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A MAN accused of sexually abusing two girls in Swindon in the 1960s has appeared in court.

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THE remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo are set to hit the UK overnight and into tomorrow morning's rush hour.

Outbreaks of heavy rain are forecast to quickly sweep south and east across many areas, combined with a strong or gale-force north-westerly wind.

John Seymour, national manager of the AA’s severe weather team, says: “It’s going to be a bit of a grotty morning on the roads with the combination of heavy rain and strong winds creating some difficult driving conditions.

“Although heavy, the rain is expected to pass through fairly quickly, so strong gusts are likely to present a greater hazard than flooding.

“If you see twigs or small branches on the road there could easily be a tree or large branch in the road around the next bend. Hitting debris like this at speed could be very serious, so it’s important to keep your speed down and drive with care, particularly on rural roads early tomorrow morning.

“Trees can partially fall too and hang above the road, sometimes above the sweep of the headlights making them very difficult to spot.

“Your car can be buffeted around in strong gusts, so keep your distance from all other vehicles and take particular care around cyclists, motorcyclists and horse-riders.”

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THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have confirmed their second child is due in April. What betting on an April Fools Day baby?


SWINDON Town legends turned out for a special football match to raise money for brave lad Charlie Allen.

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REGULAR rows have helped keep us together, say couple who have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.

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In sport, the Swindon Wildcats beat the Bracknell Bees 4-1.

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In national news, actress and TV presenter Lynda Bellingham has lost her battle with cancer.

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Swindon Advertiser: Lynda Bellingham said she is relieved to have finished chemotherapy


Another bright start in Swindon.

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Also in today's Swindon Advertiser, we reveal the winners in our Hairdresser and Salon of The Year Awards...

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Today's front page, featuring the launch of our new Don't Top 20 campaign.

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