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Honda investment secures thousands of jobs in Swindon

Honda employs over 3,000 people in Swindon Credit: Tim Ireland/Press Association

Honda is investing over £200 million in a new Civic model - which will be made at the car manufacturer's plant in Swindon.

Over 3,000 people are employed at the factory, which will produce an estimated 120,000 cars a year.

The investment will secure thousands of jobs at the Swindon plant, which saw hundreds of job losses last year.


Lorry hits railway bridge in Swindon

The collision is causing long delays for motorists Credit: @nickinnocent

A lorry has struck a railway bridge on Wootton Bassett Road, blocking the road.

There is currently congestion on the A3102 Wootton Bassett Road to B4553 Tewkesbury Way / B4006 Great Western Way / Mannington Lane (Mannington Roundabout) and on A3102 Wootton Bassett Road to A4289 Kingshill Road / B4289 Westcott Place.

Network Rail says a team of engineers is currently on site assessing whether any damage has been caused.

Man charged after attack on PCSO in Wiltshire

Wiltshire Police have charged a man with assault and battery following an attack on a PCSO in Swindon on Friday 5th December.

Christopher Reynolds, 45, of Crawford Close, Freshbrook, Swindon, has been charged with two counts of assault and one count of battery following the incident in Havelock Square, Swindon.

Christopher Reynolds was granted bail and will appear at Swindon Magistrates Court on Wednesday 31st December 2014.


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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