LiveLIVE NEWS: 18/3/14

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That's the end of our LIVE NEWS feed for today. We'll be live again tomorrow morning. If you've joined us late use the scroll bar to see how the day unfolded, or click the LIVE NEWS heading. Traffic updates, including the crash clear-up on the A4361, available here.

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





Swindon Advertiser:

Frightening pictures from the crash scene on the A4361 this afternoon. The driver of the car, a 30-year-old man, has been airlifted to Frenchay with life-threatening injuries. Full story here.


Swindon Advertiser: Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull

'Rock superstar' Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull fame plays Wroughton gig. Full story here.


More on that accident on the A4361 between Swindon and Avebury. It is closed at Winterbourne Bassett due to a serious accident at around 1.45pm.

One man has been airlifted to Frenchay Hospital with life-threatening chest injuries. Police and ambulance services are still on the scene.


The Air Ambulance has been scrambled to a two-vehicle accident near Broad Hinton. The A4361 is blocked both ways at the Summers Lane/Hackpen Hill crossroads. Updates here.


Swindon Advertiser: Teachers from Swindon taking part in a rally in Bristol last year, which was part of a long running dispute which continues next week

Swindon parents braced for teachers' strike. Full story here.


Police are warning residents and businesses to be wary after a spate of fuel thefts.

There have been 33 incidents have been recorded since the start of 2014 in towns throughout the county including the theft of an entire fuel bowser containing 1000 litres of gas oil from a building site in Swindon.


Police are looking for a gang of attackers after a 48-year-old man was taken to hospital on Sunday night after being assaulted with a baseball bat in Sussex Square at around 8pm. Call 101 with any information.



The weather has been erratic today but the weekend is looking half decent. Here's the in-depth seven-day forecast for Swindon.


Swindon Advertiser: John Shailes was last seen near a lake after a night out with friends in Taw Hill near Swindon (Wiltshire Police, PA)

The inquest into the death of bricklayer John Shailes, whose body was found in the River Ray last year, will take place this week. Full story here.




Swindon Advertiser:

"If a would-be boyfriend claims to be, say, a soldier or an engineer overseas but can’t provide a service number or unit name, they’re really some cybercafe-dweller who wants your PIN" - this week's BARRIE HUDSON column on the perils of the internet.


Today's ADVER COMMENT on the Stratton St Margaret salary inquiry that cost too much. Plus the full story from our site today.


Swindon Advertiser:

Today's READERS' LETTERS are online. On the agenda we have Swindon's undemocratic democracy, disgraceful parking...and tax. It's a jolly read.



Swindon Advertiser:

March 18 milestones in our ON THIS DAY section. Some big hitters born, including former PM Neville Chamberlain, snooker legend Alex Higgins, pictured, and, er, Rudolph Diesel - the German inventor of the engine that carries his name.



Swindon Advertiser: Phil Spencer, right, with Robert and Angela Morrison at their house in Shrivenham, which he is trying to sell through his TV programme Secret Agent

TV property guru Phil Spencer was in the area yesterday to help a couple finally shift their Shrivenham house after SIX YEARS on the market. Full story here.


Swindon Advertiser: Do you know this shoplifter?

Here's our Crook of the Day. Click the picture to find out more. We have also set up a new Crook of the Day section for you to take a look at the entire rogues gallery.


Here's our front page today - tragic story about a woman who suffered horrendous abuse and fell from the Wyvern car park last year. Click the picture.

Swindon Advertiser:


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