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Man carrying samurai sword arrested

The samurai sword seized during the arrest. Credit: Royal Wootton Bassett and Cricklade Police

A 31-year-old man from Swindon has been arrested in Royal Wootton Bassett following reports of a man carrying a samurai sword.

An officer from the Special Constabulary was alerted by a member of the public at approximately 3.30pm on Sunday 11 June.

Officers arrested a man within just four minutes of the initial report and he was held on suspicion of possession of a bladed article.

We understand that incidents of this nature will cause concern amongst our close knit community, and incidents of this nature are rare.

Nobody was injured and officers were able to swiftly arrest the man, who remains in custody at this time.

This incident happened on the same day as a Royal British Legion parade through the town, and I would like to stress that it was completely unrelated and had no impact on the parade itself.

– Sergeant Neil Duffin, Wiltshire Police

Swindon Town name new manager

Swindon Town have named their new manager as David Flitcroft.

The former Bury manager has a background as a player, a coach and a manager, and guided the Manchester club to promotion into League One.

Swindon say Flitcroft has been "given a very competitive budget", and they hope he will keep the team competing at the top of League Two.

The club has taken its time over this appointment as it was vital after relegation that we got the right man to take the club forward and give us the best chance of promotion back to League One at the first time of asking.

We are convinced David is this man.

– Swindon Town

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Swindon Town calls meeting over County Ground purchase

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Swindon Town fans will attend a meeting tonight about the club's bid to buy the County Ground.

The meeting organised by the Trust STFC will update supporters about the future direction of both the organisation and the club.

Following the club's pursuit of the stadium freehold, talks with the Swindon Borough Council have continued positively and the club's board is now in a position to inform Trust members, Swindon Town fans and Swindon's taxpayers about the project’s status.

Eight arrested as man left with broken collar bone

Eight people have been arrested after a man was left with a broken collar bone following a serious assault.

The 19-year-old also suffered head injuries and wounds to his face during the attack at around 12.20am on May 1 in Swindon.

He remains in a stable condition in hospital.

Police have now arrested five men and three women on suspicion of grievous bodily harm following the incident outside Byron's Wine Bar in Regent Circus.

This is believed to be an isolated incident and our enquiries are continuing. We would like anyone who was in the area at the time of the assault to come forward and speak with us.

It was very busy in this area of town at the time of the incident and I'm sure there will have been further witnesses to the incident.

– DS Mark Lewis from Swindon CID
The incident happened outside Byron's Bar in Swindon Credit: Google Earth

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'You come with me' - appeal after stranger took child by the hand

It happened on Curtis Street, Swindon. Credit: Google Earth

Wiltshire Police are appealing for witnesses after what they describe as a "suspicious incident" in Swindon.

Around 4pm on Sunday 9 April a woman and her two-year-old were walking along Curtis Street, towards the Tented Market, when they were approached by a man who took hold of the child's hand and said: "You come with me; I take you to school."

The mother told him to let go, which he did.

Description

  • an Indian man
  • 50-60-years-old
  • around 5'2" tall
  • slim
  • short dark hair
  • wearing a light blue shirt and cream coloured trousers
  • pulling a blue shopping bag on wheels

If you were in the area at that time and heard or saw what happened or anything which seemed suspicious, please contact me.

– Det Con Snez Lennon, Swindon CID

If you can help the police please contact Swindon CID on 101 or anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

A 65-year-old local man was arrested in relation to this incident and has been released under investigation.

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.

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