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Swindon BMW workers strike over pensions

Staff at Swindon's BMW plant are striking today over a pension dispute.

It is the second of a series of eight 24 hour strikes - with Swindon participating in five of them.

On Wednesday, the plant in the Stratton area of the town saw workers take industrial action for the first time since the 1980s.

It comes after the company's announced it was to close the final salary pension scheme.

BMW say they "regretted" the decision by Unite to stage industrial action.



Mother and daughter assaulted as flat 'ransacked' by two men

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Police in Swindon say they are urgently seeking the public’s help to find two men after a flat in the town was ransacked late last night - with two women assaulted.

A couple who live in an upstairs flat in Rodbourne Road had gone out at about 11pm, leaving the woman’s 52-year-old mother alone watching TV.

A short time later, two men broke in by smashing their way through the glass front door. The woman was pinned to the sofa and threatened by the men, who were demanding money. One of the men stabbed her in the arm and thigh.

The men then ransacked the flat, ripping the wardrobe doors off their hinges and slashing the sofa.

When they heard the couple returning, one of them punched the older woman in the face before running downstairs and punching the woman’s daughter.

They escaped in a black VW Passat.

This was a traumatic and violent experience for both the mother and her daughter.

– Det Sgt Scott Anger

The men are described as being of Middle eastern appearance, in their late 20s, of average height and medium build and each wearing hoodies.

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