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...

Christmas changes to Swindon refuse and recycling collections

IMPORTANT changes to refuse and recycling collections will take place between Christmas and New Year affecting half of all households in Swindon. Collections due to take during the week starting on Monday, December 26, will be one day later than usual with...

Woman shaken by robbery at Lloyds cashpoint

A WOMAN was assaulted at a cashpoint outside Lloyds Bank in Gorse Hill by a man who stole the money she had just withdrawn. Police are now appealing for witnesses to the incident at around 2pm on Thursday, December 8. The woman was withdrawing money...

CCTV picture issued after attempted burglary at bookies

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after an attempted burglary at a bookmakers. The incident happened at William Hill in Manchester Road, Swindon, at around 8.50pm on Saturday, October 15. A man walked in to the premises and demanded money and then tried to snatch...

Swindon man, 32, facing murder charge in court

ANTHONY Porter, 32, who faces a charge of murdering Andraya Lyons, 39, appeared in court today. Porter, of Drew Street, Rodbourne, was brought to  Bristol Crown Court this afternoon. Mother of two Andraya was found dead after a fire in Drew Street early...

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: ...