Foodbank demand doubles

Figures out today reveal a massive increase in demand for the UK's food banks - in between 60 -100% depending on the area.

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Man missing from home in Salisbury needs medication

Christopher Savage was last seen on Saturday Credit: Wiltshire Police

Wiltshire Police are appealing for information about a man who went missing from his home in Salisbury at the weekend. Christopher Savage, 39, needs medication. He was last seen in Wilton Road on Saturday.

If you have information or have seen Christopher Savage please call the Duty Sergeant at Salisbury Police Station on 101.


Troops pay tribute at Salisbury Cathedral

A service took place in Salisbury Cathedral today to mark the return - from Afghanistan - of the 1st Mechanised Brigade based in Wiltshire.

The brigade's main role while on tour was to support and train members of the Afghan Army and Police. As Martin Dowse reports - today was also a chance for the soldiers to remember those who didn't make it back.

Soldiers commemorate fallen colleagues

Soldiers from 1 Mechanized Brigade have attended a Thanksgiving & Memorial Service at Salisbury Cathedral in Wiltshire.

The service marked the return of the Brigade from its recent tour of Afghanistan, and commemorated personnel who lost their lives in Helmand and the UK.

More than 6,000 personnel from the Brigade deployed on Operation Herrick 18 from April to October 2013 as Task Force Helmand (TFH), the first and last deployment that the Brigade will undertake.

“It was a very moving service we were unfortunately commemorating the loss of three personnel in Afghanistan and four from the Brigade who died in the UK.

“So it was a very touching service for all those who knew them including their families.

“This was also a thanksgiving both for the senior officers to thank the troops under their command and for the nation to thank the troops who have been serving in Afghanistan on Operation HERRICK 18 for the magnificent work they have done in support of the Afghan National Forces.”

– Philip Dunne MP, Minister for Defence, Equipment, Support and Technology,

Foodbanks ask PM to tackle poverty after use triples

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Staff at the Trussell Trust have distributed three times more food parcels this year

The Salisbury-based foodbank charity the Trussell Trust is calling on the Prime Minster to take action on food poverty after requests for its help tripled.

The Trussell Trust distributed more than 350,000 three-day food parcels from its branches across the country between April and September 2013. The figure is three times higher than during the same months last year.

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The foodboxes contain three days worth of nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food

In July, ITV Meridian spoke to one family who were worried about feeding their children over the summer holidays. Click here for our summer report about the rise in foodbank use.


TUC: Numbers using foodbanks are 'shocking'

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady described the numbers of people turning to foodbanks in the UK as "shocking".

The Chancellor is talking up a recovery - but for who? These new figures show that, despite trying desperately hard to make ends meet, hundreds of thousands of people still can't afford to put food on the table for their families.

Welfare reforms like the Bedroom Tax have pushed more households into food poverty.

– TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady


Wiltshire walking sticks theft

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Police officers would like to speak to this man in connection with the incident Credit: Wiltshire Police

Three people have stolen walking sticks from a nursery in Salisbury.

At around 1.05pm on Wednesday May, 22, three people entered the Golden Acres Nursery in Southampton Road and each picked up a walking stick.

They then left without making an attempt to pay for the items.

Enquiries are ongoing into the identified of these people but have so far been unsuccessful.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC James Isaac at Salisbury Police Station on 101.

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Wiltshire Police would like to speak to this woman in connection with the theft Credit: Wiltshire Police
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Police want to speak to this man in connection with the incident Credit: Wiltshire Police
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