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People in Chippenham give their views on parking money

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.


Police appeal over missing father and son

Geoffrey Tomlinson, aged 41, and Jack Tomlinson, aged 9. Credit: Wiltshire Police

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.

Search for Wiltshire man who fled from court

Keith Jones is being sought by Wiltshire Police Credit: Wiltshire Police

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.

Tired driver wakes up to a £100 fine

Motorist Paul Kightley reckons that following safety advice from the Department of Transport cost him money through no fault of his own.

Paul, from Chippenham, started to feel drowsy as he traveled on the M3 in Hampshire so he pulled into the Fleet service area to have a nap . He thought he was doing the right thing following the DOT's "tiredness can kill - take a break" slogan.

He fell asleep for more than three hours and then continued his journey. However, two weeks later he was shocked to receive a £100 fine for overstaying the two hour limit.

Andrew Pate reports


200-million-year old fossil found on Boxing Day

The almost complete skeleton was revealed by storms at Black Ven near Charmouth on Boxing Day. Credit: ITV News West Country

An amateur fossil-hunter from Chippenham in Wiltshire has found an ichthyosaur on the Dorset coast.

The almost complete skeleton was revealed by storms at Black Ven near Charmouth on Boxing Day. It was removed in an 8 hour operation, just before another storm was due to hit.

The finder, Alan Saxon, says he hopes it will end up on display.

Jogger dies after car accident

A runner hit by a car in Chippenham two weeks ago has died.

The 20 year old woman was struck by the vehicle as she crossed the road on the Bridge Centre roundabout at the junction with Bath Road on the morning of Sunday 16 November.

She had been undergoing treatment at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol but died this weekend.

Pedestrian hit by car in Chippenham

A woman in her 20s has been taken to hospital by air ambulance after being hit by a car in Wiltshire this morning.

The accident happened at the Bridge Centre roundabout in Chippenham just before 10.30am.

The woman's identity is not yet known and police are appealing to the public to help identify her.

She's described as a white female in her mid-20's, wearing professional running gear including a black Lunaron sleeveless top and a pink Karrimor jacket, Nike trainers and a ipod with white earphones.

If anyone has information they are asked to call police on 101 quoting Log 147.

Road closures are currently in place including the Bath Road, Avenue Le Fleche (A4) and Ivy Lane whilst officers investigate the scene. Roads will remained closed for several hours, and traffic is very heavy in the area.

Plans for new £21 million college campus revealed

Plans for a brand new £21 million college campus at Chippenham have been revealed by Wiltshire College.

The three storey building, which will be built behind existing college buildings, will be open to students from September 2015

A computer generated image of what the college will look like Credit: Wiltshire College

The new facilities will support apprenticeships in engineering, construction and hair and beauty as well as additional vocational training.

Plans show computer generated images of the college Credit: Wiltshire College

Di Dale, Principal and Chief Executive, Wiltshire College said: "Providing facilities that inspire and motivate students is one of five strategic objectives which support the college’s vision for the future."

"The Chippenham project represents the next stage in the transformation of Wiltshire College’s facilities across the county."

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