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Man charged with Wiltshire school arson

The aftermath of the blaze. Credit: ITV West Country

A man has been charged following a fire at a school in Warminster in Wiltshire.

Edward Beavis, aged 34, of no fixed address, has been charged with arson and criminal damage following the fire at The Avenue School in the early hours of Wednesday (4/01) morning.

He has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Salisbury Magistrates Court tomorrow morning.


The West pays tribute ahead of Armistice Day

This poppy man has pride of place in Royal Wootton Bassett Credit: ITV News

Knitted and crocheted poppies have been taking over towns in the West, inspired by the display of ceramic poppies at the Tower of London in 2014.

It seems to be the modern way to remember the fallen of conflicts between the first World War and today. Our reporter Robert Murphy has been to see the Wiltshire poppy tributes and was also at a traditional march in Bristol, attended by the last Dambuster, 'Johnny' Johnson


Man who died after being Tasered is named

Taser being demonstrated Credit: PA

A man who died after being Tasered by Wiltshire Police has today been named as 44-year-old Terrence Bennett.

Mr Bennett died at a property in Warminster early on 27 October. Officers had been called out after reports of concern for his welfare and that of others. They used a Taser on him and he was restrained. A knife was recovered from the scene.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation will seek to establish the exact nature of contact between Mr Bennett and officers prior to his death.

IPCC investigators have met with Mr Bennett’s family.


Kate in Wiltshire: Duchess of Cambridge meets graduates

The Duchess of Cambridge meets graduates at Action on Addiction in Warminster. Credit: ITV News West Country

The Duchess of Cambridge is in Wiltshire today, visiting a Warminster charity which trains people to help those battling addiction.

Kate is a patron of Action on Addiction, and is visiting the charity's Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies. The charity offers degree courses accredited by the University of Bath.

The Duchess of Cambridge, patron of Action on Addiction, arrives for a visit to the charity's Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies in Warminster. Credit: PA

The Duchess listened to a speech from Anna Elston, a newly graduated student, who gave a moving account of her journey from alcohol addiction (where she lost custody of her three young children) to gaining recovery and employment.

Kate was presented with a posy of flowers by Anna's three young boys, accompanied by her proud mother, Pauline.

The Duchess of Cambridge receives a bouquet from Anna Elston (in cap and gown), her mother Pauline, with her children Jack, Eddie (obscured) and Dylan (front). Credit: PA

Pupils from Minster School in Warminster lined the streets. Among those there to welcome Kate was die-hard royalist pensioner Terry Hutt, who previously spent weeks outside a London hospital awaiting the birth of Princess Charlotte.

Watch Tim Walsh's report on the Royal visit here:

Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton to visit Warminster

The Duchess of Cambridge will visit Warminster later today. Credit: PA Images

The Duchess of Cambridge will visit Warminster in Wiltshire to help at a charity battling addiction.

As a patron of Action on Addiction she will visit the charity's Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies in Warminster to see how the centre provides training, education and professional development for those working in addiction and other related fields.

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