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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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£800,000 of Cannabis seized in Minehead

£800,000 of Cannabis seized in Minehead Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Over £800,000 of cannabis has been seized in Minehead. Police discovered the cannabis factory on Alcombe Road after members of the public reported a strong smell of the drug.

Police say when they approached the property they saw a man jump out of a 1st floor window at the rear of the house. He was detained while a search of the house was carried out.

Officers found a significant amount of cannabis plants being grown, using hydroponic equipment, over three floors. They say some had been harvested and packed in preparation for sale. They also discovered that the electricity meter had been bypassed, and Western Power were called to make the property safe.

A 35 year-old Vietnamese national was arrested on suspicion of production of cannabis and various immigration offences and is currently in custody at Bridgwater.

This has been a significant seizure for this area. We have seen cannabis factories such as this in other areas of the force. The people who set-up and run these properties often use illegal immigrants as “gardeners” forcing them to live and work in awful conditions as modern slaves.

We won’t tolerate either drug dealing, drug production or indeed any kind of modern slavery that sees vulnerable people exploited through fear of deportation.

– PC Charlie Fitzpatrick, from Minehead Police Station

Somerset holiday camp takes a step back in time with new chalet design

The holiday camp that invented the chalet has unveiled its new offering at its site in Minehead - and in a way, it's a step back in time.

Research for Butlins found that parents wanted their families to bond on their holidays, so TVs and electronic games are out of the bedrooms.

Our Somerset correspondent David Woodland takes a look at the history of the holiday chalet, and even has a go at imitating the old RP accent which TV advertisers used to sell them, back in the 1930s.

Beautiful pictures from extraordinary low tide at Minehead

Sea life uncovered in Minehead at low tide Credit: Gaynor Gough

The South West experienced extraordinary low tides this weekend.

Sea beds and river beds not previously seen before were exposed with remains of prehistoric bridges and other structures becoming visible.

These pictures were taken by Gaynor Gough in Minehead.

A medieval fish trap was exposed by the low tides Credit: Gaynor Gough
Credit: Gaynor Gough
Sea life uncovered in Minehead at low tide Credit: Gaynor Gough
Sea life uncovered in Minehead at low tide Credit: Gaynor Gough
Credit: Gaynor Gough

Beautiful pictures from extraordinary low tide at Minehead

Sea life uncovered in Minehead at low tide Credit: Gaynor Gough

The South West experienced extraordinary low tides this weekend.

Sea beds and river beds not previously seen before were exposed with remains of prehistoric bridges and other structures becoming visible.

These pictures were taken by Gaynor Gough in Minehead.

A medieval fish trap was exposed by the low tides Credit: Gaynor Gough
Credit: Gaynor Gough
Sea life uncovered in Minehead at low tide Credit: Gaynor Gough
Sea life uncovered in Minehead at low tide Credit: Gaynor Gough
Credit: Gaynor Gough
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