The family of one of the teenage victims killed in a car crash in Swindon yesterday has been taken by police officers to the scene of the tragedy.
18-year-old Shaya Rae Leigh was killed after the car they were travelling in plunged into undergrowth at the side of a road in Swindon, police said. Her family today laid floral tributes at the spot.
Inspector Paul Longden from Wiltshire Police escorted the relatives. He said: “We have appointed family liaison officers to help the families through this terrible time and Shaya’s family asked their officer if they could go to the place where the car left the road.
"The family spent about 25 minutes at the scene”.
Police have appealed to the public not to attempt to stop on the A419 because of the risk of a serious accident on the busy dual carriageway.
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.
The family of a walker who died after being trampled by a herd of cows say they are devastated by his death.
Mike Porter and his brother where attacked by the animals as they walked through a field near Turleigh in Wiltshire on Monday. His brother is in a serious condition in hospital.
In a statement the family said "We are in shock and devastated by the loss of our lovely Mike. He leaves Adrienne and their two sons and a very large group of friends who are devastated by the loss of such a lovely and caring person".
Wiltshire Police have confirmed that the body of a former inspector with the force was discovered at a property in Devizes.
Concerned neighbours raised the alarm after hearing gun shots at the house on Saturday morning.
On arrival the bodies of a man and a woman were found who appear to have sustained gunshot wounds.The Major Crime Investigation Team are conducting an investigation into the circumstances of their deaths.
The deceased man has been formally identified as William Harold Dowling (known as Bill) aged 59 from Moonraker Estate, Devizes. Bill was an ex Wiltshire Police Inspector who retired from the force in January 2007.
The families continue to receive support from our specialist officers and ask that media respect their privacy. Our thoughts are with the families at this very sad time.
Wiltshire Police have issued a statement thanking the community in Devizes for their support as they continue to investigate the deaths of a former officer and his partner.
News of these tragic deaths will have been a shock to the community and our thoughts are with the families and friends of the two people involved. I would like to reiterate that this is an isolated incident and reassure members of the community that Devizes is a safe place. I would like to thank residents for their understanding as there will be an increased police presence on the estate as officers continue to conduct vital enquiries.