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Tributes paid to Swindon car crash teenagers

Stunned friends have taken to social media sites today to express their shock, grief and sadness over the deaths of two teenage girls, who were killed in a car crash near Swindon today.


You'll always be remembered by me, love you shay!! RIP Kerry and Shaya????????????


RIP Kerry and Shaya who died in a car crash early hours of this morning, and my thoughts go out to the families of jordan, jake and harry xx


So many young lives are being lost and it's really sad RIP Shaya Leigh and Kerry Staniford

Read more: Wiltshire police names women killed in Swindon crash

Wiltshire police name women killed in Swindon crash

Wiltshire Police have named the two young women who died in a crash in the early hours today near Swindon as 18-year-old Shaya Rae Leigh and 17-year-old Kerry Staniford.

Another three male passengers are being treated in hospital with injuries, and one of them has been described as being "very poorly". All were aged 20-years-old. PC Jeff Rice, of the Roads Policing Unit, said:

This was an horrific incident and we would like to offer our condolences to the families of the two young women who sadly died.

We are very keen to hear from anyone who was on the A419 near the scene at around 5am today. We would also like to hear from anyone with any information about the movements of the people in the car during Friday night and the early hours of Saturday.

Read more: Two women killed after car leaves road in Swindon


Two women killed after car leaves road in Swindon

Two female passengers were killed when the car they were travelling in plunged into undergrowth at the side of a road in Swindon, police said.

Another three male passengers are being treated in hospital with injuries, and two of them have been described as being "very poorly". All were aged 19 or 20 years.

Police received a report from another driver, who saw the car leave the road, at around 5am this morning. They found the grey Renault Clio some 20 metres from the A419.

Wiltshire Police are appealing for witnesses to call 101 and ask for PC Kevin Fry of the Serious Collision Investigation Team.

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Swindon sees red over double yellow lines

Double yellow lines have appeared in this alley off Newhill Street in Swindon Credit: ITV News West Country

Council workers have painted two sets of double yellow lines along an alley in Swindon, which is just four feet wide.

Swindon Borough Council says it was done by contractors working on its behalf to stop illegal parking in alleyways.

Locals say it's stupid and a waste of money.

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Bride and groom travel in refuse-collection truck

Swindon couple travel in a refuse-collection truck Credit: ITV News West Country

A couple have celebrated their Easter Wedding in unconventional style. Will and Hannah Banyard, from Old Town in Swindon, swapped the traditional limousine for a refuse-collection truck. It was loaned for the day by the firm Will works for in South Cerney.

It was spruced-up with wedding bows and certainly gave an unusual twist to the wedding photos!


Savage attack captured on CCTV

Wiltshire Police are asking for help from the public following an unprovoked attack on a man in Swindon town centre. It took place on shortly after 2.15am on Sunday 3rd March 2013 in Fleet Street outside the Subway sandwich shop.

The victim, an 18-year-old man, was walking towards Bushwackers nightclub when he was punched to the back of the head by a man. The force of the punch knocked the victim to the ground and he sustained serious facial injuries including a broken nose, cuts to the face and loss of teeth.

Police say: "The victim was completely unaware of what was about to happen. The offender ran up behind the victim and, with one very forceful punch, knocked him to the ground. This victim did not stand a chance. I believe that he was unconscious before he hit the ground face first."


Swindon stabbing murder: Two more arrested

Two more teenagers aged 17 and 19 have been arrested over the murder of man found lying in the street with stab wounds in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Officers were called to the scene in Rodbourne, Swindon, following reports of an assault.

They found Charles Millar, 44, who was known as Roger, lying in the street and gave him first aid until an ambulance arrived.

Mr Millar, from East Street, Swindon, was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

Two men, both aged 18, were arrested after being stopped by officers near the scene, a Wiltshire Police spokesman said. The pair remain in custody.

Police: Dog in toddler attack was 'legally owned'

Wiltshire Police have said that the owners of a dog that mauled a toddler in Swindon have not committed any offences in relation to the dog.

Two-year-old Keiron Guess suffered serious facial injuries after he was attacked in his neighbour's back garden around 6pm on Tuesday. He was rushed to hospital for emergency treatment.

The boy's Grandfather has spoken to ITV Meridian of his anger

Keiron Guess Credit: Dave Guess

In the police statement, Chief Inspector Keith Ewart said: "The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 does not apply because the dog was on private premises at the time of the incident.

"In this case the animal was voluntarily surrendered to the police and was examined and found to be a Staffordshire bull terrier. It is not illegal to own a Staffordshire bull terrier. However the dog was destroyed with the full consent of the owner."

He also revealed that police attended the same address in September last year to determine whether the dogs were illegally bred.

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