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Revealed: plans to demolish Westbury's towering chimney

The owners of the giant former cement works site in Westbury say they hope to demolish the site's famous chimney.

The 400ft high stack hasn't been used since 2009, when it retired after more than half a century of operation.

The town's chimney is 120m high - the same height as Salisbury Cathedrale Credit: ITV West Country

It's part of a proposed redevelopment of the site by construction company Tarmac. They're in talks with Wiltshire Council to renovate the disused site and attract more investment.

The owners want to clear the buildings to make way for something new Credit: ITV

The cement works has been closed now for about six years, and it's time for us to try to get new investment and new jobs into the site, so we're going to be demolishing all the redundant and derelict buildings.

– *wwcmoscg [A] GMB Name Strap Jonathan Toyn Senior Estates Manager, Tarmac

A controlled explosion will be used to flatten the chimney - if all the relevant permissions can be obtained.

Inquest hears speed and alcohol contributed to death of three men in Westbury crash

20 year old Nathan Cox was among the three young men who died Credit: ITV News

An inquest into the deaths of three men who were killed in a car accident in Wiltshire in December has found all three died as a result of head injuries.

Nathan Cox, 20, Chad McVeigh, 18, and Jordan Taylor, 20, all died when their car hit a lorry in Westbury.

The inquest heard the lorry driver saw Chad McVeigh's car driving at estimated 70mph on West Wilts Trading Estate seconds before crash.

The witness said: ' The car was going way too fast'. The car wedged itself under the lorry's trailer - with all 3 young men inside.

The inquest also heard that the car was in an unroadworthy condition and that Chad McVeigh was 1.4 times over the alcohol limit.


84-year-old missing from Westbury

David Jenkins

An 84-year-old man from Westbury has been missing since Saturday.

David Jenkins was last seen at his home at around 8:30 in the morning, but has not been heard from since. He may be confused and requires medication. His family and the police are very concerned for his welfare and say his disappearance is extremely out of character.

Wiltshire Search and Rescue are searching the local area along with a team of officers who are carrying out other enquiries.

Wiltshire Police are aware that members of the public have been arranging their own searches in a bid to help find David. Whilst we appreciate this help, we would ask that the public refrain from doing so at this stage as they may be putting themselves in danger and inadvertently disrupting the searches by trained officers.

– Wiltshire Police

TRAINS: Delays after vehicle hits bridge in Wiltshire

There is disruption on First Great Western and South West Trains in Wiltshire after a vehicle went into a railway bridge. All lines between Trowbridge and Westbury are blocked and it is not clear when normal service will resume.

Bomb disposal deal with suspicious item in Wiltshire

Police sealed off a Westbury trading estate earlier today after a suspicious item was spotted in Brook Lane. A Ministry of Defence bomb disposal team was called in and a 200m exclusion zone set up.

Officers identified the object as military ordnance and have removed it.


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