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Swindon Town are 'shocked and saddened' by manager's resignation

Swindon Town Chairman, Lee Power, has released a statement following the resignation of manager Martin Ling.

Credit: Swindon Town

Martin rang me yesterday morning to let me know that he was resigning as manager. I was both shocked and extremely saddened but fully respected his decision.

In a very short period of time, Martin has done an excellent job by winning five of his eight league games in charge and moving us out of and away from the League 1 relegation zone. Martin has proved that he is still a very good football manager but sometimes in life, things are far more important than football and Martin felt that the stresses of the job were not good for his health going forward.

With his previous health issues, he felt that staying in the job was a risk he could not take for the sake of his family. Everyone at Swindon Town fully respects his decision and he will always be welcome back at the County Ground.

I have not spent as much time with Martin as I would have liked during his time in charge nor have I had the opportunity to nurture and develop a working relationship with him as I have been out of the country for most of his tenure. However, I would like to place on record my personal thanks to Martin. He is a football man through and through and is a very honest, hard-working man who loves Swindon Town Football Club. I saw Martin this morning and he asked me to thank his staff, the players and the supporters for their backing during his time at the club.

In the short term, Luke Williams will be in charge of the first team starting with Saturday’s game at Port Vale. The search for a new permanent manager has already begun and I hope to have the new man in place as soon as possible.

– Lee Power, Swindon Town Chairman

Swindon Town manager Martin Ling resigns

Martin Ling had been Swindon manager for just 56 days Credit: David Davies/PA Archive

Swindon Town manager Martin Ling has resigned for health reasons. Ling only took over at the County Ground on November 3 and guided the Robins to five wins in his nine games during his 56-day spell in charge.

Ling took time out for depression during his time as Torquay manager in February 2013 and the Swindon job was his first managerial role since he left Plainmoor.

"Swindon Town have today been informed that Martin Ling has resigned from his position as first team manager due to health reasons."

– Club statement


Gassman sisters who killed mother of eight sentenced to combined 31 years in jail

Charice Gassman (left) and her sister Amberstasia (right) were found guilty of murder and manslaughter respectively. Credit: Gassman sisters

Two sisters from Swindon found guilty of killing a mother of eight have been sentenced to a combined 31 years in jail for murder and manslaughter.

19-year-old Charice Gassman was found guilty of murder and was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 19 years.

Her 22-year-old sister Amberstasia was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 12 years in jail with a minimum term of six years.

The victim Alison Connolly was fatally stabbed outside her daughter's home in May this year.

She suffered a single stab wound to the chest and died in hospital.

Alison Connolly died from a single stab wound. Credit: Family photo

Judge Graham Cottle told the sisters:

"Both of you were involved in a joint enterprise which left Alison bleeding to death from a stab injury inflicted by you."

"She died there and those near and dear to her have been deprived of a mother and a grandmother and a very good friend."

"That afternoon, in what was clearly a prolonged incident, Alison had gone to a convenience store. It's not possible to know what was said but there was this continuation of this unpleasantness."

"Alison delivered a head butt to you. It was painful and caused injury to your forehead. You wanted to settle the score. This killing is explained by the fact that you wanted revenge."

– Judge Graham Cottle

Mrs. Connolly's family said they will never forgive the killer sisters. Her daughter Tanya Heys said:

"My beautiful, happy, loving mummy has gone. We have never had a death in my family. At first I couldn't believe it. She will never get to spend time with her grandchildren. I wish I could call her. I wish I could give her one last hug."

"I will never forgive the girls who did this to her. I think my mum would've forgiven them but she is not here."

– Tanya Heys

The court heard Charice had a previous conviction for biting a 14-year-old on the face. She looked visibly upset as she waved to her family while she was removed from the dock along with her sister.

Post-natal depression: Swindon woman who took her own life given 'inadequate help'

New evidence shows there's been an increase in the number of women dying after giving birth because of mental health issues.

Experts argue many of those deaths can be prevented but that was not the case for one woman from Swindon who took her own life after giving birth.

Emma Caddywold suffered from post-natal depression after the birth of her son Harrison. Her family say the help she got was inadequate.

Katie Rowlett reports:

Inquest into death of 11-year-old cyclist hit by roadsweeper

Daniel Climance was out cycling with his family when he was hit by a roadsweeper. Credit: Wiltshire Police

An inquest is being held today into the death of a young cyclist from Wiltshire who was hit by a roadsweeper.

11-year-old Daniel Climance from Purton was killed in June when he pulled out into the road to avoid a parked car. He was on a bike ride with his father and brother when it happened.

His family have described him as "a beautiful, loving child with a fantastic sense of humour", and a lot of friends.

Daniel's friends lay flowers at the scene of his death. Credit: ITV West Country
Credit: ITV West Country


Man found guilty of the manslaughter of a cyclist and convicted for attacking woman with a snooker cue

Tom Rogers died after being stabbed several times with a knife in Swindon Credit: Wiltshire Police

A Swindon man's been convicted for killing a 60 year old cyclist and attacking a woman with a snooker cue.

29 year old Jason Voong stabbed 60-year-old Aulton (Tom) Rogers on a cycle path between the Oasis Leisure Centre and Station Roadin the town in June, just weeks after assaulting Leanne James on her way home from work at the same spot.

From the outset Voong admitted to killing Tom, but pleaded not guilty to his murder as he was suffering from a recognised mental disorder. Today he was found guilty of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Voong was also found guilty of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on 23 year old Leanne James, who he attacked on the same cycle path in May 2014.

“Tom was brutally killed by Voong as he cycled home from his job at the Woodlands Edge pub in Peatmoor. This was a totally unprovoked attack and, tragically, it appears that Tom was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Tom’s death took place just over a month after Leanne James was left with serious head injuries after she was attacked by Voong on the same cycle path. Thankfully, she survived this attack.

Voong is a violent and very dangerous individual who has twice randomly attacked members of the public with no apparent motive."

– Superintendent Sean Memory

Voong will be sentenced at Bristol Crown Court on a date yet to be fixed.

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