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All the latest major stories, from Swindon to Salisbury, Wootton Bassett to Westbury, Chippenham to Corsham and everywhere in between

“Get ’em off!”: Officer mistaken for stripper in Del Boy moment

A TROWBRIDGE PCSO got more than he bargained for when he wandered innocently into a woman's 50th birthday party - and was mistaken for the stripper. Police Community Support Officer Mike Obern was out on foot patrol when he popped...

THE BRIEF: Fleming Way flasher, Regent Street cashpoint snatcher & dry cleaners cleaned out

THE BRIEF is back with another weekly round-up of news snippets and public appeals from Wiltshire Police. If you have any information on any of the cases please call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. Wiltshire Police are appealing...

Man wanted following cash raid on Southbrook Inn

WILTSHIRE Police are appealing for witnesses after a burglary at a pub in Swindon. The incident happened at the Southbrook Inn, Southbrook Street on Monday 21 September between 4.45pm and 8pm. A suspect entered the building and stole an amount of...
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VIDEO: Chippenham versus John Lewis…an unlikely newcomer in Christmas ad battle

EAT your heart out John Lewis. Step aside Mog. Chippenham has joined the Christmas advertising battle with its own effort to promote the town ahead of the festive season. The promo clip features a host of landmarks, shops and eateries...

Tesco calling time on 24-hour shopping

SUPERSTORE giant Tesco has announced that 76 of its 24-hour stores will no longer open all through the night. Swindon's giant Ocotal Way outlet plus superstores in Salisbury and Trowbridge will not be affected, but the Tesco Extra in Cirencester...

Swindon MP honours Holocaust victims and survivors

SOUTH Swindon MP Robert Buckland has signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment to honour those who were murdered during the Holocaust and pay tribute to the extraordinary survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people. Wednesday marked the liberation...
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Watch Wiltshire man stun bride by standing for the first time in eight years

A WHEELCHAIR-BOUND Westbury man gave his bride the perfect wedding gift - by standing for his vows. Neil Martin has been confined to his chair after waking up eight years ago suffering a rare condition called Myotubular Myopothy - a...

Clare Moody MEP to hold public EU referendum meeting in Swindon

SOUTH West and Gibraltar MEP Clare Moody will be Labour's guest speaker at an EU referendum event in Swindon on January 6. ‘What has the EU ever done for me?" will be held at the Broadgreen Centre at 6.30pm and is open to...

VisitWiltshire crowned online kings as best tourist board

VisitWiltshire has won the Best Tourist Board Website Award in the annual TravelMole Web Awards, announced in a ceremony in London last night. Members of the public were asked to base their votes on website content, layout, ease of navigation...

Do you recognise booze thieves who struck at Marlborough store?

CCTV images have been released of three men police would like to speak to in connection with the theft of alcohol from a Marlborough store. At approximately 10.45pm on July 5, three men entered the Budgens store in Hertford Road...

Police issue fresh photo of missing Melissa Bowles after sightings in Swindon

WILTSHIRE Police have released a new photograph of Swindon teenager Melissa Bowles, who went missing from North Wales last week. Melissa has not been seen since around 2pm on Thursday August 27 when she left Bala Leisure Centre. Melissa is described as around...

Prime Minister pledges £5m funding to boost tourism in south west

VISITWILTSHIRE chairman Peter Wragg has welcomed the government’s commitment to grow tourism in the south west at a tourism meeting with the Prime Minister today. The Government has announced a new five-point plan to boost tourism across the UK –...

Flooding prompts closure on M4 between Swindon and Chippenham

ONE lane of the M4 between Swindon and Chippenham has been closed this afternoon due to flooding. The incessant rain has prompted the closure on the westbound carriageway between junctions 16 and 17. Drivers should take extra care due to the...

RAF foils IS-planned terrorist attack on Bath

A PLANNED terrorist attack in Bath has been foiled by The Royal Air Force, a national newspaper has claimed. The Sunday Express today published an article stating two foreign pilots "sympathetic to Islamic State" were preparing to smuggle in explosive...

Council gives formal backing to plans to expand Chippenham

AMBITIOUS plans to grow Chippenham - including the allocation on 2,500 new homes - have received the backing of Wiltshire Council. The cabinet met at County Hall yesterday to give the thumbs up to the Chippenham Site Allocations Plan, which outlines...