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

Precious Magna Carta survived war in secret Lacock hiding place

A PRECIOUS copy of the Magna Carta dating from 1225 which had been kept at Lacock Abbey, survived the Second World War after being secretly hidden by the owner of the abbey. Recognising the priceless historic importance of the document, Matilda...

“Do the right thing” for sake of missing teenager, urge police

WILTSHIRE Police are urging anyone who may know the whereabouts of missing teenager Jack Parfitt to do the right thing and come forward. Jack is 13 years old and lives in Bittern Avenue, Abbeydale, Gloucester where he was last seen at 10.30am...

Wiltshire couple formally identified as victims of Tunisia beach massacre

POLICE have confirmed that two of the victims of the Tunisia terror attack have been formally identified as an elderly couple from Wiltshire. Eileen Swannack, aged 73 from Biddestone, and partner of eight years John Welch, aged 74 from Corsham, were regular visitors to...

Asbestos fears as police hunt duo who fell through roof of building

WILTSHIRE Police are appealing for two teenagers to come forward after they fell through the roof of a building in Salisbury. The incident happened around 1.15am on Sunday, June 7, when two men were seen climbing over the roof of Motabitz, Brown Street,...

£1.35m technology boost for new high-tech patient care at GWH

IMPROVED technology will help provide even better care for Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust patients thanks to a successful funding bid. The Trust has secured £1.35m from NHS England for its Real Time (To) Care Programme. It plans to install...

Doherty and Virgo sign up for charity snooker exhibition in Swindon

FORMER World Snooker Champion Ken Doherty is heading for Swindon’s 147 Snooker Club once again on Saturday, July 18 for a spectacular fundraising exhibition. The charity event is in aid of Ronald McDonald House Bristol and the Nepal Earthquake Appeal. As well as...

Wiltshire tennis ace gets Wimbledon wildcard

LOUISE Hunt continues to ride the crest of a wave after Wanborough’s London 2012 Paralympian was awarded a wildcard to make her Grand Slam debut at Wimbledon. The prestigious invite comes on the back of back-to-back singles wins over top...

23,000 descend on Stonehenge for solstice celebrations

MORE than 23,000 summer solstice revellers gathered to see the sun rise at Stonehenge this morning. Wiltshire Police worked with partners, in particular English Heritage, to ensure the solstice celebrations at the Salisbury site and further north in Avebury remained a safe event for...

Fire Service on recruitment drive to provide emergency cover

WILTSHIRE Fire & Rescue Service needs more people to provide fire cover for Bradford on Avon and its surrounding villages, and a recruitment evening is being held on Monday, 22 June between 7pm and 9pm. On-call firefighters make themselves available to...

McDonald’s crew out in force to tackle town’s litter issues

McDONALD'S Business Manager Damion Francis and crew members from the fast food giants' restaurant in Trowbridge joined forces with the town's council leader, Bob Brice, to help tackle litter hot spots near Wiltshire Drive. Armed with litter pickers, the 19-strong team, which...

£500k cash and 50kgs of heroin seized in UK ports crackdown

FIFTY kilos of heroin and more than £500,000 has been seized as officers from UK law enforcement agencies have been carrying out a week of heightened operational activity at various air, sea and rail ports as they continue to protect...

Moriai submit outline planning application for massive new leisure complex in Swindon

MOIRAI Capital Investments are seeking approval for their 31 acre leisure development around the newly refurbished Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon. Following a period of public consultation, the developer has today submitted revised plans to Swindon Borough Council for a...

Swindon group drives home message about compulsory workplace pensions 

A NEW group has been set up in Swindon to raise awareness among businesses of compulsory legislation which demands that employers enrol staff into a workplace pension scheme. The group is affiliated to a national organisation – the Friends of Automatic...

Barbury International Horse Trials saddle up to support Prospect

FOUR very special guests paid a visit to Prospect Hospice on Wednesday as Marlborough eventing duo Tim and Jonelle Price - on board Court Jester and Bango - promoted a forthcoming special lunch in aid of Prospect Hospice. This year the Barbury...

Hospital offers dying patients opportunity to shape their own care plan

DYING patients at Swindon’s Great Western Hospital will soon be more involved in planning their care thanks to new individual care plans. The Personalised Care Plan (PCP) will enable patients to discuss and document their own personal end-of-life care needs...