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South Western Railway disruption due to 'disruptive passengers'

"Disruptive passengers" are causing rush hour delays on South Western Railway between Hampshire and Wiltshire, the rail firm has said.

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Wiltshire 'ribbon of light' art installation finished
Artist Bruce Munro uses 66,000 CDs to create a huge public artwork to thank NHS workers.

Public health investigating social-life links to Covid-19 cases

Dorcan mail centre
Royal Mail said there had been two confirmed cases of coronavirus earlier this week at its Dorcan office

Public health officials are working to contain a "small outbreak" of coronavirus among workers at some of Swindon's biggest employers.

There has been one confirmed case at Honda and 14 spread across Royal Mail, the fire service, and XPO which runs Iceland's distribution centre.

It is believed all of the cases involve people catching Covid-19 outside of the workplace.

Contact tracers will be focussed on the victims' social life.

Public Health England described the numbers as not too concerning adding that local outbreaks will happen.

Steve Maddern, who is the Director of Public Health at Swindon Borough Council, said as people were socialising more, and not necessarily in pubs or restaurants, it more it was important to follow the guidelines.

"People are probably doing what they should be in their workplaces because a lot of support has been wrapped round that.

"[But] they may not have been adhering to the protective messages while out socialising."

The indications are that people comply quite robustly with the measures put in place in their place of work but perhaps aren't quite so attentive in their social life so that's the avenue we're exploring at the moment.

David RenardLeader, Swindon Borough Council

Severe disruption: A30 Wiltshire eastbound

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A30 Wiltshire eastbound severe disruption, at A36 Churchill Way.

A30 Wiltshire - Lane closed on A30 London Road eastbound at St Marks Roundabout. On the roundabout.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Giant eight-acre thank you for NHS

The maze
Ansty Pick Your Own

A huge maze has been cut in an eight-acre (3.24 hectare) field of maize at Ansty Pick Your Own near Salisbury in Wiltshire, as a thank you to the NHS.

Owner, Karren Price, said: "We designed it with social distancing in mind.

"Normally there are loads of dead ends and places to get lost but we have done one continuous loop this year, which means you have to walk the entire eight-acre maze."

She said despite uncertainty over lockdown restrictions, they had "decided to take the chance”.

"It was obvious to us to dedicate it to the NHS and show our appreciation in the only way we knew how," she said.

"Build them an eight-acre thank you."

On Sunday, people are being encouraged to celebrate the NHS's 72nd birthday and thank key workers for their support during the coronavirus pandemic with a nationwide clap next month.

School ‘bubble’ closed after two test positive for Covid-19

Shaw Ridge Primary School

A pupil and teacher at a school in Wiltshire have tested positive for Covid-19, it has been revealed.

Shaw Ridge Primary School in Shaw, Swindon, has confirmed a year-six pupil tested positive last week.

The teacher of the ‘bubble’ they were in has now also tested positive.

A spokesman for the school said: “We are continuing to take all necessary steps as advised by Public Health England to ensure this does not spread further.”

All staff who have been in close contact with the infected staff member are now self-isolating and waiting to be tested.

Due to this staff shortage, year six pupils have been told to stay at home for the ensuing week at least, or until the teachers have received their test results.

The rest of the school remains open for keyworker children, nursery, reception and year one children.

Burglar sentenced after being found hanging upside down from window

Groundwell Road

A man who was rescued by firefighters after trying to break into a building and getting stuck in a window, has been sentenced at Swindon magistrates.

On Friday, Frederick Moulton, aged 53, from Spring Close, Swindon was handed an 18-month community order after admitting burglary and possession of a class A drug.

Wiltshire Police arrived at a derelict building in Groundwell Road, Swindon at 01:00 GMT on Thursday after Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service received a call from the man saying he was trapped.

The Salisbury Poisonings & the woman at the centre of the new BBC drama

Tracy Daszkiewicz talks to Ev Ex about her role and meeting the writers behind the series
Have you been watching BBC One's The Salisbury Poisonings? The three-part series is based on the events of March 2018, when the Wiltshire cathedral city faced one of the biggest threats to UK public health in recent years.

Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found slumped and foaming at the mouth on a city centre bench, having been poisoned with the deadly nerve agent Novichok.

At the centre of the drama is Tracy Daszkiewicz, the director of public health for Wiltshire. In reality, she had an integral role in the response to the poisoning.

Tracy spoke to Declan Harvey about the lasting impact of that time on her; meeting the writers behind the drama and the actress (Anne-Marie Duff) who portrays her.

'Returning to school makes me family's weak link for coronavirus'

Socially distanced desks

As secondary schools across the West re-open, teachers have been talking to us about how they feel about it.

Charlie, from Wiltshire, said he is worried students won't take social distancing as seriously as teachers and therefore he might be more at risk of bringing coronavirus home.

He said: "I am anxious about a formal return to school for larger groups of students.

"My school is very concerned about protecting our health and well-being, but at the end of the day we'll have to be in close contact with youngsters who simply don't have the same worries as me.

"I'll suddenly become the weak link in my family unit - I'm in my fifties so I'm worried, but my wife has asthma which is scary.

“She also supports her mum who is shielding herself while living alone, so if any of us do fall ill we would have that worry."

He said he feared the return to school would be hard for some students in particular.

"We've all been isolated for so long, returning will be really hard for many students, it's not the same as a summer holiday.

"Managing emotions and balancing some normality of schoolwork will be an ongoing issue."

BAME coronavirus safety plan not published

People in the street in masks
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A report containing measures to protect ethnic minority groups from coronavirus has been drawn up for government, BBC News has learned.

Public Health England (PHE) published a review last week confirming coronavirus kills people from ethnic minorities at disproportionately high rates.

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But a senior academic told BBC News a second report, containing safeguarding proposals to tackle this, also existed.

And PHE now says this report will be published next week.