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Sam Burgess has "earned the right" to play at RWC15

Sam Burgess during today's England training session at Pennyhill Park, Bagshot. Credit: PA

Bath's Sam Burgess is among a host of players from our region named in the England squad for the Rugby World Cup which starts next month.

Six players from Bath and 2 from Gloucester are among the 31 selected by head coach Stuart Lancaster. This is what he had to say about the former rugby league international's call up.


Controversial block of flats in Bath may be saved from demolition

The building at 43 Upper Oldfield Park had been earmarked for demolition Credit: ITV News

A controversial block of modern apartments in Bath, that was earmarked for demolition, could finally be given the go ahead.

Planning officers have recommended the building in Oldfield Park should be allowed to stand, following a number of changes which have been submitted by the developer.

The building was due to be pulled down because it was not in line with approved plans. A planning inspector is due to make a decision next March at a public inquiry.

Skeleton Amy marries soldier she met on Tinder

Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams now has a new ring to her name Credit: PA

Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams has married a soldier in Somerset that she met on dating app Tinder 18 months ago.

Williams became engaged to Craig Ham, after just 12 weeks. The couple tied the knot in Williams's childhood village at St Nicholas Church in Bathampton, which she had attended since the age of six.

Williams won gold at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Canada, but announced her retirement in 2012 due to injuries.

The couple were destined to meet as she logged onto the app while on a train from London to Bath. As the app uses your location to find you a match, she may not have met Craig Ham, who is based in Hampshire, otherwise.

Mr Ham is a Warrant Officer class two (AQMS) with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

The happy couple pose for the camera Credit: Hello Magazine

Craig Ham wore his ceremonial uniform during the wedding, while Williams wore an Augusta Jones dress from Krystle Brides of Bath boutique.

You can see the full exclusive story in Hello! magazine issue 1394, out now.

WATCH: Beautiful timelapse of Bath railway being transformed

The 'orange army' is almost halfway to getting Bath's railway ready for electrification. Credit: Network Rail

The 'orange army' is almost halfway to getting Bath's railway ready for electrification.

The track is being lowered through the area's historic Dundas Aqueduct to protect Bath’s architecture, and make room for overhead lines to power faster electric trains.

The line is expected to reopen on September 1st.

Council warning over bogus Council Tax phone calls

Bath & North East Somerset Council is warning residents to be on their guard after reports of bogus calls being made to households.

The caller claims to be from a company who, for a fee, can reduce the household's Council Tax by having their current band reviewed.

Anybody who receives a call is urged to put the phone down immediately and contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service helpline on 03454 04 05 06.

The company involved has no connection to Bath & North East Somerset Council and is not contacting households on our behalf.

– Bath & North East Somerset Council


Bath only non-Oxbridge university to be full before clearing

Thousands are getting their A-level results today. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Bath University says a rise in students applying means it is already full this year, and won't be taking on students through clearing.

The university says more students have opted to have Bath as their first choice.

Thousands of pupils are opening their results today, and those who are disappointed may be relying on clearing to secure a place at university.

Bath is the only university other than Oxford and Cambridge to be full already.

Council warns people to be aware of telephone scam

People are being warned to be wary of telephone cold callers claiming to be from an insurance provider as it may be a scam.

Bath & North East Somerset Council have received reports from residents, who have been called and told a change needs to be made to their house insurance policy, or offering them a cheaper deal.

The caller confirms the first four numbers of the person's bank card and then asks them to confirm the remaining numbers.

When the caller is challenged and asked to put the request in writing the caller then hangs up.

The cold callers are currently operating from a London number - the area code is 02038.

Never give personal or financial information out to anyone who cold calls you on the telephone. Be cautious and if in doubt, hang up.

– Cllr Martin Veal

Meningitis survivors make a splash to raise awareness

A one year old girl from Bath who had to have her limbs amputated because of meningitis joined other survivors today to help raise awareness, and to support the charity which helped them through their darkest days.

It's been just eight months since Harmonie-Rose Allen underwent a major operation to remove her arms and legs. But her family say she continues to be an inspiration.

Victoria Davies reports:

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