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I didn't act out of revenge, says police officer accused of Tasering naked man in Melksham police station

Wiltshire Times: Pc Lee Birch arriving at Bristol Crown Court

3:38pm Thursday 24th April 2014

A police officer accused of unlawfully Tasering a naked man who threw a pair of underpants at him during a strip search denied he had acted out "revenge, anger or retribution".

Fire Brigades Union announces new round of strikes for bank holiday weekend

Wiltshire Times: Union rep Steve Garraway, left, and fellow firefighters on the picket line at Chippenham today

4:12pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Firefighters in England, Scotland and Wales will take part in further industrial action over pensions, the Fire Brigades Union has announced.

Double delight for Seend School

Wiltshire Times: Jackie Chalk, Seend Primary School headteacher, with head boy Harvey, head girl Anouk and pupils Mushin and Sadie who spoke to the Ofsted inspectors

5:00pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Seend Cof E Primary School has been praised for its outstanding pupil behaviour and decisive leadership, after it was inspected twice within a month.

Big bank holiday fun had on tiny tracks at Bulkington

Wiltshire Times: Full steam ahead at the Bulkington miniature train event

4:00pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Former aircraft engineer Neville Boulton and his wife Thelma have a model way of entertaining youngsters at Easter – trips on a miniature railway around the garden of their Bulkington home.

Five arrests made by Wiltshire Police during Operation Harness

Wiltshire Times: Officers from across Wiltshire took part alongside specialist drugs dogs today

4:44pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Five arrests were made during a day of action under Operation Harness by police tackling drugs and counterfeit currency.

Trust says it tried to phone Trowbridge family

Wiltshire Times: Hugo Quintas

3:30pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Wiltshire Probation Trust said it has sympathy with the family of Hayley Richards, but it can only inform the families of victims about the deportation of an offender when it is confirmed.

Campaigner condemns lack of help for Trowbridge family

Wiltshire Times: Jean Taylor

3:30pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Campaigner Jean Taylor said it is appalling that Hayley Richards’ family were not told her killer was deported to Portugal before it happened.

Something's wrong with system, says Trowbridge brother

Wiltshire Times: Paul Richards with the letter he received from the Wiltshire Probation

3:30pm Thursday 24th April 2014

The brother of murdered Trowbridge woman Hayley Richards said the family is devastated after finding out her killer Hugo Quintas had been deported back to Portugal to serve the rest of his sentence.

£3k grants boost Wiltshire organisations for children

Wiltshire Times: Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson

3:50pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Wiltshire organisations which provide opportunities for children have been awarded grants of up to £3,000 from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Fund.

Walk-in X-rays service victory for Melksham

Wiltshire Times: Cllr Richard Wiltshire

3:00pm Thursday 24th April 2014

A long-running campaign to improve X-ray facilities in Melksham has been successful, with the introduction of a new weekly walk-in service at the town’s hospital.

Faithful meet for walks of witness

Wiltshire Times: Bratton Baptist Church members before their walk to Picquet Hill

2:30pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Christians of all denominations joined together across Wiltshire last week to mark Good Friday with ‘walks of witness’.

A36 closed after accident near Warminster

Wiltshire Times: Trio jailed for fraud to tune of £800,000

2:25pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Drivers are being advised by police to seek alternative routes after an accident on the A36 Fisherton de la Mere, between Warminster and the A303. 

Trowbridge versus Leek: How the towns shape up

2:19pm Thursday 24th April 2014


Burns survivor tells of joy at Trowbridge rugby victory

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2:13pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Running out at Twickenham will be an emotional moment for Trowbridge fly-half Lloyd Davis, four years after doctors told him he would never play again.

Trowbridge learners are worth it

Wiltshire Times: Back from left; are Dan Pike, Anthony Cover, Louise Piper, Tom Newman, Seb Raubenheimer, Toby Alexander, Tina Treby and Jason Badz. Front are James Foster, Dan Thomson, Team Trowbridge leader Craig Enderby and assistant team leader Amy Schuring, Shane Par

2:08pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Learners who completed a 12-week Prince’s Trust Team course with The Learning Curve in Trowbridge were recognised in an awards presentation at the Civic Centre last Wednesday.

Trowbridge club to take coachloads of fans to Twickenham

Wiltshire Times: Chris Lamb is urging fans to buy their tickets by Monday

2:02pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Trowbridge Rugby Club is keen to pack out the 82,000-seater stadium at Twickenham with as many supporters as it can, with coachloads of fans expected to make the trip from Wiltshire.

Trowbridge rugby players all set for biggest game in club's history

Wiltshire Times: First team manager Nobby Knight and head coach Steve Ojomoh

1:56pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Excitement is building at Trowbridge Rugby Club as fans and officials prepare for the biggest game in their history at Twickenham.

Hundreds expected at Westbury's annual vintage gathering

Wiltshire Times: Ian Jenner refuels with his half-size McLaren traction engine at the Bronte Vintage Gathering at Cullingworth

1:03pm Thursday 24th April 2014

The annual Westbury Transport and Vintage Gathering event will be held at Top Field in Westbury Road, Bratton tomorrow and Sunday.

Don't miss Wiltshire's five-minute chess championship

Wiltshire Times: Never be board again with new St Albans club

1:08pm Thursday 24th April 2014

The end of season Wiltshire five-minute chess championship takes place tonight.

Traffic eases in Bradford on Avon after nightmare of first day back

Wiltshire Times: Traffic in Bradford on Avon this morning

12:36pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Fears that schools reopening after Easter would cause traffic chaos in Bradford on Avon eased this week.

Appeal against decision on huge Melksham solar farm confirmed by developers

Wiltshire Times: St John Hughes, director of Sandridge Solar Power

9:40am Thursday 24th April 2014

The would-be developers of a huge solar park near Melksham have confirmed they are to appeal against the decision to refuse planning permission.

Tributes paid to Devizes dad found in Kennet and Avon Canal

Wiltshire Times: Mark Stobbart

8:44am Thursday 24th April 2014

Tributes have been paid to Devizes man Mark Stobbart whose body was found in the Kennet & Avon Canal in Devizes.

Butchers Walter Rose & Son in finals of England's Best Burger competition

Wiltshire Times: Paul Gilroy and Jack Cook, of Walter Rose & Son, with burgers which got to the 2012 finals of the England's Best Burger competition

7:30am Thursday 24th April 2014

Walter Rose & Son butchers, which has shops in Devizes and Trowbridge, is through to the finals of a national burger competition.

Plea for volunteers at Corsham library as staff prepare for campus move

Wiltshire Times: Community librarian Jessica Phillips

7:00pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Book lovers in Corsham are needed at the town library as staff prepare to relocate its collection to the new community campus.

Vacancy on Chippenham Town Council as councillor fails to turn up

Wiltshire Times: Sue Wilthew, chief executive of Chippenham Town Council

7:00pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

There is another vacancy on Chippenham Town Council due to the non attendance of Ian Keasey.

Friends of Birds Marsh defiant after Chippenham homes plan approved

Wiltshire Times: Approved, controversial plan for 750 homes on Chippenham green field site

6:00pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

The Friends of Birds Marsh campaigners say they will continue to fight a development of 750 houses in northern Chippenham and have defended the village green status they fought for.

Thanks for those who gave views on future of Wiltshire's youth services

Wiltshire Times: Laura Mayes, cabinet member for Children's Services

5:00pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Wiltshire Council is thanking the hundreds of people who took part in a consultation which asked communities for feedback on how youth activities should be delivered in the future.

Record Store Day puts Chippenham music fans in a spin

Wiltshire Times: Kate Goodman of Magpie Music in Chippenham (VS317) By Vicky Scipio

5:08pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Magpie Music in Chippenham tripled its takings on the weekend’s Record Store Day compared to a normal Saturday.

Wiltshire's leisure services to stay with Places for People until 2018

Wiltshire Times: Coun Jonathon Seed, Devizes Leisure Centre manager Dan Webb and gym users Keith Moore, Anna Villette and Elyne Williams

4:28pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Wiltshire Council leaders have agreed to extend Places for People Leisure Management Ltd’s - previously DC Leisure Management - contract to run 11 of the 23 council leisure centres across the county until 2018.

Police officer unlawfully Tasered naked man in Melksham police station, court hears

Wiltshire Times: Pc Lee Birch arriving at Bristol Crown Court

3:06pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A police officer unlawfully Tasered a naked man who threw a pair of underpants at him during a strip search in Wiltshire, a court heard.

Wiltshire golden girl Jemima aims to inspire at Trowbridge careers fair

Wiltshire Times: Jemima Duxberry

11:15am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Under-21 judo champion Jemima Duxberry and other inspirational role models will be encouraging young people to think of their futures at a special careers fair next week.

Bradford on Avon traffic delays worsen as schools go back

Wiltshire Times: Traffic delays were bad last week, but have worsened at peak times with the end of the school holidays

11:17am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Traffic disruption hit new heights in Bradford on Avon today as pupils and staff returned to the schools after the Easter holidays.

Lorry driver was speeding moments before fatal Corsham collision, jury hears

Wiltshire Times: Tommy Ford

9:28am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A lorry driver was speeding moments before his vehicle was in collision with an 89-year-old who was crossing the road, a jury has been told.

Bail for men arrested in Wiltshire over fuel theft from Esso pipeline

Wiltshire Times: The Esso refinery at Fawley in Hampshire

10:11am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Two men arrested on suspicion of the theft of thousands of litres of fuel believed to have been stolen from one of the UK's main underground oil pipes which runs through Wiltshire have been released on bail.

Center Parcs ad banned for encouraging parents to take children on holiday in school time

Wiltshire Times: A family has fun at Centre Parcs during the school holidays

8:35am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

An advert for Center Parcs resorts has been banned for "irresponsibly" encouraging parents to take their children on holiday during term time.

Family and friends pay tribute to 'amazing' Doreen Webb

Wiltshire Times: Doreen Webb

11:24am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Family and friends of Doreen Webb, 64, who died on Friday in Durrington paid tribute to her today in a statement released by Wiltshire Police.

Wiltshire pensioners’ ticket to ride

Wiltshire Times: Councillor Horace Prickett promoting the discounted rail tickets for the service between Weymouth and Westbury now available to senior citizens (48655) Photo: Trevor Porter

8:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Senior citizens can now enjoy discounted train tickets between Weymouth and Westbury with a national bus pass, thanks to First Great Western and Wiltshire Council.

Chance to give views at annual Chippenham town meeting

Wiltshire Times: Sue Wilthew, chief executive of Chippenham Town Council

7:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Chippenham residents will get a chance to give their views at the annual town meeting on Wednesday, May 7.

Get running with Chippenham Harriers

Wiltshire Times: Chippenham Harriers at Bath Half Marathon

7:00pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Chippenham Harriers’ next beginners’ programme starts on Friday, May 2, at Chippenham Sports Club in Bristol Road at 6.30pm.

More than 20 jobs being created in Melksham as Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems expands

Wiltshire Times: Karen Davison, managing director of C&D Group

3:26pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems is creating more than 20 jobs at its works in Melksham and further posts are in the pipeline.

Retired Army major charged with murder was familiar sight in Devizes

Wiltshire Times: Leonard Webb, the 68-year-old retired Army colonel who has been charged with the murder of his wife, ran a stall on the regular antiques market in the Shambles market hall in Devizes

10:16am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Leonard Webb, the 68-year-old retired Army colonel who has been charged with the murder of his wife, ran a stall on the regular antiques market in the Shambles market hall in Devizes.

Sex offender who woke Chippenham teenager cleared of wrongdoing

Wiltshire Times: Trio jailed for fraud to tune of £800,000

9:44am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A sex offender who walked into a house in the middle of the night and woke a 16-year-old babysitter has been cleared of any wrongdoing.

Livery for new Wiltshire Air Ambulance unveiled

Wiltshire Times: The striking livery for the new Wiltshire Air Ambulance was unveiled today

11:53am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

The design for Wiltshire’s new Air Ambulance was unveiled today by the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust’s board of trustees.

Westbury travel agent celebrates Queen’s Award for Enterprise success

Wiltshire Times: Westbury-based travel agent Michael Eaves is celebrating after the company he is part of awarded - Travel Counsellors - was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise

11:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Westbury-based travel agent Michael Eaves is celebrating after the company he is part of awarded - Travel Counsellors - was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

Wiltshire Air Ambulance has plenty of drive thanks to Chippenham's Blade Honda

Wiltshire Times: Wiltshire Air Ambulance clinical team leader Richard Miller, Blade Honda Chippenham general manager Simon Hawker and air ambulance paramedic Luke MacCallum

8:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A Chippenham car dealership has donated a new car to help Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA) raise awareness of its life-saving service across the county.

Reopened Bath Arms in Warminster to create 45 jobs

Wiltshire Times: The Bath Arms under wraps during the refurbishment

7:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

JD Wetherspoon opens its refurbished pub and hotel, The Bath Arms, Warminster, next Tuesday creating 45 jobs.

Travellers move from Chippenham after Wiltshire Council and police warn

Wiltshire Times: Trio jailed for fraud to tune of £800,000

6:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A group of travellers camping by a derelict building in Hungerdown Lane, Chippenham, have moved after being given notice by Wiltshire Council and police.

Teachers set to strike again

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10:22am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

TEACHERS have voted to stage further strikes, starting with a summer walkout, in a long-running dispute over pay, pensions and conditions, leaving schools facing the prospect of widespread disruption.

Wiltshire tour for Lib Dem MEP

Wiltshire Times: Sir Graham Watson, Lib Dem MEP for the South-West and Gibraltar.

12:38pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Wiltshire’s Liberal Democrat MEP Sir Graham Watson is visiting the county today as part of the South West MEP’s campaign for the European elections.

Bank holiday bluebells admired as flowers bloom early

Wiltshire Times: Max enjoys a display of bluebells at the weekend

8:51am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Walkers made the most of the Easter bank holiday sunshine by admiring the carpets of bluebells over the weekend.

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