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24 min ago | This is Wiltshire

Sex offender groomed girl

A BRITISH Legion standard bearer who sexually abused a vulnerable young girl has been jailed for 12 years for what a judge called "acts of gross depravity and wicked exploitation". Martin Gardiner, who was also on the committee at the Stratton branch of the legion, groomed the youngster when she was 14 or 15, and took advantage of her low intelligence.

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19 hrs ago | Swindon Advertiser

Wiltshire Police is appealing for witnesses following an indecent exposure in Swindon.

The incident took place on the cycle track from Shaftesbury Avenue to Dorcan Way at approximately 8.45pm on September 2, 2014. He is described as a white male, approximately 40-years-old with a completely shaved head.

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Mon Sep 15, 2014

Swindon Advertiser

Stage is set for new generation to shine in war play

THE children of Mike and Nikki Sly, stalwarts of the Swindon drama scene, are proving to be chips off the old block as they tread the boards alongside their parents. Max and Annie Sly are taking part in the autumn production of Oh! What A Lovely War by the Phoenix Players at Swindon's Arts Centre , in Devizes Road, Old Town , from Wednesday, September 24 to Saturday, September 27. The players' new season starts with their own tribute to the centenary that marks the start of the First World War.

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Swindon Advertiser

Talk will be key to new school's success says 'broker'

COMMUNICATION is key to the relationship between the three schools involved in Clifton Diocese's new build in Queens Drive, according to the man in the middle, Peter Bradshaw. Swindon Council granted the diocese and Holy Rood Catholic Junior School planning permission for the new school in July, after plans were initially submitted in April 2013.

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Swindon Advertiser

Averies fire is out at last after 57 days

EIGHT weeks to the day since it started, the Averies Recycling fire was finally put out yesterday, much to the relief of residents and businesses neighbouring the Marshgate site. The blaze started on July 21 and burned continuously, with the fire service and Environment Agency expected to leave Averies' base today.

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Stereogum

XTC Albums From Worst To Best

Of all the bands that emerged from the British post-punk scene, XTC has been one of the hardest to pin down. You could peg them as an '80s dinosaur whose most recognizable tracks pop up on cut-rate compilations of new wave or classic alternative rock.

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Swindon Advertiser

Add a little bit of light and pass it on

Josie Williams, 55, is a community arts development officer based at Commonweal School. She lives in Old Town with husband Victor, a pensions analysis officer, and has three grown-up children and a grandson "My job is about developing the arts not just for our school but for other schools and the wider community," said Josie Williams.

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Sun Sep 14, 2014

Swindon Advertiser

Archbishop sees town treasure on tour stop-over

THE Archbishop of Canterbury made a visit to one of Swindon's best kept secrets when he viewed the famous St John Polyptych in St Mary's Church. The Most Rev Justin Welby visited the church, in Lydiard Tregoze, as part of his whistle-stop tour of the Diocese of Bristol on Saturday.

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Swindon Advertiser

High speed chase driver walks free

A MAN obsessed with cars who led police on a 60mph chase through town centre streets before abandoning his vehicle has been spared jail. James Blackman, 23, of Oakham Close, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, failure to stop after a road traffic collision, failure to stop a vehicle when required to do so by a constable, failure to comply with a no entry sign, possession of a Class B drug and using a vehicle without third party insurance at Swindon Crown Court on Friday.

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Sat Sep 13, 2014

Wiltshire Times

Oh What a Lovely War, Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon.

The Phoenix Players will stage Oh What A Lovely War! at the Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon, nightly from Wednesday, September 24 to Saturday, September 27 at 7.30pm. The production, a satire on the First World War and, by extension, war in general, incorporates facts, statistics, and songs of the era.

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Fri Sep 12, 2014

This is Wiltshire

Champion fundraisers ride off with new bike

MARK and Elisabeth Lambert were given a new mountain bike as a reward for their fundraising efforts for Macmillan Cancer Support. The pair were the top fundraisers in a challenge collecting thousands of pounds for the charity and were handed the bike by Mitchell Cycles, based in Shrivenham Road, Swindon.

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Swindon Advertiser

the List: 10 things to do around Swindon this weekend

AS another weekend beckons we bring you the latest in our regular weekly slot giving you 10 things to do in and around Swindon. If you have an event scheduled on Saturday or Sunday that isn't listed add it in the comments section at the bottom of the article.

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Thu Sep 11, 2014

Swindon Advertiser

All the winners of this year's Best Kept Council House Garden Awards with mayor Teresa Page

"GARDENING is my life." That was how Sylvia Obey described her passion for all things floral after winning the Big House Garden prize in this year's Bloomin' Marvellous Garden Competition.

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Wed Sep 10, 2014

Swindon Advertiser

Paul Butler is angry with council dustmen after they left waste strewn over the road

PAUL Butler has criticised Swindon Council after binmen spilled rubbish across his road while on their rounds yesterday - and he claims he was told it would take 10 days for someone to clear it up. But after calls from Mr Butler and the Adver, the waste was eventually cleared up yesterday morning.

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Swindon Advertiser

Ball nets cash for charities

The annual event, hosted by the Rotary Club of Swindon, the Adver and the Marriott Hotel in May, raised A 22,953 for seven local charities and projects. On Tuesday, the money was handed over to each of the good causes in a presentation event at the Swindon Marriott.

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Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard

Man charged with Swindon sex assault

A 38 year-old man has appeared in court in connection with a sex assault on a woman in Swindon on Tuesday last week. Barry John Norris, of Huddleston Close, Swindon, admitted a charge of sexual assault when he appeared before the town's magistrates today.

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Swindon Advertiser

The importance of fairer fares on the trains

SWINDON is a railway town. We owe a great deal to Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the Great Western Railway and the generations of Swindonians who worked there.

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This is Wiltshire

Forward Swindon chief executive Ian Piper

IAN Piper, the chief executive of Forward Swindon, the organisation charged with delivering economic growth and regeneration in the borough, has announced his resignation. Mr Piper has been offered a senior role at the Homes and Communities Agency working on the national priority to make more public land available for housing.

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Tue Sep 09, 2014

Swindon Advertiser

Honda staff fears over agency move

MORE than 100 positions at Honda in Swindon are being redistributed and contracted to an agency, in a move branded 'immoral' by one insider. A senior source within the material logistics department at the Highworth Road site said the 107 associates working in their department had been told last week there would be changes.

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Swindon Advertiser

Solar farm is backed by MP

Robert, who represents south Swindon and lives in the village, was speaking yesterday on the opening day of a planning inquiry to decide the scheme, which would use more than 100,000 panels to produce enough power for 12,000 homes. But the Planning Inspectorate called the public hearing, which is taking place at the Civic Offices, after concerns where raised about the impact the solar farm might have on the North Wessex Downs - a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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