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Arrests made following fatal crash in Melksham

Two men have been arrested following a fatal road traffic collision in Melksham.

An 18 year-old man and a 25 year-old man - both from Melksham - were arrested this morning on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. Both men remain in police custody in Melksham.

19 year old Max Lewis died in the collision on Forest Lane on Saturday. The red Citroen Saxo he was travelling in collided with a van.

The driver of the Saxo - a 22 year old man from Melksham - was taken by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital. His condition is now described as stable.

Following a fantastic response from the public, we have now arrested two men on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank the local community for the information they have provided to Wiltshire Police since Saturday's tragic road traffic collision.

We will now continue to focus our attention on this investigation.

– Sergeant Barrie Card


Sallyann John's mother makes emotional appeal

Sally Ann John went missing in Swindon in 1995

The mother of a woman who disappeared in 1995 has appealed for information relating to the newly reopened case.

Detectives in Wiltshire have begun a murder investigation following the disappearance of Sallyann John nearly 20 years ago. Sallyann was 23 when she went missing from her home town of Swindon.

Sallyann's mother Lesley John Credit: ITV West Country

Sally disappeared 19 years a go and I still think of her every day. For years I have wondered where she could be and I have had to deal with the thought that she might have been killed.

For a long time I and all of Sally’s family and friends have not known what happened to her, where she is or if she was even alive. As the years have past this has not got any easier and has become something that I live with. However, I have never given up the hope that one day she might walk through the door.

She was a bright and beautiful girl who could make anyone smile. She had lots of friends in Swindon and many people knew her. I still cannot believe that in all these years no one has come forward to say where Sally is. Someone out there knows what happened to Sally. It is horrible to think that she might have been hurt or alone. We really want to know what happened to Sally and someone in Swindon has this information, so I am pleading with you to go to the police. In all these years lives change and so do friendships and relationships. I know the police want to hear from anyone who knew Sally, and I would urge them to come forward – they may not have spoken to police at the time she disappeared but now they might be able to. That small bit of information might be the key to giving us closure and finally knowing what happened to our girl. It won’t bring her back but it will ease our suffering. Please come forward and help us find Sally.

– Lesley John

Ed Miliband visiting Swindon today

Labour leader Ed Miliband will be visiting Wiltshire today as the party gears up for the general election in six months' time.

Mr Miliband will be visiting a waste recovery plant in Swindon, a town where Labour is keen to recover the two Parliamentary seats it lost at the last election.

The visit also coincides with voting in the Rochester and Strood by-election.

Ed Miliband MP Credit: PA

Wiltshire MP votes against his own wife

A Wiltshire MP says he's had some teasing by colleagues after voting not just against his own government - but against his own wife.

Duncan Hames, the Liberal Democrat MP for Chippenham, joined the opposition to defeat a move to delay changes in the way pub landlords can buy beer from other breweries. The measure was promoted by his wife, the small firms minister Jo Swinson - but Mr Hames denied she'd given him a ticking-off!

Family of teenager appeal for information on Facebook

Max Lewis

The family of a teenager who died in a head-on collision in Melksham have appealed for information about his death on Facebook.

Max died after the Citroen Saxo he was travelling in collided with a van. Police are searching for the drivers of two other vehicles believed to have been involved in a race with Saxo just before the crash.

Max's brother Dan Lewis put the following statement on his Facebook page on behalf of his family. They say they do not wish to blame anyone who may have been involved - but want to know what happened to their son.

Thank you to everyone for the massive love and support that is being shown for the loss of our darling Max.

We know how very hard this is for all his lovely friends, but if you can help us to understand what happened, please please come forward. We feel no blame just terrible sadness.

We would not usually post something so personal to Facebook, but we know we will reach far more of his friends.

– Family statement


Police thank public for their help after Melksham crash

Max Lewis

Wiltshire police have thanked the local community for their response to a fatal road traffic collision in Melksham.

19 year old Max Lewis died in the collision shortly before 3pm on Saturday when the red Citroen Saxo he was travelling in collided with a white Renault Master van.

The driver of the Saxo - a 22 year old man from Melksham - was taken by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital. His condition is now described as stable.

Wiltshire Police have been appealing to the public for their help in identifying the drivers of two cars - one silver in colour, the other blue in colour - that are thought to have been racing the Saxo immediately before the collision.

I would personally like to thank the local community for their response to Saturday's tragic road traffic collision. We have had a considerable amount of information from the public in relation to the identity of the drivers of the two cars. As a result, we are now following a number of lines of enquiry. It is still crucial that anyone who has any information about the two cars or the collision itself contacts us as soon as possible to assist us with our ongoing enquiries. Anyone with information should call Wiltshire Police via 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.

– Sergeant Barrie Card

12 year sentence for Swindon knife attacker

Dzung Nguyen Credit: Wiltshire Police

A man has been sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for two offences of Grievous Bodily Harm in Swindon.

On Tuesday 18th November 2014 at Swindon Crown Court, 20 year old Dzung Nguyen, was jailed after pleading guilty to two counts of wounding with intent to cause Grievous Bodily Harm.

These were two extremely violent attacks involving knives, one of which took place in broad daylight in front of a large number of people, some of whom were with their children. First and foremost, I would like to praise the members of the public that provided us with statements about the incidents. One of the witnesses deserves special mention for his bravery in actually intercepting the attack in the Town Gardens. This was a complex investigation that involved a number of officers from Swindon CID. The conviction of Nguyen is testament to their hard work and sends a clear message to the community that Wiltshire Police take incidents such as these extremely seriously.

– Detective Constable Nick Bishop

Man sustains shocking injuries in Swindon assault

Man sustains shocking injuries following Swindon assault Credit: Wiltshire police

Wiltshire police have released shocking images of a man who was assaulted in Swindon during a robbery.

The man was attacked when he was walking through Faringdon Park on Wednesday. The two men took his rucksack and wallet before runnig off in the direction of Park Lane. The suspects are described as aged in their late teens to early twenties and one is thought to have been wearing a grey tracksuit with the hood up. Two local men have been arrested on suspicion of robbery and subsequently released on bail pending further enquiries.

The victim received hospital treatment for his injuries.

As we can see in the photograph the victim sustained nasty facial injuries which required hospital treatment. He was very shaken by the attack. I am appealing for the help of the community and would like to hear from anyone who may have seen the robbery or who has information regarding those responsible. Any information could be crucial to the investigation.

– DC Mark Harris

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Harris on 101 or call Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 where details may be left anonymously if preferred.

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