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Man jailed for racial assault in Yeovil

Dale Ashford

A man from Yeovil has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for a racially aggravated assault.

Dale Ashford pleaded guilty to causing grieving bodily harm on Monday,

The attack took place during the early hours of 6th June in Yeovil, leaving the victim needing reconstructive surgery.

This is a terrible incident which has left the victim feeling scared, intimidated and needing surgery.

There is simply no excuse for hate crime in any shape or form and this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated.

We will always support anyone who has been a victim of racially aggravated crime and will continue to work prevent all crimes motivated by prejudice and hate.

– PC Jim Card

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MP to meet GKN staff facing job cuts

The future of GKN in Yeovil is in doubt Credit: PA

The MP for Yeovil will hold a meeting on Friday to explore ways of helping GKN employees facing possible job cuts.

Staff at the aerospace company were told last week that they won't be needed to work on the Royal Navy's Wildcat helicopters, affecting 230 jobs.

Marcus Fysh says he's working with the Government on other opportunities for staff and has arranged for a recruitment agency to attend the meeting.

Marcus Fysh MP Credit: PA

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'Please think before you park' - emergency service pleads

Shaun Howells posted a picture of the narrowed road Credit: Shaun Howells

Emergency staff have issued another plea for sensible parking after an ambulance was forced to take an alternative route to an emergency.

Shaun Howells, a paramedic with South Western Ambulance, posted pictures of the jam-packed roads his vehicle tried to navigate around in Yeovil.

Credit: Shaun Howells

4ft-long boa constrictor discovered in garden

Take a look at the moment a 4ft-long boa constrictor was rescued from a back garden in Yeovil.

The RSPCA say the snake is most likely a pet which either escaped or was simply abandoned:

The snake is currently being cared for at nearby Lufton College.

Animal welfare officers are urging people people to do their research before getting exotic pets as the number of abandoned reptiles has soared.

It’s hard to know for sure how this snake came to be in the undergrowth here but I think the caller got a bit of a surprise! It’s not everyday you stumble upon a 4ft snake in the bushes!

– Alison Sparkes, Animal Welfare Officer
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