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  1. Martin Dowse

New discovery: The oldest settlement in Britain revealed

Archaeologists have made a dramatic discovery in Wiltshire, which has led to the town of Amesbury now officially being declared the oldest settlement in Britain.

It was previously thought that Thatcham in Berkshire held the honour. But carbon dating of objects dug up 40 miles west of Thatcham - in Amesbury, now reveal that humans have lived there - for more than ten millennia.

The revelation has also thrown new light on why Stonehenge was built close to the Wiltshire town. Martin Dowse reports.

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Man held on suspicion of murder

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the discovery of a fatally injured woman in Wiltshire.

Police were called to an address in Maple Way, Amesbury, shortly before 10:15pm last night, where they found a 45-year-old woman with serious injuries.

She was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital but later died.

A 49-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody, a Wiltshire Police spokeswoman confirmed.

The investigation will be led by the major crime investigation team under Operation Brunel and at this early stage it would be inappropriate to release further details regarding the circumstances of the death.

The major crime investigation team supported by uniformed colleagues will be carrying out enquiries in the area and anyone who has information is asked to contact Wiltshire Police on 101.

– Wiltshire Police spokeswoman

The victim has not yet formally been identified but her next of kin have been informed. A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out on later today.

Wiltshire murder investigation - police statement

Shortly before 10:15pm yesterday evening, officers were called to an address in Maple Way, Amesbury. Officers were quickly on the scene and a 45 year old woman was located with serious injuries.

She was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital where she sadly died.

Formal identification has not yet taken place but her next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist family liaison officers. A Post Mortem Examination will be carried out today.

A 49-year-old local man was arrested on suspicion of murder and he remains in police custody.

At this early stage it would be inappropriate to release further details regarding the circumstances of the death.

The Major Crime Investigation Team supported by uniformed colleagues will be carrying out enquiries in the area and anyone with information is asked to contact Wiltshire Police on 101.

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  1. Mel Bloor

Man Due in Court Following Alleyway Attack

A 21-year-old man is due in court today after a man was found with serious head injuries in an alleyway in Wiltshire.

Kenny Teasdale was discovered unconscious in Amesbury last Sunday. The 49-year-old father of two was taken to Southampton General Hospital where he's still unconscious.

Luke Hoole from Amesbury is charged with grievous bodily harm and will appear before magistrates in Chippenham.