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Sunday 20th April 2014
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BBC news for Wiltshire

Mother tells of lion park ordeal

A mother tells of her family's lucky escape after their car caught fire in the lion enclosure at Longleat Safari Park.

Man, 69, held as woman dies at house

A 69-year-old man is arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman dies at a Wiltshire house.

Discovery of body delays canoe race

The body of a man is found in the Kennet and Avon canal in Devizes, delaying the start of the world's biggest canoe race.

Plan to restore railway line in town

A £30m plan to re-establish a railway station at a Wiltshire town is being presented to the government.

Plan for 197-acre solar farm refused

An application to build a solar farm over 17 fields in Wiltshire is rejected.

'Shocking' rise in use of food banks

Hundreds of thousands more people are turning to food banks to stop themselves from going hungry, says Wiltshire charity the Trussell Trust.

VIDEO: World's toughest canoe race begins

Hundreds take part in canoe marathon

Live BBC World News

Novice 'steered South Korea ferry'

The South Korean ferry that sank on Wednesday was steered by a ship's mate unfamiliar with the waters where the accident occurred, officials say.

Easter messages show Ukraine divide

Orthodox Easter messages from patriarchs in Kiev and Moscow reflect Ukraine's deep divide, as a tense stand-off continues in the east.

UN envoy and Israel in Easter row

The UN envoy to the Middle East accuses Israel of blocking his way to an Easter ceremony in Jerusalem, as Israel questions his judgement.

Syria-held French journalists freed

Four French journalists held captive in Syria for months have been freed and are in "good health", says President Francois Hollande.

Easter deaths spark Brazil protests

Residents of a poor community near Rio de Janeiro torch vehicles in protest at the deaths of two young men in incidents involving the police.

Japan to base troops near Senkakus

Japan begins building a military radar station near the Senkaku islands, focus of a bitter territorial row with China, which calls them the Diaoyus.

Iran condemns US skyscraper seizure

Iran condemns a decision by the US to seize a Manhattan high-rise belonging to a charitable foundation and sell proceeds to victims of attacks by Iran-backed militants.

BBC Sports News

Chelsea 1-2 Sunderland

Sunderland claim a stunning 2-1 win at Chelsea to dent the Blues' title hopes and provide a huge boost to Liverpool's.

O'Sullivan beats Hull to progress

Ronnie O'Sullivan progresses to the World Snooker Championship second round with a 10-4 victory over Robin Hull.

Cast-off Borini takes Liverpool to brink of glory

After Anfield flop Fabio Borini derails Chelsea, Liverpool will have only themselves to blame if they miss a first title in 24 years - Phil McNulty

Moores a good fit for new-look England - Agnew

Peter Moores can impose himself on a young, ambitious England squad, writes BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew.

Moores named as new England coach

Lancashire coach Peter Moores will lead England for a second time, succeeding Andy Flower who resigned in January.

Mother tells of lion park ordeal

A mother tells of her family's lucky escape after their car caught fire in the lion enclosure at Longleat Safari Park.

Man, 69, held as woman dies at house

A 69-year-old man is arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman dies at a Wiltshire house.

Discovery of body delays canoe race

The body of a man is found in the Kennet and Avon canal in Devizes, delaying the start of the world's biggest canoe race.

Plan to restore railway line in town

A £30m plan to re-establish a railway station at a Wiltshire town is being presented to the government.

Plan for 197-acre solar farm refused

An application to build a solar farm over 17 fields in Wiltshire is rejected.

'Shocking' rise in use of food banks

Hundreds of thousands more people are turning to food banks to stop themselves from going hungry, says Wiltshire charity the Trussell Trust.

VIDEO: World's toughest canoe race begins

Hundreds take part in canoe marathon

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
http://askten.co.uk


1. The Social Progress Index, which includes factors other than economic makers such as GDP, ranks Britain 13th – ahead of Japan, France and the US. We come top for education (thanks to our universities), freedom of speech and assembly, and bottom for malnutrition. We rank low on press freedom and fare badly for obesity, too. The Observer

2. Six out of 10 graduates will not earn enough to repay their student loans. In the current system, you start repaying your debt at a rate of £30 per month when you earn at least £16,910 a year. Given that the average debt is £44,000, this means the government could be waiting 122 years to get its money back. Sunday Times

3. Property ownership has fallen to its lowest level since 1987, according to official figures. In 2003, when home ownership in the UK peaked, 71% of Britons lived in homes they owned. However, last year the figure dropped to 65.2%. The number of people renting homes nearly doubled from 2.2m in 2002/03, to 3.9m last year. Daily Express

4. 41% of British 18 to 30-year-olds are “always positive and make the best out of every situation”. 27% say their vision for success is best described by “earning lots of money”; if given €10,000 (£8,240), 22% say they would use the money to start their own business. Daily Telegraph

5. Councils in England and Wales hit motorists with an estimated 7.8m parking tickets last year – the equivalent of one every four seconds. St Edmundsbury borough council in Suffolk issued 9,442 tickets last year, against 1,652 in 2012 – a 472% increase. Sunday Times

6. Tony Blair’s son Euan is planning to stand for parliament and targeting one of Labour’s safest seats for the next general election. He is believed to have his eye on Bootle, Merseyside, which is not far from his mother Cherie’s childhood home. However, a Labour source says it would be a “disaster” if the “heir to Blair” stood. Daily Mail

7. Ukip has received its highest-ever polling position. In a ComRes poll, Nigel Farage’s party is on 20%, up four points from last month. The Tories, hit by the Maria Miller scandal, are down three to 29%, their lowest rating this year. Labour remains unchanged on 35%, with the Liberal Democrats on a lowly 7%. Independent On Sunday

8. The Beverly House off Sunset Boulevard, where they filmed The Godfather scene involving the decapitated head of a horse, is up for sale. The house is priced at £81m. “But a local wit suggests: ‘Make them an offer they can’t refuse’.” Daily Mail

9. The average annual income Britons think they need to be earning in order to experience a happy life is £83,000. The average UK salary is £26,500. BBC

10. The number of credit cards in issue in Britain now stands at 56,000,000, which accounts for 70% of all European credit cards. Financial Times

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Archbishop holds outdoor baptisms

The Archbishop of York has baptised 16 people by immersing them in a large tank of water outside York Minster.

VIDEO: 'Tug of war' Banksy art in museum

The Banksy painting which was controversially removed from a wall in Bristol has gone back on display.

VIDEO: Kate tries out fighter jet in Australia

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit an air base in Queensland on day four of their tour of Australia.

VIDEO: Football club smoke grenade amnesty

A smoke grenades and flares amnesty was held by police as fans headed into Sixfields stadium in Northampton on Saturday.

VIDEO: Police appeal over burnt child

A seven-year-old boy who was badly burnt in Aberdeen is in a "critical" condition in hospital, as police appeal for help in finding out what happened.

VIDEO: Camel birth shocks sheep farmer

A farmer who was hoping for some rest after a busy lambing season has been surprised by his latest newborn - a camel.

VIDEO: Schools improving maths with snooker

Snooker World Champion Steve Davis is taking his love of the sport into schools in the hope of improving students' maths skills.