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Derelict pub turned into cannabis factory

The loft of the pub was full of harvested cannabis being dried Credit: West Swindon Neighbourhood Policing Team

Police in Swindon have discovered a cannabis factory inside the Old Meerkat Pub, Beatrice Street, Swindon.

The derelict pub contained 143 mature cannabis plants.

An Albanian man was found inside the property and has been charged with production of a Class B Drug as well as entering the country illegally. He has been remanded in custody.

The building has been cleared of all the cannabis plants and growing equipment and the property has been handed back over to the landlord.

Some of the hundreds of cannabis plants found at the site Credit: West Swindon Neighbourhood Policing Team

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Npower to lose 2,500 jobs nationwide

Energy company Npower, whose head office is based in Swindon, is to lose 2,500 jobs. They currently employ 11,500 people across the UK.

Npower is owned by the German company RWE and and last year posted losses of £48 million for the first nine months of the year.

Job cuts at Npower are expected to be made on Tuesday Credit: Andy Hepburn/PA Wire

Union leaders say they believe the Swindon headquarters of energy company Npower should be relatively unaffected by planned job cuts.

2,500 jobs are to go at the firm which supplies energy to 5 million homes. It's thought they will be largely be in the call centres in the Yorkshire and the North East among outsourced contract staff.

Tree split in half by Storm Imogen

A tree has been split in half in Swindon by Storm Imogen. Strong gusts of winds have been recorded across the south west and weather warnings are in place.

Emergency services are warning people to take extra care on the roads because of the strong winds.

Tree has been split in half by Storm Imogen in Swindon Credit: Natalie Williams
Storm Imogen is battering the south west Credit: Natalie Williams
Tree damage caused by Storm Imogen Credit: Natalie Williams

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15-year-old charged with attempted murder after Swindon stabbing

The incident happened in the Wharf Green area near to the Coral Bookmakers last Saturday evening (January 23).

An 18-year-old man was taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol with several puncture wounds to his back.

Nine teenagers were earlier arrested in connection with the incident.

Lorry driver finds himself in a tight squeeze in Swindon

The lorry was left on its side as it failed to fit under the bridge. Credit: William Lee

A lorry driver found himself in a tight squeeze in Swindon as he realised too late he had miscalculated the height of his truck.

The red-faced driver was forced to leave his lorry part wedged under a 14ft bridge on Wootton Bassett Road, which resulted in a temporary closure of the A3102. The road is now open.

Credit: William Lee

We got the call at 7.50am to a lorry on its side.

The lorry driver was not seriously injured.

– Wiltshire Police
Credit: William Lee

Nine people arrested after Swindon stabbing

Nine people have been arrested in connection with a stabbing in Swindon town centre Credit: PA

Nine people have been arrested in connection with a stabbing in Swindon town centre.

The incident happened at yesterday evening (Jan 23) near to Coral Bookmakers, in Wharf Green.

An 18-year-old man was taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol with several puncture wounds to his back. He remains in a serious condition.

The nine teenagers arrested in connection with the incident are all male and aged between 13 and 18. They remain in police custody at this stage.

This was a violent incident involving a group of young people, which has resulted in an 18-year-old man being rushed to hospital with serious injuries.

The incident happened shortly before 7.30pm - it is likely there would have been people in the area at the time and I would like to urgently appeal to those people who have not already been spoken to by police, to contact us immediately. Any information you have, no matter how small, may be crucial to our investigations.

Understandably, incidents like this will cause concern amongst the local community. I would like to reassure residents that we are conducting a thorough and robust investigation in to the incident.

– Sergeant Gareth Kitchener
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