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Police respond to anti-social driving in Cheddar Gorge

Police have been patrolling Cheddar Gorge following reports of anti-social driving.

Officers were called to a car meet in the Gorge last weekend where they advised several drivers on potentially dangerous drivers, handed a prohibition notice for a defective vehicle and dispersed the event.

Police say any of these things constitute as anti-social driving Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

We have been working with our partners for 18 months now to deal with these issues and the majority of car meets who come to Gorge are very welcome and behave respectfully and appropriately.

We work with them proactively in the majority of cases, to ensure the best results for both the drivers and the local community and this has been proving successful. We will be making contact with the organisers from last Sunday’s event to avoid similar issues in the future and to ensure that their meets can continue without incidents of anti-social or dangerous driving.

– Inspector Andy Pritchard, Neighbourhood Manager for Sedgemoor

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Cheddar Gorge road closed due to subsidence

Flash flooding and debris on the road in Cheddar Gorge Credit: Somerset Highways

The B3135 through Cheddar Gorge has been closed on safety grounds. It was shut yesterday (Sunday 20 November) due to subsidence caused by heavy rain and flooding.

Water and rock are continuing to pour onto the road today, and the closure remains in place.

Somerset County Council’s highways team says it will reassess the situation later and sweep the debris from the route.

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Two people rescued from Cheddar Gorge

Cheddar Gorge in Somerset Credit: ITV News

Two people have been rescued from Cheddar Gorge this evening. Fire and ambulance crews and a specialist rescue team were called out at 5.30pm after two people fell 50ft onto a ledge on the cliff face.

One of the casualties had possible pelvic injuries and was airlifted out by a search and rescue helicopter and taken to hospital. The second was uninjured and was helped to safety by the fire service.

School boys asked to share images of themselves online

Messages sent to school boys contained inappropriate sexual references Credit: PA: Jens Kalaene

Avon and Somerset Police are investigating after they had four reports of schoolboys being contacted online by someone using the profile of a similarly-aged girl.

It’s understood the boys, all from North Somerset, were contacted through Facebook between Tuesday 21 April and Friday 24 April.

The messages contained inappropriate sexual references, including an image of a semi-clothed girl, and the boys were asked to share images of themselves.

Officers were alerted by the 12-year-olds’ concerned parents on Saturday 25 April.

This is a very early stage in our enquiries. Statements have been taken and the matter is being looked into by detectives.

Officers from the neighbourhood team are contacting local schools asking them to talk to children about online safety and we will be happy to visit any schools where there are particular concerns.

– Mark Raby,Neighbourhood Sergeant

The police have issued advice for parents about online safety here:

https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/newsroom/features/online-safety,-a-guide-for-parents/

https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/newsroom/features/are-you-your-children-shareaware/

Anyone whose children have been sent similar messages is being asked to contact police.

The key online safety messages for children are:

  • Don’t make friends online with someone you don’t know in real life
  • Don’t give out personal information or contact details online
  • Don’t tell people where you are going to be
  • Never arrange to meet in person someone you have met online
  • If you’re worried by something you’ve seen online, tell a parent, carer or teacher – or you can call ChildLine on 0800 1111
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