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Ballot to open for one-off Magna Carta exhibition

A ballot opens today for the first ever chance to see all four surviving Magna Carta manuscripts in the same place.

The one-off exhibition will be staged in February 2015 Credit: ITV News

One of the 800-year-old documents is kept at Salisbury Cathedral but for one day only, it will travel to the British Library for a special exhibition.

1,215 winners will get to see the four surviving original manuscripts together for the first time in history.

There are only four original Magna Carta documents from 1215 which survive. Two are kept at the British Library, one at Lincoln Cathedral and one at Salisbury Cathedral.

Magna Carta is one of the world's most influential documents - an agreement granted by King John in 1215 as a practical solution to a political crisis, which in the centuries since has become a potent symbol of liberty and the rule of law.

Following the unification on February 3 next year, the manuscripts will be separated for display in their home institutions as part of major anniversary exhibitions.

Thousands of patients to benefit from new CT scanner at Salisbury District Hospital

CT scanner Credit: ITV news

Around Twelve thousand patients a year will benefit from a new CT scanner at Salisbury District Hospital. It's cost £650,000 which was raised through the Stars Appeal campaign. It's hoped the scanner will help reduce waiting times for CT scans and enable medical staff to make quicker diagnoses. The new CT scanner will have the very latest technology, meaning some patients will avoid having minor surgery, with all its possible side effects. Patients will no longer need to travel to other hospitals for scans. They will be able to get the CT Scan they need at Salisbury, at any time of day or night, even if one scanner is busy or undergoing essential maintenance.


Salisbury City FC has new owners

Salisbury City FC have announced they have new owners after taking legal action against former owner and boss Outail Touzar.

Mark Winter and four other directors are now the new collective owners.

They say their immediate objectives are to pay off outstanding debts and to try to secure reinstatement into the Conference South.

The five board members have already started the process of finding a new manager and putting together a squad to compete this season.

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Cyclist killed by lorry near Salisbury

A cyclist has died after colliding with a lorry on the A354 near Hillcrest Farm in Coombe Bissett, Salisbury. The crash happened yesterday morning at around 10:33am as the lorry overtook two cyclists.

The one at the back - a 49 year-old man from the Salisbury area - died at the scene. His companion was uninjured. The road was closed for 5.5 hours afterwards.

Wiltshire Police would like all witnesses to come forward who have not already done so.

Nurses change their "scrubs" to help patients

Video. Another hospital here in the South has joined the colour revolution to help patients identify who is treating them and who to ask for help.

Nurses at Salisbury District Hospital have abandoned the light blue scrubs they all used to wear and have donned the different colours assigned to their roles.

The change has been given the instant thumbs up by staff and patients alike.

Penny Silvester spoke to Denise Major, Directorate Senior Nurse and Senior Charge Nurse Cleeve.

Pearl sold at auction for nearly £1m

A rare pearl has fetched nearly a million pounds when they were sold at auction in Salisbury this week.

The described natural pearl exhibits an impressive size and weight of 33.147cts (132.59 grains), combined with an attractive roundish shape and smooth pearl lustre.

This pearl was sold for £680,000 at Woolley and Wallace Credit: Woolley and Wallace

The pearl shows an attractive white colour with weak rosé and green overtones, poetically also referred to as the 'orient of pearls'. Such overtones are due to an iridescence effect caused on the surface of pearls and greatly contribute to their beauty.

Documentation of historic round pearls can be prone to conflicting details and some pearls, over the years, have simply disappeared. Although some were recovered, the entire French crown jewels were stolen when the Garde Meuble was stormed in Paris during the French Revolution in 1792.

A pearl of 148 grains was referred to in Taverniers Voyages as being a gift to the Great Mogul from Shah Abbas. Again, it has not been mentioned since.

However, it is certain that the 33.14, or 132 grain pearl to be offered is one of the largest round pearls ever to be offered at auction.


Witness appeal after attempted fraud at a Salisbury bank

Police want to speak to this man Credit: WILTSHIRE POLICE

Wiltshire Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to regarding an attempted fraud at the Royal Bank of Scotland, Salisbury.

Just before 3:00 pm on Monday 24th March a man tried to withdraw £900 using a false driving licence.

It's believed that the man realised that he had been caught out and left the bank via the Market Square exit.

The man is described as white, aged approximately 50 years, 6ft tall and of medium build. He had short dark hair and was wearing a dark coloured suit with a white shirt underneath.

Football fans cycle to away games for charity

Groups of football fans from Portsmouth and Salisbury football clubs have undertaken special cycle rides to raise money for their chosen charity after coming together through their mutual appreciation of football.

Instead of taking the usual form of transport to the football matches, both sets of fans decided to cycle to the away games and raise money for charities in the meantime.

Murder victim's family remember 'gentle and caring' man

Joseph before the attack Credit: Wiltshire Police

Following the sentencing of their son's killer, Joseph Starzacher's family have release a statement paying tribute to a "lovely young man in the prime of his life".

Joseph was punched unconscious in Salisbury City Centre in 2007 and later died from Pneumonia in 2010 because of immobility problems relating to the attack in 2007.

Joseph Starzacher with his daughter after the attack Credit: Wiltshire Police

His family said:

"To see Joseph’s life taken away in such an act of unprovoked, mindless violence has had a devastating and heartbreaking affect on all those who knew him.

We have had to endure seeing Joseph locked in his body unable to communicate for three years watching his deterioration that eventually led to his death in 2010.

This has been deeply distressing for us all but especially for his daughter Megan who was the apple of his eye.

Despite going through two trials and two appeal processes we can now begin the process of moving on from this horrific ordeal knowing that Adam Cross, the person responsible for our grief, has been found guilty of murder."

Man sentenced for murder 6 years after attack

A man from Salisbury has been found guilty of murder, after viciously attacking a man in Salisbury City Centre in 2007.

Adam Cross, who is 35, was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum of 14 years, for the murder of Joseph Starzacher.

Joseph was attacked by Adam on Sunday 29th July in 2007 on a night out with his friends.

He was kicked so hard in the head that he lost consciousness.

He underwent emergency surgery and Cross was convicted with grievous bodily harm in 2008.

Joseph was left in a 'Persistent Vegetative State' and caught Pneumonia in August 2010 because of his immobility and died.

Medical experts concluded that Joseph’s death was linked to the head injury he received that day.

Cross was serving the initial sentence for Grievous bodily harm with Intent but following Joseph’s death it is right and proper that he was put before the courts to stand trial for his murder. This case is a stark reminder of the serious consequences of violence. Joseph lost his life and his young daughter lost her Dad because of the actions of Adam Cross."

– DS Pete Ritson, Wiltshire Police
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