Bridgwater Mercury

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 10:42:05 +0000
Avon and Somerset PC Paul Fortune avoids sack for sexually harassing PCSO
AN Avon and Somerset Police officer has been given a final written warning after it emerged he sexually harassed a PCSO over a period of almost two years.

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 07:11:02 +0000
Crashes in both directions bring M5 to a standstill in Somerset
UPDATE: 9am: A lane on the northern carriageway of the M5 between junctions 24 (Bridgwater) and 23 (Bridgwater North, Glastonbury and Wells) remains closed while recovery work is carried out after the crash.

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 06:45:00 +0000
Bridgwater chef competes to make the ultimate sausage roll
A BRIDGWATER chef will be testing his culinary prowess by entering The Great Sausage Roll Off 2020.

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 06:00:01 +0000
Kitchen towel causes fire at Somerset property
A KITCHEN towel holder and kitchen towel caught fire during an incident at a Somerset property.

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 06:00:00 +0000
Othery school headteacher promises action after 'inadequate' Ofsted
Work is underway to tackle the issues raised in a challenging Ofsted Inspection report, the headteacher of Othery Village School has said.

Mon, 27 Jan 2020 10:09:02 +0000
Plan to demolish historic mill at Bridgwater Docks
THE historic Bowerings Mill at Bridgwater Docks could be demolished to make way for more residential flats it was revealed this week.

Mon, 27 Jan 2020 17:00:00 +0000
Still time to get tickets for Town Hall panto
THERE is still time to get tickets for Bridgwater Pantomime Society's production of Jack and the Beanstalk at Bridgwater Town Hall.

Mon, 27 Jan 2020 10:00:00 +0000
'Real life Iron Man' wows crowds with jet suit flight at Somerset school
THE 'real life Iron Man' wowed crowds at a Somerset school last week by showing off his world record breaking jet suit.

Mon, 27 Jan 2020 09:02:05 +0000
Accident-prone dog rescued by Somerset animal shelter after burrowing under concrete floor
AN accident prone dog was dug out from under a concrete floor - less than 18 months after losing his EYE when he got stuck down a badger hole.

Mon, 27 Jan 2020 06:26:03 +0000
Tonight could be the coldest of winter so far, say forecasters
THE coldest night of winter so far could be approaching, with some areas forecast to hit temperatures as low as -10C.

Sun, 26 Jan 2020 06:00:00 +0000
Rugby World Cup winner Phil Vickery opens new farm building at Brymore
RUGBY World Cup winner Phil Vickery did the honours of opening Brymore Farm brand new £600,000 farm building on Friday (January 24).

Sun, 26 Jan 2020 12:10:00 +0000
Appeal to find 'vulnerable' teenager who is missing in Somerset
AN appeal has been launched to find a 'vulnerable' teenager who has gone missing in Somerset.

Sun, 26 Jan 2020 10:36:21 +0000
New commemorative Brexit 50p coin unveiled days before UK leaves EU
CHANCELLOR Sajid Javid has unveiled the new commemorative 50p coin to mark Britain's departure from the EU next week.

Sun, 26 Jan 2020 10:00:00 +0000
Huey Morgan brings rock to The Tropicana in Weston-Super-Mare
HUEY Morgan will be bringing his mix of hip hop, funk, disco and stone cold classics to the Tropicana in Weston Super Mare.

Sun, 26 Jan 2020 06:00:00 +0000
How does the council decide which child goes to which school in Somerset?
Hundreds of children across Somerset will be starting school for the first time this September.

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 12:00:00 +0000
Council could invest £60m in property in bid to generate more funds for public services
SOMERSET County Council could invest up to £60 million in property over the coming years in a bid to generate more revenue for public services.

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 11:09:02 +0000
Woman treated for smoke inhalation after toaster fire
A WOMAN was treated for smoke inhalation after a toaster caught fire in Street. Firefighters from Street were called to a property in Orchard Road at 5.17pm on Friday (January 24) to reports of a fire alarm sounding.

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 10:00:00 +0000
Clive Anderson brings his latest solo show to Bridgwater in March
CLIVE Anderson brings his first solo show Me, Macbeth & I to venues across the UK, after a sell out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2019.

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 06:00:00 +0000
Santa's Grotto at Angel Place raises £2,000 for charity
YET again, the Bridgwater community has demonstrated its kindness with contributions at the Christmas grotto, helping Angel Place Shopping Centre raise nearly £2,000 for two charities this festive season.

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 14:54:29 +0000
£22.6million extra planned for Avon and Somerset police
POLICE in Somerset are set to receive an additional £22.6million, the Conservatives have revealed.

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 12:00:00 +0000
Sedgemoor sees spike in number of rough sleepers
SEDGEMOOR has seen a spike in the number of rough sleepers, with the nightly average up from three to five, to a new height of 13 to 15.

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 09:30:28 +0000
Amazing teamwork to excavate 197-million-year-old fossil found by dog walker
‘OPERATION Poppy’ last week saw a 197-million-year-old Ichthyosaur from Stolford delivered to the Somerset Heritage Centre ahead of conservation work.

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 06:00:00 +0000
Local Tory leader weighs in on bid to combine Somerset councils
THE head of the Conservatives in South Somerset said she has been convinced that "there is a strong case for a single authority" in the county.

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 07:41:11 +0000
CORONAVIRUS: Just how concerned should we be about killer infection?
AS the death toll from the new coronavirus climbs, questions remain about how it spread to humans and how much of a threat it poses across the world.

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 17:15:02 +0000
Warning after two people conned out of £15k in Amazon Prime phone scam
POLICE are warning people to be 'on their guard' after two people were conned out of almost £15,000 by a telephone scam involving a fraudster claiming to be calling from Amazon.

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 17:00:00 +0000
Haygrove celebrates replacing stolen minibus
AFTER months of fundraising, Haygrove School has unveiled a brand new minibus to replace the one stolen last year.

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 10:25:08 +0000
'Coronavirus' fears close two police stations after detainee falls ill with flu symptoms
TWO police stations were closed last night after a detainee who may have been in contact with people from the Wuhan area of China fell ill.

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 09:40:00 +0000
Budget shows Bridgwater Town Council's 2020 vision
FINANCIAL restructuring has meant Bridgwater Town Council has agreed to put its precept up by £3.51 on a Band D property for 2020/21.

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 06:00:00 +0000
Design guide for Monkton Heathfield, Taunton, bans cars from A38 stretch
CARS could be banned on a stretch of a major road between Taunton and Bridgwater, risking a ‘detrimental impact’ on surrounding businesses.

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 10:50:13 +0000
Gravity smart campus near Bridgwater to attract "today's giants and tomorrow's unicorns"
MORE details have been unveiled about the plans for the 635-acre Gravity smart campus near Bridgwater, with the developers promising to attract "today's giants and tomorrow's unicorns"..

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 17:03:36 +0000
Somerset groups club together to buy mobility scooter for Bridgwater man
FOUR Somerset groups have clubbed together to buy a mobility scooter for a man to help him regain his independence.

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 13:44:07 +0000
Drug dealer died after being stabbed in the chest at Bridgwater flat, inquest heard
A DRUG dealer was killed after he was stabbed in the chest at a block of flats in Bridgwater, an inquest heard.

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 12:00:00 +0000
First speculative industrial units built in Bridgwater for over a decade completed
The first speculative industrial units to be built in Bridgwater for more than a decade have been completed and are already attracting occupier interest.

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 12:00:00 +0000
MP calls for business rate reform after department store enters administration
SOUTH Somerset’s MP has called for business rates to be reformed as one of the town’s department stores enters administration.

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 08:30:23 +0000
Amazing pictures show progress at Hinkley Point C site near Bridgwater
LATEST images from the new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station show remarkable progress since the first reactor's base was completed last year.

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 06:51:10 +0000
COMPETITION: Your chance to play the 50th anniversary Glastonbury Festival
THIS is your chance to perform at the 50th anniversary Glastonbury Festival.

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 06:00:00 +0000
Cossington couple set up music charity grants in memory of daughter
GRANTS of up to £1,000 are available for people living in Somerset or Devon with physical disabilities, learning disabilities or both to take part in music therapy, music experiences and outdoor adventures.

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 06:00:00 +0000
Westonzoyland's Ups and Downs charity up for prestigious video award
UPS and Downs Southwest, a Down Syndrome support charity based in Westonzoyland, have made the shortlist in the 2020 Charity Film Awards.

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 04:56:03 +0000
Car destroyed by fire in Somerset street - but crews prevent it from spreading to nearby bungalow
A FIRE which destroyed a car spread to a house in a Somerset street.

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 09:12:10 +0000
Police identify cyclists who died in crash with bus near Bridgwater
A CYCLIST who was killed in a crash involving a bus has been identified.

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 17:28:03 +0000
Somerset police praises hit Netflix show Sex Education for handling of sexual assault storyline
A NETFLIX show has been praised by Avon and Somerset Police for the way it raises awareness of an important subject.

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 17:00:00 +0000
Somerset farmers given help in bid to beat Bovine TB
A NEW information pack has been launched giving farmers all the knowledge they need to help safeguard their herd from Bovine TB.

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 12:13:58 +0000
Exciting plans in place for North Petherton Memorial Field
AN exciting new vision for the North Petherton Memorial Field is coming together following a public consultation exercise.

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 09:46:04 +0000
Pedestrian hit by car in Wells suffers serious head injuries
A WOMAN pedestrian has suffered "life threatening" injuries after being hit by a car.

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 06:48:02 +0000
Crews battle blaze at Somerset farmhouse after chimney fire spreads to bedroom
A CHIMNEY fire threatened to tear through the second floor of a Somerset farmhouse last night.

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 06:00:00 +0000
Former tea room at The Old Vicarage restored to its former glory
BRIDGWATER residents of a certain age may get a sense of nostalgia when they visit The Old Vicarage's newly-restored tearooms.

Mon, 20 Jan 2020 21:54:10 +0000
Police appeal after cyclist dies in crash involving bus near Bridgwater
THE identity of a man is being sought after a fatal crash near Bridgwater.

Mon, 20 Jan 2020 08:00:00 +0000
Jessie J to headline Live in Somerset
THE final headline act for this summer's Live in Somerset concerts has been announced. Jessie J has been revealed as the headline act, set to play on the Sunday evening. The concerts will take place in Taunton's Vivary Park over the weekend star...

Mon, 20 Jan 2020 15:41:11 +0000
Minister visits Bridgwater scheme which helps women back into work
A PIONEERING Somerset women's project received a Ministerial visit this week.

Mon, 20 Jan 2020 12:39:02 +0000
Man to stand trial accused of illegal fox hunt in Somerset
A SOMERSET man accused of taking part in an illegal fox hunt is set to appear on trial at Taunton Magistrates Court.