Inquest into deaths of corporals

An inquest into the deaths of two British service personnel who died in a suspected "green-on-blue" attack in Afghanistan will begin today.

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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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Police given more time to question Swindon murder suspect

Swindon Police have confirmed they've been given more time to question a 28-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder following the killing of Tom Rogers in Swindon.

A warrant of further detention has now been granted by a Magistrate- this allows a futher 36 hours detention in police custody.

Tom Roger's body was found on a cycle path, known as "Muggers Alley", near the town's railway station last Thursday. His family have described him as a gentle man without an enemy in the world.

Witness appeal over train incident between Swindon and Didcot Parkway

British Transport Police is appealing for information following a disturbance on First Great Western’s 2030hrs Bristol Temple Meads - London Paddington service on Friday, 20 June 2014. It happened between about 9.10pm and 9.30pm as the train travelled between Swindon and Didcot Parkway stations.

This train was a busy Friday night service so I’m confident that someone may have witnessed this incident which resulted in the victim receiving a serious injury to his finger. Incidents such as this are extremely rare on the rail network which is generally a safe environment on which to travel. Enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances of the incident and I am appealing for anyone who recalls seeing two men arguing with each other in coach F on this train, to come forward and contact BTP straight away."

– PC Bob Burrowes, of BTP Oxford

Dramatic arrest of 28-year-old man by armed officers

Video. A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the killing of Tom Rogers in Swindon. His body was found on a cycle path, known as "Muggers Alley", near the town's railway station last Thursday. His family have described him as a gentle man without an enemy in the world.

Eye witnesses described how armed officers surrounded a house before smashing through a front window to gain entry to detain the suspect.

Jonty Messer spoke to residents Malcolm Brownley and Sarah Bowd.

More pictures of Tom Rogers released by family

The family of Tom Rogers, who was murdered in Swindon, have released more pictures of him.

He has been described by family as a "kind, unassuming, gentle man with a happy heart."

Tom horse riding Credit: Wiltshire Police

The 60-year-old was found on a path between Rodbourne and Swindon town centre shortly before midnight on Thursday 26th June 2014.

A police cordon remains in place on a street in Swindon where a 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Tom with his brother Roy Credit: Wiltshire Police
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