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Woman may have been blown into path of road sweeper by Storm Doris

High winds may have been the cause of the accident Credit: Swindon Advertiser/Dave Cox

A young woman has died after an accident in Swindon. She may have been blown into path of a road sweeper by high winds.

The 32-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene after the collision. It happened shortly before 4.30pm on Thursday next to the Kingsdown pub.

Police believe she may have been on her way to collect her child. Her next of kin have been informed. An officer said it looked like a tragic accident.

Witnesses have been quoted as saying she was blown into path of the vehicle by the storm.

Officers are still investigating.


Marriage proposal live on stage

Credit: Regent Centre

The Regent Centre at Christchurch has just had its first ever surprise marriage proposal live on stage! Mark Dolan got down on bended knee just prior to the grand finale of the Gang Show

He proposed to his partner, Beckie Shaylor, in front of the cast of Christchurch Scouts & Guides and their audience of 300 Gang Show fans.

And, of course, she said yes!

Moment shop staff held at knifepoint caught on CCTV

The moment supermarket staff were held up at knifepoint in Brighton last December was captured on CCTV.

The dramatic footage has been released by police who have renewed their appeal for witnesses after two men robbed the Co-op store in Old London Road, Brighton.

The men threatened staff with a large kitchen knife and demanded that they hand over cash from the safe.

One of the men is seen grabbing cash from the tills and the robbers escaped with around £2,500, running northwards along Old London Road.

Both men spoke with Irish accents. The first man holding the 11" knife wore a black hooded jacket with the hood up, a black jacket over the top, black tracksuit bottoms, black boots and a black scarf over his face.

The second man wore a black hooded top with the hood up, grey tracksuit bottoms and green Nike Air Max trainers.

The robbery happened at at 9.55 pm on Friday, December 16, but footage has just been released.

This was an alarming and violent robbery with staff having a near foot-long knife brandished at them and being forced to co-operate with the men. Thankfully, they were unhurt, but shaken by their ordeal. We are keen to speak with anyone who may have been a witness or have any information that may assist in identifying these men.

– Detective Constable Julian Harrison-Jones, Sussex Police


RMT call for urgent talks with Southern

Mick Cash, General Secretary of the RMT

The Rail Union RMT has called for urgent talks to clarify Southern's position on the future role of guards in an attempt to bring a resolution to the long-running dispute.

The union wrote to Charles Horton, Managing Director of Govia Thameslink Railways, stressing the urgency of talks.

It comes before RMT executives meet today to discuss the dispute with a view to further industrial action being taken by Guard and Driver members.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:

“We are seeking clarification on what emerged from the recent discussions Southern had during the TUC meetings and the outcome reached as we have been informed this was misrepresented to us at ACAS talks last week.

“RMT continues to seek a guarantee on a second safety critical member of staff – something our members have been fighting for nearly a year on. Passengers rightly demand and deserve a safe, reliable and accessible service”

Woman killed by road sweeper in Swindon

A woman has been killed when she was struck by a road-sweeping vehicle as she was on her way to collect her child from a minder.

Emergency crews were called to the scene outside Arkells Brewery on Beechcroft Road in Swindon at about 430pm yesterday.

Wiltshire Police said the 32-year-old woman from north Swindon died shortly after officers arrived.

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