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Amesbury finds a new place in history

Last October's dig near Stonehenge uncovered a large haul Credit: Andy Rhind-Tutt

New research has confirmed that Amesbury in Wiltshire, has been continually occupied for every millennia since 8820BC making it the longest continuous settlement in the United Kingdom and this has been confirmed today by the Guinness book of Records.

The parish of Amesbury includes Stonehenge and the latest findings come after a dig last October funded by the University of Buckingham. It unearthed the largest haul of worked flints across the Mesolithic period ever found.

In just 40 days a 31,000 were uncovered in a 16 metre square area and more than 2,000 were found in one square metre – the largest concentration of such finds in Europe. Previously the largest number found in one location around Stonehenge was just 50.

Some of the flints discovered near Stonehenge last October Credit: Andy Rhind-Tutt
A sharpened flint and two Saxon coins found near Stonehenge Credit: Andy Rhind-Tutt

The archeologists working on the dig have concluded that this shows British settlers were behind the building of Stonehenge and not people from Europe as has been often suggested.

Man sentenced to 16 years for murdering wife

James Simister stabbed his wife in April last year. Credit: Wiltshire Police

A man from Wiltshire has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for the murder of his wife.

49 year old James Simister from Amesbury killed his wife Deborah in April last year. She was found with serious wounds to her neck and hands after Mr Simister called 999 to report he had 'stabbed his wife'.

Mrs Simister was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital where she later died.


Phone signal may locate missing Amesbury man

43 year old Carl Harris from Amesbury has been missing since Monday 1 July.

  • Analysis of his mobile phone indicates that his phone was receiving a signal from a mast in the Deptford area at approximately 2.40pm.
  • The area is being searched by Wiltshire Police and WILSAR (Wiltshire Search and Rescue).
  • Carl is very athletic and it may be he walked or hitch-hiked to the Deptford area.
  • Police are appealing to any drivers who travelled along the A36 from Salisbury to that area on Monday afternoon to come forward.

Family pay tribute to woman found dead in Amesbury

The family of Deborah Simister, the woman found dead at her home in Amesbury, have paid tribute to her in a statement:

Debz was an extremely loving daughter, mother and grandmother who absolutely doted on her family.

She was always chatty and made lots of friends in the community.

She will be sorely missed by all her family and friends and we fervently hope justice will be served.

For Debz to have her life snatched away so young leaves a big hole in all our lives.

– Deborah Simister's family

Deborah's husband James has been charged with her murder and has been remanded in custody. He is due to appear at Winchester Crown Court on 14th June.

Amesbury death: woman named

Deborah Simister. Credit: Wiltshire Police

A woman who died after being found at home with serious injuries has been named by Wiltshire Police as 45-year-old Deborah Simister.

Officers were called to Mrs Simister's home in Maple Way, Amesbury on Monday night.

Her husband James Simister has been charged with her murder and has been remanded in custody. He is due to appear at Winchester Crown Court on 14th June.

Man appears in court over Amesbury death

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a 45-year-old woman in Amesbury, Wiltshire.

James Roy Simister, 49 of Maple Way, Amesbury was remanded in custody and is due to appear at Winchester Crown Court on Tuesday 30th April.

Officers were called to a house in Maple Way on Monday evening and found the woman with serious injuries. She sustained stab wounds to her neck and later died in hospital.

Formal identification of the victim has not yet been completed.

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