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Towns like Marlborough boost house prices

Marlborough in Wiltshire stands out for its independent shops Credit: ITV News West Country

High streets populated with thriving independent businesses have added an average of £40,000 to nearby house prices over the last decade, according to a study by American Express.

It suggested that homeowners living close to a flourishing high street could see their property value outperform similar homes elsewhere by as much as £70,000 over the next 10 years.

The study identified five "high street hot spots" it described as good examples: Whitstable, Kent; Marlborough, Wiltshire; Hungerford, Berkshire; Totnes, Devon, and Yarm, North Yorkshire.

Mayor's chain stolen from Marlborough town hall

The chain is made from 18 Ct gold and semi-precious stones including sapphires. It is imprinted with the Marlborough crest Credit: Wiltshire Police

The Mayor of Marlborough's ceremonial chain has been stolen from the town hall. The chain, which was made in 1911 and has been worn by every mayor since then, was the only thing taken in the burglary which happened some time overnight.

The current mayor, Guy Loosmoore says:

“This is a sad day. Something of such enormous significance to the people of Marlborough has been taken. Whilst important, its monetary value is nothing compared to what it means to the history and dignity of local people".

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Men appear in court over jewellers raid

Three men have appeared in court charged with the robbery of a jewellery store in Wiltshire.

Deacon & Son Jewellers on Marlborough High Street was raided on Tuesday morning. A car used to flee the scene was later set alight.

A second vehicle then crashed close to the Great Western Hospital. The men charged are all from the Coventry area.

Men due before magistrates charged with jewel raid

The shop in Marlborough High Street was broken into on Tuesday morning Credit: ITV News West Country

Three men are due before Chippenham magistrates, charged in connection with a raid on a jeweller's shop in Marlborough in Wiltshire.

It happened at Deacon & Sons in the High Street on Tuesday morning. Men smashed display cabinets and grabbed jewellery.

20-year-old Linton Summerfield and Marcus Cohen and Paul Gallimore, both 33, who are all from the Coventry area have been charged with robbery.

Smash and grab jewellery raid

Police in Wiltshire are investigating the dramatic events surrounding a smash and grab raid on a jewellers. It happened this morning at a family business in Marlborough.

Three hooded men barricaded themselves inside the shop before making off in a car driven by a fourth man. Tonight three men are in custody.

Our Wiltshire reporter Robert Murphy reports

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