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New appeal for information in Sally Ann murder inquiry

Sally Ann went missing in Swindon 20 years ago, at the age of 23. Credit: Wiltshire Police

Police have renewed their appeal for anyone with information on the suspected murder of Sally Ann John to come forward.

Sally Ann went missing in Swindon 20 years ago, at the age of 23. She had been working as a prostitute at the time. Last year the inquiry into her disappearance was reclassified as a murder investigation.

Forensic teams are searching her last known address in Nythe this week, and police are putting up appeal posters in the area.

Wiltshire Police DCI Jeremy Carter says information from the public could be "crucial in helping us achieve justice for Sally Ann, and her family".

Wiltshire Police are putting up posters appealing for information. Credit: Wiltshire Police


Rail staff due to start industrial action

Credit: ITV West Country

Signalling staff are due to start industrial action today in a dispute over the dismissal of a colleague in Swindon.

Signalmen at Swindon A and Thames Valley Signalling Centres are refusing to work any overtime for two weeks.

Network Rail say they are taking steps to reduce the impact on services and are continuing to negotiate with the RMT union.

Pride of Britain: See the moment this amazing man found out he was our winner

Alex Hutchings has raised tens of thousands of pounds for families affected by cancer. Credit: ITV West Country
Credit: ITV West Country

Alex Hutchings, from Swindon, was inspired to raise money after watching his dad die of cancer. He has used his love of boating to raise tens of thousands of pounds to help other families affected by the disease.

He is our Pride of Britain Local Fundraiser for 2015, and the person we will be sending to London for the Pride of Britain Awards. Watch the amazing moment he and his wife found out - and be prepared for some tears...


Can you help find missing 14-year-old Melissa?

Melissa Bowles went missing from a leisure centre in North Wales last week. Credit: Wiltshire Police

14-year-old Melissa Bowles from Swindon has not been seen since she went missing from the Bala Leisure Centre in North Wales last Thursday.

She may have been spotted in Swindon town centre and the Parks area in the last few days.

The teenager was least seen wearing a purple hooded top and baggy black and white trousers, and carrying a multi-coloured backpack.

Anyone with any information should contact Wiltshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous,

Is missing Robert Makgill in Swindon? Police are trying to find the West's "other missing DJ"

DJ Robert Makgill has been missing since July 8th Credit: ITV News

Police searching for the West's 'other missing DJ' – Robert Makgill – say he may be in Swindon.

The 45-year-old works as an interior designer, but is better known as a DJ on the West Country music scene, going under the name 'DJ Dazzler'. He hasn't been seen by his family since July 8, just a couple of days before the last sighting of Bristol DJ Derek Serpell-Morris.

Police believe he could have been in Swindon as recently as ten days ago.

"Since our initial appeal, we have had several reported sightings of Robert in the Wiltshire area. Specifically, we've had information to suggest he may have been in the Swindon town centre area last Friday, August 14."

– Wiltshire Police

Police say since Robert was reported missing they have followed up more than 350 leads. His family have set up a Facebook appeal to try to locate him.

Swindon crop circle has raised more than £5,000

It has been likened to the Egyptian Sun God Horus on social media.

A bird-like crop circle which appeared in a wheat field near Swindon, has helped to raise more than £5,000 so far for the Great Western Hospital.

Walkers are being asked to donate £3 to see it with the money hoping to fund a new radiotherapy unit at the hospital.

The unexplained formation appeared at Weir Farm, which is owned by farmer James Hussey, who lost his wife Gill to cancer last year.

Mr Hussey has teamed up with crop circle researcher Paul Jacobs to offer passers-by the chance to learn more about it.

It's absolutely fantastic what James and Paul are doing for our Radiotherapy Appeal – I have been up to see the crop circle and it really is very impressive.

This is another brilliant example of an innovative way to raise money being used to help bring life-saving treatment to Swindon.

– Jennifer Green, Brighter Futures
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