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'Blood donations are so important, transfusions keep our child alive'

Family share their experience of how blood donations have helped them

The number of people donating blood has fallen dramatically across the region. The blood supplies are essential for the health service to save lives, so a campaign has been launched to find a new generation of blood donors.

Figures released by the NHS Blood and Transplant service show fewer than three per cent of us donate regularly. As Caron Bell reports, the organisation hopes more young people will come forward.

Witness appeal following assault

Police want to speak to these men in connection with an assault Credit: Wiltshire Police

Wiltshire Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault that took place in Old Town, Swindon in the early hours of Friday 17th April 2015.

A 30 year old man was seriously assaulted leaving him with lacerations to his head that required 22 stitches. The victim was found by a member of the public in Chandler Close and reported being assaulted by a number of people whilst at a house party.

Police want to speak to these men in connection with an assault Credit: Wiltshire Police

The victim had been in The Sir Daniel Arms some hours before the assault occurred and had met two men in the pub.

The men were unknown to him and the victim recalls leaving the pub with them and ending the evening at a party where it is believed he was assaulted.

The men in the photo are not believed to be suspects in the assault however they may hold vital information and Police are appealing for them to come forward and assist in our enquiries.


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:

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