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Police release CCTV of men wanted for burglary at Islamic centre

Swindon Advertiser: Suspect one is described as white, between 22-25 years old and approximately 6ft 1in tall

10:07am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

WILTSHIRE Police are appealing for witnesses following a burglary at an Islamic centre in Swindon.

Fears grant will raise home rents

Swindon Advertiser: A Government grant meant to help build affordable homes in the town would actually mean higher rents, a tenants’ group claims

5:30am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

SWINDON Tenants’ Campaign Group have urged Swindon Council not to bid for a grant to build affordable new homes in the town, branding the terms ‘unacceptable’.

Scrapstore’s plea as van vandalised

Swindon Advertiser: Olivia McCann, of the Scrapstore, with the van that was damaged

5:30am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

VOLUNTEERS at Swindon Children’s Scrapstore are devastated after vandals targeted their van over the Easter weekend.

Stadium plan moving along at top speed

Swindon Advertiser: Clarke Osborne and Roger Wheeler at the  public consultation at the Abbey Stadium to display amendments to plans to build houses at the site

5:30am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

WORK could start within weeks on the new speedway track at the Abbey Stadium.

Axed employees will discover their fate

Swindon Advertiser: South Marston Distribution Centre

10:21am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

THE identities of the temporary workers making up the 135 personnel due to be axed from South Marston Distribution Centre have been confirmed.

St George’s big day

Swindon Advertiser: St George responds to a tall  order, ready to rise to the occasion

5:30am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

CHILDREN around the town will be drawing out their swords and slaying dragons today to celebrate St George’s Day, the patron saint of England.

People should have more faith in young

Swindon Advertiser: Ellie James, The Youth Parliament member for Swindon

5:30am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Member of the Youth Parliament, Ellie James, 16, from Swindon has been answering your questions this week. Here’s what she had to say as she took to the hotseat

Games men hope for a bit of magic

Swindon Advertiser: Russ Jarvis, the co-director, designer and animator for Other Worlds Software

5:30am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

VIDEO game developers Carl Benjamin and his two colleagues are facing pressure to ensure commercial success with their first release after it reached its £8,000 fundraising target.

Teen stabbed in the groin in gang battle

Swindon Advertiser: A graffiti tag in Redhouse for the North Young Guns gang, who were involved in a fight at the Orbital shopping centre

5:30am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A 16-YEAR-old boy was stabbed in the penis during a fight between teenage gangs in a shopping area, a jury has been told.

Seek out Oriental gems in your attic

Swindon Advertiser: One of the snuff pots that sold for £265,000 at Highworth

5:30am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A HIGHWORTH auction house is urging people to root through their lofts for any Oriental treasures after last weekend’s sale raised nearly £250,00 from bidders around the world.

Duck and dive with the best

Swindon Advertiser: Ducks in a row – wading in for a previous duck race in Wroughton

5:30am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

EXCITEMENT will reach river pitch for children and adults alike as 350 rubber ducklings fight it downstream to the finish line at Wroughton’s annual duck race next month.

Pals raise £3,000 to buy some special wigs

Swindon Advertiser: Paris Steenson, who is undergoing chemotherapy

5:30am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

HAIRDRESSER Paris Steenson was overwhelmed when family and friends raised more than £3,000 to help her through eight sessions of chemotherapy.

Cancer sufferer has shave to aid charity

5:30am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

CANCER sufferer James Baker had his head shaved in support of a charity that raises awareness about the illness he is battling.

Pair to put the boot into ovarian cancer

Swindon Advertiser: Ali and Lisa Williams, from Swindon, are trekking along Hadrian’s Wall for Target Ovarian Cancer charity

5:30am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

SELF-proclaimed non-walkers Lisa and Ali Williams will put their stamina and endurance to the test as they walk 25 miles along Hadrian’s Wall in support of the thousands of women affected each year by ovarian cancer.

The residents who would not be moved - until they had no choice

5:30am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

IN one corner is a phalanx of smartly suited planning and legal experts whose names are suffixed with an admirable array of initials denoting hard-earned degrees and qualifications while besides them sit several hefty boxfuls of documents that include statements in triplicate, examples of legal precedents and door-step thick volumes pertaining to the case in hand.

HOTSEAT: Youth MP Ellie James answers your questions

Swindon Advertiser: Ellie James

6:47pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Member of the Youth Parliament for Swindon, 16-year-old Ellie James from Grange Park, has been answering your questions this week. Here’s what the Lydiard Park Academy student had to say as she took to the hotseat:

'Crucial' housing development will now take a decade to complete

Swindon Advertiser: The initial plans for the Ridgeway Farm development, which has since been expanded

3:00pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

THE 700-home development at Ridgeway Farm will take twice as long as residents first thought as the site is not due to be completed until 2023.

Witness appeal after trio's daylight attack on man in town centre

Swindon Advertiser: Heart-warming act of honesty

2:05pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

POLICE are seeking the public’s help in tracking three people who subjected a man to a violent attack as he walked through the town centre.

Discovery of body not being treated as suspicious

Swindon Advertiser: Mark Stobbart

1:51pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

WILTSHIRE Police can confirm that the discovery of a body in the Kennet and Avon canal in Devizes last week is not being treated as suspicious.

New-look green and yellow Wiltshire Air Ambulance revealed

Swindon Advertiser: The designs for the new Wiltshire Air Ambulance

11:54am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

THE design for Wiltshire’s new Air Ambulance was unveiled yesterday with the life-saving craft to be bedecked in eye-catching green and yellow in a salute to the county it serves.

Search stepped up as concern grows for missing man

Swindon Advertiser: David Birley has been missing for more than a week

10:07am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

CONCERN is mounting for missing Swindon man David Birley, who has not been seen for more than a week.

Cameron sparks unholy row over 'Christian' UK

Swindon Advertiser: Humanist Neil Davies

2:37pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A DEBATE on the place of Christianity in 21st century Britain has sparked conflicting opinions in Swindon following David Cameron’s description of the UK as a Christian nation.

Bid is under way to safeguard Lydiard Park

Swindon Advertiser: Lydiard Park, in West Swindon, a much loved beauty spot enjoyed by residents

11:22am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A LOCAL action group is looking to safeguard the future of Lydiard Park by applying for it to become an asset of community value.

Road closed in final stage of flood work

Swindon Advertiser: Queues yesterday at the recycling centre

5:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

THE final stage of the £7m project to alleviate flooding problems around Cheney Manor will begin today with a four-week closure of the road leading into Cheney Manor Industrial Estate.

Don't sit on the fence

Swindon Advertiser: Residents Edward, Geraldine and Samantha Brant, with Wayne Street and Bob Burton at the proposed allotments site

5:30am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

NYTHE Allotment Society is appealing to local businesses to help fence land for new allotments after Swindon Council approved a three-year lease.

Teachers set to strike again

Swindon Advertiser: Image from PictureGalleryModule_ID:3180758

10:22am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

TEACHERS have voted to stage further strikes, starting with a summer walkout, in a long-running dispute over pay, pensions and conditions, leaving schools facing the prospect of widespread disruption.

Stranded by spring tide

Swindon Advertiser: The family car takes a paddle

5:30am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A SWINDON family were left stranded when their car was caught up in the high tide after parking on a beach in Somerset.

Brave 10-year-old upbeat after life-changing operation in America

Swindon Advertiser: Luca Railton recovering from surgery in Florida

5:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

RECOVERY has been difficult following a major operation for one-in-a-million Luca Railton, but the prospect of soon being able to take his first steps without callipers is keeping his morale up.

Knife-wielding trio make off with £200

Swindon Advertiser: Savernake Street play park

5:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

DETECTIVES want the public’s help in tracing a trio of men who robbed a working man of £200 in cash while brandishing knives.

Pickles hits out at councils for fining drive-renting homeowners

Swindon Advertiser: Eric Pickles

10:51am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

SECRETARY of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles has spoken out against councils fining homeowners for renting out their drives.

Putting Easter fun first on the fairway

Swindon Advertiser: Ethan on the golf target range

5:30am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

BUDDING golfers were on the hunt for Easter eggs rather than missing golf balls during a family weekend at Broome Manor Golf Complex.

Family near their target to help little Jayden-Vito walk

Swindon Advertiser: Jayden-Vito Mazzotta-Drapper

2:25pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

AN APPEAL to help cerebral palsy sufferer Jayden-Vito Mazzotta-Drapper walk for the first time unaided and without pain is just a few pounds short of the £9,000 mark, thanks to a fun Easter extravaganza on Sunday.

Scarecrows rock

Swindon Advertiser: Elvis is alive and well and scaring crows in Highworth

5:30am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

FROM the Spice Girls to Elvis, Highworth was transformed into a quirky music hall of fame for its annual scarecrow trail.

Bloomin’ early for bluebells

Swindon Advertiser: Little Max enjoys the beautiful spring display at Badbury Clump

5:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

WALKERS made the most of the Easter bank holiday sunshine by admiring the carpet of bluebells at Badbury Clump over the weekend.

Can you stop stroke group from closing?

Swindon Advertiser: Enjoyng every minute of life, members of Swindon Stroke Support Group. Pictured are Peter Berrisford, sitting, back – left to right – Lilian Monk, Gerold Stephenson, Shirley Sofflet, Jackie Hirst, Pat Berrisford, John Messenger, Ivor Hancock and Lin H

10:09am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

SWINDON Stroke Support Group is urgently calling for volunteers to join its committee.

Sign up for quiz in aid of charity

Swindon Advertiser: Fans will have a say in the future of the County Ground

3:13pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

ACCOUNTANTS are counting on the support of Swindon businesses to make their upcoming charity quiz a success.

Full steam ahead for a great day out

Swindon Advertiser: Ian Hand, left, and Lewis Ashbolt at the miniature steam event at Coate

2:40pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

SCORES of people steamed into Coate Water for a go on the miniature railway over the Easter weekend.

County Ground goes green to help children's charity

Swindon Advertiser: A sea of green at the County Ground yesterday

11:25am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

THE COUNTY Ground was awash with green yesterday as thousands of fans joined in with fundraising appeal for a well-known children’s charity.

Funds drummed up to help beat cancer

Swindon Advertiser: From left, Lindsay Hunt, Jamie Hunt with Sienna, Gerry Hunt with Isabella, Maggie Hunt and Darren Hunt

5:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

JUST 24 hours after a family sent out an urgent appeal for funds towards alternative cancer treatment for its patriarch Gerry Hunt, they have been inundated with offers of donations, supportive messages and advice on an array of new therapies.

Zambian diplomat has a ball with Swindon Town

Swindon Advertiser: From left, Simon Stevenette, John Holloway, Paul Lumbi and Clive Maguire

5:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

SWINDON Town Football in the Community Trust welcomed a special visit from the High Commissioner for Zambia yesterday to forge stronger links with the town.

Appeal for witnesses to knifepoint robbery

Swindon Advertiser: Trio jailed for fraud to tune of £800,000

1:56pm Monday 21st April 2014

Police are appealing for any witnesses to a robbery in Savernake Park last Thursday as three men made away with £200 in cash.

Villagers fear A420 closure

Swindon Advertiser: Villagers fear A420 closure

5:00am Monday 21st April 2014

VILLAGES around the A420 are expecting delays, gridlock, speeding, collisions and even injuries when Oxfordshire County Council closes the A420 for seven weeks in July.

Vinyl fans in a spin at World Record Day

Swindon Advertiser: Singer Louise Latham, Paul Holmes and Alan Holmes at John Holmes music store

5:00am Monday 21st April 2014

DEPENDING on your age, vinyl records are back in fashion or never went out of fashion in the first place, either way, their popularity in Swindon on Saturday cannot be doubted.

Care group improves safety after damning report

Swindon Advertiser: Patients cared for by Swindon's Nurse Plus service are now in safe hands

11:38am Monday 21st April 2014

PATIENTS cared for by community service Nurse Plus and Carer Plus (UK) in Swindon are now in safe hands according to the health watchdog – more than a year after staff were warned their poor record keeping was placing their charges at risk of harm.

Proposal for solar farms at two sites

Swindon Advertiser: Solar farm plans would benefit community

5:10am Monday 21st April 2014

THE council are looking into the feasibility of developing two solar farms in both the north and the south of the borough.

We are trying to make Swindon better

Swindon Advertiser: Members of Better Swindon

5:00am Monday 21st April 2014

OVER the past six months a grassroots movement has been growing in Swindon which is seeking to improve the reputation of politics in the town.

Region's skin cancer cases double

Swindon Advertiser: Over the past 20 years the rates of people diagnosed with malignant melanoma has almost doubled in the south west

12:20pm Monday 21st April 2014

THE south west has seen a dramatic increase in the number of people diagnosed with malignant melanoma, new figures from Cancer Research UK reveal.

Alycia set for surgery to aid walking dream

Swindon Advertiser: Alycia Ellis

5:00am Monday 21st April 2014

Cerebral palsy sufferer Alycia Ellis must undergo surgery before she can have the dream procedure that will help her walk unaided – because her condition has deteriorated so badly.

Thieves leave young Liverpool fan from Swindon in tears

Swindon Advertiser: Lee Standen, left, from Taw Hill has had his flat broken into and loads of football memorabilia being stolen belonging to his son Harry, right

5:30am Monday 21st April 2014

YOUNG Liverpool fan Harry Standen has been left devastated after thieves stole his much treasured football memorabilia during a break-in on Friday night.

Bridging a gap in our history

Swindon Advertiser: Three Golden Lion Bridges existed on the spot where Bridge Street today meets Canal Walk. The first, a wooden one erected in 1803, was replaced in the late 19th Century by an iron lift-bridge and supplemented with an elevated walk bridge

12:51pm Monday 21st April 2014

BARRY LEIGHTON reminisces about Swindon’s lost bridges with a man who has written three books about them...







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