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Bath's George Ford to make first England start

England Fly Half George Ford (centre) during an England training session earlier in the week. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Bath fly-half George Ford will make his first international start as England take on Samoa tonight (7pm).

He's among 5 Bath players in the starting line up for their 3rd Autumn International at Twickenham.

Anthony Watson, Rob Webber, Davey Wilson and Dave Attwood will be hoping they can end a 5 match losing streak for the home side.

Gloucester's Jonny May, Ben Morgan and Billy Twelvetrees are also in the squad.

Sam Burgess at The Rec last month. Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Meanwhile, Bath's new star signing, Sam Burgess, has taken to Twitter to wish his team-mates luck for this afternoon's Premiership match at London Irish (3pm).

The 25-year-old, who has swapped rugby league for union after helping South Sydney win the Australian Grand Final with a fractured cheekbone, is expected to make his club debut next month.


VIDEO: time lapse footage shows Kelston road repair

Timelapse footage has been released showing the final stage of rebuilding the A431 Kelston Road.

The road opened this morning after a landslip caused it to close nine months ago.

Repair work has cost around £2.6 million. Work has involved drilling concrete piles down as far as 15 metres to stabilise and support the road surface.

Kelston road opens to traffic after landslip repairs

Police release E-Fit of man wanted in connection with Bath sex attack

Police would like to trace this man in connection with a sexual assault in Bath Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police are hoping to identify a man they want to talk to about a sexual assault on a woman in the Larkhall area of Bath.

He is white, in his 40s, short, of heavy build, with fair hair. He was wearing light blue jeans and a green or khaki T-shirt.

The assault happened soon after midnight on Saturday September 13 in the Spring Lane area. The 28 year old woman was walking home when she met a man she recognised from earlier that evening.

They walked down to the bottom the road where they parted, the woman heading for a footpath to go home. She was then grabbed from behind, pushed to the ground and assaulted.

Anyone who recognises the man is asked to contact police.


Bath commuter route due to re-open on Monday

Work to repair the Kelston Road in Bath, which is due to re-open on Monday Credit: ITV News

The Kelston Road just outside Bath is due to re-open at 6am on Monday, 16 November.

The main A431 has been closed since a landslip in February. In the meantime, local businessman Mike Watts set up a toll road as an alternative which will now be rendered redundant

It's all done with ropes and water

Ropes stabilised the canal boat then the lock was filled with water to refloat it Credit: ITV News

The Kennet and Avon Canal in Bath has re-opened after being blocked for a fortnight when a narrowboat got stuck in a lock in Widcombe.

The Canal & River Trusts says the boat had been hired by an experienced crew. It got stuck on a ledge as it was going through the lock on 1 November.

The Trust rescued the boat in a two and a half hour operation. First it attached ropes to the vessel to make sure it remained stable and then carefully let water into the lock until it re-floated.

The boat has been taken for repairs.

Work begins to release trapped canal boat

All tied up... work is underway to release the boat which has been stuck in the lock for a fortnight Credit: ITV News

Work has begun to remove a canal boat that has been blocking the Kennet and Avon Canal in Bath for a fortnight.

It is thought it had been hired by a stag party. It got trapped on a ledge when it was passing through the lock in Widcombe on Saturday 1 November.

Close up on the canal boat's bow during efforts to remove it from the lock in Widcombe Credit: ITV News
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