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Yeovil's St Peter's House drug rehab service ends

A residential treatment programme for addicts has been closed in Yeovil.

Charity St Peter's House made the decision after lottery funding ran out and long-term financing negotiations had failed.

Volunteer Andy Lovell, said: "The trustees decided a day centre would be a better, where we could offer a similar level of care."

In January, the Care Quality Commission said the charity did not meet three out of five care standards.

St Peter's House has confirmed the care inspection played a part in the closure of the residential treatment.

"There are very stringent stipulations and there wasn't the sufficient resources with money or people to deliver the specific requirements or criteria so that's why we've closed it," added Mr Lovell.

Mr Lovell said the charity had some assets which could be sold off to help fund the day centre.

In August 2011, the charity's dormitory-style night shelter for homeless people closed after changes to government rules which favoured single room occupancy.

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