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Local News Tuesday 29th September

Local News Tuesday 29th September

Sep 29, 2020

Somerset's Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens says she's concerned that criminal cases may collapse if victims and witnesses lose confidence in the system. Her comments come as the backlog of Crown Court cases, caused by the coronavirus outbreak, rises to more than 46 thousand nationally.

A man’s been left with serious facial injuries after an assault at the Cartgate services on the A303, near Yeovil. The man was in the picnic area when he was attacked by a woman who was seen driving off in a black 4x4 type vehicle. Police say it happened last Friday between 4 and 5pm. Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call the non emergency number 101.

Homes with a price tag of £1 million plus in Somerset are selling faster now than they were this time last year. According to property experts Rightmove, million-pound properties are being snapped up in 2020 at twice the rate they were being bought twelve months ago. Rightmove believes the increased demand for high value properties in Somerset is due to people re-assessing their work-life balance, requiring more space and working more often from home due to COVID.

The site of the former Chilton Cantelo school near Yeovil has been put up for sale with a £2 million pound price tag. Chilton Cantelo was most recently the home of The Park School and includes 17 acres of land and 50,000 sq feet of property. The Park School closed in May this year due to financial struggles.

A film about Chard during lockdown launches on You Tube this week. Local filmmaker Jonathan Warner followed local people going about their daily life’s between March and July to when shops in the town reopened for the 6-minute documentary which can viewed on You Tube.

A Yeovil mother claims to have spent £5,000 pounds stockpiling goods during the pandemic, enough to last her until February next year. Sophie Howard has she’s forked-out on toilet roll, anti-bacterial soap, bleach, instant noodles, tinned food and bottles of water. In an interview with Fabulous magazine she says she’s not “paranoid” but is “terrified” about the country being locked down again.

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