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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

Work due to start to free trapped canal boat

The canal boat got stuck in the lock in Widcombe on 1 November Credit: ITV News

Work is due to begin this morning to remove a canal boat that is trapped in a lock on the Kennet and Avon Canal in Bath.

The narrowboat, which is thought to have been hired by a stag party, was trying to go through the lock on Saturday 1 November when it got stuck on a ledge. The waterway has now been closed for a fortnight.

The Canal & River Trust says it is unclear how long it will take to free the boat.


Young swans are rescued in Bath

Two PCSOs have come to the rescue of two young swans in Bath. They were called to St Mark's Road in Widcombe by concerned passers-by. One cygnet was dozing in the road while the other had got itself trapped in the cemetery by the former church.

Passers-by had put road cones about one of the swans, which was dozing in the middle of the road Credit: Anthony Grimley

We’ve had to deal with swans a couple of times before so we knew how to handle them. We put blankets over their heads and bodies to pacify them, then we lifted them and carried them to the canal nearby.

– Mike Symonds, PCSO

They were young birds but pretty big and strong. Luckily they stayed quite calm, although one tried to give me a good pecking and the other left Mike needing a change of trousers.

They seemed happy enough to be back on water and soon paddled off. Hopefully they’ll stay off the roads in future.

– Ashley Bintcliffe, PCSO

RUGBY: Bath's Watson to start for England

Watson touches down for Bath during the Amlin Challenge Cup Final in May Credit: PA

Bath rugby wing Anthony Watson will start his first international for England in Saturday’s QBE International against South Africa at Twickenham.

The 20-year-old replaces injured Bath Rugby teammate Semesa Rokoduguni on the right wing. It follows his cameo appearance from the bench in last weekend's 24-21 defeat against New Zealand.

Anthony has been pushing hard for a while and has been in impressive form for Bath and in training with us.

It was great that he got on against New Zealand and we feel he is ready to start.

– Stuart Lancaster, England Head Coach

Jane Austen's Day Out in Bath

In the film the author's statue outside the Jane Austen Centre is brought to life Credit: Doubleshot

A Frome production company has made a fun film imagining what would happen if a statue of Jane Austen was brought to life.

The firm, Doubleshot, has followed the exploits of the author enjoying the sights of Bath before returning to her position outside the Jane Austen Centre in Gay Street.

Jane's first port of call is (naturally) a book shop in the city Credit: Doubleshot
Jane photobombs a couple of tourists outside Bath Abbey Credit: Doubleshot

The film not only celebrates the famous author but also the city's architecture and it's getting a lot of interest worldwide. It has attracted more than 100,000 views through social media.

You can watch it for yourself here:

Kelston Road repairs could finish early

Kelston Road closed in February after cracks appeared Credit: ITV News

Work to repair the A431 Kelston Road in Bath is likely to finish this month, ahead of schedule.

The busy route has been closed since February when part of the road subsided, leading to fears of a landslip.

The work cost £2.6 million and involved drilling concrete piles down as far as 15 metres below the ground to stabilise the land and support the new road.

Bath & North East Somerset Council’s priority has always been to achieve a permanent solution so that we don’t have problems with road slippage in the future.

I’m very pleased that we will soon be able to re-open the road – we promised local people that we would achieve this before Christmas, and we look set to achieve this ahead of schedule.

– Cllr Paul Crossley, B&NES

The Council will also take the opportunity before the A431 re-opens to resurface part of the road in Kelston village. It will take place overnight from 11-13 November.

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