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Man arrested in connection with Salisbury sexual assault

Hudson Field, Salisbury

A 23-year-old man has been arrested after a woman was sexually assaulted in Salisbury.

It happened just after midnight in Hudson's Field on 19 May.The 30-year-old woman is getting support from specialist officers.

The suspect has been questioned and released pending police enquiries.

Wiltshire Police have renewed their appeal for information.

Man hit on head in Salisbury street robbery

Baldwin Street in Salisbury

A man in his 30s is being questioned by police after another man was hit on the head and robbed in Salisbury.

The attack happened 17 August, in Bedwin Street at the corner of Endless Street, when he was approached by a man who hit him with an unknown object.

He ended up with a gash on his head, which was dealt with by paramedics at the scene.

The offender then stole some money and made off towards Salt Lane. It is believed the victim and offender are known to each other.

The suspect is being held on suspicion of robbery and possession of a class A drug as part of their enquiries.

He has been released on conditional bail while enquiries continue - police are appealing for witnesses.

Friday morning's BBC radio headlines

Radio studio

Radio Bristol: The landlady of the last pub in Lawrence Weston in Bristol says she's been told it has to close in a few weeks' time. Beverley Gardner-Ponting has run the Giant Goram for the past four years, but says she's been told the pub has been sold off and could be demolished.

BBC Gloucestershire: Waste is currently being diverted to landfill after technical problems at Gloucestershire's new incinerator - near junction 12 of the M5. It's after issues were detected during testing. Deliveries to the site will resume next week.

BBC Somerset: A national review into hospital food is set to be chaired by the former head of the Hospital Caterers Association for Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, Philip Shelley. It comes following the deaths of six people due to a listeria outbreak.

BBC Wiltshire: Last night, the emergency services made sure they're prepared for the holiday weekend getaway as they simulated a real-life emergency at Honda's test track in Swindon.

Plea for birthday wishes for young boy

A Wiltshire sister is appealing for the public to send cards to her brother who has autism.

Swindon councillor vows to prevent Morrisons store closure

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Morrisons in Regents Circus, Swindon

A Swindon councillor has vowed to keep the local Morrisons store open after the supermarket giant announced its closure on Tuesday.

Stan Pajak is organising a petition to show the strength of feeling in Regent Circus.

The Lib Dem councillor, who represents the Eastcott ward said: "This is both a shock and devastating news for the town centre community and the viability of the shopping offer of Swindon’s town centre "

"This is a commercial decision by Morrisons and all we can do is implore them to reconsider."

He added that the store was a major employer in the area.

BBC local radio headlines from across the West

Radio studio

Radio Bristol: The boss of the Bristol Playbus charity, which has been forced to close due to funding cuts, says more organisations will be lost unless the sector is given more money.

BBC Somerset: More farmers are seeking help to cope during tough times - according to the Somerset-based charity the Farming Community Network.

BBC Wiltshire: Swindon could lose a major supermarket from its town centre - in a move that would put more than 100 jobs at risk. Morrisons has told staff it's investing in four new shops, and is no longer sure about its future at Regents Circus.

BBC Gloucestershire: Some community groups in Gloucestershire say families - who rely on free school meals during term time - are increasingly battling with "holiday hunger".

Man jailed for samurai sword attack

The samurai sword

A man who punctured his friend's lung with a samurai sword in a row over his mother's painkillers has been jailed.

Terence Ryan, 40, stabbed Lee Sparks in the chest after accusing him of stealing his mother's morphine at her home in Swindon.

Ryan, of no fixed abode, was found guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent during a trial in July.

He was sentenced to seven years and three months in prison at Swindon Crown Court.

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A-level students given career options on results day

Ever fancied a career with the police force?

A-Levels: Number of students with top grades fall

Students celebrating
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The proportion of students achieving the top grades at A-level has fallen to its lowest level for more than a decade, this year's results show.

This year some 25.5% got an A grade or higher - the lowest level since 2007 when it was 25.3%.

Girls narrowly reclaimed the lead from boys, with 25.5% achieving A* and A grades compared with 25.4% of boys.

The overall pass rate remains the same as last year at 97.6% for students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The figures, released by the Joint Council for Qualifications, also show that - for the first time - the number of girls taking the three sciences has overtaken boys at 50.3% compared with 49.6%. There has been a big push to increase the take-up of sciences among girls.

Although far more boys - 30,159 - still took physics A-level, compared with 8,799 girls.

Six weeks after the last A-level exams were taken, more than 300,000 18-year-olds have ended the anxious wait to learn their A-level results.

For more on this year's A-Level results, click here.

Milly the cat saved from car engine

Molly the cat in the engine
Devizes Fire Station

Milly the cat got into a bit of mischief when she got stuck in the engine compartment of a car.

Luckily officers from Devizes Fire Station were able to rescue her with just a recommendation to visit the vet.

Her owner said: "I’m delighted to advise Milly has overcome her ordeal with only two little bald patches to show for it.

"I think she may have used a couple of her lives on this one though. Many thanks to the amazing boys who came to assist."

Molly the cat
Devizes Fire Station

Woman assaulted by two men on bicycles in Swindon

East Wichel shops
East Wichel

Police are investigating after a woman was assaulted at an address in East Wichel in Swindon on Tuesday night.

A spokesman for Wiltshire Police said two males were involved and one is believed to have struck the woman who is in her 30s to the head with an unknown object.

The woman was not injured and the men are believed to have left the scene on bikes in the direction of the town centre.

Officers attended the scene and carried out an area search and enquiries are ongoing.

Travelling tonight? Here are planned road closures for the region

Man exposes himself to 12-year-old girls

Police have released this E-fit to try and track down the man.

E-fit of man
Wiltshire Police

Police are investigating after a man exposed himself to two 12-year-old girls in Swindon.

The girls were in a park, at the back of the bowling alley at Shaw Ridge Leisure complex, just before 18.00 BST on 5 July.

They saw a man in the wooded area with his trousers around his ankles exposing himself.

The man has been described as white, chubby build, approximately 5'8 and aged mid 50's.

He was wearing a black hat with red stripes, a white vest top and beige cargo shorts with blue sandals/flip flops. He also had a black/red bike and helmet.

Police have released the above E-fit of a man they would like to talk to in connection with the incident.

Unemployment lowest in South West

Unemployment figures

Unemployment in the South West was 2.7% in the three months ending June 2019, making it the lowest in the UK.

The UK’s unemployment rate edged up slightly to 3.9%, the new figures showed.

Employment was estimated at 76.1%, the joint highest since comparative records began in 1971.

Wage growth also picked up to 3.9%, the highest rate for 11 years, however figures released last week showed the economy shrank 0.2% in the second quarter, the first fall since 2012.

The highest unemployment rate in the UK was the North East (5.3%).

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Weymouth medical bike 'not being withdrawn'

A medical bike with life-saving equipment will not be withdrawn from service in Weymouth but its future is under review.

There had been some speculation on social media that the rapid response bike would be "pulled".

But South Western Ambulance Service Trust said it was still being used on an "ad-hoc" basis because only one paramedic is trained to use it.

A petition to save the facility had attracted more than 2,000 signatures.

First Honda employees to lose jobs have been told

Honda factory in Swindon

The first 200 Honda employees to lose their jobs as the company’s Swindon factory closes have been notified.

The Japanese car company announced in February it would be closing the factory, which currently makes 160,000 Civics a year.

In total, 3,500 jobs will be lost due to the closure, which Honda says is down to changes in the global car market and the need to invest in electric vehicles.

A Honda spokesperson said: “Now that closure is confirmed, Honda shared planning organisational changes that will take place up until when the company ceases operations in 2021.

“The first phase of redundancies are due to take place between August and November 2019.

“Honda will continue to support those associates exiting the business by offering wellbeing, financial and career transport support.”

Nearly 200 firearms handed into Wiltshire police during surrender

Firearms surrendered
Wiltshire Police

More than 190 items were handed into Wiltshire Police during a two-week national firearms surrender campaign.

Firearms surrendered included: air rifles, a deactivated AK-47, shotguns, BB guns, starter pistols and a Mauser machine pistol.

Two pepper spray canisters, 82 knives, mace spray and black powder propellant were also handed in.

The majority of firearms collected will be destroyed. However, some will be kept for training purposes and other antique items are likely to be passed to museums for them to display.

Many firearms are held without awareness of their legality or may be overlooked or forgotten in people's homes. I would urge the public that if you are not using your firearm, or if you have found an old one when tidying out the loft or shed, please take responsibility and safely dispose of it by handing it in to us.

Inspector Paul SaundersWiltshire Police

Points West this morning...

Points West

Good morning to you all.

We have technical problems with the studio here in Bristol this morning, which is why you are not seeing your usual Points West bulletins.

Our colleagues in Plymouth are kindly running a joint bulletin for us until we have resolved the issue here.

Many thanks for your patience. We'll be back to normal as soon as possible!

How your area fares when it comes to tree planting


Around 15 million trees have been planted in England with government funding between 2010 and 2018 - but rates vary widely and many urban areas did not have any.

More than a quarter were planted in just five areas - Northumberland, Stratford-upon-Avon, Eden, Carlisle and County Durham.

The rate varies across our region. Wiltshire has the most with 241,000 trees planted over eight years, while Bristol had no trees planted at all. Elsewhere...

  • South Somerset - 58,500 trees planted over eight years
  • Stroud - 147,500
  • Mendip - 38,700
  • BANES - 31,200
  • West Somerset - 61,400
  • Taunton Deane - 22,700
  • Forest of Dean - 26,600
  • Tewkesbury - 14,200
  • Swindon - 36,500
  • North Somerset - 4,600
  • Cotswolds - 173,400
  • Cheltenham - 2,600
  • Gloucester - 2,500
  • South Gloucestershire - 4,900
  • Sedgemoor - 7,800

This story has been generated using Forestry Commission data and BBC analysis.

Videos from a farm's TikTok account are getting millions of views

Wiltshire’s Caenhill Countryside Centre has been getting lots of attention on their Twitter feed and TikTok account.

This TikTok video got 1.2 million views on Twitter.

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241,000 government-funded trees planted in Wiltshire in eight years

There have been 241,000 government-funded trees planted in Wiltshire between 2010 and 2018, Forestry Commission data shows.

This works out at 486 trees per 1,000 people.

Between 2010 and 2018 the government funded about 15 million trees in England. Figures for trees planted with private funds or by local councils are not included and the data only covers new trees, not replacements for any that were cut down.

Overall tree planting rates across the UK would need to more than double to combat rising temperatures and climate change, according to official figures.

Last year 13,400 hectares of new trees were planted across the UK, most of them in Scotland, but the Committee on Climate Change says this should rise to at least 30,000 hectares a year.

Campaign group The Woodland Trust said more trees were needed to provide summer shade, reduce air pollution, improve water quality and manage flooding.

The government said it had made it "much easier" to apply for planting grants.

Find out about tree planting across the UK here.

This story has been generated using Forestry Commission data, BBC analysis and some automation.

Alton Barnes horse due to be rechalked

Alton Barnes white horse

A white horse in Wiltshire is due to be rechalked thanks to help from the RAF and a local school.

A Chinook helicopter is due to drop off chalk at the Alton Barnes horse later this aftertoon.

Villagers from nearby Woodborough along with children from the local primary school are going to spend the afternoon spreading the chalk across the landmark.

This is the first time in 10 years that this landmark is getting a major facelift and follows a failed bid earlier in the month to complete the work.

Poor weather meant low visibility in Wiltshire leading to the RAF calling off the attempt.

Previous attempt to drop off chalk
The last attempt to drop the chalk was called off due to the weather

Council aims to become carbon neutral

Solar panels
PA Media

A "major increase" in the use of renewable energy and a transition to electric vehicles is being proposed to help a council become carbon neutral.

Wiltshire Council says it wants to achieve the status by 2030 to help address climate change.

Deputy leader, Richard Clewer, accepted the authority "can't do this alone", and said it needed to work with other organisations and community groups.

He added the council had set up a task force to look at the main issues.

The areas it will be exploring include renewable energy generation, energy use and efficiency, transport and air quality and land use.

Swindon man charged in connection with stabbing

GWR Park, Swindon

A Swindon man has been charged in connection with a stabbing in GWR Park on Tuesday afternoon.

Royden Robinson, 41, from Harding Street, has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of an offensive weapon.

He appeared at Swindon Magistrates Court yesterday.

A 38-year-old man arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender has been released on conditional bail.

AK-47 handed in during police amnesty

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Wiltshire Police have been handed an AK-47 as part of their ongoing firearms amnesty.

For the next two weeks, people surrendering firearms to the police will not face prosecution and can remain anonymous if they want.

Hot day means hot cars - remember to keep your dog cool

RSPCA advice on not leaving dogs in hot cars

It's going to be another scorcher of a day so don't leave your pets in the car.

Campers enjoy sunshine at WOMAD Festival

WOMAD Festival

Campers are out enjoying the sunshine as the WOMAD Festival kicks off today.

The Wiltshire event runs through until Sunday at Charlton Park and acts such as Ziggy Marley, Macy Gray and Anna Calvi will be performing.

WOMAD Festival

Man stabbed in the chest in park

GWR Park

Two people have been arrested after a man was stabbed in Swindon's GWR Park on Tuesday afternoon.

A Wiltshire Police spokesman said the victim,in his 20s, had suffered a stab wound to his chest and was taken to Great Western Hospital by ambulance.

His condition is described as stable and his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

A 38-year-old man from Swindon was arrested in connection with the incident shortly afterwards,

Armed officers made a second arrest in Swindon town centre, at around 6.45pm.

A 41-year-old man from Swindon has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent.

Both men remain in custody at Gablecross Police Station.