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Lanterns of Longleat are up for auction

19 of Longleat's animal-themed lanterns are going up for auction Credit: ITV News

Giant Chinese lanterns that lit up Longleat this winter are to be auctioned for charity.

150,000 people came to see the illuminated designs at the Wiltshire estate. Some will be kept for next Christmas but 19 animal-themed creations will be sold to raise money for Tusk, the Duke of Cambridge's African wildlife conservation charity.

The online sale runs until 11 February. You can find out more here.

How does debt affect you?

New figures show that more people than ever are struggling with debt in the South West Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images

How does debt affect you? New figures show that more people than ever are struggling with debt in the South West.

ITV West Country wants to know if this affects you! Do you struggle to manage your money? Or do you think its easy to stay on top of your bills?

Please comment on our Facebook page and don't forget to mention your location.

Rise in numbers of people struggling with debt

A fifth more people are struggling with debt than last year Credit: PA

The number of people struggling with debt in the South West is on the rise.

That's according to the charity StepChange, which says its helpline was contacted by more than 14,000 people in the region in 2014 - a rise of 20% since 2013.

On average, those contacting the charity were £11,000 in debt.


Wiltshire foots the larges bill for potholes

Potholes cost Wiltshire £120,000 last year Credit: ITV West

According to the RAC, £190,000 was paid out in compensation for damage caused by potholes in the West Country last year.

They say over five hundred motorists made successful claims.

Wiltshire saw the biggest number with 433 claimants, costing the authority more than a £120,000.

We'd like to see more money being put into the road network by central government. This is a vital part of our infrastructure and we need to look after it. After the war there were two million cars on the road, now there are nine million cars. Road capacity hasn't increased anything like that. We need to recognise how busy our roads are and we need to fund them properly.

– Philip Gomm, RAC Spokesperson
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