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Swindon's promotion dream is over

Preston North End's Jermaine Beckford scores his third, and his side's four goal against Swindon at Wembley. Credit: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire

Swindon Town's hopes of playing in the Championship next season are over after losing 4-0 to Preston in the play-off final at Wembley.

Jermaine Beckford gave the Lilywhites a 3rd minute lead. Paul Huntington doubled the advantage 10 minutes later.

Beckford curled in his second just before half-time, and completed his hat-trick in the 57th minute.

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Fans arrive to watch Swindon in play-off final

The Powell family wave their flags with pride. Credit: ITV News West Country

Swindon Town fans have been arriving at Wembley hoping for success in the play-off final.

The club are taking on Preston North End for a spot in the Championship. Kick off is at 17:30.

Fans gather ahead of the match. Credit: ITV News West Country

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IPCC to investigate officers on Swindon stabbing case

Alison Connolly was found at the bottom of a stairwell in Swindon after being stabbed. Credit: Family

Wiltshire Police have referred their own officers to the Independent Police Complaints Commission over their handling of the Alison Connolly murder case, because they were in contact with her before her death.

Police say the IPCC referral was mandatory in these circumstances, and that there will be an independent investigation.

The 49-year-old mother was stabbed to death in Swindon last week. Sisters Charice Gassman, 19, and Amberstasia Gassman, 23, appeared in court yesterday charged with her murder.

Sisters in court over Swindon stabbing murder

Alison Connolly was found at the bottom of a stairwell in Swindon. Credit: Family

Two sisters have appeared in court charged with the murder of a woman in Swindon.

Alison Connolly, 49, died following an attack in Park South last Tuesday. 19-year-old Charice Gassman and Amberstasia Gassman, 23, appeared at Bristol Crown Court this morning.

The hearing was adjourned until next month, and the pair have been remanded in custody.

Two charged with murder of Alison Connolly in Swindon

Alison Connolly was found at the bottom of a stairwell in Swindon Credit: ITV News

Two women have been charged with murder following the stabbing of Alison Connolly in Swindon.

The 49-year-old was found at the bottom of a stairwell by police called to reports of a disturbance last week. 19 year old Charice Gassman, and Amberstasia Gassman, who is 23, appeared before Swindon magistrates today.

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