Local News from South Wiltshire & North Dorset

Letting Agent tiptoes to win

Estate  agent ‘let’s dance’ Allison Barfoot, letting manager from Woolley & Wallis, Shaftesbury competed at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London last Friday for the ‘Strictly Agents Dancing’ Glitter Ball trophy.  The 10 competitors from around the country used...

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Good cheer from food bank and church

About 50 local families living below the poverty line will soon receive special Christmas hampers made by Gillingham Community Church in conjunction with the foodbank. Members of the church, which runs North Dorset CAP Debt Centre in partnership with national charity...

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Burglary at dentist

Police want information about a burglary at a dentist’s business premises in New Street, Salisbury, overnight between December 6 and 7. The surgery front door was kicked in and a small amount of cash was stolen. If you saw or heard any suspicious activity in the area...

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RSPCA welcomes new animal Welfare Act

The RSPCA welcomed the Government’s new animal welfare bill to increase sentences for animal cruelty and also recognise animal sentience (capacity to feel, perceive or experience subjectively) in domestic law. The RSPCA’s latest figures reveal only 6.5% of people...

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Concerns raised for 81-year-olds welfare

An 81-year-old grandmother was found dead in her mobile home by police after concerns had been raised for her welfare by neighbours. Margaret Gurd was found with empty insulin pens nearby - and a hand written note to her family She was found on December 3 at her home...

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Woman assaulted – Appeal for information

A 27-year-old woman was assaulted in Silver Street, Salisbury, between 12.45pm and 12.50pm on Sunday, December 3. She was outside Shakeaway, opposite Boots, when a man approached her and punched her to the face causing reddening, but no serious injury. The man,...

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Grant helps Wiltshire athletes

Grant available to help Wiltshire’s talented athletes succeed at elite level Funding Future Olympians and Paralympians Elite Athlete grant scheme is open for applications. Working in partnership with local businesses, Wiltshire Council supports rising sports stars...

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New guide to dementia support

A new guide listing help available for people with dementia and their carers 'Our Simple Guide to Dementia Support Services' shows those in the early stages of dementia there are places offering activities which allow them to carry on making the most of life. Anne...

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Witnesses urgently sought

Incident in Wilton Road, Salisbury - appeal for information Police are calling for witnesses to an incident in Salisbury at about 8.20pm on Sunday, December 10. A black Audi driving along Wilton Road towards Salisbury collided with a large sign on the forecourt of...

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Firefighters join missing people project

The latest multi-agency test response to finding missing people in Dorset on Brownsea Island on December 8 involved specially-trained officers from Dorset Police, Coastguard, RNLI, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue, Dorset Search and Rescue, Hampshire Search and...

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Dog detectives join the force

The Tri Force area has three new Tactical Firearms Support Dogs. PC Simon Goodwin and Police Dog Fozzy from Wiltshire and Avon, and Somerset-based PC Louise Grabham and PD Heidi, PC Ian Grant and PD Ace have taken up the challenge. Aftera six-week course, the dogs, -...

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Highway hotspots

The worst highway hotspots and planned roadworks in the South West, subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. Wiltshire; A303 Zeals: resurfacing Eastbound carriageway from Tinkers Hill to Furze Hedge closed nightly, 8pm to 6am, from...

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Council backs parking permit scheme

About 80% of the residents of Warminster’s Newport and The Mews areas attended the Town Development meeting on Monday, December 4, to support their petition for a permit parking scheme for the cul de sac. Speaking on behalf of homeowners Jeremy Mahoney detailed the...

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Phone a friend for Fringe

Friend or relative who can sing, perform stand-up or poetry must be told about Performers’ Online Registration, opened on December 1, for Shaftesbury Fringe 2018, from  June 29 to Sunday, July 1. “We want to put on the biggest range of acts in Shaftesbury Fringe’s...

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Hospice gets a bumper surprise

Salisbury Hospice is the latest charity to received funding from freemasons. Philip Bullock, head of Wiltshire Freemasons visited Salisbury Hospice to present the fundraising team with a bumper cheque for £1,900.  Freemasons have supported the hospice for many years...

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Dog fouling being watched

Irresponsible dog owners are being targeted by Gillingham Town Council and environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy to reduce dog fouling in key problem areas. Research shows dog walkers are more responsible and pick up after their dogs, when they think they are being...

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Any way the wind blows, Salisbury’s Jack goes down a storm

IF you’re holding out for a hero, head for Salisbury Playhouse where Jack Trott is the real deal – handsome, brave and a great singer. He’s not your typical Jack-the-lad hero, rather he’s gentle, naive and romantic, but he discovers his inner knight in shining armour...

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Warning about fraud this Christmas

Wiltshire and Dorset Police want the public to be aware of fraud and spread the word.  Christmas gives fraudsters increased opportunities to trick people. Unfortunately, fraud is often targeted at vulnerable and elderly members of the community. Fraudsters are cunning...

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Incident at city hotel leads to arrests

At about 11.45am on Thursday, police were called after heroin paraphernalia - foil and a blood-soaked towel - was found in a hotel room, which had also been damaged during the stay.  A member of staff was suspicions that guests had been using drugs in one of their...

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Decomposed body

Gruesome details revealed of finding man’s body, an inquest has opened into the death of a 45-year-old man – because he was so decomposed! Despite exhaustive tests since he was found in June, it has been impossible to find the cause of his death. Duncan Packman may...

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Robert awarded key to the city

Salisbury City Council awarded the Freedom of the City to Robert Key during a special council meeting at The Guildhall. He served as Conservative Member of Parliament for Salisbury from 1983 until 2010. During this time, he was the Minister for Local Government and...

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Beavers green tokens

Beavering away means going green St Mary Sioux Beavers are in the Waitrose green token scheme for December. “While you are doing your Christmas shopping, please think about giving the Beavers a small Christmas gift in the form of your green tokens in their Waitrose...

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The Cinnamon Trust Needs Volunteers in Tisbury

The Cinnamon Trust is the national charity whose wonderful volunteers help people over retirement age and those in the latter stages of a terminal illness by offering all kinds of pet care.  We urgently need volunteers who are able to help a resident of Tisbury with...

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