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Classic cars a plenty at this year's show

A Rolls Royce Phantom II is among the cars up for grabs Credit: BERNDÂ SETTNIK

More than 70 classic and vintage cars and motorcycles are up for auction in Shepton Mallet today.

Lots include a 1934 Rolls Royce Phantom II expected to reach more than £100,000. Porsche, Bentley and Mercedes also feature alongside road or racing motorcycles by Harley Davidson, Triumph and MV Augusta.

The Charterhouse Sale of Motoring History is just a part of the 34th Bristol Classic Car Show which features more than 600 beloved vehicles are at the Bath & West Showground.

Other highlights include iconic Ford Escort RS1600s based in Cornwall and Somerset, classic Cortinas from the 70s, Riley's from the 50s and cars from the 1910s bearing the long-defunct, "Standard" name. There's also a rally and plenty of motoring gadgets and memorabilia.

STATEMENT on prison closures

We are considering the future use of all the prison sites due to close. No decisions have been made. We are determined to drive down the costs of running our prisons. That's why we are replacing inefficient accommodation with new facilities which provide better value for money, are suitable to a modern prison estate, and which can work more effectively to reduce reoffending.

– Prison Service Spokesperson

Prison officers protest over closure of two West Country jails

Prison officers have been staging a demonstration outside Parliament today over the closure of 7 jails around the country, including two here in the West.

Shepton Mallet closes next month and Gloucester this weekend - part of a plan to replace older units with a new super-prison elsewhere in the country. Bob Constantine has more on the ITV West Country News at 6pm.

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