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900 jobs relocated after Public Health England labs confirm move to Essex

Public Health England's labs are moving from Wiltshire, to Essex, Chancellor George Osborne has confirmed.

The £350m move will force 900 workers to relocate to the new lab facility in Harlow.

The Porton Down laboratories are currently used by Public Health England to analyse disease. The government research centre will now move to a former GlaxoSmithKline site in Essex.

Salisbury MP John Glen has previously argued against the relocation, claiming that many staff didn’t want to move. But following the Chancellor’s announcement, the Wiltshire MP says he welcomed the decision to support a task force for Porton.

The new PHE facilities will create a centre for research, health improvement and protection working on global health threats, such as Ebola.


View from the top: repairman climbs tallest cathedral

HIs heart was in his mouth and the adrenalin was pumping.

Those are the words of the church worker who had to climb to the top of the country's tallest cathedral spire in Salisbury to repair a weather meter.

Gary Price says the worst moment was when he had to step outside a small window near the base of the spire for the final climb to the summit.

Penny Silvester's report includes pictures from Salisbury Cathedral.

Could this woman be the first female bishop?

Religious leaders in the West have welcomed the decision by the Church of England's governing body, the General Synod, to enable women to become bishops.

Our presenter Ian Axton interviews the Very Reverend June Osborne, the Dean of Salisbury Cathedral, who some people are suggesting could become the first female bishop.


Inquest begins into death of Wiltshire teenager killed by polar bear

Horatio Chapple was killed by a polar bear on a school trip in 2011

The inquest into the death of a Wiltshire teenager who was killed by a polar bear while on a school trip begins today.

17-year-old Horatio Chapple from Salisbury died during an expedition in Norway in August 2011. Four people were also injured in the attack, which ended when one of them - Spike Reid from Plymouth - shot the animal, despite being badly wounded.

Cyclist killed by lorry near Salisbury

A cyclist has died after colliding with a lorry on the A354 near Hillcrest Farm in Coombe Bissett, Salisbury. The crash happened yesterday morning at around 10:33am as the lorry overtook two cyclists.

The one at the back - a 49 year-old man from the Salisbury area - died at the scene. His companion was uninjured. The road was closed for 5.5 hours afterwards.

Wiltshire Police would like all witnesses to come forward who have not already done so.

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