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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.

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.


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

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.

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