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Bath jewellers Nicholas Wylde seriously damaged by fire

The damaged shop, Nicholas Wylde Jewellery Designer and Goldsmith, in Bath after the fire Credit: ITV News West Country

A jewellers in Bath has been destroyed after a fire broke out last night [Tuesday].

The shop, Nicholas Wylde Jewellery Designer and Goldsmith, has had many famous customers including Jazz singer Jamie Cullum and members of the Royal family.

Crews were at the scene in Northumberland Place until early this morning [Wednesday].

The cause of the blaze is being investigated.

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South West bucks trend as rental rates fall

Rental rates in the South West have fallen this year Credit: John Giles/PA Wire

Whilst rent in the private housing sector reached another new high last month, the South West has bucked the trend, with rates dropping by 1.5% annually.

Demand for rental homes has rocketed in the last year as people struggle to get on the property ladder because they cannot raise a deposit or meet lenders' toughened borrowing criteria.

Although rents increased by 3.2% nationally to an average of £741pcm, rates in the South West fell to an average of £638.

The findings come a day after the Money Advice Trust announced that a record 12,000 tenants were struggling with arrears had contacted its national debtline this year - the biggest number in its 26-year history.

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