Sports stars visit Wiltshire

Daley Thompson, Sharron Davies and John Inverdale are in town as part of a nationwide tour to encourage people to take up sport.

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100 IT jobs to go in Chippenham

Around 100 jobs are to go at Capita Secure Information Solutions in Chippenham. The cuts represent a tenth of the 1,000 strong workforce at the outsourcing company which specialises in providing control systems for the emergency services.

A Capita spokesperson said the cuts were being made to improve operational efficiency. Capita SIS faces paying millions of pounds in compensation to the government after failing to deliver a recent contract to the Ministry of Justice.


Trucker arrested following fatal collision

A lorry driver has been arrested after a collision in Wiltshire in which a motorist died. The 77 year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash near Chippenham yesterday afternoon. It happened on Mauds Heath Causeway near Langley Burrell.

The woman lived in nearby Sutton Benger. The lorry driver, a 56 year-old man from Gloucestershire, was interviewed by police and later released on bail.

Thermal imaging camera used in search for River couple

A thermal imaging camera had to be used to locate a man and woman before they could be rescued from the River Avon in Chippenham on Monday evening.

Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said a full search of the river had to be undertaken by firecrews from Chippenham and Corsham, Paramedics, and Police, because the casualties had given them the wrong location.

Man and woman rescued from River Avon "lucky to be found"

All three emergency services took part in Monday night's operation to rescue a man and woman from the River Avon in Chippenham.

We think the two people were in the water for 20-25 minutes, and they were extremely lucky that they were found when they were.

All three emergency services worked together very well to locate the casualties, and police officers and a couple of firefighters held onto the pair until the specialist water rescue crew could enter the water and bring them to safety."

– Darren Nixon, Station Manager, Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service


Two rescued from the River Avon in Wiltshire

A man and woman have been rescued from the River Avon in Chippenham.

ITV News Westcountry understands the couple was walking towards the Blue Bridge around 9pm on Monday 11 March when the woman slipped and fell into the water.

She was unable to climb back out because of the steep and muddy embankment.

The man telephoned 999 and then jumped into the river to try to help her.

Two rescued overnight from river Avon in Chippenham

Two people are being treated for hypothermia after being rescued from the river Avon in Chippenham. Crews were called out just after 9 o'clock last night to the Monkton Park area to rescue a woman in her 40s and a man who is thought to have gone in to help her.

One was taken to Great Western Hospital in Swindon, the other to Bath's RUH.

Chippenham man jailed for child sex offences

A man from Chippenham in Wiltshire has been jailed after being found guilty of child sex offences.

58-year-old Simon Collins was sentenced to seven and a half years. He was jailed alongside a woman and a man from Cheshire. They were all members of a paedophile ring.

It's believed the gang committed other offences and anyone who thinks they've been a victim should contact police.

14 year old hit by car and assaulted

A 14 year old boy has been hit by a car on a zebra crossing in Chippenham and then assaulted by the driver and passenger. It happened at about 1pm on Tuesday 22 January outside Wiltshire College in Cocklebury Road.

After colliding with a young pedestrian as he crossed the road on a zebra crossing, the two adults assaulted him at the scene of the collision and then continued the assault inside the college.

It would also be helpful to hear from any windscreen repair companies who repaired or replaced a windscreen of a silver or blue Ford car in or near Chippenham on or after 22 January.

– Sergeant Andy Beaven
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