Boxing champ in court, Stonehenge cover-up denied…and the worst first date ever


ANTHONY Howell certainly made an impression on a first date on Valentine’s Day. The 32-year-old from Swindon upset his dining partner with ‘boorish’ behaviour in the Riverside pub in Lechlade, rowed with the manager and was then arrested after using a fire extinguisher to attack a pensioner who had told him to calm down. Howell, who has a lengthy criminal record, admitted assaulting 66-year-old Martin Chapman, and was sentenced to 15 months jail suspended for two years. (Wilts & Glos Standard)

SWINDON’S newly-crowned WBO European super-middleweight boxing champ Jamie Cox will appear in court charged with domestic abuse. The 28-year-old, of Woodhall Park, stands accused of four offences including harassment, using violence to enter a property, assault, and criminal damage. (Swindon Advertiser)

BUILDING firm Bovis Homes have earmarked green fields on Netherhampton Road for a new large-scale housing development. Surveyors have been assessing the plot, which features on the council’s list of potential areas for new housing. Original proposals for 400 homes and an industrial estate in 2009 sparked massive protest in the area. (Salisbury Journal)

ENGLISH Heritage have denied trying to cover up the dumping of asbestos-contaminated topsoil just yards from Stonehenge. The asbestos was made during development of the £27 million visitors’ centre which saw the demolition of the old 1969 building. It has emerged contractors discovered brick-sized lumps of asbestos within soil used to landscape the area. It resulted in a huge after-dark clean-up operation. But English Heritage insist they were not trying to cover up the incident. (WDP)

TONY Aldridge has put his Devizes canalside bed and breakfast on the market, but the tourism leader has vowed to continue his campaign to get more people to visit the town. The four-star Rosemundy Cottage in London Road is available to buy for £595,000. (Gazette & Herald)






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