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999 calls re-directed after technical problems at Avon and Somerset Police

999 calls re-directed after technical problems at Avon and Somerset Police Credit: PA

Avon and Somerset Police were forced to re-route 999 calls yesterday - after technical issues meant call handlers couldn't log on to their computers.

Those calling for emergencies were delayed as they were connected with neighbouring police forces.

But people calling in via 101 had to wait up to an hour to speak to someone.

The computer glitch has now been resolved.

Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is 'on track' to improve finances

An investigation into finances at Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has closed. Credit: ITV West Country

An investigation into finances at Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has closed as the Trust is now on track to improve its financial position.

The health sector regulator Monitor opened the investigation in November but is now satisfied that the Trust has a solid plan in place to support its long-term aims.

These include integrating its hospital services with GPs and social care services across South Somerset.

It's positive news for patients in Somerset that we were able to support the trust without the need for formal regulatory action. We believe that the trust has the right plans to tackle its short-term financial problems, with the right people in place at the top to deliver those plans.

– Justin Collings, Senior Regional Manager at Monitor


Crews tackle large scrap metal fire in Glastonbury

Firefighters are battling a large blaze at a scrap yard in Glastonbury.

Large plumes of smoke could be seen rising from the Thomas Way Industrial Estate at around 7.20 this evening. It is believed a large stack of scrap metal, around 10 metres high, is involved in the fire.

People living nearby are being advised to stay indoors with the windows shut.

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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)
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Warming up for Women's Ashes

The England Ladies team leave a trail of kit bags as they warm up in Taunton Credit: ITV News West Country

The England Ladies Cricket Team are warming up at the County Ground in Somerset ready for the first match in their Ashes Series tomorrow, Tuesday 21 July.

While the men may have been defeated by Australia at the weekend, the women's side are hoping to make it three wins in a row.

For Vice Captain Heather Knight, Tuesday's match will be like playing at home.

I grew up playing for Somerset Academy and did a lot of training here as a youngster. I see it as my home ground in the West Country and it's always lovely to come back here. I absolutely love it.

Lots of family and friends are coming on Tuesday for my 50th cap so I'm really looking forward to it.

– HEATHER KNIGHT England Vice Captain


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