A number of elderly residents have had to leave their homes after a boiler fire ravaged their warden-controlled complex in Trowbridge last night (Saturday 23 November). No one was injured in the blaze on Weaver Road, but a dog has been found dead.
The fire began in one bungalow and spread into the roof space and then to two other bungalows. Six fire crews were needed to extinguish it. The residents whose homes were affected are reportedly now staying with relatives.
Police in two counties are investigating a theory that a man who died in an horrific head-on crash with a lorry had committed murder hours earlier.
The case began when a silver Toyota Yaris collided with an articulated truck on the A350 near Trowbridge last Friday, killing the driver of the car.
Wiltshire Police began to try to identify him and their enquiries led to a flat in neighbouring Dorset 60 miles away.
But when officers entered the property in the Boscombe area of Bournemouth just after lunch on Friday they found the body of Ibrahim Youseuf, 42.
Enquiries were made into the circumstances of the death and a murder investigation was launched.
Detectives in Dorset say the two incidents are linked and the two dead men knew each other. They are keen to hear from neighbours who may have heard an argument coming from the house on Thursday night.
As a result of our enquiries I can confirm we are linking this murder to a fatal road traffic collision that occurred in Wiltshire at approximately 6.15am on Friday 11 October 2013.
We are currently liaising closely with Wiltshire Police in relation to this.The details of the deceased from the road traffic collision are currently unknown and we are attempting to identify the driver and contact the next of kin.
I am appealing for anyone who may have witnessed or heard an argument between 8pm and 8.30pm on Thursday 10 October 2013 in the area of 5 Gloucester Road in Boscombe, or anyone with any information about who is responsible to contact Dorset Police as soon as possible.
I would like to reassure the community that this appears to be an isolated incident and that both the deceased were known to each other.
The man who died in a car crash in Wiltshire last week is believed to be connected to a murder in Dorset. The driver of a silver Toyota, who hasn't yet been identified, died after a head on crash with a lorry on the A350 near Trowbridge on Friday.
After investigations from both Wiltshire and Dorset Police it's now thought he may have been involved with the death of Ibrahim Youseuf from Bournemouth whose body was found at a house in Boscombe on Friday lunchtime.
A section of the A350 near Trowbridge will not reopen until at least 3pm following a fatal road collision this morning.
The collision between a lorry and a car happened shortly before 6:20am near the Stoney Gutter crossroads. The male driver of the car was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Team remain on the scene and work continues to recover the lorry. The A350 remains shut between the Semmington Roundabout on the A361 and the West Ashton crossroads. Motorists are advised to seek alternative routes.
The A350 near Trowbridge will stay closed until at least 12pm today, to allow police to investigate a fatal car crash this morning.
A person has been killed in a car crash near Trowbridge this morning.
The collision, between a lorry and a car, happened shortly before 6:20am on the A350 near the Stoney Gutter crossroads.
The male driver of the car, a single occupant who is not believed to be from the local area, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Road closures are likely to remain for a number of hours.
25 World War Two veterans were presented with their Arctic Star medals in Trowbridge on Friday.
Members of the Arctic Convoys and the Bomber Command received their awards from local MP Andrew Murrison.
The honours are only being given out now after a lengthy campaign by veterans and their relatives.
The Arctic Convoy ships made repeated journeys in sub-zero temperatures to ensure vital food and arms supplies reached Russia during the war.
Commander Harry Thompson from Melksham paid tribute to the man who had campaigned for the award to be given:
Police in Wiltshire are continuing investigations this morning following the evacuation of a number of homes in Trowbridge last night. Officers were called to a fire on Bond Street after concerns were raised over material found in the property.
A bomb disposal experts were brought in and residents were allowed to return to their homes around 9pm. A 27 year old man has been arrested.
Detective Inspector Mark Power said today "I’d like to thank the local residents and members of the public for their co-operation and patience during the evacuation and initial enquires yesterday evening.
"People may notice a small on-going police presence in the area today as our enquiries continue. "If anyone does have any concerns there will be members of the local Neighbourhood Policing Team in the area throughout the day that they can approach. Alternatively they can contact police on 101."
A 27 year old man has been arrested after hundreds of people had to evacuate their homes in Wiltshire last night.
Police were called to Trowbridge after reports of a fire in a flat on the corner of Bond Street and Wesley Road. A hundred meter cordon was set up after concerns were raised about materials found in the flat. Residents were allowed to return to their homes around eleven o'clock last night.
Snooker player Stephen Lee will learn his fate later this morning after being found guilty of match-fixing.
The former world number 5, from Trowbridge, was convicted last week by the sport's governing body of fixing seven games in 2008 and 2009, including a World Championship match.
He could be banned for life.