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The woman with a hundred Sindy dolls

Karen Colley is putting her collection of Sindys on show this evening. Credit: ITV News West Country

A woman from Wiltshire is reported to have the country's biggest collection of Sindy dolls.

Karen Colley from Chippenham was given her first Sindy for Christmas when she was seven years old. She now has 100 of the iconic doll, which is celebrating its fiftieth birthday this year.

An exhibition of her collection is due to open in the town this evening.


Partially-sighted pensioner targeted by thief

Police would like to interview this man after a bank card was stolen from an elderly, partially-sighted woman Credit: Wiltshire Police

Wiltshire Police have issued a CCTV photograph of a man they'd like to speak to in connection with the theft of a bank card from a partially-sighted woman in Chippenham.

It happened on the morning of Friday 2nd August. It's thought the 88-year-old woman was followed from Bath Road to her bank and then had her card taken. It was later used to withdraw and spend large sums of money.

Full report: Eddy Shah cleared of child rape

The Wiltshire multimillionaire Eddy Shah has been cleared of raping a child. A jury found him not guilty after he was accused of having sex with a schoolgirl at hotels in London in the 1990s.

Mr Shah, who lives near Chippenham, became famous as a newspaper owner - setting up the first colour newspaper in Britain in the 1980s. More recently he owned a golf course near Royal Wootton Bassett. Our Wiltshire reporter Robert Murphy has the story.

Shah cleared of raping under-age girl

Former newspaper proprietor Eddy Shah outside Westminster Magistrates' Court in London. Credit: David Wilcock/PA Wire

Former newspaper tycoon Eddy Shah has been found not guilty of raping an under-age schoolgirl at upmarket London hotels.

The 69-year-old, of Chippenham, Wiltshire, denied raping the girl on several occasions during the early 1990s when she was between 12 and 15.

After 17 hours and 46 minutes of deliberations, a jury at the Old Bailey cleared him of six counts of raping a girl under 16.

Wearing dark trousers and a blue shirt with the collar open, Shah said "Thank you" to the jury and appeared to fight back tears as the verdicts were read out.

His wife, Jennifer White Shah, was present in court and wept after hearing that her husband had been cleared.


Eddy Shah jury discharged

Eddy Shah denies the charges Credit: David Wilcock/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The jury in the rape trial of Wiltshire businessman Eddy Shah has been discharged.

The case was opened at the Old Bailey on Tuesday but the Recorder of London Judge Brian Barker told jurors they could not carry on.

He said: "We have had problems which we simply cannot overcome."

The case will be re-listed on Monday when a new panel of jurors should be selected to retry the case.

69 year old Mr Shah from Chippenham denies six counts of raping a girl under 16.

Susan Davies, 53, of Swanley, Kent, denies 14 counts of aiding and abetting rape, indecent assault and child cruelty.

Her former lover Anthony Pallant, 53, of West Malling, Kent, denies six counts of rape and indecent assault.

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.

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