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Swindon motorists facing 'months of roadwork misery'

Roadworks are underway in Swindon

Drivers in Swindon say they are facing months of misery because of roadworks in the town.

There are already ongoing improvements to one of the main roundabouts by the Bruce Street Bridges. This week Network Rail has also closed Stratton Green bridge for five months as part of electrification work.

Councillor Dale Heenan (Conservative) of Swindon Borough Council said efforts were being made to ease congestion.

Mother of woman missing for 20 years makes emotional appeal for information

The mother of a young woman missing for almost twenty years has made an emotional appeal for information to try and find out what happened to her.

Sallyann John was 23 when she disappeared from Swindon, where she was working as a prostitute. Despite a major police search at the time she was never found.

But now, following new leads, detectives have begun a murder inquiry. Robert Murphy's report contains flashing images:

Sallyann's mother issues statement at press conference

“Sally disappeared 19 years a go and I still think of her every day. For years I have wondered where she could be and I have had to deal with the thought that she might have been killed. For a long time I and all of Sally’s family and friends have not known what happened to her, where she is or if she was even alive. As the years have past this has not got any easier and has become something that I live with. However, I have never given up the hope that one day she might walk through the door. She was a bright and beautiful girl who could make anyone smile. She had lots of friends in Swindon and many people knew her. I still cannot believe that in all these years no one has come forward to say where Sally is. Someone out there knows what happened to Sally. It is horrible to think that she might have been hurt or alone. We really want to know what happened to Sally and someone in Swindon has this information, so I am pleading with you to go to the police. In all these years lives change and so do friendships and relationships. I know the police want to hear from anyone who knew Sally, and I would urge them to come forward – they may not have spoken to police at the time she disappeared but now they might be able to. That small bit of information might be the key to giving us closure and finally knowing what happened to our girl. It won’t bring her back but it will ease our suffering. Please come forward and help us find Sally.”

– Lesley John, Sallyann's mother

Man sentenced over violent knife attacks in Swindon

A man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison following two violent knife attacks in Swindon which were witnessed by children.

Dzung Nguyen, 20, was jailed after pleading guilty to two counts of wounding with intent to cause Grievous Bodily Harm. He faces a further four years to remain on licence.

Dzung Nguyen, 20. Credit: WiltshirePolice

Detective Constable Nick Bishop, CID at Wiltshire Police said:

These were two extremely violent attacks involving knives, one of which took place in broad daylight in front of a large number of people, some of whom were with their children. First and foremost, I would like to praise the members of the public that provided us with statements about the incidents. One of the witnesses deserves special mention for his bravery in actually intercepting the attack in the Town Gardens.

– Nick Bishop

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Appeal for help to find wanted man

This man is wanted in connection with fraud and theft offences Credit: Wiltshire Police

Wiltshire Police are appealing for the public's help in locating a man wanted in connection with fraud and theft offences.

The incidents took place on 22nd September 2014 on Manchester Road, Swindon.

The man - only known as 'Ali' - is alleged to have received £9,000 for work he never completed on a building site in Swindon.

He is also wanted by officers for the theft of a van, also from Manchester Road. The van - a Vauxhall Combo - has since been found.

Anyone with information with regards to his whereabouts is asked to contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.

Swindon prostitute disappearance- police have several leads

Officers from Wiltshire’s Major Crimes Investigation Team are asking the public to call in with more information as they investigate the disappearance and suspected murder of Sallyann John, who went missing from Swindon in 1995.

Sallyann, known as Sally or Sal, was 23 years old when she went missing. She has not been heard of or seen since.

“In the last 24 hours we have been contacted by several people who knew Sally back in 1995. We have several leads to follow up but I would urge the public to continue to get in touch – we need to speak to anyone who has the smallest bit of information. I believe someone holds the key to what happened to her. Today we are asking local Swindon Neighbourhood Policing Teams to hand out leaflets to jog the memories of people in the area Sally was last seen in Aylesbury Street and Station Road. It is 19 years since she went missing so we are asking the public to think back and come to us with any information regarding her movements during the days leading up to her disappearance on Friday 8 September 1995. All of this information may be vitally important to our investigation. We have significant new lines of enquiry that teams of detectives are looking in to as we speak but we do need the help of those who knew Sally to really piece together her last days. Sally’s family have been waiting a long time for closure and someone out there could provide this by speaking to police. We will treat all information with the strictest of confidence.”

– Detective Inspector Tim Corner from MCIT

The investigation was reclassified as a murder investigation as detectives believe it is likely that Sally was murdered following her disappearance in 1995.

Anyone with information, no matter how insignificant they might think it is, should contact Wiltshire Police on a dedicated phone number for this investigation 0800 056 0944 or if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Police appeal for witnesses in Sally Ann John disappearance

Sally Ann John went missing in Swindon in 1995

Police are appealing for witnesses after reclassifying the disappearance of Sally Ann John as a murder investigation.

The 23 year old prostitute went missing from Swindon in 1995.

Today, Wiltshire Police is appealing for any witnesses and information relating to the disappearance and suspected murder of Sally Ann John (known as Sally or Sal).

Sally was 23 years old when she went missing from her hometown of Swindon in 1995. She has not been seen or heard from since this time.

This reinvestigation was initiated following a review of the original investigation and significant new lines of enquiry were established.

This has been reclassified as a murder investigation as detectives believe it is likely that Sally was murdered following her disappearance in 1995.

She was last seen in the Aylesbury Street/Station Road area of Swindon at approximately 10.45pm on Friday September 8th 1995.

Wiltshire Police launched a high profile missing person’s inquiry which ran until December 13th 1995 but, she was never found.

Sally was born and brought up in Swindon and lived at Kimmeridge Close in Nythe and was working as a sex worker in the town at the time of her disappearance.

Sally maintained a good relationship with her family – in particular her mother Lesley John and had a circle of friends in the town.

Although the original missing person investigation concluded in 1995, Sally has remained a missing person on the Wiltshire Police database.

As part of this reinvestigation, Wiltshire Police will be revisiting witnesses and evidence from the original investigation.

Wiltshire Police have been in contact with Sally’s family and will be supporting them throughout this process.

I would like to hear from anyone who may have information on Sally’s disappearance – no matter how small or insignificant they may think this.

This includes any information regarding sightings of her in the days leading up to, during and after Friday 8th September 1995, any contact with her after this period or any information in the days leading up to her disappearance.

Someone, somewhere has vital information regarding Sally's disappearance and I urge them to make contact with us.

I would also like to make it clear that we appreciate that people’s lives will have changed in the last 19 years and that relationships may now be different. I would like to reassure callers that any information received will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Anyone with information, no matter how insignificant they might think it is, should contact Wiltshire Police on a dedicated phone number for this investigation 0800 056 0944 or if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

– Detective Inspector Tim Corner, Major Crime Investigation Team
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