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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.

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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.

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."

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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.

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.

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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