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Fears for remaining Swindon children's centres

The remaining children's centres in Swindon will close if the council gets it budget approved.

Hundreds of families use the centres which were opened as a flagship New Labour policy nearly a decade ago.

But Swindon Borough Council says it will save 600 thousand pounds by closing the centres.

Some parents fear they'll be left isolated and lonely.

Robert Murphy reports.


Police concern for vulnerable 17-year-old girl

Sharisse Page has gone missing and police are appealing for help Credit: Wiltshire Police

Police are concerned for a vulnerable 17-year-old girl who has gone missing from Swindon.

Sharisse Page was last seen in the town centre at around 3pm on January 11 and it is believed she could either be in Swindon or Camden in London.

Sharisse is considered vulnerable and her disappearance is out of character so her family and police are growing increasingly concerned about her safety.

It is not known if she has access to a mobile phone or any money.

She is described as white, medium build, 5ft 6ins tall and she has a tattoo of a love heart on her right leg and a tattoo of a love heart on her left wrist.

She was wearing a black Nike hoody, light grey jogging bottoms with a pink logo at the side and writing down one leg and Nike black and grey trainers.

Her family are appealing for Sharisse or anyone with her to get in touch and let them know she is safe.

Calls for better wheelchair access for disabled shoppers

The festive season is well and truly upon us - and with just two shopping weekends until Christmas, disabled rights campaigners are calling for better wheelchair access.

The disability minster, also a Swindon MP, says retailers who don't cater for people who are less able, are missing out on a combined spending power of more than 200 billion pounds.

Matt Price reports.

Appeal for witnesses after two women injured in fight in Wiltshire

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Wiltshire Police are appealing for witnesses after two women were assaulted outside a fast food outlet in Swindon. The incident happened in and around Korky's Grill in Fleet Street on Thursday 8th October 2015 at around 2.45am. An argument took place between a group of women and two women received injuries to their faces.

Local Crime Investigator Hayley Westlake said: "We would like to speak to anyone who may have seen this argument or anything suspicious around this area. We have released a CCTV photograph and would also like to speak to the woman in the green gillet (in a red circle on the photo). If you can help please call me on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."


Poor eyesight causes 3,000 accidents each year

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Drivers in Wiltshire are being offered on-the-spot eye tests to ensure they are fit to drive. Police warn some drivers are failing to get their eyes tested regularly putting themselves and others in danger. Poor vision is estimated to cause nearly three thousand casualties on the roads every year.

Currently, drivers of cars, vans and motorbikes are only required to have their eyesight checked once, when they take their driving test, by reading a number-plate. Beyond this, when they hit age 70, drivers must simply declare their vision meets legal requirements. The project is a joint initiative between Wiltshire Sight, Wiltshire Police, Wiltshire Fire & rescue, Wiltshire Council, Swindon Borough Council, opticians Haine & Smith and ROSPA. Organisers say the aim is to highlight the importance of good eye health and getting your eyes tested and to reinforce the message that people need to stop driving if their eyesight is deteriorating and cannot be improved by corrective lenses.

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The Campaign coincides with the clock change. Less hours of daylight has been shown to have a significant impact on road traffic accidents, as many journeys become more challenging in the dark whilst people adjust to the reflective glare from on-coming headlights.

The roadshows take place in · Salisbury - outside the Guildhall Tuesday 27th October · Swindon - Wharf Green 29th October

Tributes to motorcyclist who died following crash

Simon Brinkley died following the crash on Wharf Road last week Credit: Wiltshire Police

Friends of a motorcyclist from Swindon who died in a crash last week have paid tribute to him.

Simon Brinkley was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision on Wharf Road, near Wroughton on Thursday afternoon.

"Simon was much loved and respected and will be missed daily. He will never be forgotten as my best friend and comrade in arms. He will always be in our hearts forever. You will always be a part of me. I’ll make you proud as I was of you."

– Wayne Russell

"Simon wasn’t just my friend, for 22 years he was my second brother. He was always smiling and lit up the room when he was around. He touched so many peoples lives and will never be forgotten. He wanted his black belt and given the chance he would have done it. We are completely devastated by his loss. Love you player."

– Marc Russell (Chopper)

"Simon was a great guy with a huge heart, his charisma was beyond epic. He was very helpful with me and others with martial arts and his passion and determination for Jun Fan was awesome. He would always make me laugh and we would have a lot of banter about football."

– Jonny Simpson - Friend from Martial Arts

Wiltshire family get a surprise garden visitor

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A Wiltshire family was surprised when they spotted this inquisitive baby otter scurrying around their garden. The secretive creatures usually don't venture away from the safety of the river bank, and are rarely spotted by people. This young animal was seen pottering around the garden in Swindon and sniffing around the homeowner's patio and lawn. The family managed to get a few photographs before the little animal scurried out of sight.

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The rare sighting was logged by the Wiltshire and Swindon Biological Records Centre, and manager Purgle Linham said "Otters, despite their fairly large size and occurrence throughout all of Wiltshire and Swindon's waterways, are rarely themselves seen. Once widely hunted, this alongside habitat destruction and pollution of watercourses and fish caused a dramatic decline in their numbers and led to their protection under UK law. Although populations are slowly recovering, otters remain a priority for conservation efforts. More usually, an otter's presence is made known by other signs such as footprints, feeding remains and their sweet-smelling droppings which they regularly leave in prominent positions to mark their territories. It's not clear what brought this individual, likely to be a juvenile, into a garden but the presence of a nearby watercourse and a garden pond may well have had something to do with it as it was probably searching for food. This unusual and very fortunate sighting was reported via our Living Record online recording system, which is a great way to share your wildlife sightings with us. A garden or local greenspace can be a haven for wildlife and if you keep your eyes peeled you might see something amazing or strange or unusual."

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