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50th anniversary of the Warminster 'Thing'

50th anniversary of the Warminster 'Thing' Credit: British Pathe

UFO experts from across the world are gathering in Wiltshire to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Warminster 'Thing'.

There were multiple sightings of UFOs in 1965 Credit: British Pathe

During the August Bank Holiday of 1965 there were multiple sightings of 'stationary cigar shapes' flashing in the sky, which led to fears the market town was being invaded and it made news around the world.

Kevin Goodman has organised today's gathering:

Do you remember The Warminster Thing?

It is 50 years since a mass UFO sighting took place in Warminster. Credit: British Pathe

UFO experts are travelling to Warminster this weekend to mark the 50th anniversary of the Warminster Thing.

It was the UK's first recognised 'mass sighting' where hundreds claim they saw a "cigar-shaped orange glow in the sky".

The Wiltshire town gained global attention when a picture of the UFO emerged.

The Wiltshire town became internationally famous after its reputation for UFOs. Credit: British Pathe
Credit: British Pathe

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Police appeal after double fatal crash in Wiltshire

A motorcyclist and a motorist were killed in last night's crash near Warminster Credit: ITV News

A motorcyclist and a car driver have been killed in a crash on the A36 in Wiltshire.

Police were called to Codford just before 6pm last night, Wednesday 22 July.

The motorbike was travelling south from Warminster towards Salisbury when it was in collision with a Toyota, which was joining the A36 from the High Street, Codford junction.

The motorcyclist, a 49-year-old man, and the Toyota driver, a 51-year-old man, both from Warminster, were pronounced dead at the scene.

The road was closed for six hours for investigation work.

Officers would like to hear from anyone who saw what happened or who saw either of the vehicles beforehand.

Police name 20-year-old moped driver who died in Warminster crash

Police are searching for the driver of a blue car after a 20-year-old moped rider was killed in a crash on the A350 near Warminster

Police are searching for the driver of a blue car after a 20-year-old moped rider was killed in a crash on the A350 near Warminster.

Alexander Matthew Snook died at the scene on Saturday after losing control and colliding with a van coming in the opposite direction.

His moped was travelling close behind a blue car when the crash happened - the driver failed to stop at the scene.

Police also want to speak to anyone else who saw the collision.

We know that the moped was following close behind the blue car. Sadly the moped rider lost control and collided with an oncoming van.

We are extremely keen to hear from anyone who was travelling on the A350 at about 4.15pm and witnessed the collision.

We need to speak to the driver of the blue car who did not stop at the scene. He or she may well live in Dorset or have been on their way to visit Dorset.

– PC Charlotte Sartin

Lanterns of Longleat are up for auction

19 of Longleat's animal-themed lanterns are going up for auction Credit: ITV News

Giant Chinese lanterns that lit up Longleat this winter are to be auctioned for charity.

150,000 people came to see the illuminated designs at the Wiltshire estate. Some will be kept for next Christmas but 19 animal-themed creations will be sold to raise money for Tusk, the Duke of Cambridge's African wildlife conservation charity.

The online sale runs until 11 February. You can find out more here.

More calls to abolish level crossings ten years after Ufton Nervet crash

The level crossing at Ufton Nervet near to the scene of the rail crash Credit: PA

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the Ufton Nervet rail crash which killed seven people - including Barry Stevens from Wells and Charlie Matthews from Warminster.

It took place at a level crossing. The RMT union are marking the anniversary by calling for Network Rail to speed up its efforts to phase them out.

Network Rail have got a programme of closing these level crossings but I don't think it's been prioritised enough. I think money's going on other things and perhaps should have been diverted towards doing this. The worrying thing is you see a number of these level crossings are quite near to schools and places where children cross. When you've got that combination it is inevitable that there are going to be serious accidents.

– steve headley RMT Union

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Tenth anniversary of the Ufton Nervet train crash

The wreckage at Ufton Nervet where seven people died Credit: PA

Today marks the tenth anniversary of a rail crash which killed 7 people - including two people from the West Country.

Barry Stevens from Wells and Charlie Matthews from Warminster lost their lives in the collision at a level crossing in Ufton Nervet in Berkshire.

Today the rail union RMT are renewing calls to speed up the phasing out of level crossings. Plans to replace the crossing at the site of the disaster have not been implemented - despite a further 11 deaths there since the incident 10 years ago.

Police chase exotic bird in Warminster

Police chase exotic bird in Warminster Credit: Jens BÃŒttner/DPA/Press Association Images

Baffled residents could not believe their eyes when they spotted an exotic bird - running riot in Warminster town centre. Officers spent 3 hours chasing the 4ft tall rhea - a close relative of the ostrich - around the town before eventually cornering it.

They were alerted to the rogue resident on Friday evening after worried passers-by feared it may be hit by a car. Police called nearby Longleat Safari Park thinking that the Rhea may have escaped from the estate, but they said all animals were accounted for.

Sergeant Jim Suter, Sector Sergeant for Trowbridge and Bradford-on-Avon, informed followers of the strange chase on Twitter and tweeted that the bird had been returned to it's owner.

Troops march to mark the Freedom of Warminster

Hundreds of people lined the streets in Warminster today to cheer on troops as they marched through the town.

Around 250 soldiers from the newly-named 1st Battalion, the Yorkshire Regiment took part in the parade.

It marked the Freedom of the Town which was initially given to the Battlesbury Barracks-based regiment last year.

Soldiers parade through Warminster Credit: ITV News West Country
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