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Body found as police search for missing Swindon man

Paul Griffiths went missing on 29th September Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police searching for a missing man from Swindon have found a body. 60 year old Paul Griffiths was reported missing on 29th September. The body was found yesterday in Bristol during an organised search.

Although formal identification has not completed, police have updated Paul’s family of this development.

Support for schoolmates of young man who died in Canadian boat tragedy

18-year-old Stephen Thomas and his father David. Credit: ITV News

Pupils at Isambard Community School in Swindon are to be offered extra support following the death of former pupil Stephen Thomas.

18-year-old Stephen died along with his father David Thomas in a Canadian whale watching tragedy a week ago. The boat they were on capsized and sank, killing six people. It's the first day back for students of his former school.


Tributes pour in for 'talented young man'

Stephen Thomas, 18, and his father died after a whale watching boat sank off Tofino in Canada. Credit: ITV News

Stephen Thomas, was an aspiring photographer, winning several awards.

He won first place in the Down's Syndrome Association's My Perspective Photography Competition. It's a place where the 18 year-old will be remembered fondly:

"Everyone at The Down’s Syndrome Association and the Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group were deeply saddened to hear the news of the deaths of Stephen and David Thomas.

Stephen was a very talented young man and a gifted photographer. His love of photography started when he was 8 years old. We were all delighted when Stephen’s beautiful image ‘Moraine Lake’ won the national ‘My Perspective’ photographic competition last year.

Stephen’s father David was a huge supporter of the Down’s Syndrome Association and one of the driving forces behind the Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group where he was a Trustee.

All of our thoughts and condolences are with the Thomas family at this terrible time."

– Carol Boys, CEO, Down’sSyndrome Association

Swindon's MP in touch with Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Following the news that two Swindon men have died in the Canadian boat tragedy, Swindon's MP Robert Buckland has tweeted he is in contact with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to get more information.


CCTV of man police want to speak to in connection with assault

CCTV footage of a man police want to speak to has been released, alongside a picture of the shirt he was wearing, and later discarded.

Police are urging members of the public to come forward with any suspicions.

We would be very confident to say that any male that you put forward we would be able to eliminate forensically if it's not the male in question.

Obviously we are very keen to arrest this male, and my message to him is if it is you, then give yourself up to the nearest police station because we will find you, we will arrest you and we will bring you to justice.

– Detective Inspector Marj MacCallum
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