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New priests and deacons ordained for Wiltshire and Dorset

Eleven new priests and eleven new deacons, serving in parishes across Wiltshire and Dorset, were ordained at Salisbury Cathedral this weekend. They are part of a huge contingent of 488 deacons and 474 priests who will be ordained across the Church of England this summer.

22 New Revs for Dorset and Wiltshire Credit: Diocese of Salisbury

The Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam, the Bishop of Ramsbury, Dr Ed Condry, the Bishop of Sherborne, Dr Graham Kings, and the Dean of Salisbury, June Osborne, were all present at both services.

22 New Revs for Dorset and Wiltshire Credit: Diocese of Salisbury

Among the people priested on Sunday were a married couple, the Revds Richard and Ruth Wyld. Their ordination was particularly poignant as it is 20 years since Ruth’s mother, the Revd Sarah Chapman, was one of the women ordained priest in the very first year it was possible in the Church of England.

22 New Revs for Dorset and Wiltshire Credit: Diocese of Salisbury

Ruth and Richard have just completed the first year of ordained ministry as deacons in North Dorset – Richard serves in Sherborne, Ruth in the Queen Thorne Benefice which covers six small villages just outside the town, the largest of which is Nether Compton.

22 New Revs for Dorset and Wiltshire Credit: Diocese of Salisbury

Ruth said, “Curacy is exciting. I’ve learned more and been challenged more this year than the previous three decades! Life as a two-clergy couple isn’t as crazy as I thought it would be. We get to have lunch and dinner together most days.”

Swindon murder victim is named

We can confirm that the victim has been formally identified as Aulton Thomas Rogers, known as Tom. Mr Rogers, aged 60, lived alone in Walcott, Swindon. His family have been informed and are being supported by specialist family liaison officers.

Aulton Thomas Rogers died from multiple stab wounds Credit: Wiltshire Police

Mr Rogers is described as white, approximately 5'9 tall and of very slim build with grey hair. He was wearing black trousers, a black polo shirt and a khaki hoodie. The post mortem examination has been completed and confirmed that the cause of death was multiple stab wounds.

DCI Sean Memory said: "Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of Mr Rogers at this very difficult time. Mr Rogers was not known to police and there is no apparent motive for the attack.

We continue to work tirelessly on the case to identify those responsible and would ask anyone who knew Mr Rogers to contact us. This will help us to build a bigger picture of his lifestyle.

He worked at the Woodlands Edge Public house in Midwinter Close, Swindon and we know that he left the pub shortly before 10:30 pm on Thursday. I would particularly like to hear from anyone who saw Mr Rogers on Thursday night, any information will be dealt with in the strictest confidence."


Extra police patrols following murder in Swindon

Police are continuing to appeal for information regarding the murder of a man in Swindon.

Shortly before midnight on Thursday 26th June 2014, the man was found dead next to a path between Rodbourne and Swindon town centre. In excess of 60 lines of enquiry are being investigated by the teams from across the County and Avon & Somerset Police.

We know that there were a number of people who were near to the scene on Thursday evening and I am appealing for those people to come forward as they may have vital information to help the investigation. I am very keen to hear from anyone who knows of someone who sustained any injuries on Thursday night or who had blood on their clothing. We are able to eliminate from the investigation people who are not involved in the offence, so please do not be concerned that you may have wrongly identified someone."

– DCI Sean Memory

The seriousness of this case should not be underestimated and we continue to advise people to take on board the general personal safety advice we have issued. Enhanced patrols are being carried out across Swindon, and the pathway between Rodbourne and the Town Centre remains closed and is likely to stay closed into next week. Further to the provision last night our dedicated police point will be available this evening in the area of the town centre. Officers will provide advice to any concerned members of the community. "

– Local Commander, Superintendent Andrew Carr

Extra police patrols after body found near town centre

Extra police patrols have been set up after a body was found near Swindon town centre. The man was found next to a path between Rodbourne and Swindon town centre. The path begins close to Swindon Railway Station and runs to the Oasis Leisure Centre.

In addition to extra patrols we are providing a police information point in Fleet Street from approximately 10pm this evening. Police officers will be available to offer reassurance and advice on personal safety when out and about. Staff at this information point will also be able to assist if anyone has information which may help the investigation.

– Superintendent Andrew Carr, Wiltshire Police

It is also important to stress the need for everyone to think about their own personal safety particularly during the night time and we encourage people to follow the below advice:

  • Avoid walking alone late at night
  • Make sure someone knows where you are going and when you expect to return
  • Consider carrying a personal alarm
  • Make sure your mobile phone is charged and you have sufficient credit
  • Use well-lit routes
  • Plan how you are getting home and use public transport if possible

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Wiltshire Police via 101.

More details released about Swindon cycle path murder

by Bob Constantine

Police in Wiltshire have released more information about what they're calling 'an extremely vicious attack', in which a man was killed last night. Officers in Swindon launched a murder inquiry after the discovery of a dead man in his sixties on a cycle path in Swindon. He had multiple stab wounds.

The man was found on the route between Rodbourne and Swindon town centre, close to the railway station. Police are trying to establish a motive for the killing. Bob Constantine reports.

Man found dead with stab wounds in Swindon

An investigation is underway after a man in his 60s has been found dead on a Swindon cycle path.

The man was found dead with multiple stab wounds across his body but the weapons have not been found yet.

The body was discovered before midnight on Thursday 26th June near to Swindon town centre and 100m from Swindon Railway station entrance.

A pedal cycle was also found at the scene and the pathway has been closed so a crime investigation team can work.

Although the motive for this murder remains unclear at this time, it would appear to be an extremely vicious attack. "We are currently exploring a number of lines of enquiries but are keen for the public's help in tracking down both the person/s responsible and the weapon/s used. "I'm convinced someone knows who is responsible. It is likely they may have had blood on their clothing or received an injury during the attack and could be acting suspiciously either last evening or today. "

– Sean Memory, Detective Chief Inspector


Police treating death of man in Swindon as murder

Wiltshire Police are appealing for information after a man was found dead on a cycle path in Swindon.

Police are treating the mans death as murder after he was found at midnight on last night on the cycle path which runs from the Town Centre to Rodbourne, near to Hawkesworth Trading Estate.

A formal identification has not yet been completed but the man is described as local and in his sixties.

The area has been cordoned off as forensic officers begin their investigations.

It is likely the cycle path will be closed for some time.

Detective Chief Inspector Sean Memory said, ‘We commenced a murder investigation and are appealing for anyone who was in the area between 10:30 pm-1230 am last night to contact us as they may have vital information to assist the investigation.’

Police praise Stonehenge sunrise revellers

Wiltshire Police have praised the thousands of people who attended the Summer Solstice celebrations at Stonehenge overnight. There were two dozen arrests for minor offences.

This year we estimate 36,000 people visited the stones throughout the night. There is always a small proportion of people who will try to break the law but I am satisfied that this was a successful policing operation and Wiltshire Police continue to facilitate a safe Solstice with our partners.

We are pleased that the Solstice celebrations at Stonehenge and Avebury have been enjoyable events for the majority of people attending. There were 25 arrests at Stonehenge and two at Avebury which were mainly for drug related offences.

The road system worked well with minimum delays and many people used the public transport as we advised people to do. Every year there are new challenges for us at Solstice but it is always a pleasure to see so many people enjoying the event.

– Wiltshire Police
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