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Possible 'increased police presence' in part of Swindon after 45-year-old man assaulted

Credit: ITV West Country

Wiltshire Police say there may be "an increased police presence" in part of Swindon after a 45-year-old man was assaulted.

Officers says an altercation took place early this morning in an alleyway between Corporation Street and Alfred Street.

It is believed the man was attacked with a weapon causing cuts to his back and face.

He is being treated in hospital but his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

This is a busy area of the town, so someone must have seen or heard something suspicious.

We are currently continuing our investigations and people may notice an increased police presence in this part of town.

– Det Sgt Scott Anger

CCTV images released of youths after spate of robberies in Swindon

CCTV images of 3 men have been released after 4 separate robberies in Swindon. Credit: Wiltshire Police/CCTV

Police are appealing for witnesses after a number of robberies in Swindon.

CCTV images of three men have been released after 4 separate incidents in the town earlier this month.

Police say the group of youths were specifically targeting people's phones and wallets. Wiltshire Police are encouraging anyone with information to come forward.

"These were frightening incidents for the victims and I'd ask anyone who can help identify the men to please contact us. I'd also encourage those pictured to take the initiative and come forward pro-actively."

– DC Alex Mulley

You can contact the police at Gablecross Police Station on 101 quoting ref 54180049935. Alternatively call Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 where details may be left anonymously.

Swindon home destroyed after a fire

The home in Beech Avenue has been gutted by the fire

Police and fire services are carrying out an investigation after a house in Swindon was wrecked in a blaze.

Crews were called in the early hours to the home on Beech Avenue in Pinehurst.

Police say a young girl was treated for smoke inhalation

A police spokesman said the occupants had escaped. A young girl was treated in hospital for smoke inhalation.

A caravan parked outside was completely destroyed. Arson has not been ruled out as a cause.

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Swindon police investigate spate of robberies overnight

Swindon police investigate spate of robberies overnight Credit: PA

Police in Swindon are investigating three separate robberies overnight which they believe could be linked.

The first incident happened in a park area next to Charlotte Mews, in Old Town, at some time before 3.30am. A man in his 40s, reported that he was hit on the head and his wallet was stolen.

The second happened at 5.05am in Dorcan Way, east Swindon, when the victim, a man in his 20s, was approached and threatened by a group of youths. They chased him to the mini roundabout junction with Kingfisher Drive and assaulted him, before stealing his phone and wallet.

The third incident happened at around 5.45am in Queen's Drive, east Swindon, when a man in his 20s was assaulted by a group of youths. They tried to steal his phone but ended up fleeing the scene empty-handed.

"Luckily none of the victims were seriously injured, but these were nasty assaults and in all three incidents it has been reported that the group of youths were using some kind of hard object in a sock as a weapon.

We do not yet have clear descriptions of those involved, but we would like to hear from anyone who was in any of these three areas at the times of the robberies and may have seen a group of people acting suspiciously.

We are currently carrying out a number of enquiries, including looking through CCTV from each of the scenes."

– DS Scott Anger, Swindon CID
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