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Waste centre fire still burning after five weeks

There's a fire in the Thames Valley that's been burning for over a month and it still isn't out.

Firefighters were called to the Averies Recycling Centre in Swindon on the 21st of July - nearly five weeks ago, now.

Nearly two weeks later, the council told the plant to remove 3 thousand tonnes of waste to let crews get closer to the source of the fire.

A fortnight later, Averies was served an enforcement notice as it had failed to take any of it away.

The Environment Agency took over the clean-up operation a few days later.

Well today crews employed a new tactic to try and put the fire out, as Bob Constantine reports.

Crews continue to tackle Swindon waste centre fire

Crews have begun aggressively tackling a fire which has been burning for more than a month at a waste centre in Swindon.

People living near Averies recycling site are being warned to watch out for extra smoke while the work is carried out. A dozen crews are using thousands of litres of water a minute.

ITV News spoke to Ian Jeary from Wiltshire Fire and Rescue.

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Environment Agency to clear waste burning for a month

The Environment Agency is taking over the clean up at a recycling site in Swindon, which has been on fire for nearly a month.

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3,000 tonnes of waste has been burning for nearly a month Credit: ITV West Country

We intend to use our powers to remove waste from the site to allow Wiltshire Fire and Rescue services the space to extinguish the fire. Environment Agency contractors will start work as soon as possible. We are using our powers because the operator has failed to respond to previous enforcement notices.

– Environment Agency spokesperson

The work to remove the rubbish will allow firefighters to tackle the blaze more easily.

3,000 tonnes of waste has been smouldering for nearly a month, causing problems for residents who live nearby. The Agency says they will send in their own contractors.

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Firefighters on site Credit: ITV West Country

Victim in hospital after attack in daylight

A man has been injured in an attack in Swindon. The incident took place in the Town Gardens, Quarry Road, Old Town, at 12.55pm today.

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Attack in a Swindon street Credit: ITV News

The victim has been taken to the Great Western Hospital in Swindon with serious injuries. These are not thought to be life threatening.

Part of the gardens have now been cordoned off by officers. A police presence is likely to remain in the area for the rest of the day.

Wiltshire Police are urging witnesses to come forward - to call police on 101 immediately or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Information on this number can be left anonymously.

Air quality at Swindon blaze site 'not impacting health'

As a fire at a recycling site in Swindon continues, the air quality has been monitored around the site and shows that the smoke is not impacting on public health.

Public Health England and the Environment Agency, who have been monitoring the air quality since this morning said:

There have been a number of large-scale mixed waste fires during recent months which have led to Air Quality Cells being established because of the duration and potential impact on public health. Today’s monitoring shows brief spikes in levels of particulate matter but, overall, levels are below the point at which they may impact public health.

Our analysis of other pollutants has not identified any potential for an impact on public health. We continue to advise that people in the affected areas should minimise their exposure to the smoke where possible.”

– Public Health England & Environment Agency

Wiltshire Fire and Rescue were called to the site yesterday evening and found a thousand tonnes of general and building waste alight.

A skip lorry and other pieces of machinery have been affected.

Four fire crews have been at the site and efforts continue to suppress the fire and protect neighbouring buildings.

It is expected the fire will continue to burn for several days at least.

Fire still burns at recycling centre

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The fire is still on Credit: Dave Woods

Firefighters are still tackling a significant fire at Averies Recycling in Marshgate, Swindon.

Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service was called to the site at 5.51pm yesterday and found 1,000 tonnes of general waste and building waste well alight.

A skip lorry and various pieces of machinery have also been affected.

At the height of the blaze, there were six fire engines, two water carriers, an operational support unit and an incident command vehicle in attendance.

The Service was also supported by military firefighters, with a specialist appliance brought in from RAF Brize Norton to assist.

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Firefighters tackle huge blaze at recycling plant in Swindon

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One thousand tonnes of waste alight Credit: Lucie Hamilton

Firefighters have been dealing with a huge blaze at Averies Recycling in Marshgate, Swindon. The Service was called to the site just before 6pm this evening and found 1,000 tonnes of general waste well alight. A skip lorry and various pieces of machinery have also been affected.

Five crews attended from Royal Wootton Bassett, Cricklade, Marlborough, Malmesbury and Stratton. Firefighters are working to contain the blaze and the adjacent storage site for gas cylinders is being protected.

Local people were advised to keep doors and windows closed.

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Cause of fire unknown Credit: Lucie Hamilton

Swindon teacher jailed for two years for abusing position

Thomas worked as a secondary school teacher in Wiltshire and systematically abused the position of trust he was in. Police say he preyed on vulnerable, underage children for his own sexual gratification.

The court heard that he groomed his victims and encouraged them to engage in sexual acts after gaining their confidence and trust. Thomas refused to take any responsibility for his actions and has forced his victims to relive their suffering and give evidence in court.

Swindon teacher jailed for sex offences against children

A school teacher from Swindon has been jailed after being found guilty of a number of offences relating to inciting children to engage in sexual activity and abusing his position of trust.

Alexander Thomas, 30, of Queen Elizabeth Drive, Swindon, has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison.

Alexander Thomas has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison Credit: Wiltshire Police

Wiltshire Police Child Abuse Investigator Detective Constable Angela Spray said “Thomas worked as a secondary school teacher in Wiltshire where he systematically abused the position of trust he was in to prey on vulnerable, underage children for his own sexual gratification.

“Thomas groomed his victims and encouraged them to engage in sexual acts after gaining their confidence and trust. “He has refused to take any responsibility for his actions and has forced his victims to relive their suffering and give evidence in court.

“I would like to personally thank all of the victims who have shown courage by coming to court to give evidence."

Swindon man charged with murder & attempted murder

Aulton Thomas Rogers Credit: Wiltshire Police

A Wiltshire man has tonight been charged with murder and attempted murder. 28-year-old Jason Voong, from Swindon, is accused of murdering 60-year-old Tom Rogers in an underpass in the town last Thursday.

He's also charged with the attempted murder of Leanne James - in the same area - back in May. He's been remanded in custody.

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