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Death row grandmother appeals to Sir Richard Branson

Lindsay Sandiford is hoping Sir Richard Branson will back her last-ditch appeal against her death sentence Credit: PA

A woman from Cheltenham who is on death row in Indonesia for drug-trafficking, has written to Sir Richard Branson in a desperate bid for backing for a last-ditch final appeal against her sentence.

Lindsay Sandiford, who is 58, is facing death by firing squad after being convicted for drug offences in 2012. She has started saying her goodbyes after running out of money for further appeals and following the recent executions of eight convicted drug smugglers, including two Australians, by the Indonesian authorities.

Lindsay Sandiford, seen here after her arrest in 2012, says she longs to see her grand daughter who was born afterwards Credit: PA

You can read the letter to Sir Richard Branson here:

Lindsay Sandiford's letter to Sir Richard Branson

Who is the new Chief Constable for Wiltshire?

Mike Veale, the Deputy Chief Constable for Wiltshire, is to become Chief Constable Credit: Wiltshire Police

It has been announced that, subject to confirmation, the current Deputy Chief Constable for Wiltshire, Mike Veale, is to become the county's Chief Constable. He will succeed Pat Geenty who is retiring.

I am absolutely thrilled at being appointed - subject to confirmation - as the Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police.

During the past ten years I have loved every minute of serving the public of Wiltshire and Swindon and I am incredibly proud that this Force is one of the top performing forces in the country.

The legacy that Chief Constable Pat Geenty is leaving behind is that Wiltshire Police is in the great position of being able to withstand austerity and continue to provide a good service to the public.

The priorities for the coming months are to maintain that success and continue our tranformation programme, in particular our strategic partnership with the two local authorities, and our strategic alliance with Avon and Somerset.

If I am confirmed in the post I will be taking over a Force with a strong reputation, high standards, a clear set of values and talented officers and staff. I want to build upon all of this good work.

Like all police forces, Wiltshire Police is facing major austerity challenges as well as an increased demand for local services. Therefore, I want to ensure that we are thinking laterally and radically about how we can save money, whilst working hard to protect frontline resources.”

– Deputy Chief Constable Mike Veale

Mike Veale has been the DCC at Wiltshire Police since March 2013, having joined the Force in January 2005 as a Detective Superintendent from Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

He started young, becoming a police cadet at 16. He joined the Avon and Somerset Force as a Police Constable in 1984, taking on a number of roles before transferring to Wiltshire. His most recent responsibility has been overseeing the force's transformation as well as working with the council to integrate services.

Mike is married with one son.


New Chief Constable for Wiltshire

Angus MacPherson, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire & Swindon with Mike Veale, who is to be made Chief Constable Credit: Wiltshire Police

The next Chief Constable for Wiltshire is to be the current deputy Chief Constable, Mike Veale. If the appointment is confirmed by the Police and Crime Panel next Monday, 11 May, he will begin work on 1 June.

Angus Macpherson, the PCC for Wiltshire and Swindon made the announcement this morning, following the decision by Pat Geenty to retire. Mike Veale was the only candidate for the post.

I have every confidence that he will make an excellent Chief Constable for Wiltshire. He understands Wiltshire and Swindon and has been at the heart of developing strong relationships with Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council and with our colleagues in Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

He is committed to my agenda of maintaining local policing.

In his interview, Mike Veale demonstrated a clear understanding of the principles of British policing, with integrity, fairness and public service at the core.

– Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson

The Who confirmed to headline Glastonbury

The Who last played the festival in 2007 Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

It's been confirmed that The Who will fill the final headline slot at Glastonbury Festival.

It had already been revealed that the Foo Fighters would headline on the Friday, and Kanye West on the Saturday.

It has also been announced that Paul Weller will take the slot immediately before the band.

The Who are now doubled booked however, with a show already scheduled for Sunday 28th in Paris. It's not been confirmed whether this concert will be moved to a different date.

Teenage TV-entrepreneur takes his product worldwide

A teenager from Wiltshire - who became the youngest person to receive funding on the programme Dragon's Den - is going global with his product.

Jordan Daykin Credit: ITV News

Jordan Daykin was just 13 when he pitched his idea and secured the backing of investor Deborah Meaden. His product - GripIt - is a new type of plasterboard fixing that can hold loads of up to 180 kg.

Jordan assembling a GripIt Credit: ITV News


Appeal for new giraffe home in Bristol

Plans to build a new giraffe attraction in Bristol are underway - with an appeal to raise £750,000.

Plans for the new Giraffe house Credit: Artist Impression

Bristol Zoological Society wants to involve the public in the Wild Place Project's new giraffe house.They say the population of giraffes has almost halved in the last 15 years. They hope the new attraction will help with the conservation of giraffes in the wild.

Cameron won't make tax credit pledge

In an interview with ITV News, David Cameron would not take up the challenge to repeat the words "I won't cut tax credits and child benefit".

The challenge was put to Mr Cameron after Labour said "everyone knows the Tories are planning to cut tax credits and child benefit".

Speaking to ITV News presenter Ian Axton, the Prime Minister wouldn't use those exact words. He said he wants to "keep" child benefit, not cut it, saying it's "absolutely vital" and a "really important part of families finances".

On tax credits he said he would freeze it for 2 years.

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