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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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Strictly 'Paw-room' puppies looking for new dancing partners

The four puppies are 9 weeks old Credit: Dogs' Trust

A litter of puppies at Dogs Trust Salisbury is ready to dance off to new homes, after staff named them after the judges of Strictly Come Dancing.

The 9 week old Lurcher cross pups have been nicknamed - wait for it -Craig Revel ‘Paw-wood’, Len ‘Gooddog’, Darcey ‘Bushey Tail’ and ‘Boneo Tail-ioli’

Staff at the re-homing centre hope they will dazzle potential new owners with their ‘jazz paws’ and find a home worthy of a perfect 10.

“The Strictly pups are an adorable bunch with so much energy, they have the staff dancing in circles around them but we wouldn’t have it any other way! Like the celebrities on Strictly, they could benefit from a little extra training and are sure to keep new owners on their toes, but they have the potential to be the stars of any household.”

– Jacinta Lye, Centre Manager
The lurcher cross pups are ready for re-homing Credit: Dogs Trust

If you think you can give any of these puppies a home, or would like to visit Dogs Trust Salisbury, call Dogs Trust Salisbury 01980 629853 or visit the centre at 45 Amesbury Road, Newton Tony, Wiltshire, SP4 0HW. For more information visit www.dogstrust.org.uk

Bishop of Salisbury's 'great joy' at women Bishops Confirmation

The Bishop of Salisbury, the Right Revd Nicholas Holtam, has expressed his ‘great joy’ that the legislation allowing women to become Church of England bishops has passed its final hurdle.

Right Revd Nicholas Holtam

The Church of England has now formally adopted legislation which means its first female bishops could be ordained next year.

It was a great joy to go to General Synod to vote on the ordination of women to the episcopate for the last time. Alleluia!

Last night in Salisbury Cathedral, there was a service to mark 20 years of women in priestly ministry. We looked back with thanksgiving and forward with hope. For women to minister alongside men in all three orders of ordained ministry is in George Herbert's phrase, ‘heaven in ordinary ’ and, for the C of E, ‘something understood’.

– Right Revd Nicholas Holtam

Ballot to open for one-off Magna Carta exhibition

A ballot opens today for the first ever chance to see all four surviving Magna Carta manuscripts in the same place.

The one-off exhibition will be staged in February 2015 Credit: ITV News

One of the 800-year-old documents is kept at Salisbury Cathedral but for one day only, it will travel to the British Library for a special exhibition.

1,215 winners will get to see the four surviving original manuscripts together for the first time in history.

There are only four original Magna Carta documents from 1215 which survive. Two are kept at the British Library, one at Lincoln Cathedral and one at Salisbury Cathedral.

Magna Carta is one of the world's most influential documents - an agreement granted by King John in 1215 as a practical solution to a political crisis, which in the centuries since has become a potent symbol of liberty and the rule of law.

Following the unification on February 3 next year, the manuscripts will be separated for display in their home institutions as part of major anniversary exhibitions.

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Thousands of patients to benefit from new CT scanner at Salisbury District Hospital

CT scanner Credit: ITV news

Around Twelve thousand patients a year will benefit from a new CT scanner at Salisbury District Hospital. It's cost £650,000 which was raised through the Stars Appeal campaign. It's hoped the scanner will help reduce waiting times for CT scans and enable medical staff to make quicker diagnoses. The new CT scanner will have the very latest technology, meaning some patients will avoid having minor surgery, with all its possible side effects. Patients will no longer need to travel to other hospitals for scans. They will be able to get the CT Scan they need at Salisbury, at any time of day or night, even if one scanner is busy or undergoing essential maintenance.

Salisbury City FC has new owners

Salisbury City FC have announced they have new owners after taking legal action against former owner and boss Outail Touzar.

Mark Winter and four other directors are now the new collective owners.

They say their immediate objectives are to pay off outstanding debts and to try to secure reinstatement into the Conference South.

The five board members have already started the process of finding a new manager and putting together a squad to compete this season.

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Cyclist killed by lorry near Salisbury

A cyclist has died after colliding with a lorry on the A354 near Hillcrest Farm in Coombe Bissett, Salisbury. The crash happened yesterday morning at around 10:33am as the lorry overtook two cyclists.

The one at the back - a 49 year-old man from the Salisbury area - died at the scene. His companion was uninjured. The road was closed for 5.5 hours afterwards.

Wiltshire Police would like all witnesses to come forward who have not already done so.

Nurses change their "scrubs" to help patients

Video. Another hospital here in the South has joined the colour revolution to help patients identify who is treating them and who to ask for help.

Nurses at Salisbury District Hospital have abandoned the light blue scrubs they all used to wear and have donned the different colours assigned to their roles.

The change has been given the instant thumbs up by staff and patients alike.

Penny Silvester spoke to Denise Major, Directorate Senior Nurse and Senior Charge Nurse Cleeve.

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