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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."

Cycle Wiltshire Grand Prix starts in Salisbury today

The race is 110 miles through Wiltshire Credit: SWPIX.com

Members of the public are being invited to come and watch the Cycle Wiltshire Grand Prix which starts and finishes in Salisbury on Sunday 8th May 2016.

The event starts at 10am in the Market Square and is expected to finish at about 3pm. The organisers say the race village, in the centre of Salisbury, will feature cycling activities for spectators to join and an opportunity to meet riders and see them training.

The contest is part of the Motorpoint Spring Cup Series, a five-round series running from March to May.

Cyclists will ride past city landmarks Credit: SWPIX.com
Cyclists have to complete more than 5 laps of the route Credit: Cycle Wiltshire Grand Prix

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Police seek witnesses over hit and run

A cyclist was knocked off his bike in a hit and run in Wiltshire.

Police are appealing for information following the incident in Salisbury city centre.

The 26-year-old victim, who is from the Salisbury area, was cycling home between 5pm and 6pm on January 4 when he was hit by a vehicle near to Churchfields Industrial Estate.

The vehicle did not stop at the scene.

The victim was wearing an all blue work uniform and was riding a 'Giant' white bike.

As a result of the incident, the victim sustained facial injuries, as well as pain in his back, neck and shoulders.

Anyone with information should call PC Osment at Amesbury Police Station on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously if preferred.

Warning over rogue drugs after woman found dead

Police have issued a warning about a "rogue" batch of drugs after a 36-year-old was found dead in a car park in Salisbury.

Emergency crews were called to Culver Street on Friday evening amid reports a woman had collapsed.

Wiltshire Police said the woman was pronounced dead at the scene and believe the deceased may have taken a quantity of contaminated heroin.

"I would of course urge everyone to steer well clear of any illegal drug use but following this tragic incident, we have concerns that there may be a quantity of contaminated heroin in our community which could have the potential to lead to further illness or death.

"We would like to reassure the local community that we are carrying out a detailed and robust investigation following this death and enquiries will be continuing.

"If anyone has any information on this incident, or is able to help us with inquiries to establish where these drugs have come from, please call us on 101 immediately. All information we receive will be treated in the strictest confidence. Alternatively, information can be given to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800." 555 111."

– DetectivSergeant Guy Williams

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Poor eyesight causes 3,000 accidents each year

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Drivers in Wiltshire are being offered on-the-spot eye tests to ensure they are fit to drive. Police warn some drivers are failing to get their eyes tested regularly putting themselves and others in danger. Poor vision is estimated to cause nearly three thousand casualties on the roads every year.

Currently, drivers of cars, vans and motorbikes are only required to have their eyesight checked once, when they take their driving test, by reading a number-plate. Beyond this, when they hit age 70, drivers must simply declare their vision meets legal requirements. The project is a joint initiative between Wiltshire Sight, Wiltshire Police, Wiltshire Fire & rescue, Wiltshire Council, Swindon Borough Council, opticians Haine & Smith and ROSPA. Organisers say the aim is to highlight the importance of good eye health and getting your eyes tested and to reinforce the message that people need to stop driving if their eyesight is deteriorating and cannot be improved by corrective lenses.

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The Campaign coincides with the clock change. Less hours of daylight has been shown to have a significant impact on road traffic accidents, as many journeys become more challenging in the dark whilst people adjust to the reflective glare from on-coming headlights.

The roadshows take place in · Salisbury - outside the Guildhall Tuesday 27th October · Swindon - Wharf Green 29th October

Cathedral full of flowers for Magna Carta celebrations

Salisbury Cathedral is no stranger to beautiful blooms, but this week it's full to the rafters of flowers and visitors who've been coming to see them.

They are there as part of celebrations to mark 800 years since the signing of the Magna Carta.

It is particularly poignant at the Cathedral which owns one of the four original surviving documents.

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Investigation grows into claims of historic abuse against former Prime Minister Edward Heath

In all, FIVE police forces are now looking into claims of historic abuse - Wiltshire, London, Kent, Jersey and now Hampshire. Meanwhile A woman jailed for running a brothel just a mile from the home of former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath today broke her silence to DENY she was the person who had - allegedly - threatened to expose him as a child abuser. Myra Ling-Ling Forde had been named in national newspapers as the woman at the centre of the scandal. It had been claimed that in the early 1990s Wiltshire Police 'dropped' a case against her after Sir Edward's name was mentioned. Richard Slee reports

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