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Huge development in Taunton could get go ahead

The site has sat unused since 2008

Plans for a major residential and commercial development on the old cattle market site in the centre of Taunton could get the go-ahead this evening.

The site's been vacant for a decade now but the Firepool project could now be given approval.

The huge development would homes, offices, shops and leisure facilities and would straddle both sides of the River Tone.

Police trying to identify man after sexual assault in Taunton

Credit: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Police have issued an E-fit of a man they want to identify after a woman was sexually assaulted in Taunton.

A 23-year-old woman was assaulted in Sainsbury’s car-park within Hankridge Retail Park at about 6.30pm on Friday (February 23).

Officers say the man in the E-fit was seen standing near a large silver van, which was parked across several spaces close to Sainsbury’s petrol station and next to a grass bank running parallel with the M5.

The offender has been described as white, between 50 and 60 years old, 5ft 8ins, of average build, with short, light brown hair. He was clean-shaven and wearing a black jumper, black trousers and gloves.

Police have asked anyone who recognises the man in the E-fit, or who saw a man matching the description in the area of Sainsbury’s car-park on Friday to contact them using 101.

Man remanded in custody charged with Taunton murder

Flowers left near the spot where Heather Jordan died. Credit: ITV West Country

A man has appeared before magistrates charged with the murder of a woman in Taunton.

The body of 34-year-old Heather Jordan was discovered in Lyngford Park on Sunday morning, 18 February 2018.

52-year-old Martin Corns of Denmark Terrace has been remanded in custody to appear at Exeter Crown Court on 26 February.

Officers are continuing to patrol the area to reassure residents.

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