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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Man, 68, appearing before Chippenham magistrates charged with murder of woman, 64

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

9:33am Monday 21st April 2014

Wiltshire Police have confirmed that Leonard Webb, aged 68, of Avondown Road, Durrington, has been charged with the murder of a woman, aged 64.

RUGBY: Trowbridge skipper toasts Twickenham chance

Wiltshire Times: Trowbridge captain Matt Howard will lead his side in the battle for a final appearance at Twickenham against Guildford tomorrow

9:00am Sunday 20th April 2014

TROWBRIDGE captain Matt Howard is coming to terms with the prospect of leading his side out at the home of English rugby in a fortnight's time after his side booked their place at the RFU Intermediate Cup final yesterday.

RUGBY: Trowbridge RFC book Twickenham date

Wiltshire Times: Trowbridge celebrate after today's win at Guildford

5:33pm Saturday 19th April 2014

TROWBRIDGE RFC are on their way to Twickenham after a dramatic 19-17 victory over hosts Guildford in today's RFU Intermediate Cup semi final.

Murder investigation after woman's death in Durrington

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

9:55am Sunday 20th April 2014

A murder investigation is continuing in Salisbury following the death of a woman in Durrington yesterday.

Man found dead in Devizes canal is named

Wiltshire Times: Mark Stobbart

1:50pm Saturday 19th April 2014

The body of a man found in the Kennet and Avon canal in Devizes yesterday has been formally identified.

Police appeal for witnesses after body found in canal at Devizes

Wiltshire Times: The scene of this morning's discovery

1:16pm Friday 18th April 2014

Wiltshire Police are appealing for witnesses after the body of a 44-year-old man was discovered in the Kennet and Avon canal in Devizes this morning.

DW canoeists wait for go-ahead as police investigate body in canal

Wiltshire Times: Police carry the body from the water

8:53am Friday 18th April 2014

The start of the Devizes to Westminster canoe race has been delayed after a man's body was found in the canal, 100 metres from the start line.

Discovery of body delays start of Devizes to Westminster canoe race

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

8:05am Friday 18th April 2014

The start of the Devizes to Westmister canoe race has been delayed after the body of a man was found 100 metres from the start line at Devizes Wharf.

Wiltshire's wind farm proximity policy blown away

Wiltshire Times: Rowena Quantrill and Sophy Fearnley-Whittingstall, of the Clean Energy Alliance, have welcomed a ruling that a council could not impose a 1.2km separation distance between wind turbines and homes

6:00am Friday 18th April 2014

Green energy campaigners are celebrating after the inspector ordered Wiltshire Council to delete its policy on wind farms from the Core Strategy.

Cathedral’s popular Director of Music to give organ recital

Wiltshire Times: Salisbury City Race 2013

8:22am Friday 18th April 2014

David Halls, Salisbury Cathedral’s Director of Music, gives the second recital in this year’s organ recital series on the Cathedral’s Famous Father Willis organ on Wednesday, April 30, at 7.30pm.

Wiltshire's bluebells flowering much earlier than last year, says Woodland Trust

Wiltshire Times: A good showing of bluebells in West Wood, Lockeridge, in 2012

12:10am Friday 18th April 2014

Bluebells are flowering much earlier than in last year's cold spring, with peak displays expected in time for Easter, the Woodland Trust said today.

Pizza topped off nan's terrific London Marathon

Wiltshire Times: Warminster grandmother Kathy Watson

5:02pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Warminster grandmother Kathy Watson recovered from the London Marathon on Sunday by bingeing on fizz and pizza, after achieving her goal of running it in under five hours.

Bradford on Avon Football team gets kick from kit

Wiltshire Times: RACS marketing director Andrew Pinnell, centre, and marketing manager Adele Balzan, right, present the kit. Kelly Vaughan-Watkins, second left, of the Wiltshire Times and Amy Propert, left nominated the team; second from right is coach Chris Williams

4:30pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Youngsters from Bradford on Avon Football Club’s Under 11 team will head off for a match tour of Holland wearing brand new kit, thanks to RACS Group based in Warminster.

Towns will get more houses than expected under Wiltshire Council's Core Strategy changes

Wiltshire Times: In Trowbridge, the number of new homes needed under the Core Strategy rises from 6,000 to 7,000

4:10pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Wiltshire Council says every town will have to find room for more houses than they expected, under changes to the county Core Strategy revealed on Monday.

Villages are urged to join the Best Kept

Wiltshire Times: Mike Hill, chief executive of the Hills Group, and John Blake, secretary of CPRE Wiltshire, with some of the compost being offered to villages entering the Best Kept Village competition

3:30pm Thursday 17th April 2014

The Campaign to Protect Rural England is urging villages to enter the Wiltshire Best Kept Village Competition this year.

US fighter aircraft to make European debut at Fairford Air Tattoo

Wiltshire Times: Two F-35 Lightning II go through their paces over southern California

10:58am Thursday 17th April 2014

Aviation history will be made in the UK this summer when, in a major airshow first, the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, the Joint Strike Fighter, makes its much-anticipated European debut.

Frogs and squirrels regularly seen in west gardens, finds RSPB survey

Wiltshire Times: A common frog in a garden by Matthew Hazleton. SP.

12:10am Thursday 17th April 2014

Almost half of people in the south west see frogs in their gardens regularly, according to the second round of results from the world’s biggest wildlife survey, run by the RSPB.

Murderer Michael Chudley suffered cardiac failure, inquest told

Wiltshire Times: Michael Chudley pictured after his arrest

1:46pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

The inquest into the death of murderer Michael Chudley was told that he suffered cardiac failure.

Pitches at Wiltshire markets for business ideas

Wiltshire Times: Devizes Market

12:52pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

Budding entrepreneurs are being offered the chance to test out their business ideas with a free pitch at Wiltshire Council-run markets next month.

Fewer Wiltshire children win first choice places in primary school this year

Wiltshire Times: Richard Gamble

11:48am Wednesday 16th April 2014

The  number of children who have been granted their first choice primary school in Wiltshire from September is slightly down on last year.

Record employment level of 2.62m in South West

Wiltshire Times: Esther McVey MP

11:31am Wednesday 16th April 2014

UK unemployment has dropped below seven per cent for the first time since the recession and employment has seen the biggest annual jump in a generation, figures published by the Office for National Statistics today show.

Bishop Ed spends night in Wiltshire Downs hut to show solidarity with world's displaced

Wiltshire Times: The Bishop of Ramsbury, the Rt Rev Ed Condry, at the shepherd’s hut on the Wiltshire Downs he spent last night in

11:18am Wednesday 16th April 2014

The Bishop of Ramsbury, the Rt Rev Ed Condry, spent a night in a shepherd’s hut on the Wiltshire Downs yesterday to raise the profile of those around the world fleeing conflict and living in poverty and fear.

Missing Chippenham father and son found safe

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

8:20am Wednesday 16th April 2014

The father and son reported missing from their home address in Chippenham yesterday have been located safe and well.

Police plea over missing Chippenham father and son

Wiltshire Times: Geoffrey Tomlinson's glasses were left behind at home

8:07am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Wiltshire Police are appealing for the help in locating a missing father and son from Chippenham.

Wiltshire villages urged to enter 'best kept' competition

Wiltshire Times: The Council for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) standard which winning villages exhibit

6:30am Wednesday 16th April 2014

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) is urging villages to enter the Wiltshire Best Kept Village Competition.

Helping hand for Westbury's vulnerable through new community safety project

Wiltshire Times: Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson

6:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Vulnerable people will be given a helping hand when a new community safety project funded through the Police and Crime Commissioner starts in Westbury.

Chippenham woman who lived through both world wars celebrates centenary

Wiltshire Times: Mabel Humphries celebrates her 100th birthday at Avon Court, Chippenham, with daughter Kay Barnett, Roy and Dave Humphries

8:20am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A Chippenham woman who has lived through two world wars celebrated a century of birthdays with 45 friends and family members.

Every town must have more homes than expected, as part of Wiltshire Core Strategy

Wiltshire Times: Coun Toby Sturgis

5:04pm Monday 14th April 2014

Wiltshire Council says every town will have to find room for more houses than they expected under changes to the county Core Strategy revealed today.

Minister impressed by Wiltshire's £70m campus project

Wiltshire Times: Oliver Letwin, minister for government policy, Wiltshire Council leader Jane Scott and Michelle Donelan, prospective Parliamentary Conservative for Chippenham, take a look at campus plans at County Hall, Trowbridge

6:15pm Monday 14th April 2014

Wiltshire Council’s £70 million campus project is at the forefront of the government’s plans for a Big Society, according to a leading Conservative minister.

Would-be auction dealers wanted for new TV series

Wiltshire Times: David Dickinson

6:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

RDF Television, makers of David Dickinson's The Real Deal, Secret Dealers and Wheelers Dealers and Del Boys is starting a new series Storage: Locked & Loaded, a new primetime auction series.

Spam-tastic London Marathon run by Dorothy House nurse

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2:38pm Monday 14th April 2014

Dorothy House nurse Natalie Jones had a Spam-tastic time when she completed the London Marathon... dressed as a tin of Spam.

New ambulance response times to be set in Wiltshire as targets missed

Wiltshire Times: The new South Western Ambulance Service arrives today

8:20am Monday 14th April 2014

New response time targets will be set for South Western Ambulance Service (SWAS) in rural areas including Wiltshire.

Funds provided to give counselling to ex-offenders

11:00am Sunday 13th April 2014

EX-OFFENDERS in Wiltshire are to receive additional counselling, after a Melksham-based charity received a £28,000 grant. Wiltshire MIND received the funds from the Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon.

Cash to help at risk youngsters

Wiltshire Times: Andrea Wood, manager of the Alabaré hostel in Hilperton, in one of the charity’s rooms for vulnerable youngsters

11:00am Sunday 13th April 2014

YOUNG people at risk in Wiltshire are to receive extra help, after local charities received a funding boost from the Police and Crime Commissioner. Twelve projects from across the county have received £315,000 from Angus MacPher-son’s £1million Innovation Fund, which supports the most vulnerable members of society. Trowbridge based youth services charity Alabaré received £20,228 to provide overnight accommodation for young people with nowhere else to go. Vanessa Brown, from the charity, said: “Sometimes when young people are picked up off the street, either as runaways or at risk, there is a delay in finding suitable accommodation overnight. “We’ve heard stories of young people being put in a police cell for their own safety, because if they are sitting at a police station an officer has to sit with them, and on a busy Friday night that just doesn’t happen.” The charity can now provide a bed in Trowbridge and Salis-bury, to relieve pressure on the police. Ms Brown said: “This will give us enough money to run the project for 12 months, and take up to two young people per night for up to seven days.” Trowbridge-based counselling charity Splitz also benefited from the grants, with £35,000 to address domestic abuse among teenagers. Fundraising coordinator Andrew Farrow said: “There is physical violence, emotional abuse and lack of sexual respect in some teen relationships. In our work on a one-to-one basis we noticed a change in attitude.

Superstars lined up for WOMAD music festival

Wiltshire Times: Bobby Womack is the latest big name to be announced by WOMAD

8:30am Saturday 12th April 2014

WOMAD’s artist programmer in charge of finding the freshest sounds for this year’s festival at Charlton Park has spoken about preparations for the four day event in July.

A-pealing Easter openings at lost village of Imber

Wiltshire Times: Visitors always flock to Imber church on its rare open days

6:00pm Friday 11th April 2014

Church bells will peal across Salisbury Plain at Easter, as Imber’s historic church of St Giles welcomes visitors.

Big increase in scarlet fever cases reported by Public Health England

Wiltshire Times: An increase in scarlet fever cases - with numbers more than doubling in Wiltshire, Avon and Gloucestershire - is being reported by Public Health England

4:04pm Thursday 10th April 2014

An increase in scarlet fever cases - with numbers more than doubling in Wiltshire, Avon and Gloucestershire compared to usual - is being reported by Public Health England.

There is a vendetta against Tale of Spice, says boss

Wiltshire Times: We have done nothing wrong, says Shippon Rahman

12:19pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Restaurant chain Tale of Spice claims the business is the victim of a vendetta after three restaurants were raided by Home Office immigration officers on Friday.

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