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Man arrested on suspicion arson after mast fire

The mast was set alight in January 2013
The mast was set alight in January 2013 Credit: ITV News West Country

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of arson following a fire at a phone mast in Bath.

The fire in January last year caused hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage. Thousands of homes experienced TV, radio and mobile signal disruption. A 30 year old man remains in custody.

The damage affected TVs, radios and mobile phones
The damage affected TVs, radios and mobile phones Credit: ITV News West Country

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The West Country's wonderful countryside

These pictures were taken last night by two of the ITV News West Country team out and about in Somerset.

Backwell Lake
Swans and geese enjoy the evening sun at Backwell Lake in North Somerset Credit: ITV News/Nigel Turner
Backwell Lake
Bullrushes around Backwell Lake provide a shady spot for a bit of bird watching Credit: ITV News West Country
Vernham Woods, Englishcombe
The view to Vernham Woods and beyond to Englishcombe near Bath Credit: ITV News/Ruth Wishart
Scottish thistles
A few thistles growing along the Wansdyke ancient monument in Bath in tribute to the Commonwealth Games in Scotland Credit: ITV News/Ruth Wishart

Campaigners call for an elected Mayor in B&NES

A meeting's being held tonight, 23 July, to promote a campaign for an elected mayor in Bath and North East Somerset, similar to the one in Bristol.

A petition has been started which, if it attracts 6,900 names of voters in the area, will trigger a referendum on the issue.

Supporters are meeting at the BRLSI in Queen Square in Bath at 7pm to discuss the campaign.

Entrance to Bath Guildhall
The campaigners feel there should be an elected mayor in control of B&NES Council, which meets at the Guildhall in Bath Credit: ITV News West Country

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New Primark opens in Bath this morning

The new Primark replaces BHS in the city centre
The new Primark replaces BHS in the city centre Credit: ITV News West Country

Hundreds of shoppers are expected to queue up outside a new Primark, which will open in Bath this morning. The discount clothing chain announced it was taking over the former BHS site last year, and has spent 6 months refurbishing the shop. The new shop will create 320 new jobs in the area.

New head appointed at troubled school in Bath

Kim Sparling resigned following criticism
Kim Sparling resigned following criticism

A school in Bath have appointed a new head following the resignation of Kim Sparling, who faced much criticism over the way she ran the school.

Oldfield school have confirmed that Matthew Woodville, who has been in the role of acting headteacher, will take over the job permanently.

Matthew Woodville has been given the headteacher job permanently
Matthew Woodville has been given the headteacher job permanently

Bath Street sealed off following sexual assault

Swallow Street, Bath
Swallow Street, Bath Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Avon and Somerset Police are investigating after an alleged sexual assault on a 17-year-old girl.

The incident happened around 2am this morning on Swallow Street in Bath. The street has been closed at both ends but may not be closed all day. An investigation into the alleged assault is underway.

Officer are following a number of inquiries to identify a man they wish to speak to and are also reviewing CCTV footage from the area.

It is not thought the man or the girl knew each other.

: "The victim is being offered full support and is due to attend our Serious Sexual Assault Referral Centre."

– Avon & Somerset Police Spokesman
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