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Terror arrest suspect from Bath: House search completed

Police say the search of a house has been completed in connection with the arrest of a 21-year-old man from Bath on suspicion of terrorism offences.

The man was arrested on suspicion of possessing material useful to someone preparing an act of terrorism and conspiracy to inspire racial or religious hatred.

A 17-year-old man from London and an 18-year-old man from Portsmouth were also arrested.

Ch Insp Steve Kendall, area commander for Bath and North East Somerset, said: "I'd like to reassure people there was no immediate threat to the public when the arrest took place this morning."


BreakingExtreme right wing arrest in Bath

Police investigating extreme right wing activity in the UK have made three arrests.

They arrested a 21-year-old man from Bath, a 17-year-old man from London, and an 18-year-old man from Portsmouth.

The 21-year-old was arrested on suspicion of possessing material useful to someone preparing an act of terrorism and conspiracy to inspire racial or religious hatred.

The 17-year-old was arrested on suspicion of encouraging terrorism, dissemination of terrorist publications, and conspiracy to inspire racial or religious hatred.

The 18-year-old was arrested on suspicion of encouraging terrorism and dissemination of terrorist publications.

Searches are ongoing at properties in Bath, London, Portsmouth and Leeds.

The arrests were made by officer from the North East Counter Terrorism Unit.

It is understood the investigation relates to activity by a neo-Nazi group called the Sonnenkrieg Division.

The police said the arrests were pre-planned and not in response to the BBC story yesterday about Sonnenkrieg.

Families launch legal challenge against council over cuts

James Craig

Politics reporter, BBC Somerset

The families of two disabled children in Somerset have launched a legal challenge against the county council - over cuts to services it agreed earlier this year.

The legal challenge centres on cuts which were voted through by Somerset County councillors in September, as part of a bid to rescue its financial position.

Now two Somerset families of children with special education needs and disabilities (SEND) claim several of those are unlawful and are calling on the council to reverse them.

They argue the organisation failed to adequately consult with people who would be affected by measures including cutting funding for youth groups and axing jobs from the early years support service Getset.

Somerset is the latest in a growing number of areas around the country – including Bristol, Surrey and Hackney in London - where families of SEND children have launched legal action against the authorities.

Somerset County Council has said it “has made a series of difficult decisions over the past few months which has involved considerable engagement, and consultation where appropriate.”

It adds, “that does not mean we do not have enormous sympathy and understanding for all those who do no support these decisions.”

West country weather warning: heavy rains heading our way later

Delays after three-car crash in Bristol

Drivers are being told to expect delays around the St Philips area of Bristol after a crash involving three cars.

Police, paramedics and fire crews are at the scene.

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Coroner calls for clarification on 999 responses after asthma death

Stephen Hartwell Thurman-Newell

A coroner is calling for clarification on how asthma attacks are handled by emergency services - following the death a man from Somerset.

Retired policeman Stephen Hartwell Thurman-Newell, 62, dialled 999 but it took 17 minutes for an ambulance to be dispatched, which was too late to save him.

His family are pursuing a medical negligence claim against South Western Ambulance Service (SWAS).

SWAS says it has implemented further staff training and now classifies asthma attacks as the highest emergency category.

Tunnel under railway closed off

A tunnel passing underneath the railway line near Bath has been closed off for "emergency repairs".

Network Rail said: "Temporary repairs will take place this afternoon so that the road can safely reopen in time for peak traffic, with engineers returning to complete structural repair work overnight."

Network Rail said the repairs were not connected to the death of a woman thought to have been on a train between Bristol and Bath.

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M4 is reopened in both directions but delays persist

M4 crash
Highways England

The M4 is now open again in both directions following an earlier crash in which a lorry went through the central reservation.

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Joe Cokanasiga

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Joe Cokanasiga's late try rescues a draw for Bath as they share 14 points with Sale Sharks at The Rec.

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Four-year-old girl saves mum's life by calling 999
Charlene Wright was having multiple seizures when Kaitlyn rang an ambulance for help.

Four-year-old calls 999 to 'save' mum

Kaitlyn, 4, from Bridport called for help when her mum started fitting
A four-year-old Dorset girl has been praised for knowing exactly what to do when her mother had a fit at home.

Kaitlyn from Bridport dialled 999 - and gave the important details to the call handler.

Today, she'll be formally commended for her actions,by the Ambulane service, and meet the caller who she spoke to.

Kaitlyn and her mum Charlene Wright - who has made a full recovery - spoke to Steve Harris on Breakfast in Dorset.

Cumbria police trace man wanted after Somerset death

Martin Lewes


Cumbria police stopped a car being driven by a man wanted in connection with a suspicious death in Avonmouth last night.

Police cars in the dark
Cumbria Police

A nationwide alert had gone out after the body of a woman was found in a flat near Bristol.

No details have been made public of what happened, but on social networks Cumbria's mobile support group said a vehicle had been stopped using a stinger device.

Avon and Somerset police confirmed a man in his 30s was in custody after being arrested in Cumbria.

Volunteers wanted for temporary homeless winter shelter

Homeless shelter

A temporary homeless shelter in Somerset which is set up when the temperature drops is looking for volunteers.

The Elim Connect Centre in Wells will open its doors and have beds available when the temperature drops below zero for at least three consecutive nights.

They are hosting a training evening tonight for people who might like to help.

Bumper year for cranes in Somerset

It's been a successful breeding season for cranes which were reintroduced onto the Somerset Levels after an absence of nearly 400 years.

The chicks were hand reared at Slimbridge in Gloucestershire as part of The Great Crane project and were released onto the levels in 2009.

Experts say the breeding programme has been very successful with more than 21 pairs nesting this summer.

Breeding pairs on the levels are thriving after being reintroduced after 400 years away.

Storm rages across the region

Storm Diana is sweeping across the region and set to continue to cause problems into the afternoon.

A weather warning from the Met Office is in place until 14:00 GMT with transport delays expected.

Weather warning
Met Office

Job losses revealed in Somerset council merger

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A total of 145 jobs will be lost as a result of merging two Somerset councils.

Somerset West and Taunton Council will take over from Taunton Deane Borough Council and West Somerset Council on 1 April 2019.

Staff at the existing councils are being asked to apply for new positions at the new authority or take voluntary redundancy.

One in four West Somerset houses are second homes

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More than one in every four homes sold in part of Somerset is a second home, according to government figures.

Data released by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs shows that West Somerset has one of the highest levels of second home purchases in the South West.

A total of £92m was spent by homeowners on buying second homes in the district during the last financial year.

West Somerset Council has said it is working with the Exmoor National Park Authority and other partners to deliver homes where they are needed.

Overnight care to go from vulnerable adult housing schemes

Somerset County Council

Somerset County Council is facing criticism over its decision to remove evening and overnight care from several of its "extra-care" housing schemes.

The schemes pay for carers to be available on-site, 24 hours a day, for people who live there.

But the authority wants to cut that care from three out of 22 housing schemes in Somerset, saying it's not good value for money.

The move would affect about 100 people and has already been criticised by Yarlington Housing Association which runs some of the schemes on behalf of the council.

They have that peace of mind knowing that they live in secure accommodation. We are not a care agency and nor do we operate care homes or residential nursing homes. It's how we've been able to bring care into our schemes in partnership with the county council.

Simon ShewryHead of Enterprise, Development and Service Change at Yarlington Housing Association

College lecturers in Bath and Swindon stage two-day protest

New College, Swindon

College lecturers in Bath and Swindon will be staging a two-day strike from today in a dispute over pay.

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) at six colleges in England, including Bath College and New College in Swindon, will be staging the protest.

The union says it has been waiting months for a decent wage offer, adding that college staff have seen their pay decline by 25% over the past decade.

UCU officials said that while the Chancellor found £400 million for "little extras" for schools in his Budget, there was no new funding for colleges and its lecturers were paid £7,000 less than teachers.

Flooding 'could increase threefold', says expert

Tewkesbury flooding in 2007

Powerful storms that cause extreme weather conditions such as the flooding in Somerset in 2013/14 and Gloucestershire in 2007 could increase threefold by the end of the 21st century due to climate change, according to a university expert.

Dr Matt Hawcroft from the University of Exeter, has led research on "projections of the frequency of extratropical cyclones".

According to the research, unless there is a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, there will be a stark increase in their frequency across large swathes of the Northern Hemisphere.

Dr Hawcroft said the impact on local communities could be severe, with more intense and extreme storms leading to greater large-scale flooding events – similar to those experienced across Somerset in 2013/14, Cumbria in 2015 and Gloucestershire in 2007.

He said: "It is expected that precipitation extremes will increase in intensity and frequency in a warmer climate."

Somerset flooding in 2014

Game of Thrones star wants to 'inspire' others to be creative

Maisie Williams

Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams was in Bath on Monday talking to students from Bath Spa University about how to be successful in the creative industries.

The award winning 21-year-old grew up in Clutton in North East Somerset and has been acting in the cult TV show from the age of 11.

She has just launched the Daisie app which aims to get young people from all areas of the arts working together.

In front of a packed audience, she said she wanted to inspire others to get into the business

Kickabout visit Bath City

Ben Shires visits Twerton Park, home of Bath City