Local News from South Wiltshire & North Dorset

Brothers charged with 104 alleged car offences

Salisbury CID have charged two local men with conspiracy to steal from vehicles. Lennie and Eddie Wells, brothers aged 29 and 28, from Eyres Way, Salisbury, were arrested and charged with the spate of 104 offences between November 1, 2016 and January 31, 2017,... read more

‘No buildings at risk’ says council

Residents can be assured no buildings are at risk in the county, a Wiltshire Council spokesperson said, after concerns were raised about cladding on the Grenfell tower block in London. “We immediately carried out a thorough analysis to identify if there are any... read more

Big bike fest wheels in

Bikers from across the south west will join the Charity Rideout on Sunday, July 2 at Frome Rugby Club. Langefest is held in memory of Stuart Lange who died in a motorbike accident in July, 2016. Stuart was involved in fundraising for the April Jones Trust and the... read more

Freemasons want public vote

An online public vote will decide which Wiltshire charities receive up to £25,000 each, as part of Freemasonry’s 300th anniversary celebrations. Freemasons have nominated four good causes to receive a share of a special £3 million Community Awards Tercentenary Fund.... read more

Probus lunch for ladies

The customary four-course summer luncheon with the ladies at High Post Golf Club, Probus Club of Salisbury on Friday, June 16, organised by social secretary, Roger Curtis, was hosted by club president, John McGarry. At the lunch, 49 members and guests, the staff were... read more

Handel’s visit to city revived

Early days of Salisbury’s original music festival in the 18th century is revived by Salisbury Baroque, which has recreated concerts and performed music popular at that time. Handel visited the city 1739 and stayed with Mr James Harris of Malmesbury House in the Close.... read more

Wilton Pop-up Shop Week Proves Popular

Wilton’s first Pop-up Shop Week proved the town is popular and people are keen to trade here, according to town co-ordinator, Zoe Cupit. “Several of the pop-up vendors have started looking into staying,” she added. Comments from other participants... read more

Town’s trust makes plans

Wilton Town Co-ordinator Zoe Cupit gave a stirring speech as the guest at Wilton and District Business Chamber breakfast on June 12 at the Swan@Stoford. Zoe works with Wilton Community Land Trust,  a non-profit, community-based organisation promoting local growth and... read more

Bitter break for litter take

Teams of volunteers from independent family brewers Hall & Woodhouse’s managed public houses, including The Wheatsheaf, Woodfood, near Salisbury, took a break from serving bitter for collecting litter on Saturday. They joined the Keep Britain Tidy campaign to take... read more

Boy arrested on suspicion of exposing himself

Salisbury CID has arrested a 16-year-old male on suspicion of three counts of indecent exposure and three counts of sexual assault. The incidents, between  May 19 and June 13, allegedly occurred in Salisbury. The local male is in custody, and Salisbury CID are... read more

Nurse’s death mystery

A nurse was found dead with a long thin plastic tube connected to her body from a bottle of DRUGS set up like a drip. Police found Cynthia Jones, 49, in her own bed at 3pm on May 23 when they broke into her home in Salisbury. They entered her house where she lived... read more

Winterslow Goes Wild

Winterslow will show its wild side on Saturday, June 17, from 1pm until 11pm at Winterslow Recreation Ground, SP5 1RD when the village stages its tamely-named Summer Fair. Winterslow and Firsdown join together for for the event as part of the #GreatGetTogether.... read more

Police swoop on illegals

A restaurant in Mere faces a penalty of up to £40,000 after two Bangladeshi men were found to be working ‘illegally.’ They were found when Immigration Enforcement Officers swooped on the Indigo Blue in Mere. Jonathan Watson from the South West Immigration Enforcement... read more

Rugby star at Wishford’s Royal Oak

Rugby star Christian Wade is at the Royal Oak in Great Wishford for a family fun evening on Saturday, June 24, from 7.30pm to  help raise funds for a community defibrillator. With music and a raffle, good food and drinks, an auction which will include items from... read more

Secrets of the Cranborne Chase uncovered

History enthusiasts go with archaeologist Martin Green on a unique and fascinating journey during the Chalke Valley History Festival from June 26 to July 2. They will wander through the 18th and 19th centuries, delving into the work of the founding fathers of... read more

All steamed up

An unusual event at Salisbury museum on Tuesday, June 20, brings in a group of steam cars when The Steam Car Club of Great Britain stops at the museum for a few hours., The 13 stunning vintage and veteran cars can be investigated at close quarters, driven by members... read more

Studio Theatre actor in classic role

By Fanny Charles A familiar and versatile member of Salisbury Studio Theatre company, and now studying at the prestigious Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, James Bradwell from Durrington, is in the school’s summer tour of Dylan Thomas’s masterpiece radio play, Under... read more

Nuclear bunker cannabis factory trio guilty

Three men today pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce class B drugs and abstracting electricity at a large scale cannabis factory in a secret nuclear bunker. Martin Fillery, 45, of Pedwell Hill, Ashcott, Bridgwater, Plamen Nguyen, 27, of Bartholomews Square,... read more

Man remanded after threats to kill police officer

Salisbury Community Policing Team and Salisbury CID worked together and arrested a man yesterday, June 7, on suspicion of making threats to kill a police officer. After concerning reports from a member of the public, Shafiq Rafiq, 37 from Barnard Street, Salisbury was... read more

Gilbert the Dragon returns to Salisbury

Gilbert the flower dragon is back in his usual spot outside The Guildhall, Salisbury, officially marking the start of summer in the City. The flower dragon, part of summer in Salisbury since 1999,  is maintained by Salisbury City Council and has fans among residents... read more

Winterbourne Dauntsey police appeal renewed

Police are still investigating a burglary in Winterbourne Dauntsey. Between 8.30am and 12.40pm on May 18, two motorbikes and some tools were stolen. One bike was a Stomp brand 110cc engine with a black petrol tank and gold forks. The foot pegs, foot brake and gear... read more

Bike Theft Plea

Police are investigating a burglary at Stonehenge Cycles, Fisherton Street, Salisbury, early on May 29. A window was smashed and two mountain bikes stolen, recovered in nearby Summerlock Approach. The missing item is a marine blue Specialised Enduro Elite Carbon full... read more

Bag Snatch Thief Hunted

Police are appealing for information about the theft of a bag from the changing rooms of Five Rivers Leisure Centre on April 20, between 2.50 and 3.30pm. The victim’s dark green regatta bag was stolen from a cubicle while she was in the shower. The bag contained all... read more

Police call for witnesses to window-smashing incident

Police want  a number of young men to come forward after windows of Shirley Snells Florist on the corner of Brown Street and Milford Street, Salisbury, were smashed overnight on May 3 and 4. Officers would like to speak to the men in CCTV images as potential witnesses... read more

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