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Brothers walk free over fire which burned for two months

It burned for two months and cost £700,000 pounds to put out and clear up.

Today two brothers were sentenced over a blaze at the Averies recycling centre in Swindon. 3000 tonnes of waste caught fire at the Marshgate site in 2014.

It blighted the lives of hundreds of people who lived and worked nearby.

Some businesses had to close because of the smoke and it even caused delays to trains.

Robert Murphy was in court and sent this report.


Man threatened by gang armed with knife and metal bar

A man has been threatened by a gang who broke into his home in Wiltshire, armed with a knife and metal bar. The group of around four or five men entered the house on Watling Close in Swindon in the middle of last Wednesday afternoon and demanded cash. Police says they then carried out an untidy search of the house while the victim was placed under a blanket with one from the men watching over him. A small amount of cash and a wallet was taken before the men left.

Soon after a group of men were seen running towards a silver/grey BMW parked in nearby Morris Street and driving off. The victim was uninjured by very shaken. Officers are appealing for witnesses.

Det Con Justin Downes said: "We would like to speak to anyone who may have seen or heard something suspicious or seen a group of men acting suspiciously in or around this area at this time. This is a busy residential area, with a nursery in Morris Street where parents would have been collecting their children - it's possible they saw something, like men running or a car speeding off. Although this was a particularly frightening situation for the occupant we want to reassure people that this type of incident is not common and we are doing our utmost to try and find these men."

Have you seen Jack aged 15? He's gone missing

Police are trying to trace missing teenager Jack Parfitt Credit: Dorset Police

Wiltshire Police have issued an appeal to help find Jack Parfitt aged 15 who has gone missing. The teenager lives in Plymouth in Devon, but was last seen there on Wednesday 17th August - at the time he was wearing a black t-shirt and a pair of cream coloured tracksuit bottoms.

Officers believe he may have returned to Swindon to see family and friends there. Jack is 5ft, of a stocky build and has green eyes and blond hair.

If you can help trace Jack or have seen him please contact Wiltshire Police on 101, or you can get in touch anonymously with the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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