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CCTV appeal following sexual assaults in Street and Shepton Mallet

Police want to identify this man in connection with two sexual assaults. Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Avon and Somerset Police has shared this CCTV image of a man they want to identify in connection with two sexual assaults.

The last incident was on Dark Lane in Shepton Mallet, just after 7.30pm on Friday, 31 August.

A young woman was sexually assaulted while out jogging, but she managed to fight off her attacker.

An earlier incident was on Somerton Road in Street, at about 8.20pm on Tuesday, 5 June. A woman was walking towards the road when she was grabbed by a man and sexually assaulted.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Police on 101, giving the reference number 5218195639, or anonymously call tCrimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or give information online on Crimestoppers' website.


Family pay tribute to 14 year old who died suddenly at home

Credit: Family

A family have paid an emotional tribute to a teenager who died suddenly after being taken ill at her home.

14-year-old Leah Thayers was rushed to hospital but died shortly afterwards. Her death has been referred to the coroner as a non-suspicious sudden death.

Her family described the teen as a "happy, always smiling child" who received numerous awards for her academic and sporting achievements.

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Leah is well known for too much talking, (she could talk for England!), asking stupid questions and giving silly answers and far to noisy for her own good! Leah had so much care for other people, but most of all, her smile.

This was Leah and we would not change her for the world.

Leah loved many things,like swimming, shopping, TV-(especially her soaps, she would be weeks ahead of everyone), hanging out with friends, messing around and playing tricks on people. Leah also enjoyed playing bowls with her nan.

Don't forget the balloons,(she loved those) and all the selfies.

Leah very much enjoyed working at the RSPCA and PDSA after school and in the holidays.

She could often be seen at the Street Baptist Church Youth Club on a Friday evening with friends.

Leah also tried her hand at the Moonlight Theatre Pantomime, singing and dancing.

I am glad Leah had the chance to enjoy her school trips to Belgium, Iceland and New York, but she was looking forward to so much more, her prom, driving, holidays with friends, her own home and one day, having her own business-but sadly she was taken too soon.

Leah was loved by many, missed by all, but will never be forgotten.

The tears in my eyes I can wipe away, the ache in my heart will always stay, if tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.

– Leah's family

Text lanes introduced in shopping centre

Shopping centre to introduce texting lanes Credit: Clarks Village

The Clarks Village in Somerset designer shopping outlet has become the first retail centre in the UK to introduce dedicated ‘texting lanes’ to allow the safer and more efficient use of mobile and smartphones by people walking along busy malls.

The texting lanes, which are clearly marked throughout the village, also feature innovative signal boosting technology built into the lanes to ensure users never lose signal whilst on the move.

We live in a modern connected world and have noticed the phenomenal increase in mobile and smartphone use from our customers.

While we appreciate the desire to constantly communicate for work or social reasons, this does sometimes present a congestion problem on our busy malls.

So in the interests of safety and convenience for our customers, Clarks Village has launched a new ‘Texting Lane’ initiative for the ever increasing number of our shoppers using mobile phones whilst shopping.

We believe this initiative will ease the pedestrian flow and prevent the frustration of our non-texting visitors.

The addition of the in-built signal boosting technology is already proving very popular with early users and we have noticed a marked increase in people tweeting about their purchases and sharing details of special offers they have noticed in the village.

– Geoffrey Nidd, Centre Manager of Clarks Village

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The full interview: Nick Clegg visits Street

Nick Clegg visited the marginal constituency of Wells this afternoon, alongside the regions MP Tessa Munt.

Fresh from the Liberal Democrat spring conference the Deputy Prime Minister met with students and apprentices at Strode College in Street to discuss the party's education policy and his election proposals.

Watch our reporter David Woodland's interview with Nick Clegg below.

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