LiveLIVE NEWS: 17/03/14

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Swindon Advertiser: Smith takes an educated gamble

A new addition to THE LIST. We present 17 Swindon Town one-game wonders...


As per our earlier update, signalling problems continue to cause delays of up to half an hour on trains between Swindon and Bristol Parkway. Click here for further updates.


Swindon Advertiser: Coun David Renard, (Con, Haydon Wick)

Council leader David Renard will be in the Hotseat next week. To send in your questions, click the picture above.


Swindon Advertiser:

Our REWIND section looks back at this week in 1967 and pays tribute to the late Tony Benn while highlighting his Swindon connections.


A coroner at Salisbury Coroner's Court has recorded a narrative verdict at the inquest of Melissa Castle today. More can be found here.


First Great Western are currently reporting delays of up to 30 minutes between Swindon and Bristol Parkway in both directions. This is due to signalling problems.


Swindon Advertiser:

March 17 milestones in ON THIS DAY include the great Swindon hurricane of 1947, Kurt Russell's birthday and a sad farwell to one of the great puppet masters (clue: the bird pictured above has been very quiet ever since).


Shadow Work and Pensions secretary Rachel Reeves poured praise onto the work being done at New College as she toured the building today. 

New College is finding success with a number of initiatives including direct delivery apprentices and work experience schemes to forge links with local and national employers in a bid to find work for their students after graduation.

Rachel Reeves MP said such links are vital, but more work needs to be done numeracy and literacy after it emerged one in 10 jobseekers lack the most basic skills.


Swindon Advertiser: Women’s Aid director Olwen Kelly

Swindon Women's Aid director Olwen Kelly has been in the Hotseat this morning. To read her answers to your questions, click the picture above.



Swindon Advertiser:

Matthew Griffin has today been jailed for two years following a number of drug offences in Swindon. Full story here.


Swindon Advertiser:

In this week's BIG INTERVIEW Barrie Hudson chats with diabetes campaigner Stephen MacMahon.


It is believed that the person hit by a train at Kemble yesterday was a man in his 50s from the Oxfordshire area. The incident is not being treated as suspicious. 


The inquest into the death of Melissa Castle, the 28-year-old who fell from the Wyvern car park last year, is taking place today. To read the story from the time, click here.

Full story from the inquest today, held at Salisbury Coroner's Court, will be online this evening.


Weather latest: Seven-day forecast for Swindon.


Today's ADVER COMMENT on the woman who walked free after stealing a £650 watch from the home of a cancer patient as he lay ill in a hospice.


Swindon Advertiser:

A huge crop of letters now online, with subjects as diverse as rail crossings, a costly blunder for Regent Circus and the ongoing saga of the pagan 'love feast'. Plus much, much more.


Swindon Advertiser: My nerdiness nearly got me in big trouble

The Graham Carter column is now online. This week GC relives the joys of childhood den-building.




Swindon Advertiser:

Our CROOK OF THE DAY is now online. Do you recognise this man?


Swindon Advertiser: Jack Stephens impressed on his debut at Bristol City

Today's leading Adver sport story on the future of Swindon Town loanee Jack Stephens.



Swindon Advertiser:

Today's front page. Full story of the mean and wicked woman in question here.



Swindon Advertiser: Sir Geoff at Highworth on Saturday

Sir Geoff Hurst popped to the Elms to visit Highworth Town Juniors on Saturday. Here's the full story.


Swindon Advertiser: Friends fundraise for Ashley memorial

Friends of Ashley McKinnon gathered in Swindon town centre at the weekend seeking donations for a £1,500 bench in his memory. Full story here.


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