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Museums and heritage locations celebrate 25 years of national lottery

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Museums and heritage locations across Wiltshire are joining in celebrations to mark 25 years since the start of the National Lottery.

The first draw took place on Saturday 19th November 1994.

Since then, a number of people from Wiltshire have won the lottery and become millionaires.

Hundreds of charitable causes in Wiltshire have also received grants from the national lottery.

As part of the celebrations, Stonehenge, the Salisbury museum and the Wiltshire museum in Devizes will be handing out gifts to lucky visitors.

Plans to merge special needs schools move a step closer

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Plans to merge three special needs schools in Wiltshire are expected to move a step closer today.

Wiltshire Council wants to introduce a single leadership team for Rowdeford at Rowde near Devizes, St Nicholas in Chippenham and Larkrise in Trowbridge.

It will see the three schools work closer together ahead of a new special school being built at Rowde with space for 400 students.

The plan will see St Nicholas and Larkrise remain open in the short term.

However, their long term futures remain unclear.

Man found dead at garage named

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A man who was found dead at a garage in Swindon has been named.

Gary Gray, 38, of Beverley, Toothill, died after staff at JB Autos, Stratton Road, Swindon arrived for work on Friday morning.

He was found under a vehicle in the yard having unlawfully entered the site.

Mr Gray’s death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will now be prepared on behalf of the coroner for Wiltshire.

New trains for South Western Railway delayed

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New trains for South Western Railway have been delayed.

They had been due to start carrying passengers from next month, but that's not going to happen, because the train operator's yet to receive even one, for testing.

The first of the new trains is not now likely to appear until the middle of next year, with deliveries taking a further year to complete.

Police appeal after man lost an ear

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Police were called to Penhill in Wiltshire following reports of a man with a severed ear.

A man in his 30s was found in Aldbourne Close just before 5am on Sunday and was taken to hospital. He is expected to undergo surgery today.

Det Sgt Scott Anger, of Swindon CID, said: "We are at the very early stages of our investigation and are trying to ascertain the exact circumstances which led to this man suffering a severed ear.

"I'm sure that somebody will have information which could help - while we don't know exactly where this incident took place, we believe it was in or near an address in the Aldbourne Close area of Penhill."

Severe weather warning issued in south west

The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for tomorrow evening, with 20-30mm of rain expected to fall within three to four hours.

The yellow warning for rain stretches from 17:00 GMT to 23:59 GMT and is likely to affect drivers during tomorrow evening's rush hour.

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South West unemployment lower than UK average

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South West unemployment figures

Some 2.6% of “economically active” people - those aged over 16 - in the South West of England were unemployed in the three months to September, latest figures show.

The figure is lower than the UK figure of 3.8%.

However, UK wage growth has slowed and the figures showed the biggest annual drop in job vacancies in nearly 10 years, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The ONS said this was down to falling numbers of people working in retail, after the collapse of several store chains and the implementation of shop closure programmes by other firms.

Armistice Day services are being held across the region today

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The 100th Armistice Day is being marked across the world today - with several services taking place at war memorials across the West.

Ceremonies will be taking place at 11am at places like Bath Abbey churchyard, Royal Victoria Park and the Radstock war memorial.

In Bristol, the annual service to remember rugby players who died in the First World War takes place at the Memorial Gates, and at Castle Park, there's a ceremony to remember the Sikh Soldiers who lost their lives in both World Wars and the Boer War.

Teenager to be sentenced for murdering Ellie Gould

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An 18-year-old man from north Wiltshire is due to be sentenced today for killing a teenage girl from Calne.

Ellie Gould, a Year 12 pupil at Hardenhuish School in Chippenham, was stabbed by Thomas Griffiths at a house in Springfield Drive, Calne, Wiltshire on 3 May.

Lifting an order banning the naming of Griffiths, the judge described it as an "exceptionally grave crime".

Warning abnormal loads could cause delays on M4


Drivers in the Chippenham and Corsham areas are being warned about delays on the M4 and A350 roads, from this afternoon until the end of the month.

Wiltshire Police said an abnormal load will leave the M4 at J17, between 1pm and 2pm, and then travel along the A350 towards Chippenham - before travelling along the A4 to Westwells Road, Corsham.

This is one of a series of abnormal loads that will run either daily or on alternate days along the same route until the end of November.

Next phase of A303 Stonehenge survey to start

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The next phase of survey work around the A303 at Stonehenge starts today.

It's all part of Highways England's proposed upgrade of the road between Amesbury and Berwick Down.

The ground investigation work is being done to prevent any delay in construction - if permission is given.

Drivers are being warned to expect delays.

Eight-year-old's kindness in a crisis rewarded

A school girl from Salisbury has been honoured for her generosity to police officers as they manned cordons after the Novichok poisonings.

Margot MacDonald-Dobin, aged eight, chatted and brought refreshments to officers at Elizabeth Gardens, which was cordoned off after Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley were exposed to the nerve agent, in June 2018.

Margot has been rewarded with a certificate of appreciation, by Wiltshire Police.

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Appeal over alleged spanner assault

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Wiltshire Police say they are appealing for witness to an assault where a 23-year-old man was reportedly hit over the head with a spanner.

The assault happened at approximately 12:50 BST in Cirencester Way, Swindon on October 10.

Police say both men had bikes with them at the time, and the offender left towards Gorse Hill.

Overflowing bins attracting 'rats and flies'

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Overflowing bins are attracting rats and flies say neighbours living near the row of uncollected rubbish waste on Bond Street in Trowbridge.

Locals have called for something to be done to clear up the mess outside flats in the Old Rose’s Bakery on Bond Street, which bin men now refuse to take.

The management company which run the flats on behalf of the landlord has been told to sort out the mess by the council, who this week put its foot down after receiving complaints.

Bin men can refuse to take refuse if bin lids are not properly closed on bin days. However after not getting collected, the waste situation has been left to get worse and worse.

Brian Francis lives nearby and said: “Wiltshire Council needs to empty the bins and then provide education to the residents so that the problem does not happen again. Instead they are issuing court orders or similar, which the residents don’t understand.

"There is a total lack of understanding and empathy from the council and the rest of the community is suffering as a result due to rats and smells.”

A Wiltshire Council spokesman said: “Our contractors cannot safely empty bins which are overflowing.

"We have been working with the management company who own the property and they are arranging for the bins and the bin store to be cleared and are making plans to avoid a similar incident in the future.

"We will continue to work with the management company involved and monitor the situation.”