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Patient tested for ebola in Swindon

Patient tested for ebola in Swindon Credit: ITV News

A patient is being tested for Ebola at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon.

The hospital trust says the individual has recently returned from West Africa and is being kept in isolation at a precaution.

Tests have been carried out - the results are expected this evening or tomorrow.

South West Ambulance Service Hazardous Area Response Team transported the patient from South Gloucestershire to the hospital.

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust can confirm it is caring for an individual with a history of travel to West Africa who is being tested for Ebola as a precautionary measure.

The Trust is awaiting the results of the sample, which is being screened for a variety of infectious diseases prevalent in the affected countries, one of which is Ebola.

Local people, other patients or visitors to the hospital should not be concerned. It is important to remember that contact with blood or other body fluids is needed for Ebola to be transmitted from one person to another. As a precaution the patient is being kept in isolation until blood test results are available.

The Trust has robust and established systems in place to manage patients with suspected infectious diseases and will be following agreed and tested national guidance for possible Ebola cases. A range of staff have undergone training in dealing with such patients and appropriate personal protective equipment will be used, much of which forms part of day to day infection prevention and control procedures.

– Statement from Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

A spokeswoman for the ambulance service said: "We can confirm the hazardous area response team has transported a patient into Great Western Hospital.

That patient has recently returned from West Africa and has made complaints of feeling unwell.

HART is carrying out all standard procedures to make the patient safe whilst they are transported.

– South West Ambulance Service, Spokesperson

Swindon Town FC hoping for a deal over unpaid rent

Swindon Town Football Club say the cost of repairing and maintaining the County Ground should be a mitigating factor in their unpaid rent dispute with the council.

The club are looking to reach a compromise with Swindon Borough Council over more than £50,000 of unpaid rent for the grounds, for which they are due in court next month.

Swindon Town faces eviction if the outstanding amount is not payed. Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport

We are keen to come to some understanding with the Council on these arrears in light of these significant costs and are currently in active dialogue with them to agree on a pragmatic way forward given that, at heart, both parties have a mutuality of interest in ensuring a compromise is reached.

– Swindon Town Football Club
The club says the County Ground is expensive to maintain and repair. Credit: Jon Buckle/EMPICS Sport

The council have said an exception would be particularly difficult to make as it faces a budget gap of £2m for this year.

The council agreed it would not allow whoever owned the club to rack up huge debts, because in the past this led to it having to write-off large sums of money in order for the club to survive. We can’t afford to do that again.

– Swindon Borough Council Spokesman

This is not the first time Swindon Town have had financial troubles. Earlier this year the club was in arrears with the police over unpaid bills of tens of thousands of pounds for policing at matches.


Police continue search for property of Sian O'Callaghan

Sian O'Callaghan Credit: Family

Officers from Wiltshire's Major Crime Investigation Team are continuing to search for property belonging to murder victim Sian O’Callaghan.

The 22-year-old was murdered in 2011 by minicab driver Christopher Halliwell.

Today police are searching another field between the villages of Bourton and Bishopstone. Officers have received information that Sian's property may be in this area.

Multi-million pound growth deal signed for Swindon

Nick Clegg signs multi-million pound contract in Swindon Credit: ITV West Country

The Deputy Prime Minister has been in Swindon to sign a contract that will bring up to one thousand five hundred jobs to the area.

The growth deal will mean more than £129 million investment in the region. It will see 2000 homes being built by 2021. The plan also include new transport schemes and a science park at Porton Down.

Christmas ban on roadworks in Swindon

Swindon Borough Council wants to keep roads moving over Christmas Credit: PA

Swindon Borough Council has put in a Christmas ban on roadworks over the festive season.

The plan to keep traffic flow as smooth as possible came into effect over the weekend, and will prevent any planned highways or utilities work being carried out until Monday 5th January.

The embargo will cover all main arterial routes in Swindon, as well as major routes in the town centre. A total of 51 roads are included.

If any emergency work needs to be carried out on the roads covered by the embargo, the Council will work with utility companies to keep disruption to a minimum.

The last couple of months have been very challenging with major road, drainage, anti-flood schemes and electricity supply improvements being completed by the utility companies and the Council.

Motorists in Swindon have been incredibly patient over the last couple of months and I hope this festive ban means everyone can move around to do their shopping, see their families and make the most of the Christmas period

– Cllr Dale Heenan, Swindon Borough Council

Swindon Chinese takeaway fined £9,000 for hygiene breaches

Lawyers for the takeaway owner said he was determined to turn his business around Credit: ITV News

A Chinese takeaway owner has been given a hefty fine after he was caught preparing food on a carpet tile.

Wen Hui Ni, who has been running the Eat Well takeaway for the past two years, accepted 10 charges, amounting to a £9,000 fine.

Swindon Magistrates' Court heard how there was a risk of cross contamination, at the take-away and that food did not have date labels on.

One visit by inspectors in January this year, revealed a tub of raw pooled eggs, stored directly above cooked meat in an operating fridge.

A work surface for preparation of raw meat was being used as a cleaning area and storing place for cooked meats.

They also found staff preparing food on carpet tiles at the takeaway, in Cricklade Road in Swindon.

Phil Wirth, prosecuting, said: "The ceiling in the rear side room was damaged, risking shedding into anything that was stored there.

"A work surface for preparation of raw meat was being used as a cleaning area and storing place for cooked meats.

"Repeated failures in cleaning pointed to a lack of appreciation of food hygiene. Other issues included a bucket containing raw meats being stored next to cooked materials."


Elderly couple in hospital after attacked in Swindon home

Elderly couple attacked in their home in Swindon Credit: Wiltshire Police

An elderly couple are in hospital after being assaulted and robbed at their home in Swindon. Four men forced their way into the house in Cheney Manor in Rodbourne at 6pm last night. The men assaulted the couple in their 70s, who sustained facial injuries and took cash from the home.

This is a horrific attack on an elderly couple in their own home. We will be speaking to them again later today and have a team of detectives working on the case. Our Crime Scene Investigators have been examining the house and officers will be carrying out house to house enquiries in the area.

I would like to appeal for anyone who was in the area to come forward as they may have information which could assist the investigation.

In particular, I would like to hear from anyone who saw men running from the area at around 6:00 pm Sunday evening.

– DS Tom Straker

New find in Sian O'Callaghan murder investigation

Sian O'Callaghan was murdered by minicab driver Christopher Halliwell, who has been jailed for life Credit: Family

Police searching for items belonging to Wiltshire murder victim, Sian O'Callaghan, have made a discovery.

Sian was murdered by minicab driver Christopher Halliwell having been abducted from a nightclub in Swindon in March 2011.

Her boots were found in Ramsbury earlier this year but her handbag, mobile phone and keys are still missing.

Following a tip off, officers have been searching a field between the villages of Bourton and Bishopstone. Today it emerged they have taken an item found in a ditch for forensic analysis.

The search has now ended for the time being.

We continue to be in close contact with Sian’s family and they have always wanted to know what happened to her belongings.

Due to new information we have been searching in this area for the remaining items that are missing and should we find them, we shall be returning them to the family as soon as possible.

– Detective Chief Inspector Sean Memory, Major Crime Investigation Team

New search in Sian O'Callaghan investigation

Sian O'Callaghan was murdered by taxi driver Christopher Halliwell in 2011 Credit: Family

Wiltshire Police have been searching a field near Swindon for items belonging to murder victim Sian O'Callaghan.

She was abducted and murdered in 2011 after leaving a nightclub in Swindon. Her handbag and mobile phone were never found but her boots turned up in a pond near Marlborough earlier this year.

Taxi driver Christopher Halliwell is serving life for her murder.

We can confirm that officers from Wiltshire's Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT) have been searching a field between the villages of Bourton and Bishopstone, about six miles east of Swindon, and just west of the border with Oxfordshire.

These searches are in relation to outstanding property belonging to murder victim Sian O'Callaghan. Officers have received information that Sian's property may be in this area.

The searches have not found any of the outstanding property at this stage.

This is not related to the investigation into the murder of Becky Godden.

– Wiltshire Police spokesperson

Appeal for help to find Swindon teenager

Jessica Horton is not thought to have cash or a mobile phone with her. Credit: Wiltshire Police

Police are appealing for information to help locate a teenage girl from Swindon.

Jessica Horton, 14, was last seen at her school shortly before 9:00 am yesterday (Monday 24 November 2014). She has not been heard from since.

Officers are very concerned for her welfare and ask her to make contact so they can make sure she is safe.

Jessica is around 5ft tall and was last seen wearing a navy blue jumper, skirt and quilted jacket. She was carrying an 'over the shoulder' bag but is not thought to have cash or a mobile phone with her.

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