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Muslim leader in court

Farrooq Siddique Credit: ITV West Country

A former government advisor and Muslim community leader has appeared at Bristol Crown Court charged with a number of rapes, assaults and threats to kill.

Farooq Siddique, who has previously advised the government on tackling extremism, has been charged with three counts of raping a woman in Bristol between 2009 and 2014, as well as assaulting the same woman in Cheltenham in 2010 and in Gloucester between 2013 and 2015.

He told the court he would plead "absolutely not guilty" and was given bail. A plea and directions hearing has been scheduled for 8th February next year and his trial is due to start on 4th April.

'Sign a slate' appeal for Truro Cathedral

Truro Cathedral has begun a £3.2 million appeal to repair its roof. The Cathedral is asking for people to 'Sign a Slate'. Sixty thousand of them are needed to restore the roof and each one will record the donor's name. for the hundred years or more the restored roof should last. The Cathedral already has a Government grant of half a million pounds towards the project. The work is expected to take five years.

Truro Cathedral begins appeal to repair it's roof Credit: ITV News

It is people that form the heart of the cathedral and so it was very important to us to find a way for everyone to get involved and feel part of this important restoration project.

– Dean of Truro, the Very Reverend Roger Bush
People can sponsor and sign the new slates Credit: John Freddy Jones

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Church will be out of use for months after a fire

Fire crews at St Mary's Catholic Church in Julian Road Credit: ITV News

A Bath church will be out of action for months after being badly damaged in a fire.

More than 40 firefighters were called to St Mary's Catholic Church in Julian Road yesterday evening, 24 July. Investigators are examining CCTV to help find out how it started.

The fire was in the porch but much of the building and roof was affected by heat, water and smoke damage.

The diocese of Clifton promises that the 19th century building will be repaired but services will be held in the parish hall until somewhere more suitable can be found.

The church is badly damaged inside as well as out Credit: ITV News

Fire crews bring church fire under control in Bath

The service received multiple calls reporting the fire. Credit: Avon Fire and Rescue Service

A fire at a church in Bath has been contained to a small section of the roof and is believed to be under control.

Crews are now working to remove roof tiles and damp down the scene but there have been no reports of any injuries.

Julian Road will remain closed and motorists are advised to avoid the area.

An investigation into the cause of the fire will take place later this evening.

Eight fire engines including a turntable ladder attended the scene. Credit: Avon Fire and Rescue Service

8 fire engines currently at the scene of church fire

Eight fire engines, including a turntable ladder are currently tackling a fire involving a church on Julian Road in Bath.

Four water jets are being used to bring the fire under control.

Firefighters have been working to fight the fire which is believed to involve the roof.

The incident is likely to cause disruption to traffic so motorists are advised to avoid the area.

Five fire engines tackling church fire on Julian Road

Five fire engines are currently tackling a fire at a church on Julian Road. Credit: Avon Fire & Rescue

Five fire engines are reported to be tackling a fire at a church on Julian Road in Bath.

Crews from Bath, Kingswood and Brislington have been sent to the scene.

Firefighters are currently working to fight the fire which is believed to involve the roof space.

The incident is likely to cause disruption to traffic so motorists have been advised to avoid the area.

More updates to follow.

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Devon's first woman bishop to be consecrated by Archbishop of Canterbury

Dame Sarah will be consecrated in Canterbury Cathedral. Credit: ITV News

Devon's will have its first ever woman bishop consecrated today by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Dame Sarah Mullally is the fourth woman bishop to be appointed by the Church of England and the first in Devon and Cornwall.

Exeter Cathedral will be holding a special welcome service for Bishop Sarah on 12th September 2015, the day before she officially starts her new role.

Gloucestershire welcomes its first woman bishop

Rachel Treweek will be Gloucestershire's first woman bishop. Credit: ITV West Country

Rachel Treweek will become Gloucestershire's first woman bishop when she is consecrated by the Archbishop of Canterbury today.

She will take on the most senior role of all female bishops and becomes the first woman in the Church of England to be consecrated as a diocesan bishop.

Hundreds of well wishers are expected to make the journey from Gloucestershire.

Beating the heat when you can't eat: Heatwave hits Ramadan

Muslims spend Ramadan fasting and giving more money to charity. Credit: ITV News

The recent hot weather has coincided with Islam's holiest month of Ramadan, and Muslims across the region are spending daylight hours fasting.

People will also spend the month giving extra money to charity and praying more often.

Barnstaple restaurant owner Ashraf Shah invited us to see the end of the day's fasting - and gave us an insight into how to beat the heat when you can't eat.

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