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Man arrested on suspicion of murder after fatal house fire

Drew Street is a residential area in Swindon.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and arson following a fatal house fire in Swindon.

Emergency services were called to a property on Drew Street at 5.40am on Saturday morning.

A woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are appealing for witnesses:

I would like to thank the local community for their help and patience while we carry out our work.

Also, I would like to appeal for anyone who may have heard or seen anything suspicious in the Drew Street/Morris Street area, in the earlier hours of Saturday morning.

– Det Insp Paul Catton

Investigation underway after woman dies in house fire

Drew Street is a residential area in Swindon. Credit: ITV News

Police are investigating after a woman died in a house fire in Swindon.

Emergency services were called to a property on Drew Street at 5.40am on Saturday morning.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say they're working with the Fire Service to determine how the blaze started.

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Ofsted criticism of schools came 'out of the blue'

The damning Ofsted letter Credit: ITV News

Schoolchildren in Swindon are being failed at every level of their education, according to the region's chief inspector. In a damning assessment, Ofsted's Bradley Simmons says what he's uncovered gives 'cause for serious concern'.

He says rather than tackle its problems, the local authority has only tried to defend itself against any criticism. Mr Simmons has written a letter making sure all the key parties are aware of the concerns.

Our presenter Ian Axton asked Cllr David Renard, Leader of Swindon Borough Council about the poor results.

Cllr Renard told us that the letter came out of the blue and was at odds with what Bradley Simmons had written earlier this year. He also said it was at odds with what other inspectors have said.

  • Watch the interview with Cllr David Renard in full
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