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".

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.

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.

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.

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.

Union hopes delay scuppers Melksham Post Office move

Wiltshire Times: Ealing Broadway post office now open on Sundays

8:00am Monday 21st April 2014

The union for Melksham postal workers is hoping that whatever has delayed the relocation of the town’s Post Office has scuppered the plan.

Atworth parish council stalwart in a league of his own after earning title

Wiltshire Times: David Webb was given the freedom of the village of Atworth. With him is the chairman of the parish council,  Effie Gale-Sides.  Photo: Trevor Porter (48643)

1:00pm Sunday 20th April 2014

Atworth has its first ever freeman, after long-serving former parish councillor and lifelong resident David Webb became the first to be given the freedom of the village.

Arrest after unprovoked stabbing in Melksham

Wiltshire Times: Knife raid on Chippenham newsagents

11:00am Sunday 20th April 2014

A 20-year-old man has been arrested after an unprovoked stabbing on Granville Road, Melksham, on Friday.

Adventurous spirit revs up with new Melksham minibus

Wiltshire Times: Bowerhill Scouts celebrate the arrival of their new minibus, which they will use for outings and adventures

10:30am Sunday 20th April 2014

1st Bowerhill Scout Group are delighted that Wiltshire Council has supported the group by buying them a minibus, using money from the community care grants scheme.

Jolly birthday celebration for Melksham Brownies’ 100th

Wiltshire Times: Proudly displaying their birthday cake beribboned with the Brownies colours are the Melksham packs full of smiles

10:00am Sunday 20th April 2014

Melklsham Brownies have held their Big Brownie Birthday Party, as part of the movement’s 100th birthday celebrations.

Sex traffic victim discovered in Melksham

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

1:00pm Saturday 19th April 2014

A 25-year-old victim of sex traffickers who was picked up by police in Melksham town centre has been delivered to a safe house outside of Wiltshire.

Families in Bowerhill to fight games area plan

Wiltshire Times: David Gazzard, front, and neighbours are campaigning against a multi-use games area         (49326-1)

4:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

Families in Bowerhill say they will campaign against the parish council’s plans for a new play area, which they fear will increase anti-social behaviour.

Promise to screen planned solar park from view in Seend

11:00am Friday 18th April 2014

Developers of a proposed solar farm in Seend say it will be screened from view.

Little Chalfield solar farm in Developers say ‘lessons learnt’

Wiltshire Times: MP James Gray and his wife Philippa live near the proposed site of a solar farm in Little Chalfield

10:00am Friday 18th April 2014

Developers behind a proposed 20.2 hectare solar farm in Little Chalfield insist they have learnt lessons from other local sites, amid growing concern over the cumulative effect of the Wiltshire solar ‘gold rush’.

Body of man found by dog walker in Melksham

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

10:13am Thursday 17th April 2014

The body of a 40-year-old man was discovered by a dog walker in a field in Melksham last Thursday.

We'll appeal against refusal of 80-hectare Melksham solar farm, say developers

Wiltshire Times: Members of different groups including Clean Energy Alliance at County Hall, Trowbridge, to support plans for a solar farm near Melksham

9:33am Thursday 17th April 2014

The developers behind plans for a major solar farm near Melksham say they will appeal against Wiltshire Council’s decision to reject planning permission.

80-hectare solar farm bid thrown out by Wiltshire councillors

Wiltshire Times: How the solar panels would look - with plenty of room for sheep to graze beneath

3:35pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

Plans for an 80-hectare solar farm on Sandridge Hill, east of Melksham, were thrown out by Wiltshire Council’s planners today in a vote of seven against and four for the development.

Firm cuts back ‘bad’ 999 calls in Wiltshire

Wiltshire Times: IN THE FRONTLINE: Ambulance workers and paramedics are coming under increasing threats of violence

9:40am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Harmoni, which operates the 111 non-emergency health telephone line in Wiltshire, says additional training of its call handlers has led to fewer emergency ambulances being despatched.

Melksham masons help children to make a ‘Splash’

Wiltshire Times: Manager Jayne Moverley, right, accepts the cheque at Melksham Police station from former lodge master John Fisher, left, and lodge secretary Colin Parfitt

11:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Children in Melksham are to benefit from fundraising by the town’s Masonic Lodge.

Less distance but still in the same spirit for Melksham pupils

Wiltshire Times: Ben Phillips, Abbie Craig, Jamie Phillips, Niamh and Phoebe Sayer are walking in aid of the air ambulance and WWF

9:30am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Wallking to Cornwall was a step too far for five Bowerhill Primary School pupils, who are now planning a five-mile sponsored hike for Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

Stranded lorry causes early-morning delays

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11:07am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A broken down lorry caused delays in Melksham in the early hours this morning.

Fairy tale come true as young Melksham actors head for London

Wiltshire Times: Teacher Scott Carpenter with young actors Eleanor, Rachael and Casey reading up on the script for The Huldra's Story

10:55am Tuesday 15th April 2014

Three budding actors from Melksham’s King’s Park Academy are treading the boards in London next month in a new play written by their drama teacher.

Police plea after man, 36, attacked in Melksham

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

11:25am Monday 14th April 2014

Police are appealing for information following an attack on a 36-year-old man in Melksham.

Whopping jumble sale at Semington turns items into £743

Wiltshire Times: Pupils came along to help with the jumble sale

6:00pm Sunday 13th April 2014

St George’s School in Semington had a whopper of a jumble sale recently, raising £743.45.

More bricks in the wall as Broughton Gifford Floydians net £1,150

Wiltshire Times: From left: Lee Mitchener, Laura Pearce (The Forever Friends Appeal), Eric Anderson, Simon Filipowicz, Chris Uniacke, Steve Meggs, Jonathan Bardon and Sally Edmonds

12:00pm Sunday 13th April 2014

Broughton Gifford Pink Floyd tribute act A Floydian Trip has presented a cheque for £1,150 to The Forever Friends Appeal.

Zimbabwe safari teaches many lessons to Atworth students

Wiltshire Times: Zimbabwe safari teaches many lessons to Atworth students

11:30am Sunday 13th April 2014

Four Stonar sixth formers experienced a completely different education on a trip to Zimbabwe recently.

Expert way to garden in Melksham

Wiltshire Times: Cressing: Radio Four gardeners to appear at Essex Flower Show

6:00pm Friday 11th April 2014

Star of Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time Bob Flowerdew will visit Melksham next month to share his green- fingered wisdom.

All smiles as Melksham's comic convention hits target

Wiltshire Times: Hayley Spencer is over the moon

4:00pm Friday 11th April 2014

Melksham's third comic convention is set to be bigger than before, after its £5,000 goal was met three days early.

Another solar farm planned for farmland around Broughton Gifford

Wiltshire Times: Solar farm plans would benefit community

2:38pm Friday 11th April 2014

More than 60 hectares of solar panels could be built on farmland surrounding Broughton Gifford, after plans were revealed for a third solar farm near the village.

Stroke of luck for Melksham man

Wiltshire Times: Richard Stephenson, left, receives his Postcode Lottery prize from former Welsh international rugby star Scott Quinnell

7:00am Friday 11th April 2014

Amateur artist Richard Stephenson has plenty of reasons to paint the town red this week, after scooping a £25,000 lottery win.

Police in search for Melksham pub attacker

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

6:00pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A man in his 20s was involved in an assault at The West End Inn in Melksham last Friday night.

Radio 4 gardening expert heads to Melksham

Wiltshire Times: Bob Flowerdew

4:42pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Star of Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time Bob Flowerdew will visit Melksham next month to share his green-fingered wisdom.

Melksham vandals in car wrecking spree

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

4:36pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Hundreds of pounds worth of damage was caused to cars parked on Ruskin Avenue, Ingram Road and Forester Park Road, Melksham, on Friday night.

Asylum seekers spotted under lorry in Melksham

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

6:00am Thursday 10th April 2014

Two men who are believed to be from Afghanistan have claimed asylum in the UK after they were discovered by police in Melksham.

Easter events at Melksham department store

Wiltshire Times: The Leekes store, Melksham

11:11am Wednesday 9th April 2014

Leekes Melksham is holding an Easter celebration on Good Friday to get the bank holiday weekend off to a cracking start.

Man, 66, faces trial on alleged 1980s sex offences in Whitley

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

4:39pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

A pensioner who is said to have sexually abused a girl in a village near Melksham in the early 1980s is to face trial.

Princess Royal meets cream of Melksham’s business community

Wiltshire Times: The Princess Royal presents the third Queen's Award for International Trade to Coombe Castle managing director Darren Larvin, left, and chairman Glyn Woolley

1:37pm Monday 7th April 2014

The Princess Royal met the cream of Melksham’s business community today when she presented a local dairy exporter with its third royal award.

Melksham hotel goes four star

Wiltshire Times: Beechfield House Hotel in Beanacre

3:00pm Sunday 6th April 2014

STAFF at Beechfield House Hotel in Beanacre are celebrating after an AA inspection saw their star-rating improve to four stars.

Melksham road link for rail enthusiasts

Wiltshire Times: Callum Sims checks out the model railways at the Swindon Railway Festival

4:00pm Saturday 5th April 2014

Train enthusiasts can make tracks to Wiltshire’s biggest model railways exhibition in Melksham later this month.

Melksham Post Office relocation indefinitely delayed

Wiltshire Times: Melksham Post Office in Church Street

3:58pm Friday 4th April 2014

Plans to relocate Melksham Post Office next month have been delayed indefinitely.

Melksham residents voice concern over 270-home plan

Wiltshire Times: The buffer zone fields which could be used for homes

8:30am Friday 4th April 2014

Neighbours have vowed to oppose plans for up to 270 homes between Melksham and Bowerhill, which developers say will help the town meet its housing requirements.

On the right track, says minister at Melksham

Wiltshire Times: Station manager Nicholas Reid, left, Stephen Hammond Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Michelle Donelan, Sion Brettion and Rob Mullen at Melksham station

7:00am Friday 4th April 2014

The Goverment’s railway minister made tracks for Melksham last Thursday as he stopped by to see how the town’s station is being improved.

Wiltshire children take partners for country bop at Melksham

Wiltshire Times: West Ashton Primary School pupils perform Bridge of Athlone during the annual schools’ day of country dancing

6:00pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

Pupils from around Wiltshire stepped up for a day of traditional country dancing at Melksham’s Assembly Hall.

High hopes for new Bowerhill play area

Wiltshire Times: Swings and roundabouts by Sam Hughes

A new play area could open in Bowerhill in time for the school summer holidays.

Rare Kawasaki bikes stolen from Melksham garage

Wiltshire Times: One of the two rare bikes taken from the garage

9:10am Thursday 3rd April 2014

Thieves ditched two motorbikes stolen from a Melksham garage last Thursday (27th), but still made off with a pair of rare Kawasaki bikes worth around £8,000.

Four Romanians recovered in Melksham anti-trafficking raid

Wiltshire Times: Swindon police advice after two girls fall foul of internet

3:18pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

Four Romanian men are receiving support from the Salvation Army after they were discovered by police investigating human trafficking in Melksham this morning.

Shamed Melksham car dealer convicted of shoplifting

Wiltshire Times: Miles Eglin

6:52pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

Shaw fraudster Miles Elgin was today convicted of stealing over £340 worth of shopping from ASDA in Melksham.

Warrant issued for Melksham man after court no-show

Wiltshire Times: Swindon police advice after two girls fall foul of internet

3:40pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

A judge has issued a warrant for the arrest of a Melksham man amid fears he has fled to the Caribbean.

Extra support for Wiltshire's young carers

Wiltshire Times: Mr Jenner is banned from Co-operative Food stores

11:26am Tuesday 1st April 2014

Young carers in Wiltshire have been handed a major boost, following a £43,000 grant to a Semington-based charity.

Lambs to the fore at Shaw farm

Wiltshire Times: Marie Escott and granddaughter Chloe Keen with the four lambs

10:00am Tuesday 1st April 2014

Spring is definitely in the air at Marie Escott’s smallholding in Shaw, after one of her ewes safely delivered four lambs.

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