Shanleys update - road immediately outside still closed, one crew on site, fire reduced & contained but still some smoke rising. 1/2
Wiltshire fire and rescue service say they expet to remain at the scrapyard fire in Trowbridge until Sunday. As of 6pm Saturday evening there are three fire engines from Royal Wootton Bassett, Malmesbury and Devizes dealing with the fire at Shanleys Scrap Yard.
The fire has reduced substantially, however we anticipate being in attendance into Sunday.
Elsewhere in Wiltshire, fire fighters were forced to suspend a planned strike after a fire at a scrapyard Trowbridge.
Tonnes of metal caught fire at E.J Shanley's in the Town. The planned walk out by the Fire Brigades Union at 10am was put on hold to allow crews to tackle the blaze.
Fire crews are attending a large fire at a scrapyard in Trowbridge on the day members of the Fire Brigades Union go on strike again. However, as the fire began before the planned start of the strike at 10am resources were unaffected with 6 crews attending.
A £2000 reward is being offered for the recovery of a bronze statue of Christ which was stolen from a Wiltshire village's First World War Memorial.
The statue, which is worth around ten thousand pounds, was taken overnight on February 28th from the wooden memorial at a crossroads in Wingfield.
Forces War Records, which helps people find out about ancestors who fought in the war, have offered half of the reward for information leading to the recovery of the statue. Wingfield Chiropractic Clinic is offering the other half of the reward.
Anyone with information relating to the theft can call Wiltshire Police on 101.
Thieves have targeted a war memorial in Wiltshire, stealing a 100-year-old statue of Jesus.
The bronze figure is thought to have been taken from a crossroads near Trowbridge in the middle of the night. Today one resident told us 'the heart had been torn from the community'.
A bronze statue of Jesus Christ, cast nearly 100 years ago, was stolen from a War Memorial in Wingfield, near Trowbridge over the weekend.
The 40 inch high statue, which was part of the War Memorial, was first put up in 1917 and is believed to be worth around £10,000.
It is believed to have been stolen from its position at the Wingfield Crossroads, where the A366 crosses the B3109, overnight on Friday 28 February into Saturday 1 March.
Three bronze bolts attaching the statue to the wooden cross were also taken.
PC Richard Gardner from Wiltshire Police says:
"This isn’t simply the theft of valuable metal, this is the theft of something symbolic to a community. It remembers those who have paid the ultimate price to protect our way of life which is particularly poignant in this the 100th year of the commencement of hostilities".
The future of the former Bowyers site in Trowbridge could soon be resolved. A planning appeal has just been held into £46 million plans for a cinema complex, including a superstore and restaurants.
Wiltshire Council turned it down, partly because of the impact on trade in the town, which already has a cinema.
The planning inspector will rule on the development at a later date.