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

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...

Purton cyclist, 11, killed following collision with road sweeper

AN 11-YEAR-OLD boy tragically died following a collision with a road sweeper in Purton yesterday. At approximately 7.18pm, the cyclist, accompanied by his dad and older brother, was cycling along Station Road near Bamford Close in the direction of Cricklade,...

Corsham firefighters geared up to tackle Mount Snowdon

CORSHAM firefighters have set themselves a real challenge this summer – climbing to the summit of Mount Snowdon while wearing full fire kit. Thirteen on-call firefighters will tackle the 1,085m ascent on Sunday, July 19 using the Llanberis path. The aim...

Abnormal load to pose traffic problems across county

WILTSHIRE Police are warning motorists to be aware of an abnormal load passing through the county on Friday. At approximately 10am on June 12, one dump truck pulled by a tractor unit will leave Whatley Quarry in Frome and be...

United States Air Force sending the big guns to Tattoo

THE United States Air Force has announced it will be sending an array of aircraft to next month’s Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in the Cotswolds. It will send aircraft from both of its British bases, RAF Lakenheath and...

Calne man gets four years for drugs, laundering and firearm offences

A CALNE man has been sentenced to four years and four months imprisonment today. Paul Michael Fisher, 25, of Harrier Close, was sentenced at Swindon Crown Court, after pleading guilty to being concerned in the supply of class A drugs,...

Warning as rogue trader targets 93-year-old woman in Harnham

POLICE are urging people to be vigilant and to watch out for callers to elderly neighbours following a suspicious incident in Harnham. On May 29, at approximately 3.30pm, a man claiming to be a tree surgeon knocked at the door of a...