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Vehicle fire on the M4 grinds traffic to a halt

The M4 is blocked in both directions between Chippenham and Swindon.

A vehicle is on fire - the smoke has caused traffic to be halted as a safety measure.

Emergency services are on the scene.


Agreement reached over BMW pensions dispute

The BMW plant in Swindon. Credit: ITV West Country

Workers at car giant BMW, which has a plant in Swindon, have voted overwhelmingly to accept a revised offer over the closure of their final salary pension scheme, ending the threat of more strikes.

Members of Unite, who make the Mini and Rolls-Royce cars, backed the offer by 81.5%. The workers took part in a series of strikes and had threatened more industrial action.

Three women arrested for brothel offences in Swindon

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Wiltshire Police has arrested three Romanian women for brothel offences.

They are being held in custody at Gablecross police station. They are due to be transferred to an immigration centre and then deported back to Romania.

Two warrants were executed on June 29 at a property on Valleyside and a property on Stafford Street.

Three Romanian women were at the address on Valleyside along with a Romanian man - all three women had been advertising sex work on-line.

The women were spoken to and no offences of trafficking or coercion were disclosed.

Two of the three women had been visited by Wiltshire Police's HEET (Human Exploitation and Emerging Threats) team in April 2017 and given warnings about operating a brothel, despite this, the sex work continued.

At the address on Stafford Street, one Romanian woman sex worker was present who had also been spoken to in April 2017.

She was served paperwork by immigration enforcement officers stating she must find legitimate work in the next 30 days.

Brain injury centre to close amid NHS 'pressures and changes'

Princess Anne opening the unit in Swindon in 2013. Credit: ITV News

A centre for people with brain injuries and mental health needs in Swindon is to close due to "pressures and changes within the NHS".

The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust said it had made the "difficult decision" to shut Chalkdown House after "significant financial losses" caused by falling admissions and difficulties in recruiting staff.

39 people are at risk of redundancy.

Five people are currently being treated at the centre and will be moved to be treated elsewhere.

This is a sensitive time for everyone involved - for the people at the centre, their families and for the affected staff but we genuinely feel that this is the right decision.

The Trust will provide all the advice and support we can over the coming months.

– Penny Blackmore, interim Director of BIRT

CCTV released after fraud and theft from shops in Swindon

CCTV image of the man Wiltshire Police are searching for. Credit: Wiltshire Police

Wiltshire Police have released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to in connection with an incident of theft and fraud.

At approximately 8.30pm on May 12, a man left his bank card in the self-service check-outs in Morrisons, Eldene.

He noticed within 10 minutes and informed the card company.

However it had already been used fraudulently for two separate transactions to purchase items at Morrisons and McColls.


Man charged with GBH after Trowbridge incident

The incident took place in Charlotte Square. Credit: Google Earth

A man has been charged following an incident in Charlotte Square in Trowbridge, during the early hours of Saturday morning.

Tyrone Triggs, 36, from Bradford-on-Avon, has been charged with section 18 GBH and possession of a bladed article in a public place.

He has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Swindon Magistrates Court on 12 June 2017.

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

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.

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