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Fire crews to remain in Trowbridge until Sunday

Wiltshire fire and rescue service say they expet to remain at the scrapyard fire in Trowbridge until Sunday. As of 6pm Saturday evening there are three fire engines from Royal Wootton Bassett, Malmesbury and Devizes dealing with the fire at Shanleys Scrap Yard.

The fire has reduced substantially, however we anticipate being in attendance into Sunday.


Reward offered for recovery of stolen statue

The bronze statue of Christ was stolen in February Credit: Wiltshire Police

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.


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
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