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Could thousands of jobs be coming to Taunton?

This is what the buildings at the business park could look like Credit: Taunton Deane Borough Council

4,000 jobs could be created at a new business park planned for Taunton.

The borough council wants to develop land just off junction 25 of the M5. Transport improvements to both the junction and public transport will also be made as part of the scheme.

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Dragon auction raises thousands for local causes

The dragons raised £26,000 for local causes Credit: ITV News

An auction of dragons displayed around Taunton Deane over the summer has raised more than 26 thousand pounds for charity.

The statue based on the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge sold for 2 thousand pounds.

The dragons were decorated by local artists and students.

A trail of statues was set up around the towns of Taunton, Wellington and Wiveliscombe.

Rugby player speaks tells story of head on collision

Rob Odams was airlifted to hospital following the crash Credit: Rob Odams

A former Taunton rugby player has told of the moment he hit a coach head on as a new campaign is launched to warn drivers of the dangers of country roads.

Rob Odams is still recovering from the accident - doctors said he was lucky to be alive. According to the Department for Transport, 60 percent of fatalities occur on rural roads but few people are aware of the risks.

Car found of missing Taunton man

Car found of missing Taunton man Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

The car of a missing Somerset man has been found north Devon. 52 year old William Douglas from Taunton was last seen on Wednesday morning. He was reported missing when he didn't turn up for work. His car has today been found in North Molton. Exmoor Search and Rescue have now joined in the search.

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Taunton Foodbank appeals for donations

Taunton Foodbank appeals for donations with increasing numbers Credit: ITV News

Taunton Foodbank is appealing for people to donate more food as their supplies have dwindled. They say increasing numbers of families have been referred to them for food and they've been feeding children in the holidays that would normally receive free school meals. The volunteers that run it say without their help crime would increase as people would either starve or steal.

Growing demand for foodbank in Taunton

Stocks are running low at Taunton Foodbank Credit: ITV Westcountry

There's been a big rise in the number of people relying on the Taunton foodbank.

Organisers say their stocks are already low because families have not had access to free school meals during the summer holidays. Some people have even walked the seven miles from Wellington and back because they are so desperate for help.

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Facebook group warns of danger of discarded needles

A Facebook group has been set up to warn parents about the dangers of discarded needles around Taunton.

A six year old girl had to undergo medical tests after accidentally jabbing herself in the leg with one of the discarded needles.

Chelsea Scarlett set up the group and members have taken photos of syringes they've seen left in public places.

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Campaign to stop needles being discarded in Taunton

The parents a girl who was stabbed by a needle left in a playground in Taunton say they want more to be done to protect children.

Nick and Caz Smith's daughter Milly found a bag of used needles in a public toilet. She punctured her leg accidentally.

Both they and other parents in the town want the council to do more to stop needles being left in reach of children.

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