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Armed police callouts rise in Wiltshire

Armed police are being deployed to more incidents in Wiltshire but down from a decade prior, figures reveal. Home Office data shows Wiltshire Police conducted 104 armed operations in the year to March. This is Wiltshire

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Nine more coronavirus cases diagnosed in Wiltshire

The weekend has seen nine more cases of coronavirus cases recorded in Wiltshire, official figures show. Public Health England figures show that 1,326 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 as of 7pm on Sunday, August 9 in Wiltshire, up...

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Wiltshire connections return to National Express network

National Express has increased travel connections by adding Wiltshire towns its coach routes. This include to 401 service between Bristol and London, which will now stop at Trowbridge, Melksham, Sells Green, Devizes and Wroughton via Swindon and Heathrow....

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Repairs to weir could cost dear

BRADFORD on Avon Town Council has been asked to take full liability for emergency repair work on Avoncliff Weir. The Wiltshire Times has been told the owner of Weavers Mill, Susan Lee, and her partner Tony Cunningham, have requested the council sign an ag...

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Increase in drugs found by staff at Erlestoke prison

More drugs are being uncovered by staff during searches at Erlestoke prison, new figures reveal. It comes as drug finds in jails across England and Wales reached a record high – but prison reform charity the Howard League has warned confiscations do not...

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FOOD REVIEW: Pizzeria Amici in Bradford on Avon

THE small but entirely comfortable Pizzeria Amici restaurant in Bradford on Avon is among my top five ‘go to’ eateries. Whenever my wife, Feona and I, fancy going out to eat but not too far away from home, Pizzeria Amici is right up there in the top t...

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Three Wiltshire libraries reopened this week

WILTSHIRE bookworms are delighted as libraries have begun to reopen across the county. This week the three largest libraries in Chippenham, Salisbury and Trowbridge opened their doors for the first time since March 20, with new safety measures. This is Wi...

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CEVs take well earned break

A HUGE thanks to the fabulous Bradford on Avon TC Community Emergency Volunteers (CEVs) who stood down yesterday having assisted those shielding/isolating in the community throughout the past 20 weeks. Along with street champions, they have helped so ma...

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Explore BoA Tourist Information Centre re-launches

The Explore BoA Tourist Information Centre re-opened today, having been closed since March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Though the centre was already undergoing some updates, whilst it was closed we took the opportunity to give the space a facelift and...

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Two more coronavirus cases diagnosed in Wiltshire

Two more people have tested positive for coronavirus cases in Wiltshire since Sunday. Public Health England figures show that 1,309 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am on Monday, August 3 in Wiltshire, up from 1,307 on Sunday...

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Range Rover driver hit speeds of up to 140mph in M4 chase

A driver reportedly gunned his Range Rover to speeds of around 140mph in a bid to evade police. Jawad Ali, 19, was behind the wheel of a borrowed car and on his way back from celebrating Eid with family in Cardiff when police spotted him on the M4 on the ...

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Clean air limits exceeded in Wiltshire

Safe air pollution limits are being breached in nearly 20 areas across Wiltshire, figures suggests. That is according to research by environmental campaigners Friends of the Earth, which analysed council reports on nitrogen dioxide in the air at monitorin...

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Obituary: Bob Conway

ONE of the last survivors of the Normandy Veterans living in Trowbridge has died peacefully on Wednesday, July 15 at the Bloomfield care centre in Paulton near Bath. Walter George Conway, 94, who was known as ‘Bob’, had been living there since April 6...

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Introducing the new Shop Local card

ING THE NEW SHOP LOCAL CARD We are thrilled to launch the new SHOP LOCAL scheme, enabling businesses to make exclusive offers available to residents and visitors wanting to support local shops and businesses. Over the past few weeks, we have been develop...

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MPs say NHS amendment was designed to ‘mislead’

TWO Wiltshire MPs have hit back at critics who pilloried the way they voted against an amendment to a Trade Bill that allegedly would open up the NHS to foreign involvement. Critics took to social media and emails to condemn several of Wiltshire’s MPs f...

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Bradford on Avon station packed as excursion visits

OVER 100 people, from photographers looking to add to their portfolio to young families and those with nostalgic memories of the travel of yesteryear, crowded the railway station at Bradford on Avon yesterday evening. They were there to catch a glimpse of...

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Teens warned over taking NoS

nitrous oxide. Wiltshire Police said it would be carrying out extra patrols to tackle the problem. Typically, the gas is inhaled from a balloon to give the user a brief high. Users often leave behind the small silver bottles the gas comes in. On Twitter o...

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Thieves take £12,500-worth of cigarettes from Tesco lorry

Thieves stole £12,500-worth of cigarettes from a Tesco lorry, police have said. Wiltshire Police has appealed for witnesses to come forward after the tobacco was stolen from the lorry, which was parked in a layby in Derry Hill, near Calne. It is believed...

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Rare Bowie track under hammer in Wiltshire auctioneers

A UNIQUE, unreleased and never before heard 1966 David Bowie UK demo only acetate from the Orbit Music publishing library is to go under the hammer at Wessex Auction Rooms in Wiltshire on July 24 and is expected to sell for thousands of pounds. David Bowi...

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Biodiversity Surveyors appointed

Back in June 2020, the Town Council adopted a Biodiversity Policy and subsequently agreed a scope of work for a Biodiversity Survey in Bradford on Avon, in order to establish the current ‘state of nature’ within areas under our management. The pu...

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Equestrian diversity role model from Bradford on Avon

A Bradford on Avon equestrian worker has put herself forward to be a role model to encourage more black and Asian people into the sport. Ashleigh Wicheard wants to help increase ethnic diversity in the British equestrian industry. “I grew up in Brad...

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Wiltshire gains good marks on Adoption Scorecard figures

Children in Wiltshire are placed with new adoptive families faster than the national average. The Adoption Scorecard is published by the government and gives a national picture of how well local authority adoption services are performing. The average time...

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Wiltshire Council receives over £3m from the government

More than £3m was given to Wiltshire Council in the government’s third round of additional coronavirus funding. The council said the latest government cash will ‘significantly reduce’ its prospects of issuing a section 114 notice. The £3,467,099 g...

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Wiltshire car thefts rise by 31% in four years

Thefts of motor vehicles in Wiltshire have risen by 31 per cent in the last four years, new figures show. RAC Insurance has urged drivers to do more to make their car a less easy target for opportunistic thieves, after ‘disturbing’ figures rev...

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Mobile coronavirus test site available in Trowbridge

Residents in Trowbridge can now access a new mobile Covid-19 test site in the Mortimer Street car park in the county town. Located between the Greyhound pub and County Hall, the site, which is manned by members of the 1st Royal Welsh regiment, will be ava...

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Twelve new coronavirus cases diagnosed in Wiltshire

Twelve cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Wiltshire since last week, official figures show. Public Health England figures show that 1,252 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am on Tuesday (July 14) in Wiltshire, up from ...

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Rise in smoking rates in Wiltshire last year

More people have taken up smoking in Wiltshire over the past year, figures suggest, with the proportion of smokers higher than the UK average. Campaign group Action on Smoking and Health says smoking remains the leading cause of premature death in the UK,...

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Avoncliff Weir repairs supported by community

If you have ever walked or even paddled downstream from Bradford on Avon, you will no doubt have come across the Avoncliff weir, just before the aqueduct. In winter months, the river mostly roars over it, but in drier summer months, the ancient stones tha...

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Bradford on Avon declares an ecological emergency

An ecological emergency has been declared by Bradford on Avon Town Council – and they may be one of the first to do so. In March 2019, Bradford on Avon Town Council declared a climate emergency in recognition of the urgent need to negate the effects of ...

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Priority IT helps bridge digital divide at Dorcan school

A HEADTEACHER has spoken of the ‘digital divide’ affecting pupils, after a local company donated laptops to help students access learning during lockdown. Sherryl Bareham of The Dorcan Academy received five new laptops from Westbury-based Priority IT,...

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Life in flat is ‘a nightmare’

A tenant says he’s been living in a ‘nightmare’ trying to get rehoused from his flat for two years. James Smith who has lived at the Timbrell Street property in Trowbridge for seven years described his flat as ‘unlivable in’ and claims the floor...

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Obituary: Teodoro Alfredo Melillo

ONE of the most well-known and popular figures in the west Wiltshire business community has died at his home in Trowbridge. Teodoro Alfredo Melillo, 75, died at his home in Drynham Lane, on Monday, June 22 surrounded by his wife, Rosanna, and two children...

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Brawler will have to wait to hear his fate

A judge told a thug who “nearly killed” a man with a single punch that he couldn’t sentence him – because the author of a pre-sentence report hadn’t considered one lot of offences he’d committed. Andrew Smith’s brothers were jailed in June f...

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GoBubble gives pupils added spark

A west Wiltshire primary school is one of the first to win a prestigious Centre of Excellence award for helping students learn how to communicate safely. Children at Westwood with Iford Primary School have been using the safer, healthier and kinder digita...

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Town Council declares Ecological Emergency

Bradford on Avon Town Council has declared an Ecological Emergency. In March 2019, the Town Council, along with many other government bodies, businesses and organisations, declared a Climate Emergency, in recognition of the urgent need for action to nega...

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Wiltshire play areas to re-open with new guidelines

Children’s play areas across Wiltshire are set re-open tomorrow (Saturday, July 4) for the first time since March, as restrictions ease. Wiltshire Council says that families visiting the play areas are strongly advised to practice social distancing....

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Drinkers urged to act responsibly when pubs re-open

WILTSHIRE Council and Wiltshire Police have joined forces to remind residents to play their part and act responsibly when pubs re-open this weekend. At the end of June, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that pubs, restaurants, and hotels could re-ope...

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Ministers should decide waste plan

SOUTH West Wiltshire MP Dr Andrew Murrison has been urged to lobby the Environment Secretary to ‘call in’ Northacre Renewable Energy’s proposals to change its plans for a gasification waste-to-energy incinerator in Westbury. The company wants to cha...

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Blue hearts help to ‘green up’ play areas

There’s always a silver lining…. or perhaps green one! Over the past few weeks, whilst the pandemic forced the closure of Barton Farm play area, we let nature have some fun for a while instead. However, before cutting it all back for the re-opening t...

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CRIME ROUND-UP: Theft, drugs, drink-driving and more

BETWEEN June 20-22 thieves stole number plates from a vehicle parked in a layby at Ashton Common, Steeple Ashton. Washing line taken A THIEF stole a rotary washing line from a garden at The Crays, Melksham, on June 24. Drunken exposure A DRUNKEN MAN expos...

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Councillors united against local incinerator plans

At the recent Full Council meeting on 26th June, Town Councillors voted unanimously to oppose changes to the proposed Waste Incinerator at Westbury.  Despite previous objections by many Town and Parish councils in the local area, including Bradford on A...

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Aldi hopes to build more shops around Swindon borough

Aldi announced that it is on the lookout for new store locations in Wiltshire – including Swindon and Royal Wootton Bassett. The UK’s fifth-largest supermarket has been on an expansion drive as it targets having 1,200 stores open by 2025. Aldi already...

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Safe cycle routes go ahead in Trowbridge and Bradford

NEW cycleways are to be created along Hilperton Road in Trowbridge and linking Winsley to Bradford on Avon as Wiltshire Council has secured more than £200,000 in funding. The first scheme will see the creation of a segregated cycleway on the A361 Hilpert...

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