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Flood preparation training takes place in Somerset

The event 'flood action day' has been organised by the Environment Agency. Credit: ITV West Country

People in Somerset are being invited to take part in a free day of training workshops in Sedgemoor to help prepare for emergencies such as flooding and snow.

The event, taking place on Thursday 25 October, has been organised by the Environment Agency.

It is aimed at better preparing communities for incidents like the flooding seen in the county in 2014.

It will run from 10am to 4pm at the Sedgemoor Auction Centre, near North Petherton.


Men only weight loss group to tackle obesity

Figures out today show that one district in our region - Sedgemoor in Somerset - is one of the five worst places for obesity in the country.

Overall, 6 out of 10 of us are overweight or obese - with accompanying health problems.

Many men find it difficult to admit they have a problem but it's hoped that the launch of the South West's first men only weight loss group in Bristol will help.

We spoke to some of those attending the session.

Sedgemoor is one of five worst areas for obesity

Sedgemoor fares badly in a Public Health survey Credit: ITV News West Country

Sedgemoor in Somerset is one of the five worst areas for obesity in England, with just under three quarters of people overweight or obese. That's according to a survey by Public Health England.

The British Heart Foundation says too many people weigh too much and this should prompt local authorities to take action. It's hoped the figures will help them monitor their progress in tackling the problem.


Council Tax refund scam in Sedgemoor

Police are warning of a scam in the Sedgemoor area where residents are told they could be entitled to council tax reductions. One victim says she was contacted by telephone and after agreeing for someone to visit her in person was asked to pay an admin fee before she was eligible for the refund.

Fortunately in this case the victim became aware of the scam and was able to cancel the cheque before it was paid. However, it shows how persuasive these people can be and I would urge people to be on their guard if they receive an unexpected telephone call offering a council tax refund – especially if they are asked to pay money first."If you ever receive unexpected and unwanted callers and are concerned about their behaviour contact the police immediately and we will respond."

– Inspector Roger Tolley

This type of scam is similar to a number of bogus telephone calls occurring in growing numbers across the country, the nature of which is to deceive the recipient into revealing personal bank details by promising a refund of council tax to be paid into their account.If a customer has recently received a phone call and been asked for their bank details they should phone the Council to check the validity.

– Sedgemoor District Council, Spokesperson

Ministers close to signing deal for new nuclear reactor

A further 900 people would be required to run the plant. Credit: ITV Westcountry

A Government spokesman has said that ministers are close to signing a deal for the proposed new nuclear reactor at Hinkley Point.

Lord Marland said a planning application for the new reactor would be ready by December. Energy company EDF said construction work would create 25,000 jobs.