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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.

Snooker player Lee could be given life ban

Trowbridge's Stephen Lee could be banned for life. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

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.

Hundreds told to leave homes in Wiltshire

Homes evacuated in Trowbridge Credit: ITV Westcountry

Hundreds of people were tonight evacuated from their homes in Wiltshire after chemicals were discovered.

Police were called to Trowbridge after reports of a fire and smoke in a flat on the corner of Bond Street and Wesley Road.

The Ministry of Defence was called.

A hundred meter cordon around the property has just been lifted and people have been allowed to return to their homes.

Vulnerable teenagers charity on brink of closure

A charity that offers temporary accommodation to vulnerable young girls in Wiltshire is on the brink of closure after donations have dried up.

Vine for Pat isn't able to take in any teenagers at the moment as its electricity has been cut off.

They need more than £50,000 to pay the bills and keep going until the end of the year.

As Jane Solomons reports they're hoping someone can help:


Body believed to be missing Polish man

Michal Motala was last seen over a week ago Credit: Wiltshire Police

A body has been found in dense woodland in Trowbridge It's believed by police to be that of missing Polish man Michal Motala.

Mr Motala was reported missing on Monday morning. He was last seen close to Staverton Marina at around 1:40pm on Friday, 30th August, where he was believed to be waiting for a friend.

Officers have alerted the family of 31-year-old Mr Motala.

Detective Sergeant Simon Childe of Melksham CID said: "Naturally, this is a very sad development in this case.

"Our thoughts remain with Mr Motala's family in Poland who are receiving support from Wiltshire Police. "I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Trowbridge community who have assisted Wiltshire Police throughout this investigation and our colleagues at Wiltshire Search and Rescue."

Concern grows for missing Trowbridge man

Michal Motala. Credit: Wiltshire Police

Wiltshire Police is appealing for information on the whereabouts of a missing Polish man from Trowbridge who has not been seen for a week.

31-year-old Michal Motala was last seen close to Staverton Marina at around 1:40pm on Friday 30th August 2013, where he was believed to be waiting for a friend.

He is described as six foot tall, of slim build with light brown hair and was last seen wearing blue jeans, a maroon t-shirt with white logo on the back and was carrying a rucksack.

Following early enquiries searches of woodland near Staverton took place earlier in the week.

Detective Sergeant Simon Childe from Melksham CID said:

‘Throughout the week we have been speaking with friends and family of Michal both locally and in Poland and it’s very clear that it is completely out of character for him not be in touch with anyone for this length of time.

‘Our enquiries have included reviewing CCTV throughout the town where he was seen shopping in Sainsburys a short while before he was seen close to Staverton Marina.

'No further sightings have been made since then and his passport was discovered in his flat so we don’t believe he's travelled abroad.

‘I would like to appeal to Michal himself to just let us know he is safe. I would also like to ask anyone who has spoken with Michal since Monday 26th August to please contact us.

'If anyone else has any information on his whereabouts please contact the police on 101.’

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