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£500 Christmas collection stolen from Taunton church

Thieves broke into the vestry of the United Reform Church

Up to £500 in charity donations has been stolen from a church in Taunton. Thieves smashed a window and broke into the vestry.

They then emptied all 20 of the collection pots - each containing around £25.

Police say theft took place between noon on Christmas Day and 9:45am on Sunday 27th December at the Taunton United Reformed Church on Paul Street.

They're appealing for anyone with any information to come forward.


Marine A: legal bid to clear Alexander Blackman's name after Taliban shooting

Alexander Blackman is serving 8 years in prison for murdering a Taliban insurgent.

The wife of a former Royal Marine from Somerset jailed for killing a wounded Afghan fighter is beginning a fresh legal bid to clear his name.

Alexander Blackman is serving life for murder but hundreds of supporters are expected to join his wife Claire who is from Taunton when she applies to have the case referred back to the Court of Appeal.

She says the charge should have been manslaughter because of combat stress.

Marine jailed for Taliban shooting had 'mental illness'

Alexander Blackman is serving eight years for murdering a Taliban insurgent.

A former Royal Marine from Taunton found guilty of murdering a Taliban fighter was suffering from a 'recognised mental illness' at the time that went undiagnosed - according to psychiatrists.

A report found Alexander Blackman was struggling with combat stress and had an 'adjustment disorder'. There is an appeal to reduce his charge to manslaughter. The Ministry of Defence say it has followed the legal process throughout the case.


What would you do if you won the lottery?

What would you do if you won the lottery? Credit: PA: Dominic Lipinski

Somerset lottery winners, with a combined fortune of £10 million are pulling on their wellies to visit Conquest Equestrian Centre in Taunton.

As well as helping the volunteers carry out their daily tasks, the winners will be finding out more about the charity and delivering gifts and treats for the volunteers.

Conquest Equestrian Centre is a Somerset charity which offers equine activities for adults and children with a wide range of disabilities.

Extra police patrols at threatened school

The sign pointing to Heathfield Community School, the centre of a scare over a threatened attack Credit: ITV News

There are extra police patrols at a school in Taunton today after a teenager threatened to carry out an attack there.

The 14-year-old was arrested after posting the threats onto Facebook pages of pupils at Heathfield Community School - he's been released on bail.

Police have been reassuring parents and staff.

I think it's really important that I reassure the parents of the children attending that school that we're working really closely with the head teacher, the school, children's services and health to make sure that all the appropriate measures are in place to provide that reassurance and support not only for the local community, the school itself but also the individual boy and their family.

– Supt CATHERINE JOHNSTONE, Avon and Somerset Police
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