LiveLIVE NEWS: 21/02/04

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That's the end of our LIVE NEWS feed for this week. We'll be back on Monday morning. If you've joined us late use the scroll bar to see how a particularly eventful day unfolded, or click the LIVE NEWS heading.

The site will be updated with any major news as it happens throughout the evening.


Swindon Advertiser:

To take you into the weekend THE LIST has been updated in our new FEATURES section. We bring you 10 things called 'Swindon'...which aren't Swindon.


Swindon Advertiser: SO CLOSE: Chris Aubrey

Swindon's darts players have been in action in the latest UK Open qualifying event in Wigan today, with Chris Aubrey the best performer as he reached round four to claim £500 in prize money. That amount is likely to be enough for him to make the finals. Click here for the full story.




Traffic has eased on the M4 after a minor shunt earlier. All seems to be moving well. Latest travel updates are available here




More on the discovery of a body in a property on Swindon Road. 


Following reports of a man being discovered at a property on Swindon Road, police currently believe him to be Peter Begley, of Old Town. More to follow.


Swindon Advertiser:

Update and reaction from police following this morning's serious sexual assault near Debenhams. 


If you like your information in easily-digested little chunks, have a look through our new NEWS BITES section.




Swindon Advertiser: Jack Pike will be visiting a surgeon at Bristol’s Frenchay Hospital to learn more about his chances of being helped to walk

We've just received a video of little Jack Pike, who suffers with cerebral palsy, riding his first ever bike only four weeks after undergoing life changing surgery to help him walk unaided. Amazing!


You've heard of the Prospect Hospice right? Of course, silly question. But are you raising money for them?

We are trying to raise a huge £160,000 for Prospect Hospice this year and part of that will be by promoting your events and fundraising so let us know.

Holding a cake sale? Tell us. Running a marathon? Tell us. Wearing flippers and a tutu to work? Probably best to seek some help but still TELL US. We need your help so email

Swindon Advertiser:



We are expecting an update this afternoon on the serious sexual assault near Fleming Way in the early hours of this morning. Detectives are at the early stages of investigations. The original story can be found here. Call 101 with any information

Anyone with concerns about sexual assault or related issues can contact the New Swindon Sanctuary sexual assault referral centre. The 24-hour telephone number for the SARC is 0808 1680024.


The Prospect Hospice Lottery Draw held today has been drawn. If you hold number 54256, you've just won £1,000. 

To find out how you can support the hospice, through our 160 Appeal click here. 


Teenage dog-napper Justin Brookes has been given a chance to prove himself after a judge heard he is turning his life around after becoming a father.

Brookes, 18,  of Sheppard Street, pleaded guilty to theft and burglary when he appeared at Swindon Crown Court. 

Full story here.


Wood Street's regular Sunday farmers' market has reportedly closed following negative feedback from traders. Reporter @BerenCross is working on the story.





Swindon Advertiser: Vanessa Feltz has been evicted from the Big Brother house

Take a look at our ON THIS DAY section for February 21 milestones, including the assassination of Malcolm X and the birth of Vanessa Feltz. It's a cruel, cruel world.


The Justin Tomlinson column is now live. This week: How Victim Support helps victims of crime seek justice without fear.


- Click here for the full story.


Swindon Advertiser:

Today's ADVER COMMENT on the story of parishioners having to hold services in the deacon's mother's front room, after structural damage closed the Baptist Chapel near Regent Circus.  





Today's readers' letters now online. On the agenda we have STFC's "pathetic" support, toffs out of touch and, as is the tradition, abuse for Nick Clegg. 



A section of Fleming Way has been cordoned off by police following a serious sexual assault on a 23-year-old woman this morning. More details here.



Readers have reported a large police presence around the Debenhams and Fleming Way area this morning. 

Have you seen anything in the area? Tweet us your pics @swindonadver.

More to follow.


Swindon residents took part in BBC's Question Time last night. What did you think of the show? Let us know here.Swindon Advertiser:


Good morning and welcome to day four of our new live news service.

We will bring you the latest breaking stories, information and updates throughout the day, in bit-sized snippets on this homepage panel with links to full stories elsewhere on the website.

And don't forget to keep in touch. If there's anything going on around the town that you think we might be missing, let us know. Contact the newsdesk on


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