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Police appeal after robbery in Swindon

A 40-year-old taxi driver was sprayed in the face with alcohol. Credit: Wiltshire Police

A CCTV image has been released of a man police would like to speak to following a robbery in Swindon.

The incident occurred between 6.20am and 6.30am on New Year's Day and officers have been carrying out enquiries to locate CCTV footage related to the offence.

A 40-year-old taxi driver was dropping off three men outside the Victoria pub on Victoria Road, Old Town, when they sprayed alcohol in his face before one of the men threatened him.

The other two men then stole approximately £60 cash from the driver's bag.

This was understandably a frightening experience for the taxi driver - we've been carrying out extensive enquiries in relation to this incident to try and identify those responsible.

If you have any information or if you are able to identify the two men, we'd like to hear from you.

– PC Hannah Cox


Police appeal following death of 75-year-old motorcyclist from Swindon

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision in Little Faringdon, Oxfordshire. Credit: PA

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision in Little Faringdon, Oxfordshire.

At around 11.35am on Thursday 25th January, a blue Mercedes car and a Triumph motorcycle were involved in a collision on the A361.

The road was closed while emergency services attended however the rider of the motorcycle, a 75-year-old man from the Swindon area, died at the scene. His next of kin have been informed.

The driver of the Mercedes stopped at the scene and an investigation is ongoing in to the circumstances of the collision.

I would like to appeal for anyone who saw the collision which occurred on the A361 at Little Faringdon between Burford and Lechlade in which a man sadly died.

If anyone has any information which could assist officers investigating please contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit based in Bicester by calling Thames Valley Police’s 24-hour enquiry centre on 101.

– Sergeant Chris Ruff, Joint Operations Unit for Roads Policing


'No excuses': Council leader criticises snow school closures

Many schools in the region have reopened after heavy snowfall in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire over the weekend. Credit: PA

The leader of Swindon Borough Council has tweeted his disapproval of the schools that closed in Wiltshire this week after heavy snowfall.

David Renard said that that there were "no excuses" for closures due to staff shortages, as the roads in the town were "perfectly passable".

Around a hundred schools remain closed in Gloucestershire this Tuesday after the coldest night of the year, though more than double that were closed due to snowfall yesterday.

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