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Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is 'on track' to improve finances

An investigation into finances at Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has closed. Credit: ITV West Country

An investigation into finances at Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has closed as the Trust is now on track to improve its financial position.

The health sector regulator Monitor opened the investigation in November but is now satisfied that the Trust has a solid plan in place to support its long-term aims.

These include integrating its hospital services with GPs and social care services across South Somerset.

It's positive news for patients in Somerset that we were able to support the trust without the need for formal regulatory action. We believe that the trust has the right plans to tackle its short-term financial problems, with the right people in place at the top to deliver those plans.

– Justin Collings, Senior Regional Manager at Monitor
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Man charged with attempted murder after Yeovil knife attack

Police say the attack was unprovoked. Credit: ITV News

A man has been charged with attempted murder after a teenage girl was stabbed in Yeovil.

The 17-year-old is in hospital following emergency surgery. Two others were also injured in the knife attack which police say was unprovoked.

30-year-old Lee Jeffries-Jones of no fixed address remains in police custody, and will appear at Taunton Crown Court on 24th July.


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Man due in court over Yeovil stabbing

Police activity in King Arthur's Drive in Yeovil Credit: ITV News West Country

A 30-year-old man is to appear in court today (Tuesday 30 June), charged with attempted murder. It follows an incident in King Arthur’s Drive in Yeovil on Sunday night when a teenage girl was stabbed.

Lee Jeffries-Jones of no fixed address is to appear at South Somerset Magistrates Court charged with three counts of attempted murder, assault by beating, two counts of affray, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of drugs.

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Man arrested after knife attacks in Yeovil

A man has been arrested in Yeovil after attacking a number of people with a knife, including a 17-year-old girl who is in a critical condition in hospital following emergency surgery.

Police were called to King Arthur's Drive in Yeovil just before 7.30pm last night, Sunday 28 June where a man had been detained by a member of the public.

The road will remain closed while investigations continue.

This appears to be an unprovoked attack on innocent bystanders in a residential street. I must praise the man who bravely tackled the suspect, even though he had seen the violence of the attacks, and detained him until police officers arrived.

A second man should also be commended for taking the most seriously injured victim to hospital.

– Det Insp Lindsay Shearlock, Avon & Somerset Police

A 29-year-old woman who sustained an arm injury was released from hospital after treatment.

A 30-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and remains in police custody.

Hospital attack victim was 'wonderful father and grandfather'

Kenneth Tyrer flew fighter jets in World War Two. Credit: Family

The family of a war veteran who died after being attacked at a Somerset hospital have paid an emotional tribute to him.

90-year-old Kenneth Tyrer suffered from dementia, and was reportedly kicked to the ground by a fellow patient at Yeovil District Hospital. He is said to have died after hitting his head.

"He was a wonderful father and grandfather and he will be missed dearly. We now wait for the results of the investigation."

– Kenneth Tyrer's family

Police are investigating, and the hospital is also carrying out an internal investigation.

Police investigate Yeovil 'hospital attack' on war hero

Police are investigating the death of an elderly man who was allegedly attacked on a hospital ward by a fellow patient.

The man has been named by the Daily Mail as former Second World War fighter pilot Kenneth Tyrer, 90.

The hospital is also carrying out an internal investigation following his death at Yeovil District Hospital last weekend.

Mr Tyrer, who was suffering with dementia, is said to have died two days after being pushed to the ground.

His son Bill Tyrer, 58, told the paper he felt the hospital should take "some responsibility".

"We are working closely with the police and the coroner's office following the death of a patient (during the weekend). We are also carrying out our own internal investigation.

Our thoughts are with the family at this very difficult time."


"We are investigating the circumstances around the death of a man at Yeovil Hospital. The hospital is helping us with our inquiries."



Yeovil sailors mark 70 years since end of WW2

The Mayor of Yeovil inspects the sailors on parade. Credit: ITV News

Sailors from Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton have commemorated 70 years since the end of the Second World War, with a parade through the town this morning.

The Mayor of Yeovil inspected them as they exercised their freedom of the town, which also marks 75 years since the Naval Air Station was commissioned.

South West's rowers get GB call up

Helen Glover (left) and Heather Stanning at the 2012 Olympics Credit: Stephen Pond/PA

Rowers from the South West have been called up by the Great Britain Rowing Team for the forthcoming European Championships in Poland.

Yeovil's Heather Stanning will resume her Olympic winning partnership with Penzance's Helen Glover.

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