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Teen entrepreneur hits gold after making tax disc reminders

A 13-year-old boy could be sitting on a fortune after coming up with the idea of making tax and MOT disc reminders.

In just a few weeks Harvey Millington has had 20,000 orders for his £4 discs.

The teen entrepreneur came up with the idea after asking his Dad why he didn't have a disc anymore, and hearing about motorists getting fined or clamped for forgetting when their car tax or MOT was due, after the government scrapped the tax disc last year.

With his dad's help, he set up Tax Disc Reminder - a limited company which creates tax disc-style inserts which fit into the windscreen holders many still have in their car, reminding drivers of the important dates.

Just eight weeks in, the teen from Taunton has raked in more than £3,000 - though he has not yet decided what to do with his newfound wealth.

Burglars who left 'trail of destruction' across Devon and Somerset jailed

Gang ringleader Reg Soper holidaying in Mexico - one of several photographs which helped police catch him. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Three men who caused a crime wave of over fifty burglaries across Devon and Somerset have been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison between them.

50-year-old Reg Soper from Taunton, described by police as the ringleader of the gang, received an eight-and-a-half-year sentence, while his brother Percy, 56, from Plymouth, was sentenced to six-and-a-half years. 24-year-old Nicky Christian from Plymouth also received a six-and-a-half year term, while a fourth defendant was acquitted.

The burglaries, described by the judge at Exeter Crown Court today as 'a substantial crime operation', caused more than £239,000 of damage and loss to jewellery shops and other commercial premises between May and October 2012.

The gang were described by police as "determined, prolific and ruthless".

The crime spree was well-planned and organised with most offences taking place at night. The criminals left a trail of destruction behind them, thought they were untouchable and had an enormous impact on the rural communities of both Devon and Somerset.

“It is not a coincidence that the crime wave has ceased upon the arrest of the gang. A significant amount of work went into this complex investigation and this has been reflected in the guilty verdicts.

“I would like to thank the victims of these crimes for their co-operation, patience and support during this investigation. They have helped to put these criminals before the courts and be punished for what they have done.

“Rural crime will remain a priority for Devon and Cornwall Police and we will continue to robustly police those who cause harm to our communities.

– Detective Inspector Jim Tarr, Senior Investigating Officer, Devon and Cornwall Police


AP McCoy set to make his last appearance at Taunton racecourse

AP McCoy set to make his last appearance at Taunton Credit: PA: Nick Potts

Legendary Champion jockey AP McCoy is planning to make his swansong appearance at Taunton Racecourse later when it hosts a Family Fun Day.

AP has ridden well over 4000 winners since 1992 and been crowned National Hunt Champion Jockey on 20 consecutive occasions, a record that is unlikely to ever be beaten.

Earlier this year he announced his retirement at the end of this season so this is expected to be the last time he will ride at Taunton.


Can you help find missing Winifred?

Winifred is believed to in the Taunton area Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police are concerned about a vulnerable woman who has gone missing in the Taunton area.

79-year-old Winifred Vickery was last seen at 2.30pm yesterday by friends.

Officers say she may appear confused and has missed taking medication.

She is described as a white woman with silver/grey hair. When she went missing she was wearing a dusty pink coloured fleece jacket, black trousers and black shoes. She uses a walking stick.

Anyone with further information should contact Taunton police.

Has "Hush" closure worked?

"Hush" which sold legal highs has been closed for three months after complaints of anti-social behaviour Credit: ITV News

Police in Taunton have set up a dedicated phone-line to find out if the closure of a shop selling legal highs has reduced anti-social behaviour in the town.

Hush, in Bridge Street, was ordered to close by magistrates for three months after complaints from nearby residents and traders.

Officers are asking people to ring 01823 363 185 with their feedback.

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