Man fined for swallowing goldfish

Somerset County Gazette: A still from a video shown at Lowestoft Magistrates' Court of Jack Blowers, of Lowestoft, Suffolk as he downed two goldfish as part of a Neknomination dare before regurgitating them.

3:21am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A man who downed two goldfish as part of a Neknomination dare before regurgitating them has been fined by magistrates.

Peaches Geldof overdosed on heroin

Somerset County Gazette: Peaches Geldof was found dead at her home in Wrotham, Kent

3:20am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Peaches Geldof died of a heroin overdose after losing her battle against addiction to the Class A drug, an inquest heard.

Gates opened for Games ceremony

Somerset County Gazette: Team Scotland athletes Georgina Black and Sophie Smyth visit the Commonwealth Games plaza at George Square in Glasgow City centre

3:21am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Excitement is building in Glasgow as thousands of people arrive to take their seats for the opening ceremony of the 20th Commonwealth Games.

MP apologises for Gaza rocket tweet

Somerset County Gazette: An MP tweeted about the Hamas rocket attacks on Israel

2:04pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Liberal Democrat MP David Ward has issued what the party described as a "categorical apology", after posting a tweet suggesting that he might be ready to fire rockets from Gaza into Israel.

Wage growth signal over rate rise

Somerset County Gazette: Bank of England governor Mark Carney's remarks could dampen speculation about a rate hike by the end of this year

11:27am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Bank of England governor Mark Carney has signalled that Britain's faltering wage growth is to have an increasingly important bearing on when interest rates will rise.

Pub sealed off in Claudia probe

Somerset County Gazette: Claudia Lawrence went missing in 2009 (North Yorkshire Police/PA)

3:30pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Detectives investigating the disappearance of chef Claudia Lawrence have sealed off a pub and arrested a 46-year-old man on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

Report critical of undercover units

Somerset County Gazette: Attempts were made to smear relatives of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, it has been claimed

5:48pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Undercover police units will come under fire for gathering and keeping information about black justice groups that "served no purpose in preventing crime".

Supermarkets check chicken supplies

Somerset County Gazette: Tesco, Sainsbury's and Marks & Spencer confirmed they had launched investigations into their chicken sources

6:35pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Three of the UK's major supermarkets have launched investigations into their chicken supplies after an investigation uncovered alleged hygiene failings at factories.

Screen veteran Dora Bryan dies

Somerset County Gazette: Dora Bryan and Bruce Forsyth in a dressing room scene

6:59pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Actress Dora Bryan, who was known for roles in TV's Last Of The Summer Wine and classic British movies like A Taste Of Honey, has died at the age of 91.

Ruling on boy's care arrangements

Somerset County Gazette: Neon Roberts' mother objected to him receiving radiotherapy treatment

5:11pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A family court judge has made decisions about care arrangements for a boy whose estranged parents became embroiled in a legal dispute over how his cancerous brain tumour should be treated.

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