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Statue of Christ stolen near Trowbridge

Photograph of the memorial with the bronze statue of Christ in situ Credit: Wiltshire Police
Memorial with the missing bronze Credit: Wiltshire Police

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".

Future of former Bowyers site in Trowbridge to be decided

Artist's impression Credit: Prorsus Developers

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.


Toys & equipment for disabled children destroyed in fire

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.

– Acting Police Sergeant Jamie Darvill, Wiltshire Police

Trowbridge fire: management issue statement

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.

– Claire Williams, District Manager, Anchor


Elderly residents homeless after boiler fire damage

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.

Fatal Wiltshire crash victim linked to Dorset murder

Fatal Wiltshire crash victim linked to Dorset murder Credit: Wiltshire Times

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.

A350 near Trowbridge remains closed after fatal crash

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.

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