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Could a four-legged friend help beat the winter blues?

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The Dogs Trust in Salisbury has launched a scheme to help people beat the winter blues. It's encouraging the public to consider fostering a dog on a temporary basis with a Home from Home scheme starting nationwide today. It comes as a new survey reveals that 53% of people in the South West admitted to feeling lonely at some point during the course of 2016, but 95 per cent of dog owners said their pet made them happier and 88% said their four legged friend made them less lonely.

Emma Sainsbury, Home From Home Co-ordinator at Dogs Trust Salisbury, said: "Spending time with a dog could certainly make you happier so we hope people will consider fostering a dog as a positive resolution for the new year. We have thousands of dogs of all shapes and sizes across our 20 rehoming centres in the UK looking for temporary carers varying from older dogs who need some extra TLC, litters of puppies, dogs recovering from illness and those who simply cope better in a home environment. Dogs Trust cover all fees and foster carers can go on to adopt their foster dog permanently should they wish. The average stay for a dog in a foster home is three to four weeks, although some dogs can be fostered up to eight months and some for just a weekend."


Candles float down river to mark first nuclear attack

One of Salisbury's rivers was transformed into a sea of candles last night, to remember the victims of the nuclear attack on Japan in 1945.

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Floating candles were placed into the River Avon from the bridge on Fisherton Street. Each was meant to represent a man, woman or child who died in the attack.

It marked a worldwide day of remembrance for the Hiroshima tragedy, in which the allies dropped the first atomic bomb on the Japanese city. It was followed three days later by another over Nagasaki.

The two attacks killed at least 129,000 people.

The Salisbury branch of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) organise the event each year.

Former Prime Minister remembered in Salisbury - 100 years since his birth

A special party has been held at the home of former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath who was born 100 years ago today. It's one of a number of events taking place to mark the centenary of his birth, including special exhibitions, concerts and lectures. The politician died in 2005 at the age of 89. His home Arundells, which overlooks Salisbury Cathedral, was left to a charitable foundation and is visited by tourists from across the globe. Mary Stanley has our report

Former Prime minister's friends mark 100th birthday

Politicians, friends and colleagues of the late Sir Ted Heath gather at his home

The friends of the former British Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath have held a celebration at his home on what would have been his 100th birthday, had he still been alive.

The gathering was held at Arundells in Salisbury, the home where he lived from 1985 until his death in 2005 at the age of 89. The Conservative politician, Sir Edward Heath, was the Prime Minister between the years 1970 and 1974. His former home has become a museum, and is open to the public.

Sir David Hunt, the Chairman of the Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation, paid tribute to his colleague.

A cake for the late Prime Minister


Peter Bialek's trail of destruction revealed

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Police have released pictures showing Peter Bialek's trail of destruction after driving his silver Mercedes drunkenly through a black tie marquee event near Andover.

Today Bialek was jailed for 16 months.

The court heard that Bialek was under the influence of alcohol when he drove into the marquee, leaving 21 people injured, including three seriously injured.

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BREAKING: Pensioner jailed after crashing car into marquee

Millionaire pensioner Peter Bialek has been jailed for 16 months after a judge hears how he drunkenly drove his car through a marquee in Nether Wallop, near Andover.

A court heard how revellers "bouncee off the windscreen" as he ploughed on for more than 20 yards.

Bialek was more than twice the legal alcohol limit when he took over the wheel of the car from his partner and crashed it straight into the black-tie event.

Fox cub found with head stuck in peanut butter jar

Peanut is recovering well Credit: Creatures in Crisis

A fox cub, thought to be around six weeks old, was "near to death" when it was found at Salisbury Crematorium.

The female cub, nicknamed Peanut, had got her head stuck in the plastic peanut-butter jar and had to be cut free,

Broken peanut butter jar Credit: Creatures in Crisis

Kevin Drew from Creatures in Crisis said they had received a call about an animal banging its head on a gravestone. They responded within 15 minutes and managed to save the cub's life.

Mr Drew said: "She is now doing well at our centre and will be released when she is old enough."

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