gone into bringing him to justice and I hope she’s able to put the incident behind her now he’s behind bars."

– Detective Constable Max Priestley

Remember, remember your pets on 5th of November

Somerset vet offers tips to pet owners Credit: ITV News

A Somerset veterinary clinic if offering pet owners tips on helping their animals cope with the stress of bonfire night.

Nurses at the Somerset-based White Lodge Veterinary Clinic which have a clinic in Minehead say it’s important to ensure all animals are kept safe and happy during firework displays.

"Most importantly, keep your pet indoors. A frightened animal will often try to run away from the bangs and flashes and this can result in them becoming lost or involved in a road accident."

– Maggie Lewis, Companion Pet Practice Manager
  • Where you can, put the television or radio on to try and mute the sounds from outside
  • Close your curtains so bright flashes aren’t so obvious
  • If at all possible try to ignore your pet and any unusual behaviour
  • Be sympathetic but also be firm, not angry
  • Make sure you remain calm and don’t panic. Animals can pick up on agitation in humans and this will make them feel even more anxious. By staying in control, you are communicating to your pet that you are the pack leader and everything is safe. This is especially relevant to dogs
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