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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


Hundreds expected to march in support of jailed former Royal Marine

Former Sergeant Alexander Blackman was jailed for life after being convicted of murdering the wounded Afghan captive in September 2011

Hundreds of people are expected to gather in London's Parliament Square today for a rally in support of a former Royal Marine from Taunton who was jailed for killing a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan.

Former Sergeant Alexander Blackman - also known as Marine A - was jailed for life after being convicted of murdering the wounded Afghan captive in September 2011. The MoD has banned military men and women from attending the rally as it has been labelled as a political protest.

Isles of Scilly body formally identified as missing Josh

Josh Clayton had worked on the Tresco estate for a number of seasons and it was after a night out with colleagues, on Sunday 13 September, that he went missing, prompting extensive searches. Credit: Family

Police have formally identified a body found in the sea off the Isles of Scilly, as missing Josh Clayton.

DNA testing had to take place, which meant the identification process took over three weeks.

The 23-year-old has been missing on the isle of Tresco since 13th September. The body was spotted by a French yachtsman on the uninhabited island of Tean and was brought to the mainland on 24th September.


Pigeon covered in cooking oil gets washing up liquid bath

Oil can be very dangerous if it gets on birds' feathers. Credit: RSPCA

A pigeon found covered in cooking oil has had a much needed bath at RSPCA West Hatch wildlife centre in Taunton.

The adult pigeon was found in Ilfracombe harbour in Devon with his feathers coated in vegetable oil - which can be very dangerous.

RSPCA veterinary nurse Natalie Stahl said: “Oil can be incredibly damaging to birds – affecting their plumage and their ability to stay warm and dry.".

Her team used normal washing-up liquid and warm water to help remove the sticky oil - thought it took a number of baths to clean the pigeon up and bring him back to full health.

"This poor pigeon has really been through the wars."

– Natalie Stahl, RSPCA veterinary nurse

The centre is hoping to release him back into the wild in the coming weeks.

First female Bishop of Taunton officially consecrated

Ruth Worsley is the first female Bishop of Taunton Credit: CofE

The first female Bishop of Taunton will be officially consecrated in a service at St Paul's Cathedral at 11am this morning.

Ruth Worsley was previously Archdeacon of Wiltshire.

She will be formally installed in her new post in a ceremony at Wells Cathedral on at 2pm on Saturday 3 October, which will be open to all.

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