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Swindon motorists face 'months of misery'

Motorists in Swindon say they are facing months of misery because of numerous roadworks in the town.

There are already ongoing improvements to one of the main roundabouts by the Bruce Street Bridges.

This week Network Rail has also closed Stratton Green bridge for five months while it's upgraded as part of electrification work.

'We'll be opening up the bus gate in Polaris Way, which is one of the key areas for Hawksworth and Swindon College, so that we can reduce some of the congestion in the evenings as people try to go home. We're also rescheduling 19 resurfacing programmes around the town until after this activity has taken place.'

– Cllr Dale Heenan, Swindon Borough Council


Moorland village hall reopens 9 months after flooding

Moorland and District Village Hall Credit: ITV West Country/David Woodland

A village hall on the Somerset Levels has reopened nine months after being flooded.

Moorland and District Village Hall has been officially reopened at a ceremony this evening. There has been a portable building in its place for nine months. 120 people from the local community were invited to the event.

New DVD shows rare Bristol WW1 footage

As a major city, and one of Britain’s two main Atlantic ports, Bristol’s role in the First World War was significant: 55,000 of her men went to war, of whom 6,000 would never return, while her seamen defied U-Boats to bring in vital food supplies.

Bristol also produced numerous vital products for the war effort, from cigarettes and chocolate to aircraft, munitions and mustard gas, and women began to take on what was previously seen as ‘men’s work’.

A new DVD - Bristol's Great War - has been released, featuring rare footage of Bristol during this period.

Ed Miliband visits Swindon

Ed Miliband visits Tetronics International in Swindon Credit: ITV West Country/Bob Constantine

Labour leader Ed Miliband was in Swindon today where he hopes Labour can reclaim two seats at the next general election

He took a tour around Tetronics International which specialises in turning waste material into commercial products and is a big employer in the area.

Missing Sallyann's mother makes emotional appeal

The mother of a young woman police believe was murdered has made a tearful appeal for information - 19 years after her daughter disappeared.

Sallyann John was last seen alive in September 1995 in the Manchester Road area of Swindon where she'd been working as a prostitute. Police say new leads have prompted them to re-start the investigation.


Arrests made following fatal crash in Melksham

Two men have been arrested following a fatal road traffic collision in Melksham.

An 18 year-old man and a 25 year-old man - both from Melksham - were arrested this morning on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. Both men remain in police custody in Melksham.

19 year old Max Lewis died in the collision on Forest Lane on Saturday. The red Citroen Saxo he was travelling in collided with a van.

The driver of the Saxo - a 22 year old man from Melksham - was taken by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital. His condition is now described as stable.

Following a fantastic response from the public, we have now arrested two men on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank the local community for the information they have provided to Wiltshire Police since Saturday's tragic road traffic collision.

We will now continue to focus our attention on this investigation.

– Sergeant Barrie Card
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Somerset collision leaves 80 year old pedestrian in hospital

Brook Street in Cannington Credit: ITV West Country

Police are appealing for witnesses after an 80 year old man was hit by a car in Somerset.

The victim was hit by a blue Mazda Tamura on Brook Street in Cannington yesterday morning. He was taken to Musgrove Park hospital with severe head injuries, but was transferred to Southmead Hospital last night. He is described as being in a critical but stable condition with life threatening injuries.

As a result of the incident, the road was closed until midday.

Sallyann John's mother makes emotional appeal

Sally Ann John went missing in Swindon in 1995

The mother of a woman who disappeared in 1995 has appealed for information relating to the newly reopened case.

Detectives in Wiltshire have begun a murder investigation following the disappearance of Sallyann John nearly 20 years ago. Sallyann was 23 when she went missing from her home town of Swindon.

Sallyann's mother Lesley John Credit: ITV West Country

Sally disappeared 19 years a go and I still think of her every day. For years I have wondered where she could be and I have had to deal with the thought that she might have been killed.

For a long time I and all of Sally’s family and friends have not known what happened to her, where she is or if she was even alive. As the years have past this has not got any easier and has become something that I live with. However, I have never given up the hope that one day she might walk through the door.

She was a bright and beautiful girl who could make anyone smile. She had lots of friends in Swindon and many people knew her. I still cannot believe that in all these years no one has come forward to say where Sally is. Someone out there knows what happened to Sally. It is horrible to think that she might have been hurt or alone. We really want to know what happened to Sally and someone in Swindon has this information, so I am pleading with you to go to the police. In all these years lives change and so do friendships and relationships. I know the police want to hear from anyone who knew Sally, and I would urge them to come forward – they may not have spoken to police at the time she disappeared but now they might be able to. That small bit of information might be the key to giving us closure and finally knowing what happened to our girl. It won’t bring her back but it will ease our suffering. Please come forward and help us find Sally.

– Lesley John
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