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Sallyann John's mother makes emotional appeal

Sally Ann John went missing in Swindon in 1995

The mother of a woman who disappeared in 1995 has appealed for information relating to the newly reopened case.

Detectives in Wiltshire have begun a murder investigation following the disappearance of Sallyann John nearly 20 years ago. Sallyann was 23 when she went missing from her home town of Swindon.

Sallyann's mother Lesley John Credit: ITV West Country

Sally disappeared 19 years a go and I still think of her every day. For years I have wondered where she could be and I have had to deal with the thought that she might have been killed.

For a long time I and all of Sally’s family and friends have not known what happened to her, where she is or if she was even alive. As the years have past this has not got any easier and has become something that I live with. However, I have never given up the hope that one day she might walk through the door.

She was a bright and beautiful girl who could make anyone smile. She had lots of friends in Swindon and many people knew her. I still cannot believe that in all these years no one has come forward to say where Sally is. Someone out there knows what happened to Sally. It is horrible to think that she might have been hurt or alone. We really want to know what happened to Sally and someone in Swindon has this information, so I am pleading with you to go to the police. In all these years lives change and so do friendships and relationships. I know the police want to hear from anyone who knew Sally, and I would urge them to come forward – they may not have spoken to police at the time she disappeared but now they might be able to. That small bit of information might be the key to giving us closure and finally knowing what happened to our girl. It won’t bring her back but it will ease our suffering. Please come forward and help us find Sally.

– Lesley John

12 year sentence for Swindon knife attacker

Dzung Nguyen Credit: Wiltshire Police

A man has been sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for two offences of Grievous Bodily Harm in Swindon.

On Tuesday 18th November 2014 at Swindon Crown Court, 20 year old Dzung Nguyen, was jailed after pleading guilty to two counts of wounding with intent to cause Grievous Bodily Harm.

These were two extremely violent attacks involving knives, one of which took place in broad daylight in front of a large number of people, some of whom were with their children. First and foremost, I would like to praise the members of the public that provided us with statements about the incidents. One of the witnesses deserves special mention for his bravery in actually intercepting the attack in the Town Gardens. This was a complex investigation that involved a number of officers from Swindon CID. The conviction of Nguyen is testament to their hard work and sends a clear message to the community that Wiltshire Police take incidents such as these extremely seriously.

– Detective Constable Nick Bishop


Man sustains shocking injuries in Swindon assault

Man sustains shocking injuries following Swindon assault Credit: Wiltshire police

Wiltshire police have released shocking images of a man who was assaulted in Swindon during a robbery.

The man was attacked when he was walking through Faringdon Park on Wednesday. The two men took his rucksack and wallet before runnig off in the direction of Park Lane. The suspects are described as aged in their late teens to early twenties and one is thought to have been wearing a grey tracksuit with the hood up. Two local men have been arrested on suspicion of robbery and subsequently released on bail pending further enquiries.

The victim received hospital treatment for his injuries.

As we can see in the photograph the victim sustained nasty facial injuries which required hospital treatment. He was very shaken by the attack. I am appealing for the help of the community and would like to hear from anyone who may have seen the robbery or who has information regarding those responsible. Any information could be crucial to the investigation.

– DC Mark Harris

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Harris on 101 or call Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 where details may be left anonymously if preferred.

Police warn of dangers faced by sex workers

Police in Wiltshire are continuing to investigate the suspected murder of a sex worker, who went missing from Swindon nearly 20 years ago.

Sally Ann John was 23 when she disappeared. She was last seen in Aylesbury Street in September 1995. Detectives are visiting witnesses and reviewing evidence from the original case and want to hear from anyone with information.

PC Louise Kuklinski, of Wiltshire Police Vice Squad, warns of the dangers faced by sex workers.

Swindon road closed following gas leak

Road closed following gas leak in Swindon Credit: ITV West Country

The Great Western Way in Swindon is closed following a major gas leak. Motorists are being advised to avoid it and surrounding roads.

The dual carriageway has been closed in both directions between Bruce Street Bridges and North Star. Emergency engineers are currently on site. There are diversions in place.

Cause of death of Swindon man at recycling plant 'unascertained'

An inquest has been unable to find out how a man from Swindon died after his remains were found in a recycling plant.

The remains of 34 year old Matthew Symondes were found at the recycling plant at Avonmouth in Bristol in August. An inquest was told that the cause of death was 'unascertained'.

It is thought the body had been transported from a commercial recycling plant in Swindon. The inquest was told he had to be identified by finger print analysis

The inquest was adjourned to a date to be fixed.


Police appeal for witnesses in Sally Ann John disappearance

Sally Ann John went missing in Swindon in 1995

Police are appealing for witnesses after reclassifying the disappearance of Sally Ann John as a murder investigation.

The 23 year old prostitute went missing from Swindon in 1995.

Today, Wiltshire Police is appealing for any witnesses and information relating to the disappearance and suspected murder of Sally Ann John (known as Sally or Sal).

Sally was 23 years old when she went missing from her hometown of Swindon in 1995. She has not been seen or heard from since this time.

This reinvestigation was initiated following a review of the original investigation and significant new lines of enquiry were established.

This has been reclassified as a murder investigation as detectives believe it is likely that Sally was murdered following her disappearance in 1995.

She was last seen in the Aylesbury Street/Station Road area of Swindon at approximately 10.45pm on Friday September 8th 1995.

Wiltshire Police launched a high profile missing person’s inquiry which ran until December 13th 1995 but, she was never found.

Sally was born and brought up in Swindon and lived at Kimmeridge Close in Nythe and was working as a sex worker in the town at the time of her disappearance.

Sally maintained a good relationship with her family – in particular her mother Lesley John and had a circle of friends in the town.

Although the original missing person investigation concluded in 1995, Sally has remained a missing person on the Wiltshire Police database.

As part of this reinvestigation, Wiltshire Police will be revisiting witnesses and evidence from the original investigation.

Wiltshire Police have been in contact with Sally’s family and will be supporting them throughout this process.

I would like to hear from anyone who may have information on Sally’s disappearance – no matter how small or insignificant they may think this.

This includes any information regarding sightings of her in the days leading up to, during and after Friday 8th September 1995, any contact with her after this period or any information in the days leading up to her disappearance.

Someone, somewhere has vital information regarding Sally's disappearance and I urge them to make contact with us.

I would also like to make it clear that we appreciate that people’s lives will have changed in the last 19 years and that relationships may now be different. I would like to reassure callers that any information received will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Anyone with information, no matter how insignificant they might think it is, should contact Wiltshire Police on a dedicated phone number for this investigation 0800 056 0944 or if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

– Detective Inspector Tim Corner, Major Crime Investigation Team

Police re-investigate the disappearance of a Swindon prostitute in 1995

Sally Ann John went missing in Swindon in 1995

Police are re-investigating the disappearance of a woman who went missing from Swindon in 1995.

24 year old Sally Ann John, a prostitute in the town, was last seen in the Manchester Road area. Police say at the moment there are no plans to interview Christopher Halliwell. He is currently serving a 25 year sentence for the murder of Sian O'Callaghan in 2011.

Searches completed in Becky Godden investigation

A policeman stands guard at the house in Ashbury Avenue in Swindon Credit: ITV News

Police investigating the murder of Becky Godden-Edwards have now completed the search of the former home of the suspect in Swindon.

Taxi driver Christopher Halliwell, who is serving life for the murder of Sian O'Callaghan and directed police to Becky's body, used to live at the home in Ashbury Avenue.

Work is now complete at the house and a number of items have been sent for forensic analysis. The results of these tests are expected to take some weeks.

The investigation continues and further lines of enquiry have been developed following the new witnesses who came forward as a result of the activity this week.

We will continue to work closely with Becky's family and keep them updated with our progress.

I am pleased with the response from the public to our latest appeal but I would still urge anyone who has information about Becky's disappearance to come forward. There will be people out there who saw her over the Christmas 2002/New Year 2003 period and these people may hold vital details which could help us with this investigation. I can assure callers that information will be taken in the strictest confidence.

– DCI Sean Memory, Wiltshire Police

Officers have thanked residents for their understanding and help during the search, which they stress has nothing to do with the current occupants of the house.

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