Western Daily Press

Picture of Lee Stoodley released as he is jailed for killing Lewis Rogers in crash near Bridgwater

This is the driver who killed a man and paralysed another in a horror crash near Bridgwater.

Lee Stoodley, 33, of Gielgud Close, Burnham-on-Sea, was jailed today for the crash which killed Lewis Rogers and left Dan Reed with catastrophic injuries which resulted in him being paralysed ...

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Lee Stoodley trial: Paralysed Dan Reed says crash that killed Lewis Rogers robbed him of future

A man left paralysed in a crash which killed Lewis Rogers near Bridgwater has spoken about how the terrible event has taken his promising future from him.

Dan Reed told today how the actions of Lee Stoodley – who was jailed today for 11 years – had shed him of his dignity and ...

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Wells leisure centre temporarily closed after death of lifeguard

A Wells leisure centre was temporarily closed from yesterday evening until today because of the death of a member of staff, Mendip District Council has confirmed.

It is understood that a lifeguard employed by the Wells Sport and Fitness Centre on Charter Way passed away yesterday, but ...

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Highways England shows planned route of A358 from Taunton to Ilminster and new M5 junction location

The location of a proposed new M5 junction near Taunton has been revealed by Highways England.

A map has been published which shows the planned route for an upgraded A358 between Ilminster and Taunton.

It includes a bypass for Henlade, some distance from the current road.

A new ...

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Mum of teenager Victoria-Jayne Storey who went missing for 48 hours says she was fearing the worst

The mother of a teenage girl who went missing for more than 48 hours revealed today how "every single bad thought was going through my mind".

Karen Quarley-Story, 43, from Crewkerne, has thanked everyone for sharing the appeal on Facebook to help find her daughter, Victoria-Jayne ...

yesterday 18:15 open_in_new
Yeovil Town Football Club confident of winning appeal to build £1.5m sports facility in Lufton

Yeovil Town Football Club says it is confident that its fight to build a £1.5m sports facility on the outskirts of the town will be successful on appeal.

The club failed in its bid to gain planning permission to build the 12.5 acre facility, which would have included two full sized ...

yesterday 18:15 open_in_new
Glastonbury 2017 line-up Oasis rumour: Courteeners hint at unknown festival with Liam Gallagher

Liam Gallagher could be performing at Glastonbury 2017, after a hint was dropped by a fellow musician from Manchester on a radio show.

That's right - one half of Manchester's best known pair of musical brothers could be performing at the world's best music festival this ...

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No action against Trowbridge security guard after homeless shoplifter dies

A security guard who was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after a suspected shoplifter he apprehended died will face no further action, police said.

Kieren Church, 30, suffered a "significant injury" when glass bottles he was concealing smashed as he was being tackled by the ...

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Lee Stoodley JAILED and branded 'inhumanly callous' over death of Lewis Rogers near Bridgwater

A man who caused the death of one young man and left another paralysed from the neck down has been sentenced to 11 years in jail by a judge this afternoon.

Lee Stoodley was branded "despicable" and "cowardly" as his sentence was handed down.

Throughout the seven day long trial, ...

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Inquest opened into death of former Park School and Gryphon School student Ross McFarlane

An inquest has been opened into the death of a university student who went to school in Yeovil and Sherborne.

Ross McFarlane, 20, died more than a week ago in Exeter, where he was studying Law.

Ross was a former pupil of The Park School in Yeovil and of The Gryphon School in ...

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Somerset's 99p Stores go into administration

Staff at 99p Stores across Somerset face an uncertain future following the announcement the chain has gone into administration.

The news comes after owner Poundland said it had "difficulties digesting" its acquisition on the company two years ago.

There are several 99p stores in ...

yesterday 14:57 open_in_new
Person dead after being hit by train in Nailsea - latest on Great Western and CrossCountry services

A person has died after being hit by a train at Nailsea and Backwell today, (Tuesday, March 28).

Services by Great Western Railway and CrossCountry between Taunton and Bristol Temple Meads, and between Weston-super-Mare and Bristol Temple Meads were suspended for a period.

National ...

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Jury in Lee Stoodley trial sent out to consider verdict over death of Lewis Rogers near Bridgwater

The jury in the trial of a man accused of causing the death of Lewis Rogers by dangerous driving has been sent out to begin its deliberations.

The judge completed his summing up of the evidence this morning, on the seventh day of the case, with the jury sent out a little before ...

yesterday 14:57 open_in_new
Ex-Tottenham Hotspur and Yeovil Town star Steven Caulker given £12,500 fine and 18 month driving ban

Former Yeovil Town defender Steven Caulker has been fined £12,500 and banned from driving for 18 months for failing to provide a breath test.

The one-time England international, who now plays for Queen's Park Rangers, was charged with failing to provide a specimen of breath to police ...

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Person killed by train at Nailsea and Backwell - services suspended between Taunton and Bristol

There are reports that a person has been hit by a train near Nailsea. Train services have been severely affected by this.

The service has suspended on Great Western Railway between Taunton and Bristol Temple Meads, and between Weston-super-mare and Bristol Temple Meads due to person hit ...

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Watch Chelsea and Bristol City star Tammy Abraham's stunning goal in England under-21 training

Tammy Abraham enjoyed a good week on England under-21 duty as he helped the Three Lions to a convincing 4-0 win in Denmark.

Abraham played the last 16 minutes of Monday night's win in Randers as his Chelsea teammate Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Solly March and Cauley Woodrow secured an impressive ...

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Person hit by train at Nailsea and Backwell - services suspended between Taunton and Bristol

There are reports that a person has been hit by a train near Nailsea. Train services have been severely affected by this.

The service has suspended on Great Western Railway between Taunton and Bristol Temple Meads, and between Weston-super-mare and Bristol Temple Meads due to person hit ...

yesterday 12:45 open_in_new
Glastonbury 2017 line-up: Craig David and Manic Street Preachers to appear as Bristol gigs revealed?

Craig David and Manic Street Preachers will be playing gigs in Bristol at around the time of Glastonbury 2017 – leading to speculation both could be in the festival's line-up this year.

The Manics will be playing the Bristol Sounds festival at the Canons Marsh Ampitheatre on the ...

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Yeovil residents calls for The Range to take over planned store near Babylon Hill

Yeovil residents have called for The Range to take over a proposed retail unit planned for the Peel Centre.

The developer of the project is looking for tenants to take over the large warehouse unit, which will not be built until a lease is agreed.

Dozens of people in the Facebook ...

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Marine A Alexander Blackman may walk out of prison within weeks as sentence shortened

A Royal Marine who fatally shot an injured Taliban fighter in Afghanistan could be freed from prison within weeks.

Sergeant Alexander Blackman, 42, from Taunton in Somerset, was sentenced to seven years on Tuesday for diminished responsibility manslaughter following the recent quashing ...

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F1: Seven years ago today - Jenson Button won his first race for McLaren in Australia

When Jenson Button announced he was leaving the Brawn – soon to become Mercedes – team for McLaren shortly after winning the world championship, more than a few eyebrows were raised.

Button had made the brave decision to leave the team that he had made his own and move across ...

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