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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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Swindon Street still cordoned off

A police cordon remains in place on a street in Swindon where a man was arrested on suspicion of the murder of a cyclist

The 28-year-old was arrested at a home on Southbrook Street last night. The body of sixty-year old Tom Rogers was found with multiple stab wounds on an underpass last week. He'd left work at the Woodlands Edge Pub at ten thirty on Thursday night to cycle home.

The arrested man is also being held on suspicion of a separate incident of robbery and GBH in the same place last month. He has not been charged with any offence.

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Police cordon remains in place in Swindon street

A police tent outside a house in Swindon Credit: ITV News West Country

There is continuing police activity in the Southbrook Street area of Swindon this morning.A Police cordon and tent remains in place outside a house following the arrest of a 28 year old man on suspicion of murder following the death of Tom Rogers on Thursday evening.

The police cordon remains in place in Southbrook Street Credit: ITV News West Country

Wiltshire Police issued a statement last night:

"...... a 28 year old man from Swindon was arrested on suspicion of the murder of Aulton Thomas Rogers, who is known as 'Tom'.

He was also arrested on suspicion of a separate incident of Robbery and Grievous Bodily Harm with intent which occurred on Thursday 8th May 2014 at the same location.

He has been taken into custody at Gablecross Police Station.

Mr Rogers' family have been informed of this development.

It would be inappropriate to make any further comment at this stage."

28-year-old held after Swindon fatal stabbing

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the fatal stabbing on a cycle path. The 28-year-old was held by detectives investigating the murder of Aulton Thomas Rogers who was discovered dead on the cycle path 100 yards from Swindon railway station on Thursday night.

Police said Mr Rogers, 60, known as Tom, had been the victim of an "extremely vicious attack".

Mr Rogers, who worked at the Woodlands Edge pub, had left there around 10.30pm on Thursday night and was found shortly before midnight.

Wiltshire Police said the man under arrest had also been detained in connection with a separate allegation of robbery and grievous bodily harm which occurred in May at the same location.

We can confirm that a man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. A short time ago a 28-year-old man from Swindon was arrested on suspicion of the murder of Aulton Thomas Rogers. He was also arrested on suspicion of a separate incident of robbery and grievous bodily harm with intent which occurred on May 8 2014 at the same location. He has been taken into custody at Gablecross police station.

– Wiltshire Police
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