LiveLIVE NEWS: 18/02/14

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That concludes our LIVE NEWS debut today. We'll be back from 8am tomorrow. If you've joined us late use the scroll bar to see how the day unfolded or click the LIVE NEWS heading. Breaking traffic news will continue here: and the site will be updated with any major news as it happens throughout the evening.


This story on how the council's surplus £459,000 will be spent has attracted the most attention in the comments sections today:



Not strictly live news this one - in fact it's 52 years old - but take a step back in time with Barrie Hudson for this week's 1962:


Check our travel panel before leaving work, which includes a map of all the current traffic hot spots in and around Swindon:


Swindon Advertiser: As promised, more on the police appeal for information on the recent spate of cats returning home with chunks of fur shaved off:


Just received a police appeal seeking information on an outbreak of cat shaving incidents around Swindon. We'll keep you posted...




Full story on the student jailed for two years at Swindon crown court today for running a cannibis factory:


A student who ran a cannabis factory capable of producing £120,000 worth of the drug has been jailed for two years. Full story to follow.


Sun threatening to sneak out in Old Town. Full, in-depth, seven-day forecast for Swindon here:


The Tuesday musings of columnist Barrie Hudson. This week offering councillors a crash course in media training:



If you're at a loose end this evening, take a look at our events panel in the new LIFESTYLE section: 


Swindon Advertiser: Yoko Ono will be curating the next Meltdown Festival

ON THIS DAY section updated. If you're celebrating a birthday today you share it with Dr Dre and Yoko Ono, pictured. More February 18 milestones here:


According to eHarmony the White Horse at Uffington is the UK's best date destination. What's your romantic location of choice in Swindon? Email or tweet @SwindonAdver




Today's letters now online in our new OPINION section. Highlights include support for Putin and waging war on Stratton:





Swindon Advertiser: Pupils James and Angelos who face having 15 minutes chopped off their lunch breaks. Picture: THOMAS KELSEYPupils at Isambard Community School have launched a petition over lunchbreak cuts:


The girlfriend of Ashley McKinnon on her heartbreak following partner's death and the Valentine's Day card he left behind:



Swindon Advertiser: Nile Ranger celebrates scoring his seventh goal of the season

Not a lot of reasons to be cheerful for Town fans this morning. No Wembley trip. No Nile Ranger for the rest of the season:​


Swindon Advertiser:

News has reached us of a garage burglary in Ashton Keynes. Several signed portraits of F1 stars such as Michael Schumacher stolen:


Traffic is easing on the A419 as an earlier accident is cleared up. Full traffic updates and cameras here:


Good morning and welcome to our inaugural live news service. We will bring you the latest breaking stories, information and updates throughout the day, in bite-sized snippets on this homepage panel with links to full stories elsewhere on the website.


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