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Bath captain Hooper retires on medical advice

Bath have announced the retirement of their captain Stuart Hooper.

The 34-year-old lock has quit the game with immediate effect on medical advice after suffering a back injury earlier this season.

Hooper made 192 appearances for Bath after joining them from Leeds Carnegie in 2008. Credit: PA

Former England Saxons skipper Hooper made 192 appearances for Bath after joining them from Leeds Carnegie in 2008. His top-flight career began at Saracens.

"I have had an incredible career, and these last eight years with Bath are ones I will look back on with great fondness," Hooper told

"I am sad to have not been able to retire on my own terms. However, when the medical experts are telling you it's time, you have to listen to them.

"I have loved my time at Bath, made some lifelong friends and worked with some of the most talented people in the sport.

"I would like to thank all the players, coaches, staff and supporters who have helped make this such an enjoyable period of my life.

"I feel a huge amount of pride to have worn the Bath jersey and to have led this great club over the last five years. It has been an absolute honour."


26-year-old rugby player forced to retire

Williams has had to hang up his boots. Credit: PA

Bath centre Ben Williams has been forced to retire from rugby due to a shoulder injury.

The 26-year-old former England U16 and U18 cap made 37 appearances for Bath, scoring five tries, but did not feature in the 2014-15 campaign after suffering a shoulder injury in a pre-season match against Scarlets which required surgery.

"I've done everything in my power to get back to full fitness, but there comes a point when you realise you need to do what's best for your well-being," Williams told the official Bath website.

Bath head coach Mike Ford said: "It's a real shame to see such a talented player having to retire from the game so young.

"Every time he took to the field we saw what he was capable of, so it's a pity that injury has curtailed such a promising career."

Man charged with murder of teenager 30 years ago

Melanie Road was stabbed to death in Bath in 1984. Credit: ITV News

A man has been charged with the murder of a teenager who was stabbed to death more than 30 years ago.

Melanie Road, 17, was sexually assaulted and stabbed multiple times in Bath in June 1984.

Police said 63-year-old Christopher John Hampton from Bristol, who will appear in court on Monday, has now been charged with killing her.


Two arrested over deadly Bath tipper truck crash

The crash killed three Welsh men and a four year old girl. Credit: ITV Wales News

Two men aged 19 and 28 have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence following the tipper truck crash in Bath last week which killed four people, Avon and Somerset Police said.

Three men from Wales were killed in the crash, along with a four year old girl from the local area.

Narrow boat winched out of Bath canal

Workers from The Canal and River Trust are supervising the slow process of attaching a 30 metre winch to the narrow boat which became stuck in a lock on a canal near Bath.

The boat capsized over the weekend after being hired by a stag party.

Samuel Starr death: Parents blame computer 'glitch'

A three-year-old boy died after a new NHS computer system failed to schedule him for a "vital" scan, a coroner has ruled.

Samuel Starr suffered with a congenital heart defect and was due for a scan nine months before an operation, but due to a new computer system at Royal United Hospital in Bath, it was twenty months before he was.

Samuel's parents are now considering legal action following the three-day inquest into his death. ITV News' Medical Editor Lawrence McGinty reports.

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