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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.

Man arrested on suspicion of historic teenage rape

A man has been arrested on suspicion of raping a teenage girl almost 30 years ago.

Cold case officers have been investigating the case after police were not able to link anybody to an attack on the 16-year-old 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.

The 60-year-old man was arrested in Plymouth on suspicion of rape, indecent assault and false imprisonment and taken into custody in Swindon.

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

The team have reviewed the case and new evidence has been discovered through the use of modern forensic methods.

These methods were not available to officers 30 years ago but advances in technology have now enabled us to take this case forward.

The welfare of the victim is our priority and we are ensuring that she is provided specialist support throughout.

– Detective Inspector Mark Power, Wiltshire Police

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Missing Swindon family found safe and well

Robert and Suphan Goodman and their son James Credit: Wiltshire Police

A family of three who went missing in Swindon three weeks ago have been found safe and well.

Robert and Suphan Goodman and their son James hadn't been seen since the 21st March, but were located by Wiltshire Police officers around 10pm on April 11.

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PCSO delivers food after taking away driver's car

Credit: Janerik Henriksson / TT

A police officer who pulled over a Chinese takeaway delivery driver went above and beyond the call of duty after he delivered the meal himself.

The Swindon PCSO confiscated the vehicle after checks revealed he had no insurance when he was spotting driving badly.

And, in a bid to keep the public "safe and satisfied", they then went ahead and delivered the food while it was still hot to the waiting customer.

The North Swindon Police team documented the journey on twitter, writing:

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Concern grows for family missing for 3 weeks

Concern grows for missing Swindon family

Police are becoming increasingly worried for a family who have gone missing from Swindon.

Robert and Suphan Goodman and their son James haven't been seen since the 21st March. Police have told us that James hasn't been at school for 3 weeks.

Officers say they are concerned for their welfare and want to find them as soon as possible.

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Swindon Town suspend three players over alleged use of laughing gas

Drissa Traore, Jeremy Balmy and Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill have been suspended following the alleged incident. Credit: PA

Swindon Town Football Club have suspended three players after images on social media showed them allegedly inhaling nitrous oxide - better known as laughing gas.

The pictures of Drissa Traore, Jeremy Balmy and Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill come from a stream on live video app Periscope and have begun to emerge on Twitter.

Swindon Town Football Club have today suspended Drissa Traore, Jeremy Balmy and Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill with immediate effect.

The club have already started an internal investigation into the trio’s recent conduct and they will not be considered for selection during this process.

Swindon Town will be making no further comment until the investigation is complete.

– Swindon Town statement

Police appeal to find missing Swindon family

Robert Goodman (35) is described as a white male, Suphan Goodman (44) as an Asian female and James Goodman (9) as a mixed white/Asian male. Credit: Wiltshire Police

Police are appealing for information to the whereabouts of a family, missing from Swindon.

Robert and Suphan Goodman and their son James were last seen in the town on 21 March. They were reported missing by the local authority as James has not been seen at school for a number of weeks.

We would like to find the Goodmans as soon as possible.

We are concerned for their welfare, which is why we are looking for them. We just want to know they are OK.

If anyone knows of their whereabouts, please contact Wiltshire Police on 101; if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

– Wiltshire Police spokesman

Bristol City draw with relegation rivals Rotherham

Bristol City are now 7 points clear of the relegation zone after drawing 1-1 with relegation rivals Rotherham at Ashton Gate. Peter Odemwingie rescued a point with a second half equaliser.

It's now six games without a win for Swindon who lost 2-0 at Oldham in League One.

And Yeovil Town have edged closer to League Two safety. The Glovers drew nil-nil at fellow strugglers Stevenage.

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