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Arson investigation launched after fire destroys pub

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a pub was destroyed by a fire in Wellington.

The Merry Harriers, on Blackdown Hill Road, West Buckland, was gutted by the blaze on Sunday (18/12) night.

Investigating officer Det Sgt Darren Lipscomb said:

“We believe the fire was started deliberately at around 10pm and we are treating it as arson.

“Thankfully the building was empty so nobody was hurt but significant damage was caused.

“As part of our investigation we’re keen to speak to anyone who witnessed anything suspicious around the time.

“Did you drive past and perhaps see a vehicle parked next to the building or see people standing nearby?

“If you saw or heard anything out of the ordinary then please get in touch.”


Woman charged following M5 closure

A woman has been charged with causing a public nuisance after the M5 was closed for more than two hours over safety fears.

The road was closed southbound between Junction 27 and Junction 26 - with traffic tailing back for more than 20 miles.

ailbacks at junction 27 for Tiverton Credit:

Officers later said the woman was "safe and well" and re-opened the road.

But they later said they had charged 25-year-old Abigail Wyatt with causing a public nuisance in relation to the incident.

The woman, from Wellington, has been bailed to appear at Taunton Deane Magistrates Court on September 12.


Do you know where Rudy the reindeer is?

Can you help find Rudy? Credit: Wellesley Park School in Wellington, Somerset

A school in Somerset is asking for YOUR help to spot Rudy the missing reindeer.

The reception classes (called Elmer and Gruffalos) at Wellesley Park School in Wellington were sent Rudy the trainee reindeer by Father Christmas at the beginning of December - but now he's gone missing!

The children have made posters to try and find him.

Children from the school are making posters to help find Rudy Credit: Wellesley Park School in Wellington, Somerset

The teachers at the school are asking for help using Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #findrudyreindeer .

Rudy must be found!

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