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Can you help find missing Jack Parfitt?

13-year-old Jack Parfitt has been missing for more than a week Credit: Wiltshire Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of a 13-year-old boy who's been missing for more than a week.

Jack Parfitt was last seen at his home in Bittern Avenue in Gloucester on Saturday 20 June. He had gone out to play with a friend but never returned home.

He may be in Swindon as he has friends and family there.

Swindon woman gets her heart's desire - a transplant

Stacie Pridden making her Valentine's day appeal for a donor Credit: Stacie Pridden

A young woman from Swindon who has been waiting for vital organ transplants since she was 21 has finally had the life-saving operation.

On Valentine's Day, 24-year-old Stacie Pridden made a plea for a donor.

She is now recovering from a double lung and heart transplant in a Cambridge hospital.

You can find out more about Stacie's story and her "Give your heart" campaign here.


11-year-old cyclist killed in crash was "beautiful, loving child"

Daniel Climance was killed while riding his bike last week. Credit: Wiltshire Police

The family of an 11-year-old cyclist who died in a crash with a roadsweeper in a Wiltshire village have paid an emotional tribute to him.

Daniel Climance was cycling with his father and brother through the village of Purton last week when the collision happened. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Today his family described him as popular, talented and caring.

"Daniel was a local Wiltshire lad who divided his time equally between his mum in North Swindon and his dad in Purton. He attended Bridlewood Primary School and was in his final year. He was looking forward to starting Bradon Forest School in September, joining his big brother Robbie at the school.

"Daniel played football for Wootton Bassett U11 team which he loved. He had just completed his second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do of which he was immensely proud.

"Daniel was a beautiful, loving child with a fantastic sense of humour, caring and loving, with a wide circle of friends.

"He will be sadly missed by his brothers Robbie, George and Noah and all of the extended family."

– Daniel Climance's family

An inquest into Daniel's death has been opened and adjourned.

Man stabbed following large fight in Swindon

Police are appealing for information after a man was stabbed in Swindon during the early hours of this morning (13 June).

Local residents in Bowleymead called police at approximately 0030hrs after a large fight broke out on the grassy area in front of flats. Approximately 10 men in their early 20’s were believed to be armed with poles, wood and knives.

The youths immediately dispersed when police arrived on the scene. An 18 year old man was left with ahead injury and multiple stab wounds.

He was taken by the Ambulance Service to Great Western Hospital but was later transferred to Bristol's Southmead Hospital due to the seriousness of his injuries. His injuries are not life threatening and he remains in a stable condition.

Officers searched the area for suspects and as a result arrested four men, aged 18, 19, 20, 21 on suspicion of Grievous Bodily Harm.

We believe that the men were armed with a variety of weapons and have seized a number of items from the area of the fight but we would like to hear from anyone if they discover any items such as poles, knives or wood, that might have been discarded following this fight.

If you have not contacted us already and did witness this event last night we would like to hear from you and in particular if you can describe any of the men involved or what they were wearing.

A crime scene cordon remains in place at Bowleymead whilst we continue to conduct our investigation.

This was a violent attack that left a young man with significant injuries so if you have any information that would assist police we would like to hear from you. At this stage we believe that all the people involved were known to each other.

– Detective Sergeant Phil Walker

Police investigation continues into a boy who was killed in Wiltshire village

A police investigation continues after an 11 year old boy was killed while he was out cycling with his father in a village in Wiltshire.

Daniel Climance was hit by a road sweeper in Purton when he pulled out into the road to avoid parked cars.

There have been no arrests but Detective Inspector Ben Huggins from Wiltshire Police has been speaking to ITV News.

11-year-old cyclist killed in roadsweeper collision named

A candle left at the scene where Dan died. Credit: ITV News

An 11-year-old boy killed in a collision with a roadsweeper has been named locally as Dan Climance.

Dan was cycling through the village of Purton in Wiltshire with his father and brother yesterday evening, when he was hit by a roadsweeping vehicle.

Police believe he had cycled into the middle of the road to avoid parked cars.

The driver of the roadsweeper is believed to be uninjured.

11-year-old Dan was cycling with his father and brother at the time of the fatal collision. Credit: ITV News


11-year-old cyclist killed in crash with roadsweeper

A candle has been left at the scene of the boy's death. Credit: ITV News

An 11-year-old boy has been killed while cycling with his father and brother through a Wiltshire village.

It happened last night in Purton near Swindon. Police believe the 11-year-old cycled into the middle of the road to avoid parked cars . He was hit by a roadsweeping vehicle and died at the scene.

Today friends have been expressing their shock.

The driver of the roadsweeper is believed to be uninjured. Police are encouraging anyone with information to come forward.

Police believe the 11-year-old was trying to avoid parked cars. Credit: ITV News

Swindon Town duo join QPR

Massimo Luongo playing for Swindon in the play-off final at Wembley. Credit: Daniel Hambury/PA Archive

Swindon Town midfielders Massimo Luongo and Ben Gladwin have joined Championship side Queens Park Rangers for an undisclosed fee.

Australian international Luongo, 22, initially joined Swindon on loan in 2013 before completing a permanent move later that summer. He made over a century of appearances for Town and netted 14 goals.

Gladwin, also 22, signed from non-league Marlow in 2013, scored 11 goals last season - with eight of them coming in the Robins' final seven fixtures.

Ben Gladwin celebrates his goal against Sheffield United in the play-off semi-finals earlier this month. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

I'm really pleased to be joining the club - and I'm really excited.

There was interest from the Premier League but for me, personally, I think this move is a little more realistic at this stage of my career.

Playing is what it's all about, sitting on the bench is no way to improve your game.

Chris Ramsey is a fantastic coach and I'm sure he'll improve me on the training pitch.

I spoke to him earlier this week and was hugely impressed by what he had to say and where he sees me fitting in.

– Ben Gladwin

Charity appeal to bring vital cancer treatment to Wiltshire

284 balloons were released - the number of patients diagnosed with cancer at the hospital each month. Credit: ITV News

Cancer patients forced to make a 70-mile round trip for radiotherapy treatment have welcomed a campaign to build a facility closer to home.

Great Western Hospital in Swindon has launched an appeal to raise £2.9 million for a radiotherapy centre, so that thousands of patients no longer have to make the long trek to Oxford for up to seven weeks of treatment.

With support from the public and final approval, it is hoped that the centre will be open by the end of 2017.

The appeal was launched at Great Western Hospital today, with 284 balloons released to mark the number of patients diagnosed with cancer there each month.

Brighter Futures, the Great Western Hospitals Trust charity organising the appeal, hope to inspire local people to get involved in fundraising events.

Artist's impression of what the radiotherapy centre would look like. Credit: Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Bringing radiotherapy treatment to Swindon will make such a difference to local patients and their families, friends and carers and will be an excellent addition to the facilities already available at GWH.

We are working closely with our colleagues at Oxford to make this vision a reality and I am sure that local people will get behind the fundraising appeal.

– Dr Guy Rooney, Medical Director, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

BREAKING: Former Swindon Town manager Andy King dies

Andy King managed Swindon Town in the early 2000s. Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Andy King, a former manager of Swindon Town FC, has died at the age of 58.

The football legend who managed Swindon Town a couple of times between 2000 and 2005, is believed to have suffered a heart attack earlier today. Before his work as a manager he enjoyed a long playing career that included a legendary stint at Premiership side Everton during the seventies.

Tributes have been paid to him on Twitter by clubs and fans.

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