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Magna Carta exhibition officially opens

New exhibition at Salisbury Cathedral Credit: Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral launches a new interactive exhibition which presents the Cathedral's copy of the Magna Carta in its medieval context, exploring its legacy, both historic and contemporary.

It opened to the public last week will be officially opened later today by Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum.

The Cathedral is home to the finest preserved of the four original copies of Magna Carta.

The 800th anniversary of the documents' signing is in June this year.

Magna Carta is not just a constitutional document: it has become in its own way an institution. And like all institutions it has been constantly reinvented.

Every generation has found what it needs for its own particular time in the words of Magna Carta and the circumstances of its signing.

In this sense it is truly an icon – a window on to a world of imagined perfection and an object on to which we project our needs and our wishes. What do we want Magna Carta to do for us today?

– Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum

Body found in search for missing Luther Nicholas

Luther Nicholas was last seen at his home on Wednesday evening Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Police searching for a missing 27 year old from Gloucestershire have discovered a body. Luther Nicholas was last seen at his home by his wife in Cam near Dursley on Wednesday evening. A man's body was found in woodland near Cam Peak yesterday. The man is yet to be formally identified and his death is not being treated as supicious.


Bristol's bid for excellence in customer service

Bristol could become a City of Excellence in customer service if 3,000 people within the region's tourism, hospitality, transport and retail sectors are fully trained by the end of the year.

Throughout 2015 the city will be working to become a recognised World Host Destination in the sector. The BEST tourism and hospitality group is leading the bid and it's being backed by Destination Bristol and the City Mayor George Ferguson.


Australia international joins Gloucestershire Cricket

Ian Harvey will join Gloucestershire Cricket Credit: Gloucestershire Cricket

Former Australia international allrounder Ian Harvey will join Gloucestershire Cricket as assistant head coach.

Ian Harvey won 6 one-day trophies at the club between 1999 and 2003 and says he is looking forward to trying to bring the glory days back to the Bristol County Ground.

It’s a really exciting time. Over the next few seasons we’ve got the opportunity to start pushing for trophies and for promotion.

We are past rebuilding now, we have a lot of senior players here who’ve played a lot of cricket and it’s up to us as coaches to get the best out of these lads.

If we do then trophies and promotion aren’t out of the question.

– Ian Harvey

Ian will work alongside Richard Dawson who was appointed head coach at the end of January. The pair played alongside each other at Yorkshire and worked together at Gloucestershire in 2013.

It’s very exciting for the club to have Ian Harvey as assistant coach. We interviewed some very strong candidates and Ian stood out.

He already knows about the club having been a major part of its most successful period in the late nineties and early 2000s when they dominated the one-day competitions. His passion for the club is clear to see and he wants to recreate the successful environment he experienced here as a player.

– Richard Dawson

Convicted murderer back behind bars

Convicted murderer deported from Australia Credit: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

A convicted West Country killer who went on the run in Australia for 15 years is back behind bars.

Robert Hennessey, 50, was jailed in 1978 for repeatedly stabbing his elderly aunt in Plymouth when he was 14 years old.

Hennessey disappeared after walking out of Leyhill prison, in South Gloucestershire in 1998. Officers finally tracked the 50 year old down in Australia and he has now pleaded guilty to evading lawful custody.

He has been jailed for 16 months.

Robert Hennessey was arrested on suspicion of fraud offences in the Queensland area of Australia in 2013.

Since then we’ve been working closely with the Australian authorities to ensure he was returned to the UK to serve the rest of his sentence and to face justice for the unlawful absconsion.

With the assistance of Devon and Cornwall Police, the victim’s family have been kept updated on Hennessey’s deportation and subsequent court appearances in the UK.

– Det Con Stuart Brooks
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