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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:

Students pay up to £10,000 in rent

Now how much would you be prepared to pay for your son or daughter's university digs? How about ten thousand pounds a year? Providing top quality halls of residence is now being seen as one of the most effective ways to attract students who pay rent of hundreds of pounds a week on top of tuition fees.

In the Meridian region in the last three years alone more than three thousand extra rooms have been created for rent. And it's so lucrative, some private companies are even getting in on the act - one block has just opened in Southampton that charges rent of around £250 a week for its most exclusive student apartments. Our social affairs correspondent Christine Alsford spoke to students at the University of Reading, the university's Vice-Chancellor Sir David Bell, University of Sussex student union representative Mark Segalov and student Shlok Sachar who lives in a Vita Student apartment.

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How many new rooms for students in the South?

Universities across the South are investing heavily in student accommodation.

Good quality halls of residence are being seen as a key battleground in the fight to attract students.

Here are details of how some of our universities are expanding provision this year: University of Oxford - 200 new rooms; University of Kent - 416 new rooms; Buckinghamshire New University - 180 new rooms; University of Reading - 649 new rooms.

Many universities are investing heavily in new student accommodation Credit: ITV Meridian

NHS workers across the south to go on strike

NHS workers in the region are preparing to take part in a national strike on Monday.

From seven in the morning until eleven, union members will walk out as part of an ongoing row about pay.

NHS staff are to go on strike on Monday as part of a row over pay. Credit: PA

The Royal Sussex County in Brighton and Worthing are among those that will be affected.

A recent survey for NHS trade unions revealed that increased workload, low pay, constant restructures and the stresses of the job are among the reasons why two thirds of NHS workers have considered quitting.

Fatal crash in Royal Wootton Bassett

A man has died following a road traffic collision in Royal Wootton Bassett.

The incident took place at 5.25pm last night outside The Old Nick pub on Station Road.

A grey Fiat Punto was in collision with a 78 year-old man from Royal Wootton Bassett.

The man was taken to Great Western Hospital in Swindon with life threatening injuries but sadly died this morning as a result of his injuries.

Wiltshire Police would like to hear from anyone who was on Station Road last night immediately before the incident or anyone who may have witnessed the collision.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.

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Strictly 'Paw-room' puppies looking for new dancing partners

The four puppies are 9 weeks old Credit: Dogs' Trust

A litter of puppies at Dogs Trust Salisbury is ready to dance off to new homes, after staff named them after the judges of Strictly Come Dancing.

The 9 week old Lurcher cross pups have been nicknamed - wait for it -Craig Revel ‘Paw-wood’, Len ‘Gooddog’, Darcey ‘Bushey Tail’ and ‘Boneo Tail-ioli’

Staff at the re-homing centre hope they will dazzle potential new owners with their ‘jazz paws’ and find a home worthy of a perfect 10.

“The Strictly pups are an adorable bunch with so much energy, they have the staff dancing in circles around them but we wouldn’t have it any other way! Like the celebrities on Strictly, they could benefit from a little extra training and are sure to keep new owners on their toes, but they have the potential to be the stars of any household.”

– Jacinta Lye, Centre Manager
The lurcher cross pups are ready for re-homing Credit: Dogs Trust

If you think you can give any of these puppies a home, or would like to visit Dogs Trust Salisbury, call Dogs Trust Salisbury 01980 629853 or visit the centre at 45 Amesbury Road, Newton Tony, Wiltshire, SP4 0HW. For more information visit www.dogstrust.org.uk

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
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