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Boxer Blackwell wins 'toughest fight' and wakes from coma

Boxer Nick Blackwell has been woken from his induced coma and is talking to family and friends, his management says.

Nick had been placed in the induced coma following a British middleweight title contest last weekend.

After examination doctors discovered, contrary to early reports, his bleed was on his skull, not his brain and was small enough to not need an operation.

Nick Blackwell with brother Dan and close friend Jake Credit: Hennessy Sports

He was in an induced coma for almost seven days, at St Mary's Hospital in London, where his sedatives were gradually reduced over time.

Finally, at the weekend, Nick woke from the coma, acknowledged the voices of loved ones and, by Sunday, was starting to talk.

On behalf of Nick, his family, and very close friends, we'd like to thank everyone for their continued support and well-wishes. It has been overwhelming at times and has certainly not gone unnoticed.

– Hennessy Sports


Trowbridge boxer Nick Blackwell in coma after middleweight defeat taken to hospital after British Middleweight defeat

Eubank Jr landed punches from the off and found it easy to evade Blackwell Credit: Reuters

Trowbridge boxer Nick Blackwell has been placed in an induced coma after suffering bleeding to the brain following his defeat to Chris Eubank Jr on Saturday.

The British middleweight title bout was stopped in the 10th round after the ringside doctor advised the referee Blackwell was unable to see through his left eye.

Blackwell was later carried out on a stretcher and taken to hospital, where the 25-year-old remained under observation on Sunday morning.

I spoke to one of the doctors this morning and he said there is a bleeding of the brain. He's in intensive care, he's in an induced coma and he is resting and being looked after by the experts. It's a very normal procedure. They put you in a coma to get the swelling to go down. There's no time-scale. Now it's just a matter of waiting and seeing.

– Robert Smith, British Boxing Board of Control

Man dressed up as a bear racially abused & beaten up by gang

Man was dressed at the 'Brighthouse bear' pictured here on the right. Credit:

A man dressed up in a mascot bear costume has been beaten up and racially abused by a gang of teenagers in a shopping centre in Trowbridge.

The man, who was dressed as 'Billy the BrightHouse bear' pictured above, was doing promotional work in The Shires Shopping Centre when he was suddenly attacked by a group of of teenage boys.

The group of six or seven offenders punched the man before subjecting him to racial abuse.

Despite the victim being mixed-race, police are puzzled as to how the attackers knew of the man's heritage when he was dressed in the full bear attire.

Police are appealing for witnesses of the incident which happened on February 5.


Trowbridge shop evacuated due to "odd-looking" case

Police set up a 100m cordon around Next in Trowbridge after somebody spotted a suspicious-looking suitcase Credit: PA

Part of Trowbridge came to a halt this lunchtime after a member of the public spotted an odd-looking case.

Wiltshire Police set up a 100m cordon around the suitcase, which had been left outside Next at the Gateway Shopping Centre in Bythesea Road.

The Next Store was evacuated and officers carried out a number of routine safety checks before opening the case to find it was empty. Police say it was not necessary to call out the bomb squad.

The cordon was lifted around 2.50pm.

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."

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