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Mixed reaction to Chancellor's visit

The Chancellor has announced more money for Cathedral repairs and visited Wells Cathedral today.

George Osborne also toured a cider factory to see how a drop in cider duty will impact business.

But leading names in the tourism industry here in the West have criticised the government for not doing more to help them.

Our political reporter Robert Murphy has the story.


George Osborne visits cider factory

The Chancellor George Osborne has been visiting Somerset to announce more money for Cathedral repairs and also to capitalise on last week's announcement of a drop in cider duty.

But tourist attraction owners have told ITV News their campaign for a reduction in VAT has been ignored, putting jobs at risk.

Our political reporter Robert Murphy was with the Chancellor.

TONIGHT: The last West Country at Westminster

Ian Axton is back tonight with the last of our political shows - the West Country at Westminster - before the election.

The last West Country at Westminster until the election is on tonight

Guests are Queen legend Brian May who launched his Common Decency campaign this week. Also retiring MP and Labour legend Dawn Primarolo. Lib Dem Cheltenham MP Martin Horwood and Conservative MEP Julie Girling are also on the panel.

You can tweet along using the hashtag #WCAW.

Make sure you tune in at 10.40pm.

Special World Cup Fanzone will be set up in Gloucester

Gloucester will get an official Fanzone for the upcoming Rugby World Cup, it has been revealed.

Gloucester Quays will be open for 11 days to allow supporters to share the World Cup experience.

Gloucester Docks will host a special Fanzone Credit: England Rugby 2015

Each fanzone will include a big screen, rugby activities, food and drink and what organisers are calling "unique regional content". It'll have room for more than 5,000 spectators.

A map of the southern Fanzones Credit: England Rugby 2015


The Webb Ellis Trophy heads West

The Rugby World Cup will be on tour around the West Country later in the year. It'll be in the South West between July 7 to 17.

The Webb Ellis Trophy is heading west

A full list of where it will be in the South West:

  • July 7 - Isle of Scilly Five Islands School, Eden Project, and Perranporth Beach
  • July 8 - Plymouth University, Dartmoor National Park, Exmouth RFC, and Crediton RFC
  • July 9 - South West
  • July 10 - Sandy Park, and Woodbury Park, Exeter
  • July 11 - Exeter City Centre
  • July 12 - Weymouth Beach, Oakmeadians RFC and Devizes
  • July 13 - University of Bath, Odd Down Playing Fields, and Guildhall
  • July 14 - South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, and Bristol Grammar School
  • July 15 - Kingsholm Stadium, Hartpury College, and Gloucester Cathedral
  • July 16 - Gloucester Docks, Gloucester City Museum, and Cheltenham RFC

Launching on June 10, 100 days to go to the opening match, the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour will travel through Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Wales and England before arriving at Twickenham Stadium on September 18 ahead of the Opening Ceremony.

Police investigating 2007 Chippenham rape allegation release efit

Police investigating an allegation of rape in Chippenham in 2007 have released an efit of a man they'd like to speak to.

The incident is alleged to have taken place in September 2007, and was reported to the police in February 2015.

The victim was on the High Street when two men pulled her into the area between a former furniture shop (now Bar Rivo) and the town bridge. She was slapped, pushed to the floor and sexually assaulted.

The victim was able to give a description of one of the men involved, and police released this efit. Credit: Wiltshire Police

Although this incident happened more than seven years ago, we are hopeful that we will be able to jog people’s memories and someone will be able to help identify the males involved.

I would urge anyone who has been the victim of any sexual assault to contact Wiltshire Police immediately – we have dedicated officers who are specially trained to help those who have been abused.

– Detective Constable Toni Evans, Melksham CID
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