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Parents warned about a gang of rogue clowns

Melksham Carnival say the clowns have been fleecing parents. Credit: Melksham Carnival

Carnival organisers have warned people to be on their guard about a gang of mystery rogue clowns in our region.

Melksham Carnival posted the above photo on their website urging parents to be alert.

Last year a number of them snuck into processions and scammed parents, handing children sword balloons or taking photos, and then charging for them.

The gang are believed to have struck a carnival in Calne, Wiltshire last month, and there have been reports of them across the region.

13-year-old Jack Parfitt missing again hours after being found

Teenager Jack Parfitt is missing again. Credit: Wiltshire Police

A 13-year-old schoolboy is missing again, just hours after being found.

Police announced earlier that Jack Parfitt had been found safe in Swindon after more than two weeks missing from his Gloucester home, and that a 23-year-old woman had been arrested.

However they now say that he ran away from his social worker just hours later, just as he was about to be taken back to Gloucester.

Wiltshire Police have now re-started their hunt for the missing teenager.


Rail strike to go ahead as talks break down

Rail workers will strike against First Great Western from Wednesday evening. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Archive

A 48-hour rail strike is likely to happen this week, after talks between First Great Western and union leaders broke down.

80% of the RMT union's First Great Western members voted to strike last week, in a dispute relating to the new Hitachi Inter-City trains. The union say First Great Western have refused to give "very basic assurances" about passenger safety and jobs.

The strike is due to start at 6.30pm on Wednesday July 8th, and will continue for 48 hours.

The union say there will also be a rally in support of the strike at London's Paddington Station, at 5pm on July 8th.

First Great Western have said they expect to run the majority of London Thames Valley services, but long distance and local rail services will be significantly reduced. Those travelling should expect limited space and busy trains until Saturday morning, as well as last-minute changes and potential cancellations.

Man in court charged with murder of Melanie Road in 1984

Court artist's impression of Christopher Hampton in court today. Credit: Elizabeth Cook

A 63-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a Bath schoolgirl over 30 years ago.

Christopher Hampton appeared before Bath Magistrates earlier today, speaking only to confirm his name, age, address and that he understood the charge.

He will appear before Bristol Crown Court tomorrow.

Melanie Road was murdered in June 1984.

Melanie Road was 17 years old when she was stabbed to death after a night out with friends in June 1984.

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