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CCTV released after 15 year old girl approached

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Police have released this CCTV image after a 15 year old girl was approached by a man offering modelling work in Swindon.

She was approached on 1st May around 6.20pm in the Farnsby Street/Canal Walk area.

The girl refused to go with him as she was suspicious about his motives.

He is described as Indian with an Indian accent, wearing a black leather jacket, cream or pale green trousers.

He had short black hair and is aged between 30 and 40.

The young lady in was very sensible and reported the incident to us, we are conducting enquiries and need to speak to the man regarding his actions. If you recognise this man, have any information about him or this incident please call us."

– PC Paul Bezzant, Wiltshire Police

New commuter trains to cut overcrowding

The first of a new generation of electric commuter trains to cut overcrowding in the Thames Valley is being introduced on the network on Monday.

The first trains will run from Maidenhead - but the £2.8 billion project remains late and over budget with work to Oxford, Swindon, Newbury and Basingstoke still to be completed.

Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse has been given exclusive access to the new carriages at Maidenhead.

Mike spoke to commuter Jon Swab, Andy Mellors from Great Western Railway and Martin Coker from the Maidenhead Passengers Association.


Police search of murderer's former home extended

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Forensic teams will spend another week searching the former home of convicted killer Christopher Halliwell in Swindon.

Major excavation work has been taking place in the gardens of two properties in Broad Street where Halliwell lived between 1997 and 2001.

The former taxi driver is currently serving a life sentence for killing Sian O'Callaghan in 2001 and Becky Godden in 2003.


Wiltshire Police conducting searches in Swindon

“Searches are being conducted in the gardens and garages of two properties in Broad Street over this coming week.

“Whilst we do not have plans, at this stage, to search inside the properties there will be some disruption to the occupants. I would like to make it clear that those living at the addresses have no involvement in the investigation and we thank them for their understanding and patience.

“Although we are unable to comment on the nature of our enquiries, we can say that we are acting on intelligence received.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Jeremy Carter, Wiltshire Police

“We understand that this activity may cause concern for the local community and residents can expect to see a police cordon in place within the alleyways in Broad Street for the next five days. This should not impact upon other local residents. Officers will continue to patrol the vicinity and will be available for anyone who has any concerns relating to the searches.”

– Superintendent Charlie Armstrong, Wiltshire Police

Police search garden of convicted killer

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ITV News understands that Wiltshire Police are searching the garden of murderer Christopher Halliwell's former home in Swindon.

Two properties, believed to be on the same street, are being searched.

The operation is expected to last a couple of days.

Police say it's intelligence led, based on new information, and they emphasise they are not sure if they'll find anything.

Police have never searched the exterior of the property before and say that the search is unrelated to the current owners.

Specialist officers are currently carrying out excavation work within the gardens of two properties within Broad Street as part of an ongoing investigation being carried out by the Brunel Major Crime Investigation Team. This relates to intelligence that the force has received. We are unable to comment further at this time.

– Wiltshire Police statement

Halliwell, a Swindon taxi driver, was jailed for a whole life term, after being found guilty of murdering Becky Godden.

The 52 year-old was already serving a life sentence for the murder of Sian O’Callaghan in 2011.

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