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  • Woman charged after bridge incident that closed M5 near Wellington - A WOMAN from Wellington has been charged with causing a public nuisance after the M5 was closed after a person was spotted on a bridge.
  • New rail bridge coming to Station Road in September - STATION Road will be closed again next month as the next stage of the major scheme takes place. 
  • SEAL-Y CUTE: Meet the poorly pup being cared for at an RSPCA centre near Taunton - A POORLY seal pup found stranded on a beach is on the road to recovery in Somerset.
  • UPDATED: A358 reopened as man in serious but stable condition after crash involving car and lorry - THE A358 is closed following a serious crash which has left a 32-year-old man with a serious head injury. 
  • M5 delays after "concern for woman on bridge" - THE M5 southbound is closed between Wellington and Tiverton.
  • EXCLUSIVE: See the plans for Firepool which could be up and running by 2019 - A CINEMA off Taunton town centre could be showing its first films within three years.
  • Slow traffic on the M5 after a crash - TRAFFIC is slow on the M5 between Taunton and Wellington after a crash. 
  • Elderly woman cut free from crash and taken to hospital - AN elderly woman had to be cut free following a three vehicle this lunchtime.
  • FREEBIES: You mightn't know who Tina Crofts is - but you may well be grateful to her - SEVEN lucky people are going to be grateful to Tina Crofts today (Thursday, August 25) - without even knowing who she is.
  • Middle-aged man suffers facial injuries in attack outside pub - A MIDDLE-aged man suffered facial injuries and needed hospital treatment following an assault outside a pub.
  • 'Rude' carrot among the winners at Kingston St Mary Flower Show - KINGSTON St Mary Flower Show was among the best ever, according to the organisers.
  • PHOTO: Fire outside Flook House, in Station Road, Taunton - THIS is the scene outside Flook House, off Station Road, Taunton, this morning (Thursday, August 25).
  • TRAFFIC:Lanes reopened after crash on M5 southbound between Taunton and Bridgwater - ADDING to the traffic problems this morning, two lanes of the M5 between Taunton and Bridgwater southbound are also closed.
  • Get your free posy of flowers - if you can find it in Taunton today - IF you're Pokemon-ed out, how about searching around Taunton for summer posies?
  • Man's body found in woods after extensive police search - A MAN'S body was found in woodland in the early hours of this morning (Wednesday, August 23).
  • PHOTOS: Taunton Ambulance Station family fun and open day - TAUNTON Ambulance Station opened its doors for a family fun day at its Lisieux Way, on Sunday.
  • Taunton's new swimming pool and spa officially opened - TAUNTON'S new £5.7 million swimming pool and spa was officially opened today (Wednesday, August 24).
  • PHOTOS: Cheeky seal spotted on River Tone at Creech St Michael - A NOSEY seal has been interrupting weed cutters on the River Tone this week.
  • Is this the oldest person in Taunton Deane? -  
  • Judge quashes General Election candidate's conviction for criminal damage - A LEFT wing politician who stood in the last General Election has had his conviction for causing criminal damaged quashed by a judge.
  • Latest Taunton court results - RECENT cases dealt with by Taunton Magistrates' Courts include.
  • Showcasing Somerset Breweries - SOMERSET is a county known for its ciders, but we’re sure you won’t be surprised to learn that it’s also full of a fantastic range of breweries.
  • £18 million Junction 25 improvements - your chance to see the plans - AMBITIOUS plans to upgrade Junction 25 of the M5 will be going on display to the public next month (September).
  • Two men arrested suspected of possessing illegal drugs with intent to supply - POLICE have arrested two men from Taunton suspected of possessing illegal new psychoactive substances, previously known as legal highs.
  • Two-vehicle crash at Corfe - FIREFIGHTERS and police were called to a two-vehicle crash this lunchtime (Tuesday, August 23).
  • Road blocked after crash on the B3170 - THERE has been a crash on the B3170 in Corfe. 
  • £3,600 raised for cancer charity - KAREN Rossiter raised a fantastic £2,440.20 for Taunton-based cancer charity Somerset Unit for Radiotherapy Equipment by having her head shaved at Bar 27, Bridgwater.
  • Three peacocks went missing over the weekend, is one of them yours? - ARE you missing a peacock?
  • Latest court results from Taunton - RECENT cases dealt with by Taunton Magistrates' Courts include.
  • Status Quo, Will Young, Scouting for Girls and Jools Holland get ready to rock Somerset - IN JUST a few days, thousands of music fans will descend on Vivary Park to raise awareness and funds for St. Margaret’s Hospice.
  • PHOTOS: Wiveliscombe Flower Show - see if you're in any of the pictures - IT may have been overcast outside, but the fruit, flowers, vegetables, cookery and craft entries shone inside at Wiveliscombe Flower Show at Kingsmead School on Saturday.
  • Fire caused by plastic left on cooker - FIREFIGHTERS have been called to reports of a cooker on fire earlier this afternoon (Monday, August 22).
  • UK Hydrographic Office's planning application for 21st Century premises - PROPOSALS to bulldoze the premises of one of Taunton's biggest employers moved a step closer this week.
  • Taunton physio celebrating a decade in the industry - A TAUNTON physiotherapist is celebrating its ten year anniversary with the same customer who was first through the doors a decade ago.
  • Women's charity helping male victims of domestic abuse - MEN in Taunton trying to escape from an abusive relationship are getting help from a women's charity.
  • Canine celebrations at Longrun Meadow - THE first Longrun Dog Festival saw more visitors than expected as pets and owners alike turned out for a canine carnival.
  • Woman rushed to hospital after three car crash at Bishops Lydeard - A WOMAN has been rushed to hospital following a three car crash on the A358 at Bishops Lydeard.
  • Taunton football fan to meet Eden Hazard and tour Chelsea's ground - FOOTBALL fan Cameron Corp is hoping to show off his skills to Chelsea and Belgium star Eden Hazard.
  • Changes to the UK driving test - CHANGES are on the horizon for driving tests across the country.
  • Celebrations in Churchinford for new defibrillator - RESIDENTS in and around Churchinford are celebrating after raising the final £800 needed to buy a defibrillator for the village.
  • Men reminded it's okay to talk - IT seems there is a new social media campaign started every single day, whether it’s to cure a disease or, condemn a terrorist attack, or to free a captive animal.
  • Suspected uncut cocaine and cannabis found in drugs raid in East reach area of town - A SIGNIFICIANT amount of suspected uncut cocaine, cannabis and equipment associated with drug dealing has been found during a drugs raid in Taunton.
  • UPDATE: Boy, 8, woman and dog cut free from car after it rolls over and crashes into hedge - A CHILD, woman and dog had to be cut be free from a car after it overturned and crashed into a hedge.
  • UPDATED: Two pensioners cut out of car after head-on crash near Taunton - TWO pensioners were cut out of their car after a head-on crash in Taunton.
  • B3224 partially blocked - A ROAD near Taunton is partially blocked due to an overturned car.
  • Delays after crash on Wellington Road - DELAYS are building on Wellington Road after reports of a crash. 
  • 'Please help find our cat - we miss him so much' - children's plea - THREE young children have made a desperate plea to get their missing cat back.
  • "Deliberate" fire at property in Leycroft Grove - A KITCHEN fire at a property in Taunton was started deliberately.
  • Taunton's £5.7million swimming pool to be officially opened next week - TAUNTON'S new £5.7million swimming pool and spa at Blackbrook will be officially opened next Wednesday (August 24).
  • Street being closed for ONE YEAR to allow building work - PEOPLE living near a building site are angry that they only found out by chance that a nearby road could be closed for up to a year.
  • Getting married? How about a pork pie instead of a wedding cake - IF you're getting married and fancy something different from the traditional fruit or sponge cake with icing, how about...a pork pie?
  • Beggar in Taunton found to be receiving more than £1,000 a month in benefits - POLICE are threatening action against anyone preying on people’s generosity after they caught a drug user on more than £1,000 a month in benefits begging in Taunton town centre.
  • Cyclist hospitalised after hit and run collision with car - A cyclist needed hospital treatment after a hit and run motorist drove off following a collision.
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  • NI terrorism: Royal Marine Ciarán Maxwell's detention extended - Detectives who arrested a serving royal marine in a Northern Ireland-related terrorism investigation are granted a further five days to question him.
  • Father and son's '£65,000 whale vomit' is worthless fat - A father and son who tried to sell "whale vomit" they found on a beach for £65,000 are told it is actually a worthless lump of fat.
  • Hinkley Point C nuclear plant not essential - think tank - The Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant is "not essential" for the UK to meet its energy and climate change targets, says a think tank.
  • Todd Blackadder: Bath director of rugby 'watched two years of games' - New Bath director of rugby Todd Blackadder says he watched all their games from the past two years to help him prepare.
  • NI terrorism: Royal Marine arrested over Northern Ireland-related terrorism still being held - A serving Royal Marine, arrested in Somerset as part of an investigation into Northern Ireland-related terrorism, is still being questioned.
  • Diarrhoea bug outbreak widens to hundreds of cases in the South West - An outbreak of a sickness and diarrhoea bug in the South West of England widens to more than 220 cases.
  • Somerset charity creating memory boxes for bereaved children - A new charity has been set up in Somerset to help children cope with the death of a brother or sister.
  • 'Whale vomit' found on Weston-super-Mare coast - A father and son find a wax-like rock they believe to be highly-valued whale vomit.
  • County Championship: Somerset build 196-run lead against Hampshire - Roelof van der Merwe and Craig Overton close in on centuries as Somerset build a big lead over Hampshire.
  • Izale McLeod: Yeovil Town sign striker and loan Bournemouth's Ben Whitfield - Striker Izale McLeod joins Yeovil Town on a free transfer and Bournemouth's Ben Whitfield arrives on loan until January.
  • Yeovil Town: Former Swansea City midfielder Kyle Copp joins Glovers - Yeovil complete the signing of ex-Swansea midfielder Kyle Copp and extend the loans of Liam Shepherd and Ryan Hedges.
  • Everton 4-0 Yeovil Town - Everton's late flourish sees them through to the the EFL Cup third round with a 4-0 win against Yeovil Town.
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  • Italy earthquake: Boy, 14, among three UK deaths - Three Britons killed in the earthquake in Italy are named as Marcos Burnett, 14, and couple Will and Maria Henniker-Gotley, all from London.
  • Vincent Barker death: Optometrist Honey Rose given two-year suspended sentence - An optometrist who failed to spot an eye condition in a boy who later died is given a suspended sentence.
  • France burkini: Highest court suspends ban - France's highest administrative court suspends a ban on controversial full-body "burkini" swimsuits in a town on the Mediterranean coast.
  • Three men charged with horsemeat sales fraud - Three men have been charged with fraud for allegedly conspiring to sell horsemeat as beef.
  • Labour leadership: Jeremy Corbyn urges probe into excluded voters - Jeremy Corbyn fears some people have been "unfairly" barred from voting in Labour's leadership election and has asked party officials to investigate.
  • Judge's 'LOL' as he jails online boaster who ducked sentence - A man who avoided prison after being convicted of a street attack is jailed for refusing to perform unpaid work then boasting about it online.
  • NHS cuts 'planned across England' - Plans are being drawn up that could see cuts to NHS services across England, including ward closures, according to draft documents seen by the BBC.
  • Syria Darayya: Evacuation of siege town begins - The evacuation of the Damascus suburb of Darayya begins after a deal between the Syrian government and rebel fighters to end four years of siege.
  • Redhill van abduction inquiry: Mountain bike ruled out - A bicycle left by the roadside after a suspected abduction attempt belongs to an unconnected person, police say.
  • US swimmer Lochte 'won't respond' to Brazil false claim charge - Ryan Lochte has no plans to publically respond despite Brazilian police charging him with making a false statement over a robbery, his lawyer says.
  • WhatsApp and Facebook data sharing plan being investigated - The UK's Information Commissioner (ICO) is looking into WhatsApp's decision to share more data with parent company Facebook.
  • Sir Richard Branson 'thought he would die' in bike crash - Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson says he thought he was "going to die" after crashing his bike on the Caribbean island of Virgin Gorda.
  • Calais people-smugglers use tree to board lorries - Footage has been recorded by the BBC showing the extreme lengths a group of armed people-smugglers were prepared to go to to get migrants in Calais across the Channel to Kent.
  • Inside a Philippines prison drugs raid - The BBC witnesses a prison raid in one of Manila's biggest jails - the latest offensive in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.
  • Ultra marathon runner's reunion with stray dog - Their story had already captured hearts across the world - the marathon runner and the stray dog that stuck by his side through a gruelling desert race in China.
  • Inside Manila's drug war: Female assassin's story - A violent crackdown on illegal drugs in the Philippines has left more than 1,900 people dead. The BBC spoke to two people in the middle of the drug war.
  • What happens when you let a dog in the studio... - James Davidson, co-founder of pet food company Tails.com, talks to Business Live - but his dog Monty steals the show.
  • How much exercise is safe during pregnancy? - There are conflicting views on whether it's safe to exercise during pregnancy - we hear from a former Olympian and mums.
  • Syria chemical attack: Family recounts 2013 horrors - The BBC's Quentin Sommerville speaks to the surviving members of a family caught up in Ghouta's 2013 chemical attack which left hundreds of Syrians dead.
  • 98 aftershocks in 36 hours - How 98 aftershocks rocked devastated areas of central Italy in the first 36 hours after the earthquake.
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  • 'First Apple computer' sells for $815,000 - A prototype Apple 1, a holy-grail item in electronics memorabilia, has sold for $815,000 (£618,000) in an online auction.
  • Malta crime: Ex-England rugby international foils robbers with tea mug - A 78-year-old former England rugby player foils a robbery attempt by three men, chasing them out of his house in Malta armed only with a mug of tea.
  • Phanindra Dahal: Nepal to probe civil war crimes - The two commissions set up to investigate crimes committed during Nepal's civil war have received nearly 57,000 submissions but many victims are sceptical about getting justice.
  • Mehrnoush Pourziaiee: When child rescuers die too - The White Helmets save Syrians from death. What happens when they die, too?
  • Brexit: Tough to-do list - Battling ministers, the search for staff and working out what kind of deal to go for - how the Whitehall machine is gearing up for Brexit.
  • How US welfare compares around the globe - Twenty years ago, the US overhauled its cash welfare system - the portion of US assistance that is offered to poor families as a direct payment. But how does this system compare to other high-income countries?
  • GCSEs 2016 - a user's guide - A guide to this year's GCSEs.
  • How many people have to stand on trains? - Jeremy Corbyn has brought the issue of overcrowded trains into the spotlight again, but why are our trains so busy and just how bad is the problem?
  • Why Pokemon Go may have passed its peak - New independent data suggests that the augmented reality craze is beginning to cool off.
  • Why are microbeads controversial? - MPs have recommended banning the tiny particles of plastic called "microbeads" which are used in a number of cosmetics and cleaning products. But why have they taken the move?
  • Yuval Noah Harari: "We are probably one of the last generations of Homo sapiens." - Historian and author of the international bestseller Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari speaks about the future of humanity.
  • Myanmar earthquake - Scores of historic sites in Bagan - some there since the 10th Century - were badly damaged by the 6.8-magnitude earthquake that struck central Myanmar on Wednesday.
  • Africa's top shots: 19-25 August 2016 - A selection of the best photos from across Africa this week.
  • Aiming for the skies - Amateur rocket enthusiasts have gathered in Scotland to mark 30 years of aiming for the skies.
  • Quake-hit Italy from air - Aerial shots reveal the devastation in Amatrice following Wednesday's earthquake which killed at least 247 people in central Italy.
  • Italy earthquake - Images from before and after an earthquake struck central Italy show the huge scale of the disaster.
  • Laura Trott's Premier League predictions for Football Focus - Four-time Olympic cycling champion and Tottenham fan Laura Trott gives her predictions on the weekend's Premier League fixtures.
  • Belgian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton given 30-place grid penalty - Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton says he will try to limit the damage to his title hopes in Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix.
  • Europa League draw: Man Utd face reunion with Robin van Persie - Manchester United will face Fenerbahce, Feyenoord and Zorya Luhansk in the group stage of the Europa League.
  • ‘One last hit’ - The BBC's Jonathan Head explores the Philippines' dark underbelly of police raids, dealers and assassins through the story of one woman trapped in a chilling predicament.
  • 'Utterly wrong' - Disabled athletes and models have told Newsbeat how disappointed they are in Vogue Brasil after they posted pictures of their new Paralympic Campaign.
  • 7 days quiz - The Magazine's weekly quiz of the news, 7 days 7 questions.
  • Epic telly - It is 20 years since Our Friends in the North first aired, but the programme's journey to the TV screen was as tangled as the lives of the four friends it tracked across the decades.
  • Trump’s shock troops - A disparate group of provocateurs and internet pranksters is challenging conservative orthodoxy in America. Who are they and what do they believe?
  • Tiny tribute - A tiny marsupial lion, extinct for at least 18 million years, is named after Sir David Attenborough after fossilised remains are found in remote Australia.
  • C-section blues - New mother's vivid Facebook post on the shaming culture involved with Caesarean births goes viral.
  • Love to chat - As chat apps achieve colossal valuations and more keep coming onto the market, are we reaching chat saturation point?