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Wiltshire military bases on high alert after men spotted with 'rifle'

Police in Wiltshire are investigating after three people were seen with what was believed to be a rifle near an army barracks in Bulford.

Armed police and a helicopter were sent to the area shortly after 6pm on Thursday, but there has been no sighting since.

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Wiltshire Police say the area around the barracks, on Salisbury Plain, was searched but no suspects were found.

There have been no suspicious incidents since the initial phone call, and the military camp and the surrounding areas have been fully secured.

The sighting comes just hours after an alleged attempted kidnap at RAF Marham.

I can confirm at 5pm yesterday the police attended a report of a suspicious incident close to a military barracks in Wiltshire. Police officers attended and conducted a search of the area with the assistance of the police helicopter.

No persons were located.

– Inspector Barry Hickman, Wiltshire Police


Stunning picture of the moon at Stonehenge

The moon seen through Stonehenge Credit: Tim Daw

While the summer solstice may be all about the sun, the moon has been making its presence felt this year.

This stunning photo was taken at Stonehenge last night by Tim Daw of All Cannings near Devizes. It shows the nearly full moon viewed through two of the stones. The pink colour is caused by the refraction of the light through the earth's atmosphere.

The full moon should be even more spectacular tonight, the night of the Solstice, provided there's no cloud about.


Police 'seriously concerned' about man missing from Salisbury

Jim Newton Credit: Wiltshire Police

Police are seriously concerned about a 45 year old man who has gone missing from Salisbury.

James Newton, known as Jim, was last seen between 9.30pm and 10pm on Saturday 19 December at his parents' address in Old Sarum.

He was visiting them from Exeter and was believed to have gone to bed, but when they checked in the morning he was not there.

Police say there are serious concerns about his welfare as he has not been taking his medication.


  • white
  • 5ft 8"
  • solid build
  • short grey hair
  • likely to be wearing a dark green jacket and white shoes

If you have information that may assist the police, they ask you to please call 101 or if you wish to remain anonymous please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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