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Police search of double murderer's former home extended

The search at a former home of double murderer Christopher Halliwell is to be extended into next week.

The operation at 96 Broad Street in Swindon began on Monday and was expected to last for five days.

Work at the site will pause for the weekend on Friday, and we will reconvene and commence searching once again on Monday next week.

– DCI Jeremy Carter, Wiltshire Police

Police say the search is intelligence led, based on new information, and they emphasise they are not sure if they'll find anything.

Police have never searched the exterior of the property before and say that the search is unrelated to the current owners.


Police concerned for missing young woman

Jade Sheppard's hair is now dyed white with pink and purple streaks. Credit: Wiltshire Police

Police in Wiltshire say they're concerned for the welfare of a young woman who's been missing for three days.

20-year-old Jade Sheppard was last seen in the Manor Gardens area of Warminster on Monday, and has not contacted her family since, which they say is out of character.

She did not turn up to her job as a cleaner on Tuesday, which is also said to be out of character for her. Her hair is now dyed white with pink and purple streaks.

Police officers are conducting enquiries in the local area.

"We are working closely with Jade's family who are extremely worried about her and just want to know she is safe. If Jade is aware of this appeal I would urge her to either contact her family or police on 101."

"We are concerned about Jade's welfare and I would like to hear from anyone who has seen her or has any information about her whereabouts."

– Wiltshire Police T/DI Simon Pope

Soldiers suffer "life changing injuries" in Salisbury crash

The scene of the crash on Salisbury Plain. Credit: Wiltshire Air Ambulance

An army officer and a sergeant have suffered "life changing injuries" to their legs after a truck crash on Salisbury Plain yesterday evening.

As front passengers of the rear truck in the three-vehicle pile-up, they were hurt when their four-tonne truck crashed into the back of another. They were airlifted to Southampton General Hospital.

A further 9 soldiers were taken to Salisbury District Hospital, 6 of whom remain there. Those hospitalised include the driver of the third vehicle, another officer, who suffered leg bruising and head injuries. Police believe around 20 soldiers in total were injured.

Officers carried out a detailed examination of the scene overnight. The investigation continues, although police do not believe mechanical failure played a part in the crash, and are now looking at potential human and environmental causes.

The crash happened at around 6.30pm on Wednesday in a field near to Westdown Camp, in Wiltshire. Both British and Indian soldiers are believed to have been involved.

Praise for Salisbury Plain crash emergency responders

South Western Ambulance Service have paid tribute to the emergency crews who were on the scene for last night's crash on Salisbury Plain, in which around 20 soldiers were injured.

Police, fire crews, paramedics, air ambulance teams, emergency response doctors and military personnel had to work together to help the soldiers - several of whom suffered life-changing injuries.


Job opportunity: Wiltshire Chief Constable

Wiltshire Chief Constable Patrick Geenty with county Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson Credit: Emma Hallet/PA Wire

Wiltshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson is advertising for a replacement for his retiring Chief Constable. Patrick Geenty plans to retire at the end of May.

The successful candidate will have to wait until the outcome of an investigation into Mr Geenty's handling of sexual abuse complaints.

Chief Constable will remain in job during IPCC investigation

Chief Constable Patrick Geenty will remain in his job while under investigation by the IPCC

Chief Constable Patrick Geenty will remain in his job while he is under investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Wiltshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson has released the following statement:

My role as Commissioner is to represent the people of Wiltshire and Swindon in police and crime matters.

After giving careful consideration to information I have received from the IPCC, together with independent legal advice which my office commissioned, I have decided that the public interest would be best served by Mr Geenty continuing in his role whilst the IPCC investigation is underway. I am required to consult the IPCC on this decision and I have done so.

The purpose of an investigation is to establish the facts behind a complaint and that is what I am waiting for.

Nothing has been placed before me at this stage which, in my judgment, would justify suspension. If new evidence is produced by the enquiry team, I will review my decision.

– Angus Macpherson, Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon

Wiltshire Police Chief "shocked by probe"

Cheif Constable Patrick Geenty denies the claims Credit: ITV News

Wiltshire's chief constable has expressed shock at being investigated by the police watchdog over the way his force handled allegations of sexual abuse.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating Wiltshire Police chief constable Patrick Geenty, as well as two junior officers, in relation to the way the force dealt with complaints about a sexual abuse investigation in 2008 and 2009.

It is alleged Mr Geenty, the then-assistant chief constable, and the two other officers, withheld information from the original complainants about the extent of the force's failings in dealing with the sexual abuse claims.

"I am shocked by the allegation that I attempted to mislead a complainant.

"I welcome an open and transparent investigation and the public deserve no less.

"The IPCC is there to investigate complaints independently and hold Chief Constables to account.

"I expect my actions to be reviewed and scrutinised.

"I am committed to serving the people of Wiltshire and protecting children and vulnerable people.

"It is vital that we listen to complaints and learn from them."

– Patrick Geenty, Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police

Wiltshire Chief Constable under investigation by IPCC

Patrick Geenty Credit: Emma Hallet/PA

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating the Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police over his handling of sexual abuse allegations.

The IPCC is investigating Patrick Geenty, as well as an inspector and a detective constable from the force, in relation to the way they dealt with complaints lodged five years ago. Those complaints had been about the way the force handled allegations of sexual abuse.

It is alleged that in 2009 the then Assistant Chief Constable, Patrick Geenty, withheld information and misled the complainants.

It is vital that the public are confident that police forces will take their complaints seriously and act with honesty and integrity. Our investigation will seek to establish whether information was knowingly withheld and whether these complainants were knowingly and dishonestly misled.

– IPCC Deputy Chair Sarah Green
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