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Police investigate theft at Salisbury leisure centre

A CCTV image of a man police would like to speak with in connection with robbery Credit: Wiltshire Police

Police are investigating a theft which took place at the Five Rivers Leisure Centre in Salisbury.

Between 3.30pm and 4.40pm on 8th February 2015, a man forced open a locker and stole a holdall belonging to a 75-year-old man from the Salisbury area. The holdall was later found and returned to the leisure centre, but the victim's mobile phone, keys, watch and other important documents had been stolen.

The man is believed to be aged approximately 25 to 30 years old, approximately 5 ft 8 inches tall with black hair and clean shaven. He was wearing a grey hoody, blue trousers and white trainers.

A CCTV image of a man police would like to speak with in connection to this incident is above.

Anyone with information should contact PC Simon Davies on 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously if preferred.

Image of man released afer theft from shop

Police are appealing for information following a theft from a shop in Salisbury.

At approximately 1pm on 24th February 2015, a man entered the Nisa Local store in The Crescent and filled a basket with a range of items.

He then left the store without making any attempt to pay for the goods.

Police want to speak to this man Credit: Wiltshire Police

A CCTV image of a man police would like to speak with in connection to this incident is above.

Anyone with information should call PC Fritz Macaulay on 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously if preferred.

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Peregrine lays eggs at Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral’s peregrines are back and aPeregrines generally lay three to four eggs, which take approximately 30 days to incubate, so by mid-May we hope to have three or four youngsters in the nest.

Peregrines nesting at Salisbury Cathedral Credit: Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral’s peregrines are back and are nesting again this year. At present the female is sitting on two eggs but staff at the Cathedral looking after the birds are expecting another one or two to be laid in the next few days.

Peregrines generally lay three to four eggs, which take approximately 30 days to incubate, so by mid-May we hope to have three or four youngsters in the nest. The successful breeding is the result of a four-year-long collaboration between staff at the Cathedral led by Clerk Of The Works, Gary Price, and Phil Sheldrake of the RSPB in Salisbury.

Peregrine keeping eggs warm Credit: Salisbury Cathedral

The breakthrough came last year when the peregrines set up home in a nesting box that was built especially for them by the Cathedral Works Department. The box kept the eggs safe and afforded the birds the privacy that they needed to bring up their young!

The breakthrough came last year when the peregrines set up home in a nesting box that was built especially for them by the Cathedral Works Department. The box kept the eggs safe and afforded the birds the privacy that they needed to bring up their young.

Clerk of Works Gary Price said

It looks as though these peregrines may be a fixture now which is incredibly exciting. Project Peregrine got off to a shaky start in 2013, when none of the eggs hatched, in 2014 there were three chicks and we managed to ring them. Now they are back again and settled. We learnt a lot from the last year and this year we’re mounting the camera again so that we can share pictures with not only people visiting the tower on a tour but via the website.

– Gary Price, Clerk of Works

This year two cameras have been positioned near the birds and events on and around the nest will be recorded. One camera is focused actually on the nest and one looks towards the parapet wall so that the parent birds can be seen coming into land and hopping down onto the nest to feed their young.

One screen at the top of the tower and a second screen in the cloisters will allow visitors to get a glimpse of life peregrine-style!

To protect the birds and allow them to rear their young in peace, the door to the cathedral balcony will be padlocked and when the little chicks are three weeks old they will be ringed by experts from the RSPB so that their subsequent movements can be tracked. They are expected to fledge in June.

It’s a fantastic result, I was not expecting to see the first egg on Tuesday as the pair didn’t lay until mid-April last year. It really is very exciting that we now have an established pair at the Cathedral, arguably one of the most charismatic birds at the probably the country’s most magnificent Cathedral – quite a prestigious nest-address.

– Phil Sheldrake, RSPB

VIDEO: Robber armed with kitchen knife tasered by police at Co-op

Extraordinary footage has been released showing the moment police tasered an armed man trying to rob a village shop in Wiltshire.

James Lewis threatened staff at the Co-op in Shrewton - near Salisbury - with a ten-inch kitchen knife, before officers were able to overpower him. One had to use a shopping basket as a shield.

Today, Lewis, who's 22, was jailed for three years. Watch Malcolm Shaw's report.

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Salisbury Cathedral is now a glorious sight

It's slender spire towers 444 feet into the sky. For centuries Salisbury Cathedral has been a landmark for miles around - captured on canvas by Constable and photographed by millions of tourists.

But in recent years no one has been able to get a perfect shot of the ancient structure - it's been partially obscured by a web of scaffolding while essential restoration work has been carried out.

Most of the work has been finished, the scaffolding removed and, as Richard Slee reports, Salisbury Cathedral can now been seen in its full glory.

What about this for a view! Repair man climbs to the top of the country's tallest cathedral

HIs heart was in his mouth and the adrenalin was pumping. Those are the words of the man who had to climb to the top of the country's tallest cathedral spire in Salisbury to repair a weather meter. Gary Price says the worst moment was when he had to step outside a small window near the base of the spire for the final climb to the summit. Pictures from Salisbury Cathedral. Penny Silvester reports.

Men jailed for 'terrifying' armed robbery of post office

Two men have been jailed for what police described as a 'terrifying' armed robbery at the Downton Post Office in March this year.

Dwayne Gilling

Dwayne Gilling, 32 from Trowbridge was found guilty of robbery and possession of an imitation firearm following a trial at Salisbury Crown Court. He was sentenced to ten years imprisonment.

Raymond Laurence

Raymond George Laurence, 33 from Westleigh, Warminster pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of an imitation firearm at an earlier hearing. He was sentenced to eight years imprisonment.

At around 8am on 1 March 2014 one of the men wearing a scarf over his face forced his way into the post office and threatened the staff member. He was brandishing an item in a plastic bag which the victim thought was a firearm.

He grabbed the terrified victim, took an amount of cash and then ran out of the post office to his accomplice who was waiting in a blue BMW. The car was later found abandoned in Salisbury City Centre.

(The victim) was put through a terrifying ordeal that no-one should have to experience. She genuinely felt for her own safety and believed the suspect had a firearm. I would personally like to thank members of the local community for coming forward. There were many sightings that morning of a blue BMW in suspicious circumstances and from this information we were able to piece together its movements and trace the user which was a vital part of the investigation.

– Detective Constable Jem Horner

Screams heard in video of Salisbury fireworks drama

Screams can be heard in video footage of the Salisbury fireworks which lead to eight people being injured last night.

The city council is today launching a full investigation into the incident after a malfunction caused stray fireworks to shower spectators in sparks.

Passer-by, Jonathan Alvis, captured this video of fireworks dropping in New Canal Street.

St John Ambulance volunteers treated eight casualties. Two were advised to take themselves to hospital, while another was taken to hospital by ambulance.

Salisbury's Guildhall was forced to be used as a temporary base to take care of causalities.

The event marked the Christmas lights switch-on in Salisbury and attracted a 15,000-strong crowd.

It is understood there were no life-threatening injuries.

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