Prince Charles visits Glastonbury Abbey

Prince Charles has been visiting Glastonbury Abbey this morning as the first part of his visit to Somerset. Later he will visit Muchelney.

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Somerset fire crews honoured with bravery medal

Many will receive awards for their actions during the M5 crash
Many will receive awards for their actions during the M5 crash Credit: ITV West Country

Firefighters who went to heroic lengths to help victims of the M5 crash in Somerset will be honoured at a ceremony near Exeter this evening.

Devon and Somerset Fire Service has minted a new medal to mark the bravery of the officers at the crash site near Taunton in 2011. Seven people lost their lives. Crew members will also be recognised for their role during the floods last winter.

Two hospitalised from same Devon care home due to heat

Elderly warned to drink more in the heat
Elderly warned to drink more in the heat Credit: Bluebird Care

The warm weather of the last few weeks has been welcomed by many - but not by all. GP surgeries and hospitals are reporting an increase in pensioners visiting them with heat related illnesses.

In the last week alone two women were hospitalised from the same care home in Budleigh Salterton. Now we're all being asked to keep an eye on elderly members of our communities who are most in danger of suffering because of the heat.

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Middle-aged drinkers twice as likely to develop memory problems

Middle-aged drinkers are twice as likely to develop memory problems
Middle-aged drinkers are twice as likely to develop memory problems Credit: Johnny Green/PA

According to Exeter University research, middle-aged people who drink heavily are twice as likely to suffer from memory loss later in life.

The study found that those with a history of problem drinking have a higher risk of developing dementia and other severe memory problems.

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Somerset MP 'disappointed' in new Environment Secretary's failure to visit local farmers

Wells MP Tessa Munt
Wells MP Tessa Munt Credit: John Stillwell/PA

A Somerset MP who says she wrote to the new Environment Secretary inviting her to meet local farmers, says she's disappointed that she failed to do so.

Wells MP Tessa Munt has criticised Liz Truss for failing to take the opportunity to meet with a group of local farmers and landowners from the Axe and Brue catchment areas during her visit to the Somerset Levels yesterday.

I know local people will be disappointed that she was unwilling to meet with them. I have the means to contact 1,100 affected smallholders, tenants and farmers with land abutting the Axe and Brue Rivers at short notice, and although they have missed out this time, I will write to Liz Truss again, asking that she meet those affected in my area so she understands these problems are not limited to the Parrett and the Tone.

– Tessa Munt MP

New Environment Secretary says badgers won't be gassed

The new Environment Secretary has told ITV News that badgers won't be gassed as part of the badger cull. Liz Truss was speaking on a visit to Somerset, just ten days after taking over from Owen Paterson in the cabinet reshuffle.

Her comments came as she toured dredging work in Burrowbridge as part of the plan to prevent a repeat of the devastating floods on the Somerset Levels.

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