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Smoke warning after large fire breaks out in Swindon industrial estate

Residents in Swindon are being urged to keep doors and windows closed as Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service tackles a large fire.

People living in the Thornhill Road area of South Marston are being urged to stay inside while crews tackle the blaze.

Firefighters were called to a derelict 50m x 60m industrial unit – part of the old Crown Timber site – on Thornhill Road just before 7pm this evening (12 July) and found a well developed fire.

The service says significant smoke is rising from the scene. Officers from Wiltshire Police are visiting local homes to share this advice with anyone who has concerns.

Anyone concerned that they may have been affected by the smoke should call NHS 111 or seek other medical advice.

Man sentenced to life in prison for historic rape

Secure life sentence for rapist David Meads who attacked a woman 30 years ago. Credit: Wiltshire Police

David John Mears has been sentenced to life in prison, to serve a minimum of 8 years, for a Swindon rape more than 30 years ago

Despite an initial investigation no-one was arrested at the time, but detectives called upon modern forensic methods to unearth new clues.

The 60-year-old, from Plymouth, has been charged with rape, false imprisonment and indecent assault - carried out in Swindon on 12 August 1987. He remains in police custody.


Flying Scotsman makes flying visit

The iconic steam train passes by Kennet and Avon Canal on a visit to Wiltshire earlier this year Credit: PA

The world's most famous locomotive - the Flying Scotsman passed through Swindon this week. It came as the railway town celebrates 175 years of industry.

The steam train has been recently renovated and is touring the country.

  • Watch the Flying Scotsman travelling through Wiltshire courtesy
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