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Bath first team coach to join England set up

Neal Hatley talks to head coach Mike Ford Credit: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

Bath Rugby have confirmed first team coach Neal Hatley will join the England set up at the end of the season as their scrum coach.

It’s been a real privilege to have been part of Bath Rugby these past four years.

I’d like to thank my fellow coaches, players and staff for an unforgettable time, during which this team has reached some new heights. I’ll also never forget how great the Bath supporters have been, and I’m hoping we can give them more reason to cheer with two games remaining this season.

– Neal Hatley

I’d like to thank Bath Rugby for their understanding and allowing me to take up this fantastic opportunity. Being asked by Eddie Jones to be part of the national team’s coaching staff is a real honour, and a special moment for me and my family.

It's a very exciting time to be involved with this young England team and for the game in this country.

– Neal Hatley

Hatley joined Bath in 2012 and is widely regarded as one of the best forward coaches in the game.

He's described the move as a real honour, and a special moment for him and my family.

He will join the England setup at the end of the season.

England head coach, Eddie Jones Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA

England Head Coach Eddie Jones described his arrival as an "important appointment" as the Grand Slam winners prepare for June's three-match tour of Australia.

We’re delighted to have brought Neal into the coaching team. Successful English rugby teams have always had strong, powerful, dominant scrums.

Neal is an experienced coach and has impressed me with the work he has done in English rugby.

I’ve no doubt he is the type of character who will thrive in an international environment.

– Eddie Jones, England head coach


Appeal to trace missing 20-year-old

Hayley Thorne disappeared in the early hours of Saturday morning Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Police are appealing to help trace a 20-year-old vulnerable woman who has gone missing in Bristol.

Hayley Thorne disappeared from Heath House Lane around 4.30am and has not been seen, or heard from, since.

She is described as 5ft 2in, of slim build with short dark hair. She is believed to be wearing a green jacket, boots and a green coloured beanie.

Police say she may appear a little withdrawn or depressed.

Although she is thought to be in the Bristol area it is possible she may have used public transport to travel to Bath.We’re keen to hear from anyone who may have seen Hayley to contact us.

– Avon and Somerset Police


Councillor accused of growing cannabis

A Conservative councillor has appeared in court accused of growing cannabis Credit: Bath and North East Somerset Council

A Conservative councillor has appeared in court accused of growing cannabis.

Donal Hassett, who represents the Newbridge ward for Bath and North East Somerset Council appeared at Bristol Crown Court today accused of one count of conspiracy to produce class B cannabis.

He was arrested along with five other people as part of Operation Zephyr - the West Country's regional organised crime unit on March 24.

He will next appear on April 29th.

Bristol and Bath among least affordable cities in UK

Buying a house in Bristol or Bath is difficult for first time buyers Credit: ITV News

Bristol and Bath are among the least affordable cities in the country.

That's according to a new report by Lloyds bank which compared house prices to earnings across the UK.

It found that in Bath, the average home cost just under 10 times what the average person makes in a year. In Bristol a house would set you back around 7 times the average local wage.

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