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Vehicle fire on the M4 grinds traffic to a halt

The M4 is blocked in both directions between Chippenham and Swindon.

A vehicle is on fire - the smoke has caused traffic to be halted as a safety measure.

Emergency services are on the scene.

Agreement reached over BMW pensions dispute

The BMW plant in Swindon. Credit: ITV West Country

Workers at car giant BMW, which has a plant in Swindon, have voted overwhelmingly to accept a revised offer over the closure of their final salary pension scheme, ending the threat of more strikes.

Members of Unite, who make the Mini and Rolls-Royce cars, backed the offer by 81.5%. The workers took part in a series of strikes and had threatened more industrial action.

Three women arrested for brothel offences in Swindon

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Wiltshire Police has arrested three Romanian women for brothel offences.

They are being held in custody at Gablecross police station. They are due to be transferred to an immigration centre and then deported back to Romania.

Two warrants were executed on June 29 at a property on Valleyside and a property on Stafford Street.

Three Romanian women were at the address on Valleyside along with a Romanian man - all three women had been advertising sex work on-line.

The women were spoken to and no offences of trafficking or coercion were disclosed.

Two of the three women had been visited by Wiltshire Police's HEET (Human Exploitation and Emerging Threats) team in April 2017 and given warnings about operating a brothel, despite this, the sex work continued.

At the address on Stafford Street, one Romanian woman sex worker was present who had also been spoken to in April 2017.

She was served paperwork by immigration enforcement officers stating she must find legitimate work in the next 30 days.

Brain injury centre to close amid NHS 'pressures and changes'

Princess Anne opening the unit in Swindon in 2013. Credit: ITV News

A centre for people with brain injuries and mental health needs in Swindon is to close due to "pressures and changes within the NHS".

The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust said it had made the "difficult decision" to shut Chalkdown House after "significant financial losses" caused by falling admissions and difficulties in recruiting staff.

39 people are at risk of redundancy.

Five people are currently being treated at the centre and will be moved to be treated elsewhere.

This is a sensitive time for everyone involved - for the people at the centre, their families and for the affected staff but we genuinely feel that this is the right decision.

The Trust will provide all the advice and support we can over the coming months.

– Penny Blackmore, interim Director of BIRT
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