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  • Finalist again

    Baker Cup holders Ilminster 1st XI claimed victory in the semi-final last Thursday, beating Bishops Lydeard by 33 runs, and amking another date for the County Ground, where till way play Taunton Deane. For full report see The Chard and Ilminster News.

  • Police need better tactics to catch the yobs

    I WISH to comment on the failure of Camborne police in my area. I've noticed that shop windows, phone boxes and cars are smashed every few nights. No one is ever caught. The same vandals attack cars in the local area. They've even broken mine. MP Julia

  • Skipper's twisted views on the Cornish language

    WE read the Skipper column each week and have come to think that it is the rantings and ravings of a very bitter and twisted person. In last week's case, he was talking on a subject of which he has no knowledge. What is wrong with the people of Cornwall

  • Man loses bag holding drugs

    POLICE in Truro are appealing for help from the public in tracing medication which was lost in the city centre sometime during the afternoon on Saturday. A local man told the police that he had mislaid a Tesco carrier bag which contained 120ml of methadone

  • YOU'RE BEING POISONED!

    POISONOUS car fumes in parts of Camborne and Redruth could be putting the health of local children at risk, according to an air pollution study carried out in the two towns. The study, by Cornwall College on behalf of Kerrier district council, showed

  • Public invited to see Tuckingmill proposal

    THE image shows how a derelict former industrial site in Camborne will be transformed as part of plans for a new 500-home urban village in Tuckingmill - one of the largest residential schemes in Cornwall for over a decade. The architect's impression shows

  • Pensioners assaulted

    A 70-YEAR-OLD pensioner out enjoying a midnight stroll with his wife was attacked and injured by a bare chested man. The assault happened on Saturday night as the couple walked along Foundry Road in Camborne heading towards Pengegon when they were approached

  • Sacked doctor's appeal fails

    A BRIDGWATER doctor, who was sacked from his consultant's job at Musgrove Park Hospital when three female patients accused him of sexual misconduct, has seen his dismissal upheld by an appeal tribunal in London. Dr Christopher Gillen, who lives in Durleigh

  • Ex-Holyrood student Laura gets the MBE

    A FORMER Holyrood Community School student named in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for an MBE, said her experiences in Chard helped her achieve it. Laura Willoughby, 31, was given the prestigious title for her work in Islington, where she is the LibDem

  • Action urged on dumping ground

    A CHARD man claims piles of rubbish are being allowed to build up on district council-owned grassland near his home. David Whatley, 74, regularly clears household and garden rubbish left on a large area of grassland near his Cook Avenue home, because

  • Key link worker

    SOUTH Somerset District Council is arranging for a new Portuguese link worker to come to Chard. The council says funds are available and it is in discussions with Oscar Mayer about a possible contribution from the Chard firm towards the cost of the worker

  • Merryfield on nuclear waste site dump list

    A VILLAGE near Ilminster could have turned into a dumping ground for the nation's nuclear waste, it was revealed this week. Secret files released under the Freedom of Information Act show RNAS Merryfield, near Ilton, was among 537 locations UK-wide considered

  • Another lorry flips near roundabout

    STUNNED motorists using the Southfields roundabout, near Ilminster, were greeted with an alarming sight during the Friday morning rush hour. The eye-catching spectacle of upturned tyres and mangled metal caused last-minute swerving as rubberneckers strained

  • Why the Tories had such a bad election result

    YOUR report of the expulsion by the Conservative party of party activists is yet one more chapter in this sorry saga of Conservative Central Office incompetence and arrogance, although why anyone should want to be a member of what the party has become

  • Printed newsletter has only a small circulation

    AS a Cornwall county council highways employee, I have to disagree with what the Skipper wrote last week about the council newsletter called Homepage. The Skipper claimed last week that Homepage is a printed magazine - this is only the case when it is

  • CARE HOME DEATH IS QUESTIONED

    QUESTIONS were raised over staffing levels at residential homes during an inquest on Friday on a 98-year-old woman who died at a Perranporth care home. During the Truro inquest of Alix Simmons, Truro coroner Dr Emma Carlyon said that lessons could be

  • Archaeologists find more Iron Age buildings

    AN archaeological excavation has been carried out at Truro College playing fields before construction work for the Fal Building begins. The work, by a team of archaeologists from Cornwall county council's historic environment service (HES), has been funded

  • Olympic yachting hero Ben Ainslie visits old school

    OLYMPIC double gold medallist yachtsman Ben Ainslie paid an informal visit on Friday to Truro School where he was a pupil until 1994. Among the young competitive sailors he met was current Hobie Cat World Champion Jon Cook who, with his sailing partner

  • New optimism in train row

    A ROW over "outrageous" train tabling for Burnham and Highbridge may have reached a compromise - with news of a further stop to help plug a five-hour gap. Wessex Trains had originally scheduled no trains between 11.37am and 4.10pm on busy summer Saturdays

  • Taunton - a town on the up.

    Taunton is a great place to be right now. It is no sleepy backwater, and it is not just me, with all my vested interests and prejudices, who is saying that. The message is coming through loud and clear, at a national and regional level that Taunton is

  • Burgled landlord locked out of pub

    BEING burgled during the middle of the night is bad enough -but being trapped upstairs while the act takes place just adds insult to injury. That is exactly what happened to a couple from Pool, when their pub, the Railway Inn at Agar Road, was broken

  • Be careful with your barbecue.

    BARBECUE fans have been warned to take care now the summer is threatening to arrive. Chris Snook, community safety officer with Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, said: "We are currently experiencing some delightful weather and it is natural to want to

  • A pregnant cow is found shot.

    A PREGNANT dairy cow from a farm at Prescott, near Culmstock, bled to death after being shot during the night. Stunned farmer Bernard Hunkin discovered the dead Friesian cow when he went to round up his herd for milking on the morning of May 30. For further

  • Woman hurt as raiders hit hotel

    MASKED men broke into a popular family pub last weekend, before tying up and assaulting a woman worker in her forties, and escaping with thousands of pounds. Two men wearing balaclavas broke into The Walnut Tree Hotel in North Petherton during the early

  • High pregnancy rates revealed

    BRIDGWATER has got one of the biggest teenage pregnancy problems in the county - blamed on "high deprivation" and the "low aspirations" of the town's youngsters. A shocking study, carried out by Somerset County Council, shows that Sedgemoor has a higher

  • CARE HOME DEATH IS QUESTIONED

    QUESTIONS were raised over staffing levels at residential homes during an inquest on Friday on a 98-year-old woman who died at a Perranporth care home. During the Truro inquest of Alix Simmons, Truro coroner Dr Emma Carlyon said that lessons could be

  • YOU'RE BEING POISONED!

    POISONOUS car fumes in parts of Camborne and Redruth could be putting the health of local children at risk, according to an air pollution study carried out in the two towns. The study, by Cornwall College on behalf of Kerrier district council, showed

  • Looters target town's charities

    CHARITY shops in Chard are being targeted by thieves stealing donated property from doorways. Bags full of clothes, toys and books are being ripped apart by looters who take what they want and scatter the rest. Spokespersons for Help the Aged, in Fore

  • Lorry smash on roundabout

    STUNNED motorists using the Southfields roundabout, near Ilminster, were greeted with an alarming sight during the Friday morning rush hour. The eye-catching spectacle of upturned tyres and mangled metal caused last-minute swerving as rubberneckers strained

  • High drama in one-way vote.

    ILMINSTER will have a new supermarket after district planners approved an associated one-way system at a dramatic meeting of South Somerset District Council's Area West committee last Wednesday. Councillors split five each side over whether to support

  • Pregnant cow died from bullet wound

    A PREGNANT dairy cow from a farm at Prescott, near Culmstock, bled to death after being shot during the night. Stunned farmer Bernard Hunkin discovered the dead Friesian cow when he went to round up his herd for milking on the morning of May 30. For the