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.
A shed full of specialist toys and equipment at a school for children with learning and physical difficulties in Trowbridge has been destroyed in a fire. It is not yet clear how last night's fire at Larkrise School was started but police are treating it as suspicious.
The effect of this fire has been huge for the school. Each of its 85 pupils benefits from the use of the equipment lost every single day.
The children have already had to be kept out of the area where the fire took place because of the upset it is causing and there is no doubt that the cost of replacing these items and the time it will take will have an adverse affect on their learning.
I urge anyone who knows anything about how this happened to please contact us. Further still if anyone would like to or is able to assist the school get themselves set up again they would be extremely grateful.
Darren Nixon from Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service talks about last night's fire in Trowbridge.
The company which manages the sheltered housing block in Trowbridge which was damaged by fire, has issued this statement today:
We are working closely with the residents and their families to provide all the support they need, offering hotel accommodation to the resident who has had to leave their home. The well-being of our customers is paramount. We are working with the fire service who have not yet established the cause of the fire.