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Police appeal over missing father and son

Geoffrey Tomlinson, aged 41, and Jack Tomlinson, aged 9. Credit: Wiltshire Police

Wiltshire Police are appealing for help to find a missing father and son. Geoffrey Tomlinson, 41, and his 9-year-old son Jack were last seen at their home in Hardens Mead in Chippenham yesterday morning.

Mr Tomlinson is described as slim with shaved brown hair, and Jack is taller than average for his age and of medium build.

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Rail line electrification causing chaos in Lyneham

People in Wiltshire say road and bridge closures in the county are causing chaos. Work is taking place ahead of the electrification of the rail line between Bristol and London.

As part of the work one of the main bridges near Lyneham has been closed by Network Rail.

Now three other roads have been shut by the council for safety and people living nearby face diversions of up to 20 miles.

Katie Rowlett reports:

Disability charity welcomes mayor's resignation

Disability charity Scope has welcomed the news that Swindon's mayor Nick Martin has resigned over remarks he made about disabled people.

Cllr Martin handed in his resignation after being ordered to apologise by a standards watchdog.

The 63-year-old was overheard to say at a meeting last year: "Are we still letting those Mongols have sex with each other?"

This wasn't just about political correctness and using the wrong words.

The mayor insinuated that there is something wrong with disabled people having sex with each other.

Disturbingly, his outdated comments showed a lack of acceptance that disabled people have sex lives, which can be just as fulfilling - or unfulfilling - as anyone else's.

The outcry following the mayor's comments show that the general public don't condone this kind of deep-seated ignorance towards disabled people.

– Richard Hawkes, chief executive, Scope

Swindon's mayor resigns after disabled comments

Nick Martin has resigned as Swindon's mayor. Credit: Swindon Borough Council

The mayor of Swindon, Cllr Nick Martin, has resigned from his post in the wake of a scandal over remarks he made about disabled people.

In a letter sent to Stephen Taylor, Swindon Borough Council's Director of Law and Democratic Services, Cllr Martin said:

"Dear Stephen,

"It is with regret that I submit my resignation as Mayor of the Borough of Swindon with immediate effect.

"Following the accusations against me, I have cooperated with the independent Standards investigation, I have accepted the findings, I have made new apologies and am abiding by the other recommendations from the Standards Assessment Panel.

"However, it is clear that this will not stop the attacks on the Office and person of Mayor. Therefore, I deem it best for the people of Swindon to resign.

"Yours sincerely,

"Cllr. Nick Martin"

Read: Mayor forced to apologise for 'mongols' remark

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Network Rail promises action on road delays

Roads have been closed while work takes place on railway bridges ready for electrification of the main line Credit: ITV News West Country

Network Rail has said it will work harder to avoid road disruption caused to people living around Lyneham in Wiltshire.

It comes after residents said they felt cut off following road and bridge closures, while work is carried out to the railway in preparation for electrification.

Rail electrification work causing chaos in Lyneham

Work is taking place ready for the electrification of the rail line between London and Bristol, which means long diversions. Credit: ITV News West Country

People in part of Wiltshire say road and bridge closures in the county are causing chaos.

Work is taking place ready for the electrification of the rail line between London and Bristol, which means long diversions.

One trader says Lyneham feels almost cut off. Network Rail has now appointed a community liaison officer to deal with problems.

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