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Swindon men jailed for child sex offences

Two men have each been jailed for seven years at Swindon Crown Court after admitting sex offences against children.

Royston Gonsalves, 25, of Ponting Street, Swindon, and Filbert Antao, 22, of Axbridge Close, Swindon, had each pleaded guilty to four counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child. The victims were three girls aged 13, 14 and 14 at the time of the offences.

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Royston Gonsalves
Royston Gonsalves - jailed for seven years Credit: Wiltshire Police

"Gonsalves and Antao preyed on these vulnerable children and exploited them for their own sexual gratification.

"Both sexually abused the children on several occasions during a prolonged cycle of manipulation and abuse.

"I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to these young victims who have shown courage and bravery by coming forward and reporting the horrific abuse they were being subjected to.

"This case is a good example of us working with partner agencies and charities to bring the most dangerous sexual offenders to justice whilst supporting and rehabilitating the young victims.

"I would urge anyone who has been the victim of any sexual assault to contact Wiltshire Police immediately – we have dedicated officers who are specially trained to help those who have been abused."

– Supt Andrew Carr, Wiltshire Police
Filbert Antao
Filbert Antao - jailed for seven years Credit: Wiltshire Police

Man wanted in connection with attempted murder in Swindon

Dzung Nguyen, aged 20, from Swindon
Dzung Nguyen, aged 20, from Swindon Credit: Wiltshire Police

Wiltshire Police are appealing for information on a man wanted in connection with an attempted murder.

Officers are keen to locate Dzung Nguyen, aged 20, from Swindon, in relation to the incident which took place in the Town Gardens, Swindon, on July 24th 2014 shortly before 12.55pm.

A 25 year old man was stabbed with a knife several times during an assault which took place in front of several members of the public.

He was taken to the Great Western Hospital with serious injuries but later released.

As a result of initial police enquiries, two men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with this incident.

Nguyen is described as Vietnamese, approximately 5ft 6ins tall, with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information with regards to Nguyen’s whereabouts is asked to contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.

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South West has second highest hospital parking rate

South West has second highest hospital parking rate
South West has second highest hospital parking rate Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A number of West MPs have backed a campaign calling for the abolition of hospital car parking charges. According to latest figures obtained under Freedom of Information the South West has the second highest rates in the country, before concessions are taken into account, with several hospitals charging up to £3.40 an hour. Across the region as a whole the average is £6.74, which is second highest behind the East Midlands.

I know from talking to fellow local residents people are fed up having to pay to park especially as we only do that in England. In Scotland and Wales it's free. And for people, particularly where you have patients in there over a long period of time very frustrating, very challenging for families who frankly have more distressing things to worry about.

– Justin Tomlinson, Cons MP for North Swindon

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CCTV released after indecent exposure on a Wiltshire train

Police have released CCTV images of a man (pictured below) they want to speak to after reports of an indecent exposure on a train in Wiltshire. The alleged incident happened on a train travelling between Trowbridge and Westbury around 7pm on Thursday.

“Investigations are ongoing and, at this stage, we would like to identify and speak to the man in these photographs as we believe he will have key information which can help our enquiries.”

– PC Paul Stanley
Police want to speak to this man after an indecent exposure
Police want to speak to this man after an indecent exposure Credit: ITV News West Country
The alleged incident took place on a train between Trowbridge and Westbury
The alleged incident took place on a train between Trowbridge and Westbury Credit: British Transport Police

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Service takes place at stone-age style burial chamber

A service has taken place at the first stone-age style burial chamber to be built in more than 5000 years.

It's called a Longbarrow. And was used by neolithic men and women to inter their dead. A landowner has built one at All Cannings, near Devizes in Wiltshire. And the first ceremony has been held this week. Our Wiltshire correspondent Robert Murphy reports.

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