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Longleat offers bubble wrapped cars

Longleat offers bubble-wrapped vehicles Credit: Longleat Safari Park

Longleat is to offer visitors to the safari park the option of having their cars bubble-wrapped to protect them from their infamous troop of car-mad monkeys.

The Wiltshire attraction will be offering the special service to motorists before they enter the monkey ‘Drive-Thru’.

It will be available as an additional charged option with drivers pulling in to a designated wrap zone where staff will be on hand to carefully cover their vehicles with protective plastic.

On exiting the Safari Park it will be removed and recycled.

Longleat offers bubble-wrapped vehicles Credit: Longleat Safari Park

The vast majority of our visitors love the experience of driving through our monkey enclosure, and getting the opportunity to enjoy their antics at extremely close quarters.

However some drivers are put off by the prospect of having their car covered in the highly-curious and, occasionally, slightly destructive simians.

The bubble wrap will provide them with extra security and the confidence to brave the drive-thru safe in the knowledge their prized vehicle will remain untouched.

– Paolo Flirs, Longleat’s customer services assistant
Longleat offers bubble-wrapped vehicles Credit: Longleat Safari Park

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  1. ITV West Country Political correspondent Bob Constantine

Election Analysis: First days of campaigning

The first two days of the "proper" General Election campaign have seen visits to Wiltshire by both David Cameron and Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls.

Work and Pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has also been out and about in Devon and Cornwall.

The common thread of course is marginal seats. The Tories are mostly fighting the Lib Dems in the region, Labour the Tories. So these visits are to seats that matter most to the particular political party involved.

David Cameron breezed into Corsham - part of the Chippenham constituency, which they are hoping to take from the Lib Dems.

While it was no more than a rally for the party faithful, the fact that he spoke without the usual jacket and tie made front page pictures and suggested a man full of energy and willingness to "roll his sleeves up".

It was noticeable that he said he didn't want another coalition, and that he got a resounding "No!" from the audience when he asked whether they wanted Mr Balls as Chancellor.

Mr Balls then went to Wiltshire himself - talking about business rates in Swindon South, then joining in a pensioners' singsong in Kingswood.

In our studio, he brushed off suggestions of economic mismanagement - HE didn't cause the collapse of Lehmann Brothers - but was cagey about whether Labour plans to tinker with the 40p tax band.

Given the tax rises he's denied - VAT, national insurance - there's scope to insert a new band for those on say, £75-£150,000.

We'll learn more when Labour publishes its manifesto.

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Wounded soldiers to attempt record-breaking North Pole race

David Hempleman-Adams at Resolute Bay on the eve of his first solo expedition to the North Pole. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Wiltshire explorer David Hempleman-Adams is leading a team of four injured servicemen in a race to the North Pole next month.

If they make it, they'll be the first wounded soldiers to reach both poles. However climate change is making Arctic exploration more difficult.

Thousands of new Rugby World Cup tickets go on sale

Gloucester will host Rugby World Cup matches. Credit: England Rugby 2015

Rugby fans who don't have their World Cup tickets yet can relax - 20,000 new tickets go on sale today.

With Gloucester's Kingsholm stadium one of the venues hosting World Cup matches, rugby fever is going strong in our region. Local clubs are getting young people involved, and fans are eagerly awaiting the chance to see the biggest event in the rugby calendar on their home turf.

Click here for the link to the ticket sale. More will be released over the next few months, before the tournament begins in September.

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