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Police hunt armed robber with boxers on his head

Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Police are hunting an armed robber who held up a shop in Yeovil - while wearing a pair of boxer shorts on his head.

The man entered McColls, in Lyde Road, before brandishing a large kitchen knife, making sure he covered his face with grey and white patterned boxer shorts.

Police say he then threatened staff before making off with a quantity of cash in the direction of Victoria Road.

Residents of Victoria Road to check their gardens and bins for the knife and boxer shorts.

The man is described as white with either a dark, tanned complexion or dirty skin, aged in his 20s, of skinny build and approximately 6ft tall. He had dark stubble and a moustache and short dark gelled hair.

– Avon and Somerset Police Spokesman
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Paedophile gang get 78 years for abusing children, some babies

Adam Toms (top left) was one of the men involved Credit: ITV News

Seven paedophiles who preyed on babies and children younger than 5 have been jailed for a total of 78 years at Bristol Crown Court.

Adam Toms from Somerset was one of the men involved and was given 12 years. The case only came to light after Toms from Yeovil called the police to confess.

Judge Julian Lambert said "the depth to which you sank is astounding and highly shocking to all decent people."

Shed storing medical supplies for sick boy must go

Leanna and Ryan with Joseph. Credit: ITV News West Country

A family from Yeovil have been refused planning permission for a garden shed they use to keep dialysis equipment for their baby son.

Eight month old Joseph Ferrari has a rare kidney disease. His parents Ryan and Leanna put a shed in their front garden to keep everything they need for his treatment. But despite their circumstances, they've had their planning application turned down.

The shed is in the family's front garden. Credit: ITV News West Country


Rowers Stanning and Glover retain World Championship title

Helen Glover (left) and Heather Stanning during training Credit: PA

Rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning have retained their title at the World Championships in France.

Glover from Penzance in Cornwall and Stanning from Yeovil in Somerset extended their record to 28 unbeaten races in the women's pair event.

They beat teams from New Zealand and USA to keep the title.

Hoarder won't clear up garden despite 20 years of complaints

Neighbours have been trying to stop Michael Legg's garden hoarding for more than two decades. Credit: ITV West Country

A hoarder, whose garden is overflowing with old windows, doors and stone ornaments, has vowed to continue his reclamation business, despite complaints from his neighbours.

71-year-old Michael Legg says he'll keep salvaging and selling the material from his home in Stoke-sub-Hamdon near Yeovil until "they carry me out in a box".

Neighbours say it's an unsightly mess and they've been trying to get something done about it for decades, with a number of petitions stretching back more than 20 years. They say they are worried about the potential effect it might have on the value of their homes if they wanted to sell.

Michael Legg says he'll keep his business going no matter what. Credit: ITV West Country

Mr Legg has, in the past, been served with an enforcement notice and been ordered by the council to clear and restore his garden but that notice was quashed when he appealed against it.

"We are aware of the concerns of local residents and the Parish Council and we will continue to pursue this matter to ensure that this unsightly garden area is tidied up."

– South Somerset District Council

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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