Sign stolen from Malmesbury's Dolly Bobbins shop

This Is Wiltshire: Trio jailed for fraud to tune of £800,000

6:00am Thursday 24th April 2014

A costly business sign belonging to independent retailer Dolly Bobbins was stolen from the Market Place, Malmesbury, between April 18 and 19.

PC denies Tasering naked man

This Is Wiltshire: Pc Lee Birch arrives at Bristol Crown Court

5:30am Thursday 24th April 2014

A POLICE officer unlawfully Tasered a naked man who threw a pair of underpants at him during a strip search in Wiltshire, a court heard. PC Lee Birch, 31, discharged his weapon into the bare chest of Daniel Dove in a cell at Melksham Police Station. Birch had arrested Mr Dove earlier that morning, on December 23, 2012, outside Moo Moo nightclub in Trowbridge, Bristol Crown Court heard. Mr Dove was charged with being drunk and disorderly and assaulting PC Birch and a second officer, though the case against him was later dropped. Birch was then charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and misconduct in a public office, which he denies. Prosecuting, Robin Shellard told a jury Birch had used the “prohibited weapon” in a way that was not “necessary, lawful or proportionate”. “Mr Dove had been taken to a police station in Melksham, where he was placed in a cell and subjected to a strip search,” Mr Shellard said. “During the course of the strip search, when he was naked, a Taser was used against him by PC Birch. It affected his bodily functions, made him collapse to the ground and curl up in a ball.” The court was told Mr Dove had been ejected from Moo Moo nightclub by doormen, who asked Birch and PC David Read to attend at 2am. Mr Dove allegedly punched Birch during his arrest and repeatedly kneed PC Read in the groin – claims he strenuously denies. The officers, of Wiltshire Police, then took Mr Dove to Melksham Police Station, where he was booked into the custody suite. A strip search was authorised and began in a police cell, with Birch – who had taken the Taser from his holster and placed it behind his back – and two other officers attending. “Mr Dove, then having taken his trousers off, takes his socks off and so it is that Mr Dove is in the cell with three officers, wearing nothing but a pair of boxers,”Mr Shellard said. “Mr Dove kneels down to take his boxers off, therefore being compliant. As he does so, PC Birch moves forward to take the boxer shorts. “As he does so, and as Mr Dove rises, Mr Dove flicks the boxer shorts at the police officers. They strike PC Birch to the side of the face. PC Birch produces the Taser and without any warning at all, he fires the Taser into the chest of the naked Mr Dove.” The trial continues.

Victim speaks out as abuser is jailed

This Is Wiltshire: Mark Eatwell has been jailed for four years for assault and false imprisonment

5:30am Thursday 24th April 2014

Yesterday at Swindon Crown Court, Mark Eatwell, 44, of Coronation Road, Wroughton, was jailed for four years after being found guilty of ABH and false imprisonment. The charges relate to Eatwell abusing his former partner Jayne-Anne Murray. Overnight between April 6 and 7 last year, Murray was visiting Eatwell’s home address to spend time with her son. Eatwell then proceeded to keep Murray prisoner in his home for several hours and assaulted her. Jayne-Anne said: “I want to get across to people not to put up with domestic violence. No-one has the right to do that to you. “I want all the victims of domestic violence to know that when you do come forward and report the abuse you will get the help you need. “I couldn’t have been happier with the support that I received from Wiltshire Police throughout the whole investigation – right through to giving evidence at court. “I urge people to report abuse - don’t put up with it .” Senior investigating officer Detective Constable Sonia Marsh said: “I am pleased with the sentence handed down to Mark Eatwell today. “The behavior of Mark Eatwell on the night of the incident was vile and cowardly. “Jayne-Anne Murray suffered a horrific and sustained attack which has had a huge effect on her life.

Nightmare finally over for Dream

This Is Wiltshire: Peter Rogers, the club’s owner, at the scene of devastation last year

5:30am Thursday 24th April 2014

DREAM Lounge will reopen with a bang on Saturday, nine months after the lap dancing club was torched last July.

Carol is ready for yet another battle

This Is Wiltshire: Carol Tedham gets ready for Race For Life

5:30am Thursday 24th April 2014

FORMER district nurse Carol Tedham is preparing to take on the Race for Life – after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer for the third time.

Drug dealer used woman

This Is Wiltshire: Shaquille Cumberbatch

5:30am Thursday 24th April 2014

DRUG DEALER Shaquille Cum-berbatch has been jailed for four years and 10 months after boasting of making £450 a day when relocating to the ‘softer market’ in Swindon.

Appeal after bus assault

This Is Wiltshire: WILTSHIRE Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault on a bus in Swindon. The incident took place at 10.27pm on March 14 while  the Stagecoach bus was travelling along Rodbourne Road. CCTV on the bus shows a man grab another man around the th

5:30am Thursday 24th April 2014

WILTSHIRE Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault on a bus in Swindon.

Boy claims he saw attacker pull knife

This Is Wiltshire: Two men pleaded guilty to burglary at Swindon Crown Court

5:30am Thursday 24th April 2014

THE 16-year-old who was stabbed in the groin during a gang fight near a children’s play park insisted to a jury his attacker had pulled a knife on him.

Victim loses phone, laptop and cards in burglary

This Is Wiltshire: Muhammad Zahid who had his phone, laptop and cards stolen from his room in the Islamic Centre

5:30am Thursday 24th April 2014

MOHAMMED ZAHID is hopeful that CCTV will help track down the criminals who stole £1,000 worth of his belongings from the Al-Habib Islamic Centre at 8pm on Sunday.

Talks start tomorrow on future of lingerie plant

This Is Wiltshire: Triumph, Groundwell Industrial Estate

5:30am Thursday 24th April 2014

OFFICIAL consultation on the future of the Menlo employees at risk of redundancy at Triumph will start tomorrow morning.

Nearly 200 sign up to quit Honda jobs

This Is Wiltshire: Honda staff leave the plant after job losses are announced in January

5:30am Thursday 24th April 2014

ALMOST 200 production associates have applied to leave Honda voluntarily – but negotiations with Unite must continue as the threat of compulsory redundancies looms large.

Pair fined for dog’s attack

This Is Wiltshire: From left, Leanne Hurd and Helen Westall leaving Swindon Magistrate’s Courts after being found guilty of having a dangerous dog which was out of control

5:30am Thursday 24th April 2014

TWO women who were in charge of a Staffordshire Bull terrier when it attacked a man in Regent Street have said the dog should not have been put down.

Brit will stay in prison until his hearing

This Is Wiltshire: Christopher Baines, who has gone on trial in America on charges of fraud and intimidation

5:30am Thursday 24th April 2014

CHRISTOPHER Baines will face two more months imprisoned in Georgia following the postponement of his trial until June.

Home saved by TV series

This Is Wiltshire: Pat Hill, who is due to appear on the current series of Cowboy Builders after a local tradesman left her £145k out of pocket

5:40am Thursday 24th April 2014

ELDERLY couple Ken and Pat Hill will be at the centre of a national television programme next week, which will expose the six-figure losses they incurred at the hands of a cowboy builder.

Boardroom coup will boost 160 appeal funds

This Is Wiltshire: Bowman House Buisness Centre is donating 160 hours of bookings to the 160 Appeal. Pictured, Graeme Stephenson, Estates manager

5:30am Thursday 24th April 2014

A FLEDGLING business has offered itself up – offices, boardroom and all – for 160 hours in support of the Adver’s 160 Appeal for Prospect Hospice.

Children’s charity moves to new home

This Is Wiltshire: At the opening of the new NSPCC service centre in Old Town are, from left, Caroline Morgan, Carla Jacques, Jeannette Chipping, Irene Davis, Geraldine O’Driscoll, Donna Oakes and Anouska Inns

5:30am Thursday 24th April 2014

CHILDREN’S charity the NSPCC is celebrating after moving into a new fit-for-purpose home in Old Town.

Hospital introduces new fiction section to library

This Is Wiltshire: Great Western Hospital head librarian Sam Burgess with mystery books to encourage people to read different authors

5:30am Thursday 24th April 2014

GETTING lost in a good novel was just what the doctor ordered as the Great Western Hospital launched its new fiction collection to mark World Book Night.

Builder promises to meet house targets

This Is Wiltshire: From left, Ian Francis and Mark Simpson at Taylor Wimpey’s presentation on the new houses being built at Ridgeway Farm

5:30am Thursday 24th April 2014

THE developers of the 700-home construction at Ridgeway Farm have moved to dismiss claims that their project will take twice as long as promised.

Company to move its HQ

5:30am Thursday 24th April 2014

INTEGRATED circuit manufacturer Swindon Silicon Systems will move under a single roof in Royal Wootton Bassett by the end of the year.

Building firm turns up with big gift

This Is Wiltshire: The Open Door Centre has recieved a donation from HJ Webb and Sons, that included a TV, Nintendo Wii and associated games       Picture: Beren Cross n Buy this picture at www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk

5:30am Thursday 24th April 2014

A CINEMA experience at The Open Door Centre, in Gorse Hill, has been made possible after the donation of an entertainment bundle worth £500 from HJ Webb and Son.

4,000 mile honour for WWI soldiers

This Is Wiltshire: Former Scots Guard Jim Archer

5:30am Thursday 24th April 2014

FORMER Scots Guards soldier Jim Archer is embarking on a 4,000 mile walk to commemorate the First World War centenary and raise money for Veterans in Action which helps servicemen after they leave the forces.

Safe place to discuss grief

This Is Wiltshire: Here to help are Margaret Bradbury , Janet Holland and Jenny Carter

5:30am Thursday 24th April 2014

BEREAVED mothers are reaching out to families grappling to cope with the loss of a child in Swindon and Wiltshire, encouraging them to join a support group which has proved a lifeline for them over the years.

Learning football skills all the way from Zambia

This Is Wiltshire: Football coaches from Zambia visited Robert Le Kyng Primary School to talk about the links with Swindon and Football. Pictured at a cheque presentation from Pebley Beach for £300 to the Football in the Community Trust are (front kneeling) Amelie, Jorja,

5:30am Thursday 24th April 2014

0ZAMBIAN football coaches put pupils from Robert Le Kyng through their paces yesterday as the school launched a collection to help children in the country.

Bakers’ cash bun-dle

This Is Wiltshire: Angus Macpherson, treasurer of the Filling Station, with pupils George Staten and Holly Gibbs

5:30am Thursday 24th April 2014

ROYAL Wootton Bassett Academy students who used their buns to raise more than £500 handed over the cash to homeless charity the Filling Station yesterday.

They’re all digging in

This Is Wiltshire: The East Locality team, residents and Rangers are to plant an  orchard on Saturday. From left, locality facilitator Tracy Scott, residents Carole Brownlee and Hilda Bushnell and Ranger David Boase

5:30am Thursday 24th April 2014

A MUDDY construction site in Park South is set to be transformed into a blossoming community orchard this weekend with a little help from local residents.

Malmesbury mayor to host pub Shakespeare quiz

This Is Wiltshire: Mayor John Gundry says Malmesbury is on tenterhooks

8:00pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Malmesbury mayor John Gundry hosts a Shakespeare quiz at The Whole Hog on Sunday from 6-7pm prior to the regular pub quiz.

Plea for volunteers at Corsham library as staff prepare for campus move

This Is Wiltshire: Community librarian Jessica Phillips

7:00pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Book lovers in Corsham are needed at the town library as staff prepare to relocate its collection to the new community campus.

Vacancy on Chippenham Town Council as councillor fails to turn up

This Is Wiltshire: Sue Wilthew, chief executive of Chippenham Town Council

7:00pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

There is another vacancy on Chippenham Town Council due to the non attendance of Ian Keasey.

Police DNA test blood left at broken window of Devizes butcher

This Is Wiltshire: Trio jailed for fraud to tune of £800,000

6:00pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Police are DNA testing blood left at the scene after the window of a storeroom at Walter Rose & Son butchers in Sidmouth Street, Devizes, was broken between 8pm on Thursday and 2am on Friday.

Friends of Birds Marsh defiant after Chippenham homes plan approved

This Is Wiltshire: Approved, controversial plan for 750 homes on Chippenham green field site

6:00pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

The Friends of Birds Marsh campaigners say they will continue to fight a development of 750 houses in northern Chippenham and have defended the village green status they fought for.

Thanks for those who gave views on future of Wiltshire's youth services

This Is Wiltshire: Laura Mayes, cabinet member for Children's Services

5:00pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Wiltshire Council is thanking the hundreds of people who took part in a consultation which asked communities for feedback on how youth activities should be delivered in the future.

Record Store Day puts Chippenham music fans in a spin

This Is Wiltshire: Kate Goodman of Magpie Music in Chippenham (VS317) By Vicky Scipio

5:08pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Magpie Music in Chippenham tripled its takings on the weekend’s Record Store Day compared to a normal Saturday.

Man jailed for imprisoning and abusing partner

This Is Wiltshire: Mark Eatwell

4:16pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A VICTIM of domestic violence has urged other victims not to suffer in silence.

Naked man Tasered after throwing pants at police officer

This Is Wiltshire: PC Lee Birch

3:02pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A POLICE officer unlawfully Tasered a naked man who threw a pair of underpants at him during a strip search in Wiltshire, a court heard.

Felton to stand trial for alleged assault on former business partner

This Is Wiltshire: Nigel Felton

3:52pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

NIGEL Felton, the former business partner of marathon veteran and gym owner Mike Buss, will stand trial charged with assaulting his former colleague during a spat last year.

Get involved in the Wroughton Airfield Solar Park public inquiry

This Is Wiltshire: Steve Harcourt who is in favour of the solar farm plans with Wroughton Airfield in the distance

4:28pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

THE first of three drop-in sessions to inform residents about the Public Inquiry for Wroughton Airfield Solar Farm will take place on Friday.

Man wounded in hammer attack near Beehive

This Is Wiltshire: REMEMBER WHEN: Photographic show reveals Swindon's Back Garden

2:49pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A local man was attacked and wounded with a hammer in an unprovoked assault near the Beehive pub last night.

Wiltshire's leisure services to stay with Places for People until 2018

This Is Wiltshire: Coun Jonathon Seed, Devizes Leisure Centre manager Dan Webb and gym users Keith Moore, Anna Villette and Elyne Williams

4:28pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Wiltshire Council leaders have agreed to extend Places for People Leisure Management Ltd’s - previously DC Leisure Management - contract to run 11 of the 23 council leisure centres across the county until 2018.

Teenager gives evidence after groin stabbing

This Is Wiltshire: A graffiti tag in Redhouse for the North Young Guns gang, who were involved in a fight at the Orbital shopping centre

2:18pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

THE 16-year-old who was stabbed in the groin during a gang fight near a children's play park insisted to a jury his attacker had pulled a knife on him.

Businesses getting back on track after Network Rail reopens Luckington and Sherston bridges

This Is Wiltshire: Luckington parish councillor John Buckley. (PM689) Picture by Paul Morris

3:00pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Businesses in Sherston and Luckington can begin to get themselves back on track now Network Rail’s bridge work is complete.

Jail term for dealer who relocated to Swindon's 'softer' drugs market

This Is Wiltshire: Two men pleaded guilty to burglary at Swindon Crown Court

12:59pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

DRUG dealer Shaquille Cumberbatch has been jailed for four years and 10 months after boasting of making £450 a day after relocating to the 'softer market' in Swindon.

Get drinks in at Calne festival

This Is Wiltshire: The Trigger Pond Summer Beer and Cider Festival

4:13pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A beer festival at the Woodlands Social Club in Calne will cater for those with a thirst for real ale and cider, with 20 different types of brew on offer.

Calne farmer killed ferret when it ran amok in chicken shed

This Is Wiltshire: Trio jailed for fraud to tune of £800,000

12:00pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A farmer who killed an animal attacking his chickens discovered it was his neighbour’s escaped pet ferret.

Marlborough TH White staff get Easter treats

This Is Wiltshire: Staff at TH White enjoy a delivery of hot cross buns                                         (PM1202) By PAUL MORRIS

12:00pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

The Gazette & Herald teamed up with Sainsbury’s to a give one firm or organisation free hot cross buns each week in the run-up to Easter.

Victim of violent bus attack sought

This Is Wiltshire: Victim of violent bus attack sought

11:47am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Wiltshire Police are appealing for the victim of a violent attack on a bus to come forward, having identified the suspect.

Police officer unlawfully Tasered naked man in Melksham police station, court hears

This Is Wiltshire: Pc Lee Birch arriving at Bristol Crown Court

3:06pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A police officer unlawfully Tasered a naked man who threw a pair of underpants at him during a strip search in Wiltshire, a court heard.

Dyson's £250m expansion plan backed by Malmesbury Town Council despite traffic fears

This Is Wiltshire: Inventor Sir James Dyson

10:24am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Dyson's £250m expansion plans for Malmesbury have been backed by the town council despite continued concerns over traffic congestion.

Wiltshire golden girl Jemima aims to inspire at Trowbridge careers fair

This Is Wiltshire: Jemima Duxberry

11:15am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Under-21 judo champion Jemima Duxberry and other inspirational role models will be encouraging young people to think of their futures at a special careers fair next week.

Bradford on Avon traffic delays worsen as schools go back

This Is Wiltshire: Traffic delays were bad last week, but have worsened at peak times with the end of the school holidays

11:17am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Traffic disruption hit new heights in Bradford on Avon today as pupils and staff returned to the schools after the Easter holidays.

Lorry driver was speeding moments before fatal Corsham collision, jury hears

This Is Wiltshire: Tommy Ford

9:28am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A lorry driver was speeding moments before his vehicle was in collision with an 89-year-old who was crossing the road, a jury has been told.







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