Police dog stops garage burglary suspect in his tracks

A POLICE dog was used in the arrest of a man after Swindon garages were broken into. Officers went to the scene after a neighbour reported hearing noise early on Thursday, December 8, at garages to the rear of Merton Avenue, Upper...

Man, 32, charged with murder after death of mum

POLICE today charged a man with murder after a fire at a house in Even Swindon on Saturday. Anthony Porter, 32, of Drew Street, will be brought before Swindon magistrates tomorrow morning. He has been remanded in custody. Firefighters were called to an...

Man held on suspicion of murder and arson after death of mum, 39

A 32-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and arson following a fire at house in Swindon. He is currently in police custody. The body of a woman was discovered following a fire at a house in Rodbourne in...

Woman’s body found after Swindon fire

THE body of a woman has been found after a fire this morning. Firefighters were called to a house in Drew Street, Rodbourne, Swindon just after 5.30am today and the body was found inside. Police forensics officers and Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service...

Get your Christmas presents gift-wrapped to help Prospect Hospice

PROSPECT Hospice volunteers are again be on hand to wrap shoppers’ presents at The Brunel shopping centre in Swindon Town Centre this Christmas. And there will be the chance to meet Swindon Town players at the charity gift-wrap stall on...

Street drinkers jailed for violent town centre robbery

TWO street drinkers have been jailed for their part in a violent town centre robbery. Christopher Goodbun, 28, used a beer can as a weapon before kicking his victim in the head. While their victim was on the ground Steven Rusling, 37, attempted...

Teenage knifepoint robbers once spared jail now both behind bars

TWO teenage knifepoint robbers are now in prison after originally being spared jail for the offence. Liam Carter and Sharrise Page had held a knife to their victim in Swindon and threatened to kill him as they took his phone Carter, then...

Library campaigners criticise council decision which puts 10 at closure risk

LIBRARY campaigners have criticised Swindon Borough Council’s cabinet decision which means that funding will ease for 10 of the 15 libraries from next August. All except the Central Library will reduce to 15 hours of staffing from April 5, 2017. Sarah Church,...

Hypnotherapist presents groundbreaking work on menopause symptoms to Canadian conference

SWINDON-based hypnotherapist Helen Breward has presented her groundbreaking work on relieving women’s menopause symptoms to the Canadian Hypnosis Conference. The conference, held in Burlington, outside Toronto, the conference was attended by hypnotherapists from Canada, America and the UK and around 50...

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...

Two arrests as hard drugs worth thousands of pounds seized by police

THOUSANDS of pounds of hard drugs were found when Wiltshire Police raided a Swindon house. Crack cocaine worth up to £3,000 (2.8 oz/79 grams) was recovered along with a small bag of cannabis and £600 in cash when the house in...

12 gifts of Christmas for Wiltshire charities

DONATIONS for many of Wiltshire's best-loved charities have been 'gift wrapped' by Swindon Freemasons. The 66 members of Pleydell Lodge which meets at the Masonic Centre in Old Town have written cheques for 12 organisations with Swindon Women's Aid receiving an...

Families celebrate court victory against council over taking children out of school

THREE Swindon families are celebrating after being cleared of failing to ensure their children regularly attend school. In one case a family was fined for only taking a child out of school for four and a half days. The families were prosecuted...

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...

Team raises £500 to help Swindon’s homeless

MORE than £500 was raised to help Swindon's homeless at the Old Town Christmas lights switch-on. A team from Swindon estate and lettings agent Ashcox & Stone, led by Fiona Cox and Lee Haynes, spent the day offering refreshments and running a...