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Canal towpath collapses in Wiltshire

Hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage caused on Kennet and Avon Canal Credit: Kennet & Avon Canal

Part of a towpath on the Kennet and Avon Canal has collapsed after a lock gate was left open next to the Caen Hill locks.

The weight of water released washed away part of the embankment.

The Canal and River Trust say the damage caused could cost hundreds of thousands of pounds and it does not know if the damage was caused by "carelessness or deliberate vandalism".

It really couldn’t have happened in a worse spot – the pound above Kennet Lock is the longest on the whole canal, so we’re talking about a lot of water rushing down the Caen Hill flight, which has caused the damage.

The Kennet & Avon Canal is over 200 years old, and needs constant maintenance to keep it going, so to have such significant damage to deal with on top of that is very disheartening.

At the end of the day, it’s our heritage, and is enjoyed more than ever by the communities around it, but if we don’t take care of it, we’ll lose it. Please, please don’t let this kind of mindlessness cost us such a valuable part of the landscape.

– Mark Evans, Canal & River Trust


Biscuit from the Titanic could be sold for £10,000

Credit: Henry Aldridge & Son

Is this the world's most expensive biscuit?

A biscuit that was on the Titanic is being auctioned off in Wiltshire - and is expected to fetch up to £10,000.

Originally part of a survival kit on the ill-fated ship's lifeboats, it is being sold along with a collection of photographs from the rescue of Titanic survivors, kept by a direct descendant of the Fenwicks. They were a newlywed couple whose honeymoon journey on the SS Carpathia was cut short when it took a detour to save lives. The biscuit was kept in a Kodak photographic envelope, complete with the original notation: "Pilot biscuit from Titanic lifeboat April 1912".

It will be auctioned off in Devizes on October 24th.

Family of missing Wiltshire man say 'not knowing' is the worst thing

69-year-old Robin Garton went missing in Scotland last Friday Credit: Police

The family of a Wiltshire man who's gone missing in the Highlands of Scotland are desperate to know what's happened to him.

Robin Garton hasn't been seen since he checked out of his hotel in Glencoe a week ago. He had arranged to meet friends on Sunday, but failed to turn up. His car has been found in a remote car park.

Will Garton Robin's son told ITV News not knowing what has happened to his dad is the worst thing:

Car of missing hill walker found in Scotland

Robin Garton has been missing in Scotland since Friday morning. Credit: Police

Police in Lochaber are continuing to appeal for information to assist with the search for a missing hillwalker from Wiltshire.

69-year-old Robin Garton is believed to be in the Buachaille Etive Mor, Glencoe area.


  • Mr Garton checked out of his accommodation in the Glencoe area at around 8.00 hours on Friday 25 September 2015
  • He had plans to travel North to meet friends in the Kinlochewe area on Sunday but failed to meet as arranged
  • He has not been seen since leaving the hotel on Friday morning.
  • He was reported missing on Monday 28 September 2015.
  • Officers have traced Mr Garton's car in the Achnambeithach car park, off the A82 by Loch Achtriochtan.
  • It is believed he may have had made plans to walk in the Coire Nam Beith or Bidean Nam Bian areas.

Mountain Rescue and special dogs have been brought in to search the Glencoe area.

Police Scotland are co-ordinating further searches today.

With the last sighting of Mr Garton being Friday morning, police say concern is growing for his welfare

Concern grows for missing hillwalker

69-year-old Robin Garton went missing in Scotland on Friday morning Credit: Police

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for a 69-year-old man from Wiltshire who is missing in the Scottish highlands.

Robin Garton from Devizes is the founder of a charity which supports science-led projects in Nepal.

He was last seen early on Friday 25 September when he checked out of his accommodation in Glencoe. He was due to meet friends in Kinlochewe on Sunday but failed to turn up and he was reported missing on Monday.

Searches by mountain rescue teams and the coastguard helicopter have so far failed to find any sign of him.

Mr Garton is described as:

  • 6'2" tall
  • Slim to medium build
  • Fair haired, which is slightly balding
  • Occasional glasses wearer


Open All Flowers: Devizes

It's the next in our series Open All Flowers. This time it's a big garden attached to an elegant country house in Wiltshire.

The present owners took it over from a titled lady passionate about plants. They've gone on to develop it further, even turning a car park into a flower section to attract bees. Bob Crampton has been to see it.

Prince Philip visiting Wiltshire

The Duke of Edinburgh became a great-grandfather for the fifth time on Saturday. Credit: Leon Neal/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Prince Philip is opening a specialist dementia care centre in Wiltshire today, his first solo engagement since becoming a great-grandfather for the fifth time.

The Hayward Care Centre in Devizes is named after Wiltshire war hero Reginald Hayward, who was awarded the Victoria Cross and served in both world wars. His regiment is now part of The Rifles, of which the Duke of Edinburgh is Colonel-in-Chief.

The centre, which is run by the Orders of St John Care Trust, will offer specialist care for 80 residents with dementia.

Canal's fish to be moved for lock repairs

Repairs to the famous flight of locks at Caen Hill are due to take place - once the fish are moved to safety Credit: PA

Work starts today to remove 300 lbs of fish from Caen Hill Locks in Devizes so repairs can take place.

The Canal and River Trust will use a technique called 'electrofishing' - an electrical current will make the fish rise to the surface so they can be easily removed.

Electrofishing allows us to safely locate and move the fish, without hurting them at all. It’s also a great chance to see the wide variety of life our canals support, and we’d expect species like roach, bream perch and carp to all make an appearance.

– Becca Dent, Canal & River Trust
This pike was relocated using electrofishing when the lock gates were installed in 2010 Credit: PA

The 200-year-old series of locks will then be drained so the lock gates can be repaired.

Pedestrian hit by car in Devizes

A pedestrian is in hospital with serious injuries after being hit by a car in Devizes. It happened last night on the A361 close to the junction for Foxhangers Marina.

The 49 year-old man from Westbury was taken to Bristol's Southmead Hospital where he's said to be in a serious but stable condition. Police say the car involved was a black Vauxhall Corsa.

They're appealing for anyone who may have seen the accident which happened around 10.30pm. Wiltshire Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious road traffic collision in Devizes.

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