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Tidworth named most desirable postcode area

Royal Mail has published a table of the most "desirable" postcode areas based on crime, jobs and health, with a seaside resort, city and village among those listed.

The study was commissioned to mark the 40th anniversary of the allocation of postcodes to every address in Britain, which the Royal Mail said "revolutionised" the way post was sorted and delivered.<

The SP9 postcode of Tidworth in Wiltshire topped the list in England, followed by the Hampshire village of Yateley (GU46).

"The invention of the postcode revolutionised the way post is sorted and delivered. As it has evolved, the postcodes have also revolutionised the way companies do business. The postcode is now used by businesses and individuals in their everyday activities, whether that is verifying a person's address when making a transaction or planning a route on a sat-nav system."

– Steve Rooney, head of Royal Mail's address management unit

The world's first Para-Polo match takes place in Wiltshire

The world's first Polo match involving injured service men and woman has taken place at Tidworth in Wiltshire.

Two teams of combined able-bodied and disabled riders played for the inaugural Para-Polo Heroes Cup at Tedworth Park.

The event was part of the 'Best Of British Polo Day' and helped to raise money for the charity Help For Heroes. David Wood reports.

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Coroner's verdict: suicide and unlawful killing

A coroner has said that a father from Wiltshire killed his sons before committing suicide.

The body of Graham Anderson was found alongside his sons Jack, who was 11, and 3 year old Bryn at their flat in Tidworth last summer.

The coroner described it as a distressing case. Robert Murphy was in court. Some parts of his report may be upsetting.

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Coroner's verdict into 3 year old's death

The Wiltshire coroner says the cause of 3 year old Bryn Anderson's death is unclear but has recorded a verdict of unlawful killing.

The bodies of 11 year old Jack and 3 year old Bryn were found next to the body of their father, Graham Anderson, in a flat in Tidworth in September last year.

The coroner earlier recorded a verdict of suicide into the death of Graham Anderson. He said 11 year old Jack was also unlawfully killed by his father.

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Father was 'devoted' to his sons

A social worker has been giving evidence at the inquest into the deaths of Graham Anderson and his sons, 11 year old Jack and Bryn who was three.

The boys and their father were found dead at a flat in Tidworth in September last year.

Their social worker, Jaz Bains, told the inquest that the boys' mother, Victoria Jones, was binge drinking and engaged in relationships that were not 'child-centred'.

Ms Jones was separated from the boy's father at the time.

He was totally devoted to the children.

He didn't want to step back from having responsibility to be their carer.

– Social worker Jaz Bains
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Inquest resumes into deaths of father and his young sons

11 year old Jack and 3 year old Bryn were found with their father in September last year Credit: Chris Eades

An inquest has resumed today into the deaths of a father and his two sons in Wiltshire.

The bodies of 11 year old Jack and 3 year old Bryn were found next to the body of their father - Graham Anderson - in a flat in Tidworth in September last year.

Wiltshire Police said the deaths were being treated as suspicious but they were not looking for anyone else.

The inquest is expected to last three days.

Wiltshire soldiers in hand over

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Wiltshire-based soldiers from 40 Commando have trained Afghan soldiers to find and destroy Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Sergeant Kev Clark, an ISAF instructor from 11 EOD Regiment, based in Tidworth, Wiltshire, said:

"We teach them how to use search equipment and ground sign awareness. They are very good at ground sign anyway. For guys that are in the main illiterate they picked up the procedures extremely well and asked a lot of good questions.”

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