Salisbury Reds has announced additional bus services in the region - with news that Hatts Coaches has ceased trading. Following discussions with Wiltshire Council, the operator will run buses across the following routes from today
7 and 8A - Devizes Road/Quidhampton to the city centre 12 - Stratford Bridge, Devonshire Road and Wyndham Road to the city centre 14 - Milton Road, Harvard Heights and Harnham Hill to the city centre 44 - Salisbury, Odstock, Downton, Redlynch, Woodfalls 66 - Salisbury to Tidworth via Shipton Bellinger
Another service, the 29 from Shaftesbury to Salisbury - via the Chalke Valley villages - will be run by sister firm Damory Coaches.
Hatts coaches has been in business in Wiltshire since 1928 until today, when it had to call in the receivers. The administrators say it simply ran out of cash.
Many of you will have memories of the company, which has provided school services, coach trips and holidays for many years.
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Customers of Wiltshire firm Hatts Travel, hit by the company going into administration, who paid by credit or debit card they should contact their card providers.
It is deeply regrettable and sad for all concerned that the majority of Hatts operations should have to stop trading. The businesses simply ran out of cash. We are acutely aware of the distress and hardship many holidaymakers and day trippers will be suffering right now particularly as so many of these are of an “older generation”. Our priority right now is to contact and provide dedicated helpline support for those members of the general public who have paid for holidays, day trips and other private hire with Hatts.
Those affected can contact the helpline on 0800 4704633
Wiltshire coach firm Hatts has gone into administration with the immediate loss of 89 jobs and threatening the plans of 1,000 members of public who have made bookings affected.
A Park and Ride bus service Hatts operates in Salisbury will continue to operate safeguarding 32 jobs.
The firm has offices and depots in Foxham near Chippenham, Worton near Devizes and Salisbury.
Helpline number for those people who are affected:0800 4704633
The Chief Constable of Wiltshire, Pat Geenty, doesn't take his duties lightly. Earlier today he tried to catch a shoplifter in Chippenham while he was off-duty.
His tweet tells you how it worked out!
Just chased a shoplifter up Chippenham high street (off duty). Goods recovered, crime recorded but he outpaced me, must be getting slow!!!
Wiltshire Council made almost £250 thousand a year in unreturned change from parking charges.
A Freedom of Information request from a national newspaper found the council had made 730 thousand pounds over three years by using machines that don't give change.
They say the extra money goes towards transport initiatives.
The father and son reported missing from their home address in Chippenham yesterday have been located safe and well, Wiltshire Police has confirmed.
Geoffrey Tomlinson, 41, and his son Jack, 9, were found in the early hours of this morning.
Wiltshire Police are appealing for help to find a missing father and son. Geoffrey Tomlinson, 41, and his 9-year-old son Jack were last seen at their home in Hardens Mead in Chippenham yesterday morning.
Mr Tomlinson is described as slim with shaved brown hair, and Jack is taller than average for his age and of medium build.
Police are appealing for the public's help to trace a man who fled court last week shortly before being sentenced to prison.
44 year old Keith Jones, from Greenway Lane, Chippenham, appeared in court last Tuesday, 25th February, after being arrested for breaching a Housing Injunction that had been in place against him since April 2013.
Although Mr Jones, who was not on remand, attended the court appearance he left before it concluded and was sentenced to 14 weeks in prison in his absence.
Enquiries to trace him have been on-going since last week but he is yet to be located. He is often seen with his two Staffordshire Bull Terriers, one of which only has three legs.
Although he does not pose an immediate threat to members of the public people are advised not to approach him but instead report any sightings to the police by dialling 101.
Alternatively people can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously if they wish.