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Memories of 86 year old travel firm that's gone bust

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.

You can post your thoughts on our Facebook page or email us at westcountry@itv.com

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Travel firm customers should contact card providers

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.

– Andrew Sheridan, Joint administrator

Those affected can contact the helpline on 0800 4704633

Chippenham coach firm goes bust with loss of 90 jobs

Wiltshire travel firm Hatts is in administration threatening the holiday plans of 1,000 customers Credit: Hatts Travel

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

Chief Constable too slow for shoplifter

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!

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.

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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

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