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Royal Bath and West Show opens today

The Duchess of Cornwall at the Show in a past year. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Gates for the 153rd Bath and West show have opened, with thousands expected at the Shepton Mallet showground over the next four days.

More than 4,000 livestock are at what organisers call "England's biggest celebration of rural life", along with 500 traders. However there won't be a high profile political visitor today, as the event coincides with the Queen's Speech for the new Government.

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DEFRA minister at Royal Bath and West

DEFRA Minister Dan Rogerson is attending the CLA Business Breakfast at the Royal Bath and West Show where he's fielding questions about the badger cull and flooding.

Our reporter Laura Makin-Isherwood is in the audience. You can follow her tweets here.

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Duchess of Cornwall among guests at Bath & West Show

The Duchess of Cornwall on a past visit ot the Bath & West Show Credit: ITV News West Country

Thousands of people are expected for the opening day of the 151st Royal Bath and West Show near Shepton Mallet. Among the visitors will be the Duchess of Cornwall, who will tour the livestock rings and the food hall.

Camilla is a strong supporter of local sourcing and ways to help children learn about where food comes from. The show attracts around 150,000 people over the four days

Former swimming instructor jailed for child sex abuse

Andrew Wynes was jailed for 15 years for child sex offences Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

A former swimming coach from Shepton Mallet has been jailed for 15 years after being convicted of rape and sexual assault of a nine-year-old girl.

Andrew Wynes, 51, of Coombe Lane, was convicted of six counts of rape and three of sexual assault, following a trial at Taunton Crown Court.

Det Con Karen Holt said: “He befriended the victim’s family and through his role as a swimming instructor he engineered situations where he could commit these horrendous offences.

"Wyne’s inappropriate relationship with the victim was first reported to police by a witness, resulting in a lengthy investigation spanning the last five years.

“The victim was initially unable to disclose what happened to her but later found the courage to come forward".

Police believe there could be more victims who have not come forward. They hope Wynes' conviction will give them the confidence to get in touch. Anyone with information can contact them on 101.

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