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Former teacher appears in court charged with sex offences

Jonathan Thomson-Glover lives in Wadebridge Credit: SWNS

A former teacher at a top public school in the west country has appeared in court charged with using hidden cameras to spy on scores of pupils. Jonathan Thomson-Glover, 53, lives at Wadebridge in Cornwall. He was a head of house at £30,000-a-year Clifton College in Bristol where he taught German for 31 years.

Mr Thomson-Glover appeared before Taunton Magistrates to face 36 counts of making, taking and possessing indecent images of children. The charges relate to between 120 and 160 alleged victims, who were between 12 and 17 at the time of filming, and span a 16-year period.

He is accused of installing cameras in various locations around the prestigious Bristol school and at one other address. Mr Thomson-Glover did not enter a plea. He was bailed to appear before Taunton Crown Court on August 17.

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Somerset man faces sentencing for killing his mother

A man from Somerset, found guilty of killing his mother as she slept, will be sentenced today.

Alexander McDonald used multiple weapons including a knitting needle and strangulation to kill 57 year old Catherine McDonald at the family home near Taunton.

The two week trial at Exeter Crown Court heard how the 27-year-old was in a "disassociated state of mind" at the time, and has no memory of the crime.

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BREAKING: Son who stabbed mother with knitting needle found guilty of murder

Alex McDonald has been found guilty of murdering his mother. Credit: Facebook

A Somerset man who admitted strangling and stabbing his mother but denied murder has been found guilty.

27-year-old Alex McDonald had admitted to manslaughter for the death of Catherine McDonald, 57, who was attacked with an electric cord, a kitchen knife, scissors and a knitting needle as she slept in September last year.

The court heard he had drunk four bottles of wine and taken cocaine, and he said he could not remember his actions.

McDonald has been found guilty of murder by a jury at Exeter Crown Court. Sentencing has been adjourned until tomorrow.

Catherine McDonald was attacked as she slept. Credit: Family

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Crackdown on begging in Taunton

Police are asking people in Taunton to avoid giving money directly to beggars Credit: ITV News

The police are urging people in Taunton to stop giving money to beggars as they claim it helps fund their drink and drug habits.

Officers have been working closely with local charities to identify repeat offenders and prevent anti social behaviour.

They recommend donating money through charities instead.

Unfortunately there are a small number of persistent beggars in the town who can be quite demanding and beg purely to feed a habit.

We are trying to educate them that begging will not be accepted in the town, especially given that there are fantastic support agencies such as TAH, Open Door and the Food Bank that are there to help.

– PC Jim Breakwell, Town Centre Beat Manager

Body recovered believed to be Taunton diver

Andy Moll went missing on 24th May Credit: British Sub-Aqua Club

A body believed to be that of a missing diver from Somerset has been recovered from a shipwreck in Dorset.

Dorset Police say they were told by the Coastguard around 9pm last night that the body thought to be Andy Moll from Taunton was found near Swanage.

The 56 year old father of four went missing after a dive on 24th May after he failed to resurface after a dive at the wreckage.

His next of kin have been informed.

Experts disagree on knitting needle killer's mental state

Alex McDonald told a court he has no memory of the attack on his mother. Credit: Facebook

A psychiatrist has dismissed claims that a man accused of murdering his mother with a kitchen knife and knitting needle had no idea what he was doing when he killed her. Alex McDonald has already admitted the manslaughter of Catherine McDonald at the family home near Taunton, but told a court he had no memory of his actions.

The second psychiatrist to give evidence, Dr John Sandford disagreed with what the first had said - that McDonald was probably in a "disassociated state of mind" when he allegedly strangled and stabbed his mother. Dr Sandford told Exeter Crown Court he felt McDonald was under the influence of alcohol and drugs, but that the complex nature of his actions mean he must have been aware of what he was doing.

He suggested perhaps the 27-year-old was trying not to remember the incident, saying that he had told him "If I remember it, it will all become too real."

Man on trial for stabbing mother with knitting needle was 'in a disassociated state'

Alex McDonald has told a court he has no memory of the attack on his mother. Credit: Facebook

A Somerset man accused of stabbing his mother with a knitting needle has been described in a court as "being in a disassociated state of mind" at the time.

57-year-old Catherine McDonald was attacked with an electric cord, a kitchen knife, scissors and a knitting needle as she slept in September last year. Her son Alex, who is 27, is accused of sexually assaulting and then murdering her at their home in Norton Fitzwarren, allegedly after drinking four bottles of wine and taking cocaine.

Although McDonald admits manslaughter, he denies murder, telling Exeter Crown Court he could not remember his actions.

He had moved back home three months earlier, and the court has heard that he appeared to have a healthy relationship with his mother.

A leading psychiatrist has said the extreme nature of his actions showed clear intent, but his condition meant he was unaware of the consequences of what he was doing.

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