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Titanic violin sold for £900,000

A violin believed to have been played as the Titanic sank in 1912 has been sold at auction for almost £1 million.

Man denies murdering solicitor

A businessman has pleaded not guilty to the sawn-off shotgun murder of a Wiltshire solicitor who later died from his injuries.

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North Somerset MP turns down Foreign Office post

Liam Fox, who stepped down as Defence Secretary in 2011, has turned down a ministerial position Credit: PA

Liam Fox, the MP for North Somerset has turned down an invitation to become Minister of State in the Foreign Office as part of the cabinet reshuffle.

He stepped down from the role of Defence Secretary in 2011, following controversy over his working relationship with lobbyist Adam Werritty.

He has released the following statement:

"I was honoured to be offered a post as Minister of State in the Foreign Office by the Prime Minister. I have turned it down. The issues that matter most to me and my constituents in North Somerset are the economy, immigration and Europe.

"I do not want to be distracted from what needs to be said on these matters at such an important time politically and look forward to discussing them from the back benches in the lead up to the General Election."

Cameron promotes West MPs in cabinet reshuffle

Claire Perry leaving Downing Street after being told she will be made Transport Minister Credit: ITV News West Country

There have been promotions for three of the West's MPs as the Prime Minister reshuffles his cabinet. Devizes MP Claire Perry becomes a Transport Minister. While her Wiltshire colleague, Robert Buckland, who represents South Swindon, has been made Solicitor General.

Mark Harper, who resigned a year ago is returning to the cabinet as Minister of State in the Department for Work & Pensions Credit: ITV News West Country

Forest of Dean MP Mark Harper moves to the Department for Work and Pensions, just a year after quitting as Immigration Minister over the employment of his cleaner.

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Police officers 'recovering well' after Devizes incident

Two police officers injured in Devizes in the early hours of Sunday morning are recovering well.

Officers were called to the Corn Exchange in the town centre following England's first World Cup game, after reports a large group of people were fighting.

During the incident two police officers were seriously assaulted. One was then knocked unconscious and further assaulted as he lay on the ground.

A 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and remains in police custody.

A 24-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

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Both PCs injured in Devizes yesterday recovering well. 1 man bailed and 1 remains in custody. Call 101 if you have info.

Policeman injured during world cup disorder

Police were called to deal with a fight outside the Corn Exchange in Devizes early on Sunday Credit: Bing

Two men have been arrested after a police officer was knocked unconscious as he tried to stop a fight after England's first World Cup game.

Officers attended the scene, in Devizes in Wiltshire, following reports a large group of people were fighting.

During the incident two police officers were seriously assaulted. One was then knocked unconscious and further assaulted as he lay on the ground.

Both officers received hospital treatment and have now been released.

A 22-year-old man and a 24-year-old man from Calne remain in police custody.

It is believed footage of the fight was caught on several mobile phones and Wiltshire Police are urging any witnesses, in particular with the footage, to get in touch.

Titanic letter sells for world record £119,000

The letter sold for a world record £119,000 Credit: ITV News West Country

The last letter known to be written on the ill-fated Titanic sold for a world record £119,000 at auction today.

The letter was penned by second class passenger Esther Hart just hours before the liner struck an iceberg on Sunday April 14, 1912.

The letter was written just hours before the Titanic hit an iceberg in 1912 Credit: ITV News West Country

The price tag shattered the previous record for a Titanic-related letter, which had stood at £94,000, auctioneers said.

The letter, headed On board 'Titanic' and written on Titanic stationery, comes complete with an envelope embossed with the White Star Line flag.

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Body found just yards from start of annual canoe event

Mark Stobbart was found dead in a Devizes canal Credit: Wiltshire Police

The body of an insurance broker was found floating 100 metres from the start line of Britain's biggest annual canoe event. Mark Stobbart, 44, was last seen at around 1.30am leaving a pub near the Kennet and Avon canal in Devizes, Wiltshire, on Good Friday.

But the body of the broker account executive at Ageas - one of Europe's biggest insurance firms - was discovered at around 6.45am the same day.

A spokesman for Wiltshire Police said: "Officers are still keen to hear from anyone who was in the vicinity of The Lamb pub in Devizes between 1am and 2am yesterday morning and may have seen Mr Stobbart."

Around 650 competitors had gathered for the The Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race - a gruelling 125-mile paddle from Devizes, Wilts to Westminster. But police closed the towpath, delaying the start by a number of hours.

Police name man found dead in Devizes canal

A man whose body was pulled from a canal in Devizes has been named by police. Mark Stobbart, 44, was found dead in the Kennet and Avon Canal yesterday morning.

"Officers are still keen to hear from anyone who was in the vicinity of The Lamb pub in Devizes between 1am and 2am yesterday morning and may have seen Mr Stobbart.

"He was wearing a black jacket, black jeans and a tartan check-style shirt.

"Also, anyone using a boat on the canal on Thursday evening or the early hours of Friday morning is asked to contact Wiltshire Police if they saw anything suspicious."

– A force spokesman

Drugs & mobile phone found by officers

On November 13th 2012, Greatrex and Holder were stopped by police officers in a vehicle on the road outside the prison. Inside the vehicle, officers found a package containing the drug Subutex, a mobile phone, two SIM cards and part of a battery charger.

Greatrex was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment, Sharp was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment and Holder was sentenced to 32 months imprisonment for this offence and a further 24 months for an unrelated burglary.

This incident illustrates the partnership working between Wiltshire Police and staff at HMP Erlestoke to disrupt the illegal supply of drugs into the prison. “We were able to intercept these individuals before they threw the drugs and mobile phone over the fence into the prison. “We robustly patrol the areas around the prison and act on intelligence given to us.

– Spokesman, Wiltshire Police
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