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Flying Scotsman makes flying visit

The iconic steam train passes by Kennet and Avon Canal on a visit to Wiltshire earlier this year Credit: PA

The world's most famous locomotive - the Flying Scotsman passed through Swindon this week. It came as the railway town celebrates 175 years of industry.

The steam train has been recently renovated and is touring the country.

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Man admits raping woman nearly 30 years ago

David Mears Credit: CPS

A 60-year-old man has admitted raping, indecently assaulting and imprisoning a young woman in her Swindon home in 1987 - almost 30 years ago.

David Mears, from Plymouth, pleaded guilty to all three charges at Swindon Crown Court.

The case has been adjourned for psychiatric reports and sentencing is due to take place on Friday 8 July 2016 at Swindon Crown Court.

On Wednesday 12 August 1987 David Mears broke into a property in Swindon and carried out a vicious sexual assault on a 16 year old woman. An investigation was launched at the time but no one was convicted.

– Detective Inspector Mark Power

Detective Inspector Power explained that as part of a review of cold cases, new evidence was discovered through modern forensic methods.

He added that Wiltshire Police is prioritising the victim's welfare and is ensuring she is provided with specialist support.


Man charged in connection with historic teenage rape

A man has been charged in connection with a rape which happened almost 30 years ago.

Cold case officers have been investigating the case after police were not able to link anybody to an attack on a 16-year-old girl by an intruder who broke into her home in Swindon in 1987.

Despite an initial investigation no-one was arrested, but detectives say modern forensic methods have now unearthed new clues.

David John Mears, 60, from Plymouth, has been charged with rape, false imprisonment and indecent assault - carried out in Swindon on 12 August 1987. He remains in police custody.

The victim, now a middle-aged woman, is working closely with officers.

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