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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.

Woman charged with murder over Swindon house fire

Michael Redpath died in hospital after being rescued from the fire in Swindon Credit: Wiltshire Police

A 29 year old woman has been charged with murder, after a man died in a fire in Swindon.

Patricia Hindle, who was 29, has been charged with the murder of 62 year old Michael Redpath.

She will appear before magistrates in Swindon on Saturday.

Police were called to the blaze in Albion Street on Wednesday night, where it was believed a man was still inside the building.

The man was rescued by firefighters but later died in hospital as a result of his injuries.

A post mortem took place on Thursday and the coroner gave the cause of death as inhalation of smoke and burns.

Councillors call for enquiry into Marshgate fire

Councillors call for enquiry into Marshgate fire Credit: ITV West Country

Councillors in Swindon are calling for an inquiry into a fire at a waste plant in the town.

The fire at the Averies site has been burning for two months and it's still not known when it will be completely extinguished. Councillor Mark Dempsey said it was crucial to get answers and find out how the site got into the state it did.

Crews will be fighting Marshgate fire for several weeks longer

Fire crews have made 'significant progress' since tonnes of waste were removed from the site Credit: ITV West Country

Wiltshire Fire & Rescue say they can't predict how long they'll be tackling the fire still burning at Averies Recycling Centre in Swindon.

A spokesman has thanked local residents for their ongoing cooperation. The fire has been burning since July. Fire crews say they have made 'significant progress' in tackling the fire since the removal of thousands of tonnes of waste from the site.

The huge stack of burning material remaining on site is now being broken down so the waste can be spread and fully extinguished. Due to the scale of the blaze, this is an unavoidably time-consuming and laborious process. We appreciate the fire has been burning for many weeks and that local residents and businesses really want to see an end now. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their continued great patience and understanding at this difficult time, and also to reassure them that good headway is being made. Unfortunately it is not possible to put a precise timescale on when the fire will be fully extinguished, as the length of time it takes crews to put out different parts of the stack inevitably varies. As stated previously, an operation of this nature is going to take several weeks and all efforts and resources are being deployed to bring it to a close as soon as possible so normality can resume. Thanks again for everyone’s ongoing support.

– John Popowicz, Area Manager, Wiltshire Fire & Rescue


Man wanted in connection with attempted murder in Swindon

Dzung Nguyen, aged 20, from Swindon Credit: Wiltshire Police

Wiltshire Police are appealing for information on a man wanted in connection with an attempted murder.

Officers are keen to locate Dzung Nguyen, aged 20, from Swindon, in relation to the incident which took place in the Town Gardens, Swindon, on July 24th 2014 shortly before 12.55pm.

A 25 year old man was stabbed with a knife several times during an assault which took place in front of several members of the public.

He was taken to the Great Western Hospital with serious injuries but later released.

As a result of initial police enquiries, two men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with this incident.

Nguyen is described as Vietnamese, approximately 5ft 6ins tall, with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information with regards to Nguyen’s whereabouts is asked to contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.

South West has second highest hospital parking rate

South West has second highest hospital parking rate Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A number of West MPs have backed a campaign calling for the abolition of hospital car parking charges. According to latest figures obtained under Freedom of Information the South West has the second highest rates in the country, before concessions are taken into account, with several hospitals charging up to £3.40 an hour. Across the region as a whole the average is £6.74, which is second highest behind the East Midlands.

I know from talking to fellow local residents people are fed up having to pay to park especially as we only do that in England. In Scotland and Wales it's free. And for people, particularly where you have patients in there over a long period of time very frustrating, very challenging for families who frankly have more distressing things to worry about.

– Justin Tomlinson, Cons MP for North Swindon

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Man charged over fatal car accident

A man has been charged with dangerous driving after a car crash in Swindon which killed one man and seriously injured another.

It happened in May on Thamesdown Drive near the Orbital Shopping Centre.

23-year old Arnie Peter Rogers from Swindon has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, causing death by driving without licence/insurance or whilst disqualified and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

He has been released on bail and is due to appear at Swindon Magistrates Court on September 17th.

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