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.
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".
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.
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.
Police have charged three men arrested yesterday on suspicion of robbery at a jewellers in Wiltshire.
The raid happened at Deacon & Son Jewellers in Marlborough on Tuesday morning.
The men have been remanded in custody.
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
Police in Wiltshire are investigating the dramatic events surrounding a smash and grab raid on a jewellery shop. Masked men raided Deacon & Son Jewellers in Marlborough this morning. 3 men are in police custody.
Detective Chief Superintendent Nick John has asked for help from the public.
Police are continuing to investigate the robbery in Marlborough this morning. Five men raided Deacon's in the High Street. Three men are now in custody. More details will follow soon from a Police press conference in Swindon this afternoon.
A major search is underway after a raid at Deacons jewellers in Marlborough in Wiltshire.
Police have been removing the wreckage of a vehicle near the Great Western Hospital which may have been used as a getaway car.
Wiltshire Police have confirmed they will hold a press conference regarding the Malborough jewellery raid. It will take place at the force headquarters at 2pm. Details will be broadcast on our website as they happen.