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Vintage train destroyed by fire in Wiltshire

A vintage train valued at more than £100,000 has been completely destroyed after a fire in Wiltshire after a fire yesterday.

The diesel engine, owned by Swindon and Cricklade Railway had been restored by volunteers earlier this year. Three box wagons containing electrical equipment were also destroyed. It's not yet known what caused the fire.

The alarm was raised just before 6pm Credit: Swindon & Cricklade Railway
Volunteers have only recently finished restoring the train Credit: Swindon & Cricklade Railway
It's thought the fire could have been burning for most of the day Credit: Swindon & Cricklade Railway
An investigation into the cause of the fire has begun Credit: Swindon & Cricklade Railway

Man admits raping woman nearly 30 years ago

David Mears Credit: CPS

A 60-year-old man has admitted raping, indecently assaulting and imprisoning a young woman in her Swindon home in 1987 - almost 30 years ago.

David Mears, from Plymouth, pleaded guilty to all three charges at Swindon Crown Court.

The case has been adjourned for psychiatric reports and sentencing is due to take place on Friday 8 July 2016 at Swindon Crown Court.

On Wednesday 12 August 1987 David Mears broke into a property in Swindon and carried out a vicious sexual assault on a 16 year old woman. An investigation was launched at the time but no one was convicted.

– Detective Inspector Mark Power

Detective Inspector Power explained that as part of a review of cold cases, new evidence was discovered through modern forensic methods.

He added that Wiltshire Police is prioritising the victim's welfare and is ensuring she is provided with specialist support.

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