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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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Police re-investigate the disappearance of a Swindon prostitute in 1995

Sally Ann John went missing in Swindon in 1995

Police are re-investigating the disappearance of a woman who went missing from Swindon in 1995.

24 year old Sally Ann John, a prostitute in the town, was last seen in the Manchester Road area. Police say at the moment there are no plans to interview Christopher Halliwell. He is currently serving a 25 year sentence for the murder of Sian O'Callaghan in 2011.

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Probe to land on speeding comet

Philae probe will attempt to land on speeding comet Credit: ESA

The UK Space Agency, based in Swindon, is due to try to land a probe on a moving comet today.

The multi-million pound Philae Probe is scheduled to land on a one kilometre square patch of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

It is the first time it has ever been attempted and is one of the most difficult space missions to date.

Both the probe and the comet are travelling at about 40,000 mph.

Scientists hope exploring the comet will shed light on the origins of the Solar System and possibly of life itself.

Elizabeth Hurley to launch "Care in the High Street"

Elizabeth Hurley is to launch a brand new respite care facility in the heart of Swindon town centre.

Elizabeth Hurley, from Basingstoke, will open the centre Credit: Press Association

Described as the first of its kind in the country, 'Care in the High Street' will provide flexible and immediate care for children and adults with disabilities and additional needs.

The unit, in The Brunel Shopping Centre, will provide care for local families with easy access to local amenities.

Children will find a variety of activities at the new centre, with a soft-play area, sensory rooms and chill-out zone.

The centre will have its own dedicated wet room and changing facility as well as a charity shop.

This is an exciting innovation and a new concept of care. We look forward to providing high quality support for the disabled in a high-profile town centre location.

– Clarissa Mitchell, founder

Care in the High Street was launched at a prestigious event hosted by Samantha Cameron at Ten Downing Street and is soon to become a nationwide initiative with proposed centres in Bristol, Horsham and Cardiff.

Woman in custody after Wiltshire death

A 29 year-old woman from Swindon has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody.

Wiltshire Police were called to an incident in Albion Street at 9.16pm on Wednesday evening after reports of a fire in a residential building.

Officers attended the scene following a request from Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service.

A male was rescued from inside the building but died later in hospital.

2,000 to receive calls as part of Wiltshire policing survey

Researchers will be ringing nearly 2,000 homeowners across Wiltshire as part of a phone survey on behalf of Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

Over the next few weeks, householders living in the Wiltshire PCC area will be called to find out people's opinions on local policing.

The Wiltshire PCC, Angus Macpherson, will begin a new phase of large-scale phone surveys

Residents should expect a call expected to last about 15 minutes of questions from Monday 15th September.

The survey will also explore issues such as quality of life and fear of crime.

The information helps me to commission services from Wiltshire Police and helps senior police officers to understand the needs and priorities of the people they protect.

I will continue to commission these surveys each year so that we have reliable, up-to-date information.

The data will be shared with Wiltshire Police because it will contain important insights into the levels of confidence that people have in their Neighbourhood Policing Team.

So my message is that, if you get a call, please remember that your view counts.”

– Angus MacPherson, Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner

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Waste centre fire still burning after five weeks

There's a fire in the Thames Valley that's been burning for over a month and it still isn't out.

Firefighters were called to the Averies Recycling Centre in Swindon on the 21st of July - nearly five weeks ago, now.

Nearly two weeks later, the council told the plant to remove 3 thousand tonnes of waste to let crews get closer to the source of the fire.

A fortnight later, Averies was served an enforcement notice as it had failed to take any of it away.

The Environment Agency took over the clean-up operation a few days later.

Well today crews employed a new tactic to try and put the fire out, as Bob Constantine reports.

Crews continue to tackle Swindon waste centre fire

Crews have begun aggressively tackling a fire which has been burning for more than a month at a waste centre in Swindon.

People living near Averies recycling site are being warned to watch out for extra smoke while the work is carried out. A dozen crews are using thousands of litres of water a minute.

ITV News spoke to Ian Jeary from Wiltshire Fire and Rescue.

Environment Agency to clear waste burning for a month

The Environment Agency is taking over the clean up at a recycling site in Swindon, which has been on fire for nearly a month.

3,000 tonnes of waste has been burning for nearly a month Credit: ITV West Country

We intend to use our powers to remove waste from the site to allow Wiltshire Fire and Rescue services the space to extinguish the fire. Environment Agency contractors will start work as soon as possible. We are using our powers because the operator has failed to respond to previous enforcement notices.

– Environment Agency spokesperson

The work to remove the rubbish will allow firefighters to tackle the blaze more easily.

3,000 tonnes of waste has been smouldering for nearly a month, causing problems for residents who live nearby. The Agency says they will send in their own contractors.

Firefighters on site Credit: ITV West Country

Victim in hospital after attack in daylight

A man has been injured in an attack in Swindon. The incident took place in the Town Gardens, Quarry Road, Old Town, at 12.55pm today.

Attack in a Swindon street Credit: ITV News

The victim has been taken to the Great Western Hospital in Swindon with serious injuries. These are not thought to be life threatening.

Part of the gardens have now been cordoned off by officers. A police presence is likely to remain in the area for the rest of the day.

Wiltshire Police are urging witnesses to come forward - to call police on 101 immediately or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Information on this number can be left anonymously.

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