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LIVE NEWS: 03/03/14
Updated 5:18pm Monday 3rd March 2014 in Live News
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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.
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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.
Next week, Superintendent for Wiltshire Police Gavin Williams will be in the hotseat to answer your questions. http://t.co/vRqsdCWfvU— @SwindonAdver007 03 March 2014
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.
A comprehensive list of March 3 milestones in ON THIS DAY, including the birthdays of Fatima Whitbread, Brian Cox and Jessica Biel, pictured
Bullying, mental effects of alleged rape, "work-related despair" & romantic split led to soldier's suicide. http://t.co/YUQQ6fHClG— @AdverWebEdCraig 03 March 2014
Cooper ruing what might have been for Swindon: MANAGER Mark Cooper branded Swindon Town’s last four weeks as a... http://t.co/7HBwFHdcgi— @AdverSport 03 March 2014
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.
Bus drivers play match in memory of football mad colleague Colin Daley http://t.co/RX3PPVBa3j— @marionsauvebois 03 March 2014
Today's Adver comment is online, backing the GWH for its part in a major new campaign in the fight against breast cancer.
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 email@example.com.
Tory councillors have penned an open letter rubbishing opposition claims that they are planning to sell Lydiard Park. Full story here.
Swindon Advertiser's Sam Morshead recaps last nights defeat against the Phoenix: http://t.co/pQMqVGirHW— @SwinWildcats 03 March 2014
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.
Old Town poet Tom Glover has had his work published - inspired by his own struggles with mental health issues. Full story here.
RT @swindonadver: GWH needs your help to bring in pioneering cancer treatment: THE Great Western Hospital is appe... http://t.co/InxLRRZY2P— @KembreyPark 03 March 2014
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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