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

Conservative council leader announces new cabinet team

COUNCILLOR David Renard has announced today the nine colleagues he has appointed to his Cabinet. These appointments take effect immediately. Russell Holland (St Margaret and South Marston) takes on new duties as Deputy Leader of the Council, Vice-Chair of Cabinet...

Council offer Swindon residents chance to invest own money in solar farm

A UNIQUE opportunity for Swindon residents to co-invest with Swindon Borough Council in a local solar farm that will generate a return and funding for community projects over the next 20 years will be considered by the Council’s Cabinet...

Police plea after man suffers eye injury outside Chippenham pub

A MAN suffered an eye injury in an assault outside a Chippenham pub. Police are now appealing for information after the incident near the Pheasant Inn, on Bath Road, at about 11.30pm on Friday. A 27-year-old local man has been arrested on...

Don’t face a £500 fine: FREE dog microchipping event at Lydiard on Saturday

A FREE dog microchipping event at Lydiard Park on Saturday could help pet owners avoid a fine of up to £500. Dogs that aren’t microchipped, or have out of date information on the chip, will fall foul of the law...

Weather warning as Storm Jake blows into south west on Wednesday

THE Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the south west tomorrow as Storm Jake moves in. Wiltshire, like many counties in the region, is due to take a battering in the morning as gale force winds of...

Suspended sentence for Chippenham man over drug offences

A CHIPPENHAM man has received a 16 week prison sentence suspended for 18 months after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply class B drugs. Paul Jennings, aged 32, of no fixed abode, appeared at North West Wiltshire Magistrates...

Sadness as cats die from anti-freeze poisoning

TWO cats have died following what local vets believe is anti-freeze poisoning in Chippenham. "We have recieved a report that two cats have fallen ill and subsequently died in the Hill Rise area of Chippenham and it is belived by vets that...

Top tips to beat burglars after police make arrest

POLICE have issued tips to beat criminals after a series of burglaries in Royal Wootton Bassett in recent weeks. A man was arrested on Saturday, Royal Wootton Bassett and Cricklade Police posted on their Facebook page. "Residents are still advised however to...

World bodies descend on Stonehenge to discuss plans for new 3km tunnel

TWO or the world's foremost heritage organisations have descended on Stonehenge at the request of the Government, to scrutinise plans for a new 3km tunnel which will remove much of the A303 from the historical site's landscape. Following an invitation...

£1m boost for new Wiltshire Air Ambulance base

WILTSHIRE Air Ambulance is to be given £1 million towards the cost of its new airbase. The sum comes from Libor fund and was announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond during the Autumn Statement in the House of Commons today. The fund comes...

Warning to Swindon shoppers as duo target elderly woman in Aldi distraction theft

POLICE have issued a warning to Swindon's shoppers after an elderly woman was the victim of a distraction robbery at one of the town's Aldi stores. The woman, in her 70s, was approached by two men in the car park...

Teenager arrested as overnight Old Town attack leaves man seriously injured

WILTSHIRE Police are investigating a serious assault which occurred near the junction of Bath Road and Victoria Road, Old Town, Swindon, in the early hours of Sunday 6 November 2016. A 26-year-old man was assaulted by another male at this location...

Police release image of suspect in Highworth Juniors changing room burglary case

WILTSHIRE Police want to identify a man who was spotted going into the changing rooms of Highworth Town Junior Football Club before Christmas. The individual was seen walking across the surrounding fields from the direction of the A361. It's believed he...

Become a keeper of newly-restored 160ft King Alfred’s Tower

AHEAD of opening for a new season on 5 March, Stourhead is searching for a team of volunteers to help open the newly restored King Alfred’s Tower to visitors. King Alfred’s Tower is a triangular 160ft folly located about two...

Purton hotel owners back campaign to cut VAT on tourism

A NATIONAL campaign to cut VAT on tourism has been backed by one of Wiltshire’s most respected country house hotels. The owners of The Pear Tree, Purton have signed up to the campaign Cut Tourism VAT lobbying the Government to...