LIVE NEWS: 11/4/14

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The site will be updated with any major news as it happens throughout the evening.


This May will see local and European elections. We've spoken to this lady about it, so click her face to find out more.

This Is Wiltshire: Electoral officer Sally Sprason



Leader of the Council, Councillor David Renard, has said the mayor must make his own decision about stepping down.

He said: "The office of Mayor is appointed by the elected members who make up the whole council, and not individually by the Leader of the Council. It’s not something I have any authority over.

"What the Mayor decides to do now is entirely a matter for him. There has been an independent report into the complaints that were made, a panel which included independent people has examined that report, and the panel has made its recommendations, which I believe the Mayor intends to comply with.

"The correct process has been followed and it has reached a conclusion."


The comments section is raging against Mayor Nick Martin following his apology over remarks he made about diasbled people having sex. See them here.

This Is Wiltshire: Swindon mayor Nick Martin



THE driver of a blue Fiat Punto ploughed into a set of cross lights yesterday after a man ran out into its path.

At around 9pm, Wiltshire Police were called by a member of the public after the Fiat crashed into the pelican crossing outside Thamesdown Vets on Akers Way.

The car had swerved to avoid the man and hit a lamp post.

The car ended up partially blocking a footpath, and there were no injuries involved.

The car remained in situ unti 1pm today when the owner of the car awaited its recovery and disposal.



There is queueing traffic on B4534 Purton Road and Mead Way both ways at B4553 near to Sparcells Drive.

Roadworks are continuing in the area and temporary lights are in use.



The latest winner of the Prospect Hospice lottery top prize this week is ticket holder 32317. Enjoy your £1,000.



Wayne Hutchinson will not be able to defend his Coral Scottish Grand National title tomorrow due to injury.

The Swindon jockey fell three from home in the Mares Maiden Hurdle on board Lady Garvagh at Towcester yesterday.

This Is Wiltshire: Wayne Hutchinson


And while he went on to finish second with Genstone Trail in the Mares Novice Handicap Chase, the fall from the earlier race has forced him to withdraw from defending the crown he won last year at Ayr.

Hear from Hutchinson in full in tomorrow's Advertiser.





CROOK OF THE DAY: Do you know these men? They are sought in connection with the theft of a wallet. Click the pic for more.

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And here's our back page - Town manager Mark Cooper says had Nile Ranger been fit, his side would have made the play-offs. Click the pic for more.

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Here's our front page today - plenty going on but the tale of a mother and son who ran a shoplifting racket at Asda makes the splash. Click the pic for the full story.

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Police have this morning confirmed the 28-year-old man from Swindon arrested on suspicion of criminal damage over racist graffiti is being quizzed over 18 offences. Police are not looking for any further suspects in relation to this series at this time. 


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