Live updates

Tree split in half by Storm Imogen

A tree has been split in half in Swindon by Storm Imogen. Strong gusts of winds have been recorded across the south west and weather warnings are in place.

Emergency services are warning people to take extra care on the roads because of the strong winds.

Tree has been split in half by Storm Imogen in Swindon Credit: Natalie Williams
Storm Imogen is battering the south west Credit: Natalie Williams
Tree damage caused by Storm Imogen Credit: Natalie Williams


15-year-old charged with attempted murder after Swindon stabbing

The incident happened in the Wharf Green area near to the Coral Bookmakers last Saturday evening (January 23).

An 18-year-old man was taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol with several puncture wounds to his back.

Nine teenagers were earlier arrested in connection with the incident.

Lorry driver finds himself in a tight squeeze in Swindon

The lorry was left on its side as it failed to fit under the bridge. Credit: William Lee

A lorry driver found himself in a tight squeeze in Swindon as he realised too late he had miscalculated the height of his truck.

The red-faced driver was forced to leave his lorry part wedged under a 14ft bridge on Wootton Bassett Road, which resulted in a temporary closure of the A3102. The road is now open.

Credit: William Lee

We got the call at 7.50am to a lorry on its side.

The lorry driver was not seriously injured.

– Wiltshire Police
Credit: William Lee

Nine people arrested after Swindon stabbing

Nine people have been arrested in connection with a stabbing in Swindon town centre Credit: PA

Nine people have been arrested in connection with a stabbing in Swindon town centre.

The incident happened at yesterday evening (Jan 23) near to Coral Bookmakers, in Wharf Green.

An 18-year-old man was taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol with several puncture wounds to his back. He remains in a serious condition.

The nine teenagers arrested in connection with the incident are all male and aged between 13 and 18. They remain in police custody at this stage.

This was a violent incident involving a group of young people, which has resulted in an 18-year-old man being rushed to hospital with serious injuries.

The incident happened shortly before 7.30pm - it is likely there would have been people in the area at the time and I would like to urgently appeal to those people who have not already been spoken to by police, to contact us immediately. Any information you have, no matter how small, may be crucial to our investigations.

Understandably, incidents like this will cause concern amongst the local community. I would like to reassure residents that we are conducting a thorough and robust investigation in to the incident.

– Sergeant Gareth Kitchener


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.

Load more updates