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Police investigating cafe fire near Bridgwater

The Pines cafe

Avon and Somerset Police have confirmed they are working with the fire service to establish the cause of a fire at a cafe near Bridgwater yesterday morning.

Emergency services were called to The Pines Cafe at Broomfield at around 4.30am.

Back-up fire crews were needed to tackle the flames - but the property was 75 per cent alight by the time they arrived.

Avon and Somerset Police are asking for anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area to call 101.

Severe disruption: M5 Somerset southbound

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M5 Somerset southbound severe disruption, between J23 for A39 and J24 for A38 Taunton Road.

M5 Somerset - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J23, A39 (Bridgwater North) and J24, A38 (Bridgwater South), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Protest against proposed fire service cuts

Watch: Protesters in Minehead

About 50 people have protested in Minehead, to oppose cuts to their fire and rescue services.

Proposals include closing Porlock fire station and scrapping the third fire engines at Bridgwater, Taunton and Yeovil.

Ecologist explores issues of wild boar numbers in the West

Wild boar at Glastonbury Tor composite

A Somerset-based ecologist has been exploring the impact of the growing numbers of wild boars in the West Country.

Matt Mellen, who runs the Ecohustler website has been speaking to Ben Goldsmith, the brother of Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith about the issue - following this BBC article about the animals being spotted near Longleat in Wiltshire.

Ben, farms in Bruton,and is very supportive about wild boars repopulating our forests and woodlands.

You can read more about his article here.