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Royal Wedding Prince Harry & Meghan Markle

As speculation soars over who will get an invitation to the wedding of the decade, the spotlight has fallen on those in the West who do stand a good chance of hob-nobbing at the party which could cost £2 million. That is expected be the bill, to be covered by the Prince of Wales, for …

5th December 2017 in: News

If you’re the owner of a second home in the West Country, I’d stop reading this if I was you, because you’re not going to like it. This is a true story and it is a sad damnation of our times. Close to where I live in Dorset there is a bloke who will be …

3rd December 2017 in: Indy Column
bath bollards

Bath is being prepared for a possible terrorist attack at Christmas as councillors take urgent action to reassure shoppers and protect stores against losing a festive spending spree worth £20 million. For the first time, large barriers and concrete bollards have been installed in Bath city centre for the Christmas market. The anti-terror barriers have …

29th November 2017 in: News

Ambulance staff leaders are grimly predicting “an absolute disaster” that will see “the collapse” of the emergency service across the whole of the South West this Christmas. Ambulance workers say they are “petrified” that the over-stretched service will finally fall apart be unable to cope with 999 calls as other factors combine with existing staff …

29th November 2017 in: News

What a sad and horrible week it has been. Poor Gaia Pope, I feel so sorry for her family and friends. We all do. The police have yet to announce the cause of death of the golden and clearly enchanting young woman but their statements indicate that there was no foul play and that nobody …

28th November 2017 in: News

A tiny Dorset brewery is toasting success after been named as one of the best of British beer-makers by the UK’s top drinks expert – and to celebrate they are turning to making gin. Gyle 59, artisan brewers in the remote village of Thorncombe, near Chard, won the rave review from Oz Clarke when the …

26th November 2017 in: News

I had a letter the other day from the boss of the British Red Cross, begging me to send him a quarter of my daily income for some people in Syria. It was a very pleasant letter, polite and well-written, and although it was deliberately constructed to try to tug at my heart strings with …

24th November 2017 in: Indy Column
Taunton Preacher

More than 4,300 people have signed a petition calling on Taunton MP to back a plea to local councillors to stop a Christian man preaching in the town centre. Those objecting to preacher Michael Overd, who also want him banned from Bridgewater, accuse him of making offensive and homophobic remarks to people on the streets. …

21st November 2017 in: News

The body of a woman believed by police to be missing Swanage student Gaia Pope has been found. Specialist officers leading a massive search for 19-year-old Gaia discovered the body of a woman near Swanage at around 3pm yesterday, near the coastal path and the field where items of her clothing were found on Thursday. …

19th November 2017 in: News

Avon and Somerset Police have revealed fears that the plague of offenders aiming to “groom” children for sexual exploitation is expected to worsen across the region. The warning to parents, grandparents and teachers comes as the force – which is now monitoring 2,000 sex offenders in its area – made a series of raids as …

18th November 2017 in: News