Royal Wootton Bassett waitress aiming for pageant success – as contestant AND organiser

SOUTH Marston Hotel is all set to host the first Miss Sparkling Beauty on May 15 when the beauty pageant rolls into Swindon. The competition is open to girls aged 6+ and will be in aid of the Rainbow Child Foundation. Jade Dando,...

Police find body of man, 47, in Old Town house

POLICE are not treating the sudden death of a 47-year-old Old Town resident as suspicious. Officers entered the deceased’s home on Deacon Street at 6.20pm last night after a member of the public expressed concern for his welfare. Once inside, they...

CCTV picture issued over cashpoint attack

POLICE want to speak to this man about damage caused to a cashpoint at the Co-op bank in Swindon town centre. The incident happened between 3pm and 3.30pm on Friday, November 18, outside the Regent Circus branch. PC Luke Hobbs said: ...

Owner comes face to face with hammer-wielding suspect in Quasar break in

WILTSHIRE Police are appealing for witnesses after a man broke into Quasar Swindon Laser Tag in Havelock Square, armed with a hammer. The owner of the business discovered the offender in the building around 1pm on Monday 30 November. The offender had...

Open invitation to My Care My Support festive marketplace event

MINCE pies, food samples, information and advice about a wide range of issues, as well as an early visit from Father Christmas are among the attractions lined up for a special marketplace event at the Swindon Advice & Support...

Woman killed, child critically injured, eight more hospitalised in M4 horror smash

A WOMAN has been killed and a child critically hurt in a crash that closed the M4 near Swindon on Sunday evening. Eight more casualties were hosptalised following the serious collision, which happened shortly before 9pm close to Membury Services...

Swindon couple reach out to help refugee child from war-torn country

WHEN Hassan Salman and his wife Montaha saw TV news footage of children who have lost everything - their parents, home and possessions - due to war, they felt compelled to help. So the young couple, from Walcot, are offering...

Mystery over treasure trove found in Swindon garden

WILTSHIRE Police is appealing for the owner of this stash of valuables found in Swindon to come forward. The jewellery was found in the front garden of a property on Queens Drive at 11am on Sunday 6 November 2016. Wiltshire Police have...

10 Swindon libraries face uncertainty as council approves cost cuts

TEN of Swindon's libraries face closure if they are not adopted locally as the borough council's cabinet tonight adopted its controversial libraries' strategy. Swindon Borough Council has to save £48 million by 2020 and its library strategy is intended to save £1.5...

UPDATE: Edward Whyatt found safe and well after disappearance

UPDATE: Police confirmed on Tuesday morning that Edward Whyatt has been found, safe and well. They have thanked the public for their help following Monday's appeal. POLICE are concerned for the welfare of a South Cerney man who has been...

Swindon Dance legend announces January retirement

SWINDON Dance’s Artistic Director, Marie McCluskey MBE, will retire in January 2016 following 36 years leading one of the UK’s pioneering dance organisations. Marie, who established Swindon Dance in 1979, has led the organisation from its beginnings in the Community...

Council open to commercial offers on Lydiard as they bid to cut £450k subsidy

ORGANISATIONS will be asked to submit proposals aimed at making Lydiard House and Park more sustainable. Swindon Borough Council is in the process of appointing marketing experts to invite expressions of interest from the market for the popular park with...

Lotmead Farm wins best UK pick your own award

LOTMEAD Farm in Swindon has been crowned cream of the crop in the FARMA National Farm Retail Awards, bringing home the title of Pick Your Own of the Year. FARMA is the trade body representing around 500 farm retailers across...

“You’ll have to shoot me to stop me”: Malmesbury man in custody after New...

A 32-YEAR-OLD man from Malmesbury is in police custody after violent threats aimed at Swindon New College staff on social media. The individual, believed to be a former employee at the college, was arrested off site last night. Armed officers originally...

Day of action staged over threat to Swindon’s libraries

CAMPAIGNERS have thanked all those who took part in a day of action over the threat to Swindon's libraries. And Swindonians are being urged to contact cabinet members before a crucial meeting on Wednesday asking the borough council to scrap its newly...