Prison warning for parents as Government tightens up on pupils’ persistent absence

PUPILS who miss more than 19 days of school during the forthcoming academic year will be classed as being persistently absent from the classroom under new government guidelines. The Department for Education has announced that the threshold for persistent absence...

REVEALED: The shocking amount fly-tipping cost Wiltshire taxpayers in 2015

FLY-TIPPING across the county cost Wiltshire Council more than £200,000 last year - more than double the 2012 bill. However, there were just two successful prosecutions for fly tipping in the county in 2015, compared to 18 in 2012. The total...

Woman, 25, arrested after Christmas Day attack on couple outside pub

A 25-YEAR-OLD local woman has been arrested following an incident outside a pub in Tidworth in the early hours of Christmas Day. Police are appealing for witnesses after a man and woman were attacked at The Ram, in Pennings Road, between...

“We’re always listening”: Trust urges patients to give honest feedback when they leave hospital

TO MARK Friends and Family Test Awareness Week, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is reminding its patients not to leave hospital before giving honest feedback of their experience. The Friends and Family Test, which forms part of a wider...

Reindeer trail set to prove festive hit with families

CHRISTMAS at Lacock is being extended this year with a reindeer trail at the abbey being taken into the village to include local businesses. The reindeer trail will encourage families to explore the village and find as many reindeer hiding in...

Hoax callers pose as Wiltshire Fire & Rescue workers

WILTSHIRE Fire & Rescue Service is again warning local people to be on their guard against callers who claim to be from the organisation. In the latest incidents, a charity and a school were both called by someone claiming to be...

Wiltshire woman’s £50k settlement after Bath RUH delay in diagnosing breast cancer

SPECIALIST personal injury law firm Novum Law has secured a £50K out of court settlement against the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust for a Wiltshire mother whose metastatic breast cancer should have been diagnosed sooner. The woman, who does...

Appeal for information following house raid in Codford

A BURGLARY took place at a house in Codford last month and police are appealing for witnesses. On June 22, at approximately 12pm, a man broke in to a home in Malmpit Hill. A woman who lives at the address was...

White van men in custody on suspicion of stealing from properties across Wiltshire

THREE Romanian white van men are in custody in Swindon after being arrested on suspicion of stealing materials from driveways and gardens across Wiltshire. Members of the public reported the suspicious activity of the van's occupants yesterday morning, having been...

Bangers and Bikes sportive riders to support two causes

A FAMILY cycle sportive is being held in May to raise money for two good causes. ‘Bangers and Bikes’ will offer three different routes, and all riders can enjoy a drink and a sausage in a roll once they finish. Starting...

Take care – new fog warning from Met Office

A NEW fog warning has been issued by the Met Office as areas have persisted in places through Friday. Foggy areas are expected to become more widespread and freezing in places tonight and into Saturday morning. Driving conditions will be difficult...

Wiltshire base on lockdown after report of three ‘terrorists’ with rifles at camp

A WILTSHIRE army base is on lockdown after reports that three men with rifles attempted to infiltrate the Bulford Camp on Salisbury Plain last night. Armed police and a helicopter were scrambled to the scene shortly after 5pm, with posts...

Police investigate as second child is attacked by black dog along same road

POLICE are refusing to rule out a connection between cases after a second child was bitten by a black dog along Wilcot Road in Pewsey. The latest incident happened at 9.30pm last Friday, February 26, when a 14-year-old boy sustained...

Wiltshire Police launch new text hotline to report nuisance bikers

WILTSHIRE Police have launched a new text service for anyone affected by youths on motorbikes who are breaking the law and being anti-social in their behaviour. The initiative follows a significant increase at this time of the year in the number...

Has wanted criminal Jamie Saunders escaped back to Wiltshire?

POLICE are appealing to the public for their help in locating a wanted man who has links to Wiltshire. Jamie Saunders, 26, who also goes by the surname Hartless, is wanted by police on recall to prison after he breached...