LiveLIVE NEWS: 26/02/14

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Swindon Advertiser: Ex-Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger arriving at Newcastle Crown Court where he denied a charge of rape.

And here's all the news from day three of Town striker Nile Ranger's rape trial at Newcastle Crown Court.



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

Day three of the Nile Ranger trial continues. Gary Langham, night porter at the Carlton Hotel, scene of the alleged rape, has been in the witness box. He described Ranger as "his normal footballer arrogant cocky self." He added: "Nile is usually arrogant and lairy. I told him I was not in the mood for hassle." Day two round-up here.


To find out the outcome of today's meeting between mental health charity SUNS and AWP, click here.



Swindon Advertiser:

All the (many) highlights from this week's FAMILY supplement now online in the LIFESTYLE section.



A crash on Thamesdown Drive last night caused both sides of the carriageway to be closed. A man has now been charged with drink driving. Full story here.



Swindon Advertiser:

Barry Leighton's Wednesday feature is now online. This week he celebrates the 20th anniversary of a Swindon treasure trove.


Fresh from the news Massimo Luongo has been called up by Australia, there is more international news coming out of Swindon Town with the call-up of Yaser Kasim to the Iraq squad for their game with China next Wednesday.

The move has yet to be confirmed by Town or the Iraqi FA, however. Full story here.

Swindon Advertiser: Yaser Kasim celebrates his goal against Coventry




Swindon Advertiser: Nile Ranger

Latest from day three of the rape trial of Swindon Town striker Nile Ranger. The alleged victim broke down in tears when the defence barrister suggested she was ‘enthusiastically participating’ in sex with Ranger and was not acting like someone who had been raped. She later stormed out of the videolink room in court. Yesterday's round-up here.


Reporter Marion Sauvebois is at a meeting between AWP and mental health charity SUNS today. AWP staff have agreed to meet the members of SUNS to hear their concerns about the care system. Full story will be online this afternooon and in tomorrow's Adver. Meanwhile, see the previous story here.




Swindon Advertiser: Michael Bolton's jive didn't impress the Dancing With The Stars judges

The bombing of the World Trade Centre and the birthday of Michael Bolton. It's ON THIS DAY: February 26.



Swindon Town midfielder Massimo Luongo has been called up to the Australia squad for their game with Ecuador on Wednesday. Click here for the full story and to hear from Socceroos boos Ange Postecoglou.

Swindon Advertiser: Town's Massimo Luongo




Today's readers' letters are online. Some tantalisingly entitled contributions this morning, including 'Cash supports rebels' and 'Satan and pagans'.  



More on that car fire in Drake's Way - one very unhappy BMW driver has seen his One Series go up in smoke.

Firefighters were called at 8.10am and had put the fire out by 8.30am.

A spokesman for Wiltshire Fire and Rescue said: "One crew from Stratton attended and put the fire out using a hose reel jet. They used hydraulic equipment to get under the bonnet and make sure it was out completely.

"The vehicle and owner were awaiting recovery."




Swindon Advertiser: Mark Cooper

Video reaction from manager Mark Cooper following Town's 1-1 draw with Crawley last night.


Swindon Advertiser: Robert Buckland

Robert Buckland's weekly column is now online. The MP for South Swindon examines the council tax freeze and insists further savings must be found. Have a read and leave your comments.


Swindon Advertiser: Town's Massimo Luongo, left, celebrates his goal with Nathan Byrne

Swindon Town midfielder Massimo Luongo has been called up to the full Australia squad for their friendly with Ecuador. Full details here


Swindon Advertiser: Nile Ranger at court today

The Nile Ranger rape trial continues today. Click here for a full round up of how day two unfolded.


Former Brunel Rooms director Jason Ranford is due up in court today on two charges of driving whilst disqualified.


Reports coming in of a car on fire outside St Joseph's School on Drakes Way. Updates as we get them.


No major issues on the roads this morning but check our traffic panel for updates.


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