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Liz Hurley opens care facility for disabled in Swindon

Model Liz Hurley opens respite care for children with disabilities Credit: ITV West Country

The model Liz Hurley has opened a new respite care centre at the Brunel shopping mall in Swindon.

It will help look after children and adults with disabilities while their carers do their shopping. It's the first facility of its kind in the country.

The Hop, Skip and Jump facility in Swindon is the first of its kind in the UK Credit: ITV West Country

Ms Hurley is the patron of the charity "Hop Skip and Jump", which is behind the scheme.


Woman who died in Wiltshire house fire had been having a party

The outbuilding in Blunsdon was totally gutted by the fire Credit: ITV News

It's emerged a woman who died in a house fire in Wiltshire on Thursday night, had been having a party to watch the England football game.

The friends had all gathered in a converted garage in Blunsdon near Swindon to watch the match. But hours later the extension burned down.

Investigations are focusing around a wood-burning stove that had been used to cook food for the barbecue.

Family metres away from fire that killed woman

Investigations continuing following the death of a woman in a fire in Swindon.

Crews were called to Turnpike Road in Blunsdon shortly after midnight by a passer-by who thought there was a garage on fire.

A woman in her late fifties was pronounced dead at the scene. The fire service say victims family were asleep in the main house just metres away.

The fire is not thought to be suspicious.

Swindon man charged with murdering parents 8 years ago

Timothy Crook is accused of murdering his parents Credit: Wiltshire Police

A Swindon man is due in court tomorrow charged with murdering his parents 8 years ago. 50 year old Timothy Crook is charged with the murder of his elderly parents Robert and Elsie Crook in 2007. Their bodies were found in a house that he owned in Lincoln. Wiltshire Police say he was declared unfit to enter a plea at the time due to a mental illness, but is now deemed fit to stand trial. He will appear at Bristol Crown Court.

Adam Wilmott's family ask for help on 3rd anniversary

The family of a missing man have made a desperate plea for information on his whereabouts on the third anniversary of his disappearance.

Adam Wilmott from Swindon, went missing on September 27th 2011.

39 year old Adam Wilmott hasn't been seen since September 2011. Credit: Wiltshire Police

Although homeless at the time of his disappearance, the 39 year old often stayed at local hostels or with friends.

Regardless of this, he always maintained contact with his family.

The last confirmed sighting of Adam was when he left the Great Western Hospital in Swindon on September 27th 2011 after being discharged.

He has not been seen or heard from since this time which his family say is very out of character.

Since September 27th 2011 we have not heard from Adam.

Those of us who know and love him know that he would not disappear without contacting family or friends for very long.

Whilst Adam found it hard to settle anywhere, he always remained in contact and especially after his mother's brain haemorrhage.

On the third anniversary of his disappearance we plead with anyone who may have seen him or have any information to please come forward. "

– Joint Statement from Family of Adam Wilmott

Adam is described as white, medium build with short brown hair on the sides of his head but bald on top. He normally has facial hair in the shape of a goatee.

Adam has long-term medical issues which require regular medication.

Adam’s family are completely distraught and just want some answers.

Despite his lifestyle, Adam would rarely miss a Christmas or birthday and it is at these times in particular that his family really feel the pain of not knowing where he is.

I would like to speak to anyone who may have seen Adam specifically around September 2011 and the months following that. Any information, regardless of how small, might prove crucial to this investigation.

As the third anniversary of his disappearance looms, Adam’s family just want to answer some of the questions they have about this disappearance.”

– Detective Sergeant Liz Coles, Swindon CID

Anyone with information as to Adam’s whereabouts or anyone who may have seen Adam since 2011, should contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.

Below is a link to the Missing People website page for Adam:


Swindon through to second round of JPT

Jon Obika and Andy Williams were on-target for Swindon.

Swindon Town are through to the second round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

The Robins won 2-1 at Newport tonight, thanks to goals from Jon Obika and Andy Williams.

Swindon will be away to Plymouth in the next round. The match will be played in the second week of October.

Wiltshire policeman caught parking in disabled bay

A policeman in Wiltshire has been criticised for blocking a disabled parking bay while he went to buy his lunch.

He was caught on camera in Moredon by disabled driver Phillip Skeates while he was waiting for a space. The officer left his car in a no parking zone and emerged ten minutes later with a bag from McDonalds.

Wiltshire Police said:

This officer was on a designated break and had stopped off to buy some food. Clearly, he has not parked his patrol vehicle in the most sensible manner and we can only apologise to other motorists who were hindered by this. Wiltshire Police are now looking into this issue.

– Wiltshire Police

Crews have extinguished Marshgate fire after eight weeks

Fire crews have put out the Marshgate fire after 8 weeks Credit: ITV West Country

A fire in Swindon that has been burning for eight weeks has been put out.

The fire at the Averies Recycling Centre in Marshgate, Swindon, has been fully extinguished following the successful implementation of a multi-agency plan.

Fire crews and the Environment Agency, who have maintained a 24-hour presence at the site since the 21 July, will leave tomorrow. Businesses and residents will be thanked for their cooperation. The Environment Agency will continue to monitor the situation.

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