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Police hunt drivers after fatal road accident in Melksham

The accident happened in Forest Lane, outside Melksham Credit: ITV News

Police are trying to trace two drivers who they believe can help their investigation into a head-on crash near Melksham yesterday, in which a young man was killed and another critically injured.

The accident happened shortly before 3pm in Forest Lane, about one and a half miles outside the town.

A white Renault van collided with a red Citroen Saxo. The passenger in the Saxo, a 19-year-old man from the Melksham area in Wiltshire, died at the scene.

The Saxo's driver, a 22-year-old man from Melksham, was taken by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital where his condition was described as critical.

The male driver of the van, who is 25 and from Trowbridge, was taken to the Royal United Hospital in Bath. He was described as walking wounded.

Detectives are urging two other drivers, who were believed to have been racing with the Saxo at the time of the crash to come forward with information.

"The three cars were travelling towards Melksham in close proximity to each other. When the Saxo was involved in the collision, the other two cars did not stop at the scene. One is believed to be silver, the other is said to be blue.

"It's imperative that the drivers of the two cars come forward as soon as possible to assist us with our enquiries.

"Anyone with information about the collision, or the identity of the two drivers, should phone Wiltshire Police."

– PC Peter Williamson, Wiltshire Police


House struck by lightning in Wiltshire

House struck by lightning in Wiltshire Credit: ITV West Country/Rob Murphy

A house in Littlejohn Avenue in Melksham caught on fire after being struck by lightning last night. Fire crews are still at the scene but no one has been hurt.

Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service says it has received over 200 calls for assistance since yesterday evening due to the severe weather.

Fire crews are on the scene Credit: ITV West Country/Rob Murphy

The emergency service is also urging all drivers to take care on the roads this morning due to floodwater and the potential for some manhole covers to be raised.

Princess Royal in Melksham

The Princess Royal. Credit: Alastair Grant/PA Wire

The Princess Royal will be in Melksham today to open to new headquarters of Coombe Castle International.

The specialist dairy producer will also be presented with its Third Queen's Award for International Trade.

Slavery investigation after four men rescued in Melksham

Wiltshire Police have rescued four Romanian men in Melksham this morning (Wednesday 2 April) who were working in what police describe as 'exploited circumstances'.

The men are all from Romania, are aged 25-45, and were found on commercial premises. They are now being supported by the Salvation Army. No arrests have been made and police enquiries are continuing.

The raid was part of a joint operation between Wiltshire Police and HMRC in relation to human trafficking.

These raids, further to others last week, again reinforce the reality that the net on human trafficking is indeed getting tighter. It also further emphasises our commitment as a force to fully investigate and robustly deal with this type of crime which sees people used as commodities.

– Detective Sergeant Rob Findlay, Wiltshire Police

Teenage girl assaulted in Melksham

A 14 year old girl has been assaulted and two others verbally abused by a driver in Melksham. The three girls were crossing the High Street near the Market Place around 4:40pm on Sunday 16th March when a female driver had to stop for them.

They claim the woman got out of the car and started shouting at them, going on to drag one girl to the floor. Police are looking for witnesses.


Right-to-die Corrie storyline welcomed by widow

Tony Nicklinson's struggle with life made headlines worldwide. He battled for the right to have doctors help him die peacefully after being immobilised for years following a stroke.

The issue of assisted suicide has been taken up by Coronation Street. Tonight the character Hayley Cropper will take her own life in a storyline about the right to die.

The development has been welcomed by Tony's widow Jane Nicklinson. Our Wiltshire Correspondent Robert Murphy reports.

Wiltshire man in spotlight with Coronation Street storyline

Wiltshire man in spotlight with Coronation Street storyline Credit: Coronation Street

Tony Nicklinson from Melksham is back in the spotlight tonight with an assisted suicide storyline in Coronation Street.

Viewers will tonight see Hayley Cropper take her own life after battling pancreatic cancer. It's to raise awareness of people like Mr Nicklinson who was left paralysed and with had locked-in syndrome after a stroke and wanted doctors to lawfully end his life.

Right to die case continues

It's day two of a Supreme Court hearing into the appeal by the widow of locked-in-syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson, from Melksham, who campaigned for a doctor to be allowed to help him to end his life.

The Ministry of Justice argues any such changes are matters for MPs.

David Perry QC, the barrister for Ministry of Justice says changes to the law on assisted suicide are for Parliament, and not the courts, to decide:-

Second day in court

Tony Nicklinson's widow is back in court today to continue his right-to-die battle Credit: ITV News West Country

The widow of a right-to-die campaigner from Wiltshire is at the Supreme Court in London for a second day to continue his legal battle.

Tony Nicklinson from Melksham died naturally after living for years with locked-in syndrome. His wife Jane is carrying on his campaign to protect doctors from prosecution if they help someone end their life.

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