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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...

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...

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...
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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...

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...
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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...

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...

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...

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...

The most important letter in Swindon’s history. And now you can own a copy

IT IS arguably the most important letter in Swindon’s history, words which ultimately resulted in Swindon becoming the town it is today. And exactly 175 years since it was written, copies of Sir Daniel Gooch’s letter to Isambard Kingdom Brunel...

Underground, overground… Wiltshire fire watch managers to run 42-stop tube marathon

SIX instructors from Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service’s Training & Development Centre in Devizes are taking on an unusual challenge to raise money for the Fire Fighters Charity. The group - all watch managers - will be running a marathon...

Patient safety issues as new CQC report finds GWH ‘requires improvement’

PATIENT safety, staffing levels and infection control have contributed to Great Western Hospital services receiving a ‘requires improvement’ rating in the latest Care Quality Commission report. In total, 28 areas were flagged up for immediate attention, with waiting times for...

Woman hospitalised as Highworth crash blocks Lechlade Road

A WOMAN has been taken to Great Western Hospital after a crash in Highworth this morning. Police were called by the ambulance service shortly after 10.30am to a report of a two vehicle road traffic collision on the Lechlade Road. The...

Shrewton house gutted by blaze after car fire spreads

A DETACHED house in Shrewton has been ravaged by fire. Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service was called to Nett Road just before midday on Monday after a car fire spread to the adjacent property. On arrival, crews found the two storey...

Four casualties in blaze at Swindon Honda factory

ONE casualty has been taken to hospital after fire broke out at Swindon’s Honda plant this morning. More than a dozen firefighters, four fire engines and an aerial unit were dispatched to the South Marston facility after the alarm was...