LiveLIVE NEWS: 03/03/14

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Here's the seven-day weather forecast for Swindon, and there's some sun on the horizon.


An ex-RAF man who bombarded a schoolgirl with kinky social media messages has had his sentence slashed at London’s Appeal Court. Full story here


Swindon Advertiser: News bites

If you like your info short and snappy, have a wade through our NEWS BITES section.


Prosecutor Christine Egerton is making her closing speech in the rape trial of Swindon Town striker Nile Ranger. 

Speaking at Newcastle Crown Court, she said: "He deliberately took her alone to that hotel in a taxi when she was incapacitated. He deliberately took advantage of her.

"She was in no fit state to consent and he knew full well how she felt about matters.

"He knew she would never consent had she been sober. He deliberately ensured she was drunk or incapable in order to go further."

Full story of day six of the trial to follow.



Swindon Advertiser:

Today in REWIND... the day THE Doctor Who arrived in Aldbourne. Full story here.


Emergency services are currently dealing with an incident in the area of The Paddocks in Highworth. Emergency vehicles are blocking access and will remain at the scene for some time. Please be aware if travelling via the area that delays are to be expected. Traffic updates here.


Swindon Advertiser: Jessica Biel has been spotted on a romantic break with Justin Timberlake

A comprehensive list of March 3 milestones in ON THIS DAY, including the birthdays of Fatima Whitbread, Brian Cox and Jessica Biel, pictured




Swindon Advertiser: My nerdiness nearly got me in big trouble

This week's Graham Carter column can be found in the opinion section, mischievously entitled 'So little map reading skills are required that even women can do it'. Sexist. Ladies, I'd give you Graham's address but you probably wouldn't be able to find your way there. 



Today's Adver comment is online, backing the GWH for its part in a major new campaign in the fight against breast cancer. 


Swindon Advertiser:

If you're planning to venture onto the M4 or A419 on Sunday, watch out for this. Full story here.


This week is National Apprenticeship Week. Reporter Mike Benke is down in the town centre to see the NAS bus. 

If you are doing anything to mark the week, let us know at


Swindon Advertiser: Lydiard Park, where the incident took place

Tory councillors have penned an open letter rubbishing opposition claims that they are planning to sell Lydiard Park. Full story here




Swindon Advertiser: TV FAVOURITE: John Barrowman is coming to Bournemouth

Todays readers' letters are now live in our opinion section. We have offerings on why the town is turning into a dump, the great evolution debate...and a note from John Barrowman. Yes, him.


Swindon Advertiser: Ranford and Wells finally go head to head in the ring

The most read news story over the weekend was the report of the Ranford v Wells boxing bout. Now we've uploaded a selection of videos documenting all the action from the MECA.


Swindon Advertiser: Tom Glover

Old Town poet Tom Glover has had his work published - inspired by his own struggles with mental health issues. Full story here



Swindon Advertiser:

Find out how world title contender George Groves is throwing his weight behind the cause of 20-month-old cancer sufferer Sebastian Murtough. Full story here


Slow traffic is being reported on the M4 London bound near Hungerford this morning following an accident at 7.15am.  For further updates and live traffic cameras, click here.


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