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Man jailed for pointing a handgun at a woman

The offence was filmed on CCTV Credit: Wiltshire Police

A Wiltshire man has been jailed for 14 months after pointing a pistol at a woman in Trowbridge. It happened in Brick Lane in March 2015. He was seen on CCTV arguing with the woman, then pointing a handgun at her. They then walked away together.

44-year-old Stephen Heffernan, from Bradford-on-Avon appeared at Swindon Crown Court last week and pleaded guilty to possessing a CO2 air pistol with intent to cause fear of violence.

This is a good result after some quick and thorough work carried out by my team at the time. I want to reassure the community that behaviour like this is never tolerated and we will do all we can to catch anyone who acts like this in public.

– DC Andy Henson, Wiltshire Police

Police have issued a photo of the pistol that was wielded by Stephen Heffernan.

The handgun that was used in the incident in Trowbridge Credit: Wiltshire Police

Police liken swan rescue to Hot Fuzz

Police officers help disorientated cygnet Credit: Trowbridge Neighbourhood Policing Team/Facebook

Rural police officers bundled a disorientated cygnet into the back of their car in an echo of the hit movie Hot Fuzz.

Officers were called to reports of a runaway swan wandering the streets in Trowbridge.

Trowbridge Neighbourhood Policing Team took a picture of a female officer wrestling to keep the swan from flapping around in the back of the patrol car.

They uploaded the photo to Facebook with the caption: "A spot of swan rescue this afternoon following a report of a disorientated cygnet on Wingfield Road."

The incident which happened yesterday (Saturday) is reminiscent of a scene in hit comedy Hot Fuzz, which stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost and was filmed in Wells, Somerset.

Officers later posted a comment referencing the 2007 film, which read: "We can confirm the caller was not Mr P I Staker."


Father of soldier who died after training shown wrong place of son's collapse

Cpl James Dunsby died of heatstroke in July 2013, along with two other army reservists. Credit: Ministry of Defence

The father of a soldier from Trowbridge, who died after an SAS test march on the Brecon Beacons, was taken to the wrong place when he asked to see where his son had collapsed.

The error was revealed during the questioning of an SAS training officer at an inquest into the death of Corporal James Dunsby and two other reservists.

The soldier being questioned said there was "no rhyme or reason why that should have been done."

Corporal Dunsby, a trained combat medic and Afghanistan veteran, died of heatstroke in hospital in July 2013, 17 days after collapsing on the training march.

Wiltshire dog poisoning 'false alarm', say police

A dog walker was concerned about their pet but there is no evidence the meat was poisoned. Credit: Tim Goode/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A vet has told Wiltshire Police that there is no evidence dogs were poisoned in a Trowbridge Park yesterday.

Police say their original message about pets eating poisoned rat meat was a false alarm, and was released as a public safety warning, after a report from a concerned dog owner. The owner had taken their pet to the vet as a precaution after it ate a piece of meat in the park A check-up has shown no evidence that the meat was poisoned. Officers searching Seymour Road Park last night found no other pieces of meat.

We take reports like this extremely seriously and, despite this incident turning out to be a false alarm, we want to reassure the public we will always treat calls like this with the utmost importance.

– Wiltshire Police

Pet dogs eat poisoned meat left in Wiltshire park

The pets have been treated after eating the poisoned meat and will recover. Credit: ITV News

Raw meat laced with poison was left in a park in Trowbridge, where it was eaten by two dogs yesterday.

Both pets were treated by vets and will recover. Members of the public helped Wiltshire Police to search the park looking for more pieces of meat, which had been left under dry grass.

The park is now fully open, and police say it has been thoroughly checked. While it is considered safe, police are asking the public to be vigilant.

Boy airlifted to hospital after falling through school roof

The 12-year-old is thought to have been getting his football when he fell through the roof Credit: ITV News

A 12-year-old boy has been airlifted to hospital after falling through the roof of a school in Trowbridge.

The youngster smashed through a glass skylight while trying to get his football at Clarendon Academy. He was taken to Bristol Children's Hospital with injuries to his pelvis, chest and hands. He was kept in overnight as a precaution.


Trains disrupted after vehicle hits Wiltshire bridge

There is disruption on First Great Western services between Bristol Temple Meads and Salisbury after a road vehicle hit a bridge at Trowbridge.

All services on this line may be delayed, cancelled or diverted

Have you seen missing Amber?

Amber does not have any of her belongings or her phone with her Credit: Wiltshire Police

Police in Wiltshire are looking for a teenage girl who has been missing since Monday evening, 16 February.

18-year-old Amber Livings was last seen near the Black Horse pub in Trowbridge. She does not have any possessions with her, or her mobile phone, or any way of accessing her money and her family are very worried.

Amber is is 5 ft 3 ins tall, and was wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and a blue and black bobble hat. She was carrying a small black backpack.

Anyone with information should contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

TRAINS: Delays after vehicle hits bridge in Wiltshire

There is disruption on First Great Western and South West Trains in Wiltshire after a vehicle went into a railway bridge. All lines between Trowbridge and Westbury are blocked and it is not clear when normal service will resume.

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