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Nick Clegg campaigns in Chippenham

Nick Clegg at the Dymag Racing Wheels factory in Chippenham

Nick Clegg came to the Chippenham constituency to do some campaigning today - nine days after a visit from David Cameron.

At the last election in 2010, the Liberal Democrats took this newly-created seat with a majority of just under 2,500. It's in the top thirty Conservative targets.

Mr Clegg denied his campaign was struggling, following the surge by the SNP, or that he was being "drowned out". He insists that the public want to see policies anchored on the middle ground - implying that the Lib Dems were a "fairer" alternative to a Conservative/UKIP coalition or a Labour/SNP one.


Police investigating 2007 Chippenham rape allegation release efit

Police investigating an allegation of rape in Chippenham in 2007 have released an efit of a man they'd like to speak to.

The incident is alleged to have taken place in September 2007, and was reported to the police in February 2015.

The victim was on the High Street when two men pulled her into the area between a former furniture shop (now Bar Rivo) and the town bridge. She was slapped, pushed to the floor and sexually assaulted.

The victim was able to give a description of one of the men involved, and police released this efit. Credit: Wiltshire Police

Although this incident happened more than seven years ago, we are hopeful that we will be able to jog people’s memories and someone will be able to help identify the males involved.

I would urge anyone who has been the victim of any sexual assault to contact Wiltshire Police immediately – we have dedicated officers who are specially trained to help those who have been abused.

– Detective Constable Toni Evans, Melksham CID

Skeleton champion is honoured by the Queen

Team Bath's Lizzy Yarnold at Windsor Castle with her MBE Credit: PA

Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold has been awarded an MBE by the Queen for services to her sport.

Yarnold, who lives in Chippenham and trains at the University of Bath became a household name when she won Team GB's first gold medal of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

Lizzy Yarnold celebrates winning Gold at the Winter Olympics in Sochi earlier this year Credit: PA

She swapped her lycra suit for a black jacket and rose-petal skirt to receive her honour from the Queen during an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle. The 26-year-old said she was extremely nervous about meeting the Queen but could barely stop smiling.

And she revealed that the Queen already knew all about her.

She was very warm and kind and we spoke quite freely and openly about Sochi and how wonderful the experience was.

She said she was really pleased to award me the MBE and she knew all about Sochi and the event, and had it all gone well and was it cold enough there for the event.

She seemed very knowledgeable of the sport of skeleton, and she wished me all the best of luck for the future.

– Lizzy Yarnold MBE

You can watch the moment the Queen pinned the honour on the world champion slider here:

Yarnold flies to America tomorrow to begin the defence of her World Cup title.


Salisbury coach firm takes over some Hatts' routes

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.

More information about the new services - including detailed timetables

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

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

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