A Yeovil woman has been given a nine-month suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to possessing materials for making an explosive. Police are appealing for help in finding a wanted Yeovil man. A Somerset cancer charity is behind a new film that stresses the importance of checking for early symptoms of the disease. Eight lock-up garages in Yeovil have been sold at auction for £58,500 and Pupils at Holyrood Academy in Chard have signed their names onto a steel frame being used in the construction of a new extension to the school.
A Yeovil woman has been given a nine-month suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to possessing materials for making an explosive, namely gunpowder, and possessing a firearm without a certificate. Taunton Crown Court was told that Erin Forley of Eastland Road was suffering from complex PTSD and had bought the items with the intention of taking her own life. The Judge, Mr. Justice Garnham, said it was clear that Forley’s mental health issues had played a significant part in her offending. Forley was also given a 30 days rehabilitation order with probation.
Police are appealing for help in finding a wanted Yeovil man. David Guthrie, aged 39, is described as 6ft 2ins tall with distinctive tattoos on his neck and head, and is wanted for failing to comply with a court order. Police say if you can help, to please call the non-emergency number 101.
A Somerset cancer charity is behind a new film that stresses the importance of checking for early symptoms of the disease. The film features the story behind the Bowel Movement charity and gives advice on what are the early signs.
Eight lock-up garages in Yeovil have been sold at auction for £58,500. Six of the garages are let and two remain vacant, with an additional parking space within the site on Alexandra Road.
Pupils at Holyrood Academy in Chard have signed their names onto a steel frame being used in the construction of a new extension to the school. The new building includes six classrooms, a dining area and kitchen, office spaces, and meeting rooms, as well as a single point of entry into the school. Holyrood’s capacity will benefit from an additional 225 places, helping to meet the demand for places from Chard’s growing population.
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Local News Tuesday October 4th
Police are seeking witnesses to an incident in which the driver of a car failed to stop for police in Yeovil. An area of derelict land in Yeovil has been earmarked for a new care home. The Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner is calling for cannabis to be classified as a Class-A drug. An organisation that supports people in Somerset with cancer is looking for help with its latest fundraiser. A consultation has been launched to help influence the look of Somerset’s landscape...and more.
Local News Monday 3rd October
The fire service is encouraging local households to have chimneys swept before the winter sets in. It's going to cost more to dispose of tyres, soil, and rubble at recycling centres in South Somerset. A public meeting is being held to discuss the options for re-opening Chinnock Hollow. Bin lorries in Somerset could soon be running on vegetable oil to help cut carbon emissions and more volunteer drivers are urgently needed for a community car scheme in Chard.
Local News Friday 30th September
People in Somerset are being encouraged to take up their Covid booster and flu jabs as soon as they're offered them. Only a handful of trains will be running through Yeovil Junction and Sherborne stations on the Exeter to Waterloo line tomorrow and Sunday due to further strike action. A Chard man has been fined £120 for stealing alcohol from the Tesco store in the town. The National Trust is raising concerns about the climate's impact on autumn colour across the landscape in Somerset and a girl who lives in Ilminster has raised over £1500 for Young Lives versus Cancer in Somerset.
Local News Thursday 29th September
A report from the Rural Services Network has found that people living in Somerset are struggling more than people living in urban areas with the cost of living crisis. A Yeovil man has been jailed for eight months for dangerous driving. 4,000 people have now signed a petition calling for the scrapping of plans to transfer a mental health unit in Wells to Yeovil. There’s a chance to find out more about the running of Yeovil Hospital today and people in Chard are being asked to comment on plans to upgrade the play area in Henson Park.
Local News Wednesday 28th September
The Chair of Ilminster Carnival Committee says carnival clubs are struggling with funding and the rising costs to put on events this year. Work has started on the final phase to improve the look of Fore Street in Chard. Farmers in Somerset are waiting to find out how a government review of farm subsidies could affect them. Work’s been completed building a new playground at Shepton Beauchamp Church School in Shepton Beauchamp. The family of a man who died in a crash near Chard on Saturday afternoon has thanked those who cared for him after the collision...and more.
Local News Tuesday 27th September
Some teaching staff at Yeovil College have gone on strike in a pay dispute. The government has announced that work to turn the A358 between Ilminster and Taunton into a dual carriageway is to be fast-tracked. Somerset County Council has launched a campaign to raise awareness about head trauma in babies. Police are asking the public to help find Daniel Kellaway, aged 27, who’s wanted on a warrant for breaching his probation and in connection with a number of offences...and more.
Local News Monday 26th September
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