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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.


WW2 veterans presented with their Arctic Star medals

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 continue investigations following evacuation

Police say they will be in the area for most of today Credit: ITV News West Country

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."

Man arrested after evacuation of homes in Wiltshire

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.

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