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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.

Swindon motorists face 'months of misery'

Motorists in Swindon say they are facing months of misery because of numerous roadworks in the town.

There are already ongoing improvements to one of the main roundabouts by the Bruce Street Bridges.

This week Network Rail has also closed Stratton Green bridge for five months while it's upgraded as part of electrification work.

'We'll be opening up the bus gate in Polaris Way, which is one of the key areas for Hawksworth and Swindon College, so that we can reduce some of the congestion in the evenings as people try to go home. We're also rescheduling 19 resurfacing programmes around the town until after this activity has taken place.'

– Cllr Dale Heenan, Swindon Borough Council


Missing Sallyann's mother makes emotional appeal

The mother of a young woman police believe was murdered has made a tearful appeal for information - 19 years after her daughter disappeared.

Sallyann John was last seen alive in September 1995 in the Manchester Road area of Swindon where she'd been working as a prostitute. Police say new leads have prompted them to re-start the investigation.

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.

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