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Ofsted criticism of schools came 'out of the blue'

The damning Ofsted letter Credit: ITV News

Schoolchildren in Swindon are being failed at every level of their education, according to the region's chief inspector. In a damning assessment, Ofsted's Bradley Simmons says what he's uncovered gives 'cause for serious concern'.

He says rather than tackle its problems, the local authority has only tried to defend itself against any criticism. Mr Simmons has written a letter making sure all the key parties are aware of the concerns.

Our presenter Ian Axton asked Cllr David Renard, Leader of Swindon Borough Council about the poor results.

Cllr Renard told us that the letter came out of the blue and was at odds with what Bradley Simmons had written earlier this year. He also said it was at odds with what other inspectors have said.

  • Watch the interview with Cllr David Renard in full

Is this your jewellery?

Do you recognise any of this jewellery? Credit: Wiltshire Police

Have you lost some jewellery?

Wiltshire Police are appealing for the owner to come forward after finding some abandoned at a home in Swindon.

The jewellery was found in the front garden of the house on Queens Drive, at 11am on Sunday 6 November.

But, despite checks officers can't link it to any recent burglaries or thefts in the area.

We would like to re-unite this jewellery with its owner as soon as possible; so if you recognise these pieces or know who they may belong to, please contact me.

– PCSO Sam Young


Can you help? Appeal after man found lying injured in the street

Police in Swindon are appealing for witnesses after a man was found lying in the street in the early hours of Sunday morning.

A member of the public spotted the man just before 2am in the Prospect Place/South Street area of Old Town.

The 45 year old was walking home when it appears he may have been attacked by an unknown offender or group of people.

He was taken to the Great Western Hospital with a fracture to his eye socket and some minor cuts and bruises.

Police believe there will have been lots of people in the area on Saturday night/ early Sunday morning Credit: ITV West Country

We would like to speak to anyone who was in this area around this time who may have seen or heard anything suspicious.

Although early in the morning, Old Town is a busy place on a Saturday night/early Sunday morning - someone must have seen something

– Det Con Catherine Price

The victim was wearing jeans, a light-blue, short-sleeved shirt and brown shoes.

Anyone who saw him before he was injured is asked to contact DC Catherine Price on 101 or anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

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