Family and friends mourn death of popular Ricky Stebbing

FAMILY and friends are mourning the death of Ricky Stebbing, 41, who has found dead last night. "Wiltshire Police can confirm that the body of a man was found by officers yesterday evening near to Foxhill crossroads, close to the Ridgeway," a spokesman said...

Seasonal card winners announced by MP

ROBERT Buckland MP has announced the winners of his Christmas card competition. In October, Robert asked primary school pupils in his South Swindon constituency to design his parliamentary Christmas card. "I was delighted to receive so many fantastic designs this year...

£25k raised for dad, 33, badly hurt by electric shock

FUNDS are continuing to pour in for a dad who lost a leg and hand after suffering an electrical shock with more than £25,000 now raised. Jamie Mines, 33, who moved to Swindon a year ago from Frome, was on scaffolding...

£23m revamp for Swindon ‘gateway’ to bring more homes

A 'GATEWAY' into Swindon will benefit from a £23m regeneration project, with building of new homes set to start in 12 months. Under the plans, 122 non-traditionally built council homes will be demolished and replaced with 160 new modern properties along Queen's...

Did you film Christmas Eve attack on woman in front of her children?

POLICE want anyone who filmed an attack on a woman, who was with her young children, on Christmas Eve to contact them. What is described as a physical and verbal assault took place on the woman at Bradon Court, Penhill Drive,...

More than £20k raised for electric shock man, 33, who lost leg and hand

MORE than £20,000 has been raised for a dad who lost a leg and hand after suffering an electrical shock. Jamie Mines, 33, a semi-professional footballer, was on scaffolding in Galton Way, Swindon, last Monday when he suffered the shock. Jamie, who moved to...

How volunteer helped make Christmas happy for widow Irene

CHRISTMAS is being made happier for elderly people thanks to a group which matches volunteers with the right skills to those who can benefit from their help. Just one person who has been helped is Irene Howell, 79, who lost...

Lodges’ donations to help vulnerable mums and children this Christmas

FOR the ninth successive year, Freemasons from Lodges meeting in Swindon, Highworth and Lydiard Millicent lodges have given wholehearted and generous support to the annual Christmas Appeal. Lodge members gave donations of Christmas food and confectionery, childrens' toys and games plus...

Lucky escape in Queen’s Drive crash

THOSE involved in a crash at the junction of Windsor Road and Queen's Drive in Swindon were lucky to escape serious injury this evening. Queen's Drive was closed while the emergency services were at the scene from about 6pm. A woman...

Act before domestic violence gets out of control, urges victim

A DOMESTIC abuse victim has spoken out this Christmas, urging others to break their silence. When Sarah’s husband locked her in at home with their two young children and set the kitchen alight, she knew that their marriage was beyond...

Skinhead burglar leaves pensioner scared at home this Christmas

A HEARTBREAKING tale of a ruined Christmas for one pensioner has emerged after a ruthless burglary. The incident happened when a man knocked at the door of the elderly victim asking for payment for gutter cleaning at his Swindon home...

Award for student who left school without qualifications

NEW College Swindon student Sarah Fenwick has been recognised at a special event in Parliament. Sarah received a highly commended prize in the 19-years-old and over category of the Association of Colleges’ Student of the Year awards. She was welcomed to Parliament...

Big buzz about 24-hour gym ready to open at The Brunel

BUZZ Gym - a 24-hour, state-of-the-art gym - opens at The Brunel shopping centre in Swindon next week. Already operating gyms in Reading and Slough for 10 years, Buzz Gym opens at the centre on Monday. The 14,000 sq ft space has...

Witnesses plea after man tries to grab handbag at bus stop

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a man attempted to grab a woman's handbag at a bus stop. A woman was waiting for the number 17 bus when a man approached her and tried to take her bag on Thursday, December 8. She was at...

JustGiving page set up in memory of mum, 39

THE family of a 39-year-old mum who was found dead after a fire in Rodbourne, Swindon, are now fundraising in her memory. Andraya Lyons (nee Webb) was found dead after the fire in Drew Street early on Saturday morning. Members of her family have...