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Cotswold Council criticised for employing magician

The TaxPayers' Alliance say cutting 'useless projects' could wipe out budget deficit.
The TaxPayers' Alliance say cutting 'useless projects' could wipe out budget deficit. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Cotswold District Council has been accused of wasting money after a report revealed the authority spent £19,000 on a magician to help 'boost staff morale'.

The TaxPayers' Alliance say councils across the country spent a total £120 billion on what it calls 'useless projects' in the last financial year. They say cutting them could wipe out the UK's budget deficit.

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Six people infected at Cotswold farm

Six people have contracted an infection from Countryfile TV presenter Adam Henson's Cotswold farm.

Five visitors and a member of staff are being treated for a bug which affects the intestine called cryptosporidium.

Public Heath officals are investigating the outbreak at Cotswold Farm Park near Bourton-on-the-Water.

They say those affected are recovering well.

The farm says it has taken extra precautions to reduce any risk for visitors over the Bank Holiday.

Chinese bowl expected to fetch £250,000

The marriage bowl is expected to fetch between £200,000-250,000.
The marriage bowl is expected to sell for between £200,000 and 250,000 at auction. Credit: Chorley's

A magnificent 18th century Chinese jade marriage bowl is expected to fetch up to a quarter of a million pounds at a sale of Chinese art in the Cotswolds later.

The bowl was part of a collection from of the late Commander Paul Bridgman of Dowdeswell Manor near Cheltenham, who died in 1930. and dates from the mid 1700s.

Cotswold District Council announce Council Tax cut

Cotswold District Council has announced a 5% council tax cut in the coming year. The decision is expected to be the 'largest cut in the country.' The authority also confirmed there would be no increases until at least 2016.

Meanwhile, Wiltshire Council has also agreed its budget. The Conservative-led cabinet voted through 28 million pounds worth of savings, and says Council Tax won't increase.

Rangers restore trashed car park

The caravan blocks the car park entrance. Credit: Cotswold Water Park Trust

A caravan full of rubbish has been dumped in a car park at the Cotswold Water Park in Gloucestershire.

The entrance to Waterhay Car Park near Ashton Keynes was blocked by the bottom half of a caravan, filled with household waste. The other part of the caravan had been towed into the car park and dumped, having completely destroyed the height barrier at the entrance.

The Cotswold Water Park ranger team, assisted by local farmers Richard Rummings, Nick and Chris Freeth along with local mechanic Matt Freeth have now cleared the site, fixed the barriers and reopened the car park.

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Caravan full of rubbish dumped at water park

The caravan blocks the car park entrance. Credit: Cotswold Water Park Trust

A caravan full of rubbish has been dumped in a car park at the Cotswold Water Park in Gloucestershire.

The entrance to Waterhay Car Park near Ashton Keynes was blocked by the bottom half of a caravan, filled with household waste. The other part of the caravan had been towed into the car park and dumped, having completely destroyed the height barrier at the entrance.

The flytippers, realising they had blocked the entrance to the car park then sawed down gate posts to make their escape.

The rubbish-filled caravan damaged height barriers at the car park. Credit: Cotswold Water Park Trust

KFC balloon causes chaos in the Cotswolds

Roads were closed and electricity cables were switched off when a huge Kentucky Fried Chicken balloon became stuck in the Cotswolds last night.

Fire crews were called to Kempsford near Fairford following reports that the giant balloon had got tangled in electricity cables.

The road was closed through Kempsford and the area was cordoned off to avoid causing danger to motorists.

Southern Electric were also called to the scene and staff isolated the electric cables so fire fighters could safely untangle the balloon.

Crews spent two hours at the scene.

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