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Mystery remains over severed human foot found in a Bath park

Police on the scene in Weston Park East Credit: ITV News

Police investigating a severed human foot which was found in a city park say forensic tests have so far proved inconclusive - but the foot appears to have belonged to a man.

A member of the public discovered the foot in Weston Park East on 19 February, prompting an investigation by Avon & Somerset's Major Crime Investigation Team.

The area in Weston Park East was cordoned off while police investigated. Credit: ITV News

Temporary Detective Inspector Paul Catton said “Something appears to be masking the DNA and we continue to carry out further tests as we seek to determine the limb’s origin."

“The foot has been x-rayed and we know it is a left foot which has been cut just above the ankle. There is no other damage and we can say for certain the foot has not been separated from the leg due to some sort of impact.

“There are indications that it was a man’s foot but due to the fact we have not been able to take a full DNA sample we can’t be sure."

It is worth noting, that based on what we do know, we are not at this time linking the case to any crime or missing person.

– Temporary Detective Inspector Paul Catton

Investigation underway after 'severed human foot' found in park

The area in Weston Park East has been cordoned off while police investigate. Credit: ITV News

Police are investigating after an apparent severed human foot was found in a park in Bath.

According to the Bath Chronicle, a dog-walker made a grisly discovery in the southern corner of Weston Park East.

Police have cordoned off the area and are investigating what the item could be.

We were called shortly after 8am to reports a member of the public had found a suspicious item in Weston Park East, in Bath.

We are making enquiries into the report and will issue and update in due course.

– Avon & Somerset Police
Reports that the item is a human foot have not yet confirmed Credit: ITV News

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Nearly £30m pumped into new Bath development

Complexes like this car park in Bath are being knocked down as part of the development scheme. Credit: ITV West Country

Bath & North East Somerset Council has approved it's budget for the next financial year, of which housing, roads and schools are at the forefront.

Part of the investment is the delivery of Bath Quays, an ongoing riverside project which plans to transform the centre of Bath.

£30m
investment to support the delivery of Bath Quays.

The council hope the new build will create thousands of jobs for locals and generate income from commercial property.

Avon Street car park is being removed to make way for the Bath Quays. Credit: ITV West Country

The area around Churchill Bridge and Avon Street car park will be developed into a large pedestrianised leisure area with seating and picnic areas, a large play park, cycling and walking routes and promenades with open spaces for outdoor concerts.

£6m
of Government funding in new and improved school buildings

Elsewhere, the Council also plans to improve school services with an injection of £6million given to modernise facilities for local school children and support parental choice.

Hospital Chief Executives say they're against imposition of junior doctors' contract

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The Chief Executives of the region's biggest hospital trusts say they're against government plans to impose a new contract on junior doctors. But the heads of the Royal United in Bath and University Hospitals Bristol agree that the new contract offered is 'reasonable.' Their names appeared on a controversial letter used by the health secretary to justify his decision to impose new terms on the doctors.

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Both trusts have issued the following statements:

I have not supported contract imposition. I have supported the view that the NHS needs certainty on the Junior Doctor’s contract and that the latest contract offer was fair and reasonable. It is really important that we have certainty over the working arrangements for new Junior Doctors starting with us on 1 August.

– James Scott, Chief Executive, Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation
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The Chief Executive was asked to confirm his support for the negotiating team, led by Sir David Dalton and Ms Clare Panniker, going back to the British Medical Association (BMA) with a “fair and reasonable” best and final offer, in the expectation that such a move would allow a resolution of the current position.

It is highly regretful that this final step was unable to bring the current dispute to resolution, which is in the best interests of all parties and most importantly in the best interest of our patients who rely upon the NHS to provide services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

– University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust spokesperson

Approval for build at Bath Rugby's Rec

Plans to replace the West Stand at Bath Rugby's Rec went before council planners today. Credit: ITV West Country

Bath Rugby has received four-year planning consent for their stands at the Rec ground, including a new temporary West Stand and renewal of permissions for North, East and South Stands.

Plans to replace the West Stand at the Recreation ground were presented to council planners today (10 February). The club says the ageing wooden structure is no longer fit for purpose. Their dream is to build a temporary stand, which would give the ground 1,000 extra seats.

The consent will increase capacity at the Rec. Credit: ITV News
14,500
capacity at the Rec after the new development

MP for Bath, Ben Howlett has welcomed the news that the council has approved plans.

I am thrilled that the Council has at last granted permission for Bath Rugby Stadium to be expanded and I look forward to supporting Bath Rugby at the bigger stadium in the future.

The 1000 extra seats will make a real difference allowing even more Bath supporters to support the team.

– Ben Howlett

The temporary stands will be finished in 4 years time.

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Prince Harry joins injured servicemen at Invictus Games try outs

The Prince meets wheelchair tennis players Credit: ITV West Country

Prince Harry joined injured servicemen, women and veterans as they competed for places on the UK's Invictus Games team.

The athletes have been training hard for the three-day trials which could earn them selection for the Games - now just 100 days away.

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Harry has been the driving force behind the Games, first staged in the UK in 2014. They aim to challenge wounded, sick or injured service personnel, and those who have left the Armed Forces, to strive for sporting excellence.

Prince Harry visits athletes on the track Credit: ITV West Country

The trials at the University of Bath Sports Training Village will select the UK's team for the upcoming game, held in Orlando in May.

They're are being run by Help for Heroes with support from the Ministry of Defence and The Royal British Legion. Hopeful participants will compete across 10 sports for one of the 100 places available on the UK team.

Prince Harry visits athletes on the track Credit: ITV West Country
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