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Swindon College fire: member of staff in care of ambulance service

One member of staff is being cared for by ambulance workers after a fire at Swindon College. Credit: Tamera Jones @tamerajones

A member of staff at Swindon College is in the care of ambulance staff after a fire at the school earlier this afternoon.

Wiltshire Fire & Rescue service says it's dealing with the large fire on site with eight firefighters using breathing apparatus.

All members of staff and students at the college were evacuated earlier.

The alarm was raised at 4.20pm after the fire broke out in a single storey building at the North Star Avenue campus.

Six fire engines are on the scene as well as an aerial appliance to monitor the fire from above and six hoses to tackle the blaze.

The Fire Service also recommended locals close all windows and doors.

The fire started in a store room alongside a workshop in a building separate to the main College premises, which are unaffected by the fire.


Swindon College fire forces evacuation of pupils

Smoke rising above Swindon College Credit: Tamera Jones @tamerajones

Pupils have been evacuated form Swindon College after a fire started in a construction workshop.

The school said staff and students were safely removed from the school while five fire engines tackled the blaze.

There are said to be traffic problems on North Star avenue as a result of the fire.

Swindon Town are 'shocked and saddened' by manager's resignation

Swindon Town Chairman, Lee Power, has released a statement following the resignation of manager Martin Ling.

Credit: Swindon Town

Martin rang me yesterday morning to let me know that he was resigning as manager. I was both shocked and extremely saddened but fully respected his decision.

In a very short period of time, Martin has done an excellent job by winning five of his eight league games in charge and moving us out of and away from the League 1 relegation zone. Martin has proved that he is still a very good football manager but sometimes in life, things are far more important than football and Martin felt that the stresses of the job were not good for his health going forward.

With his previous health issues, he felt that staying in the job was a risk he could not take for the sake of his family. Everyone at Swindon Town fully respects his decision and he will always be welcome back at the County Ground.

I have not spent as much time with Martin as I would have liked during his time in charge nor have I had the opportunity to nurture and develop a working relationship with him as I have been out of the country for most of his tenure. However, I would like to place on record my personal thanks to Martin. He is a football man through and through and is a very honest, hard-working man who loves Swindon Town Football Club. I saw Martin this morning and he asked me to thank his staff, the players and the supporters for their backing during his time at the club.

In the short term, Luke Williams will be in charge of the first team starting with Saturday’s game at Port Vale. The search for a new permanent manager has already begun and I hope to have the new man in place as soon as possible.

– Lee Power, Swindon Town Chairman


Swindon Town manager Martin Ling resigns

Martin Ling had been Swindon manager for just 56 days Credit: David Davies/PA Archive

Swindon Town manager Martin Ling has resigned for health reasons. Ling only took over at the County Ground on November 3 and guided the Robins to five wins in his nine games during his 56-day spell in charge.

Ling took time out for depression during his time as Torquay manager in February 2013 and the Swindon job was his first managerial role since he left Plainmoor.

"Swindon Town have today been informed that Martin Ling has resigned from his position as first team manager due to health reasons."

– Club statement

Gassman sisters who killed mother of eight sentenced to combined 31 years in jail

Charice Gassman (left) and her sister Amberstasia (right) were found guilty of murder and manslaughter respectively. Credit: Gassman sisters

Two sisters from Swindon found guilty of killing a mother of eight have been sentenced to a combined 31 years in jail for murder and manslaughter.

19-year-old Charice Gassman was found guilty of murder and was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 19 years.

Her 22-year-old sister Amberstasia was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 12 years in jail with a minimum term of six years.

The victim Alison Connolly was fatally stabbed outside her daughter's home in May this year.

She suffered a single stab wound to the chest and died in hospital.

Alison Connolly died from a single stab wound. Credit: Family photo

Judge Graham Cottle told the sisters:

"Both of you were involved in a joint enterprise which left Alison bleeding to death from a stab injury inflicted by you."

"She died there and those near and dear to her have been deprived of a mother and a grandmother and a very good friend."

"That afternoon, in what was clearly a prolonged incident, Alison had gone to a convenience store. It's not possible to know what was said but there was this continuation of this unpleasantness."

"Alison delivered a head butt to you. It was painful and caused injury to your forehead. You wanted to settle the score. This killing is explained by the fact that you wanted revenge."

– Judge Graham Cottle

Mrs. Connolly's family said they will never forgive the killer sisters. Her daughter Tanya Heys said:

"My beautiful, happy, loving mummy has gone. We have never had a death in my family. At first I couldn't believe it. She will never get to spend time with her grandchildren. I wish I could call her. I wish I could give her one last hug."

"I will never forgive the girls who did this to her. I think my mum would've forgiven them but she is not here."

– Tanya Heys

The court heard Charice had a previous conviction for biting a 14-year-old on the face. She looked visibly upset as she waved to her family while she was removed from the dock along with her sister.

Post-natal depression: Swindon woman who took her own life given 'inadequate help'

New evidence shows there's been an increase in the number of women dying after giving birth because of mental health issues.

Experts argue many of those deaths can be prevented but that was not the case for one woman from Swindon who took her own life after giving birth.

Emma Caddywold suffered from post-natal depression after the birth of her son Harrison. Her family say the help she got was inadequate.

Katie Rowlett reports:

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