Local News from South Wiltshire & North Dorset

Historic day as new councils born

Dorset residents will be served by two new unitary councils from April, 2019 – Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council, and Dorset Council.  The county’s nine current councils will cease to exist on March 31, 2019. The Leaders of the eight councils who have...

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Poste-code pinta prices shock

Post-code could be pushing up the price of pintas, according to price comparison experts, Money Guru. Average price of a pint of beer in Carlisle is £2.35, but in London a pint costs a frothy £5.19. Money Guru claims it’s clear that postcodes are going head-to-head in...

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MP becomes cardiac arrest campaigner

Dr Andrew Murrison MP has joined a campaign aiming to put defibrillators in every school by 2020. Signing up to become a Defibrillator Champion for South West Wiltshire, the constituency’s MP, himself a medical practitioner, said: “I was pleased to meet Mark King at...

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Take father to market

The regular Shaftesbury Cobbles Market in the High Street on the third Sunday of each month has a Father’s Day Special on Sunday, June 17. The High Street is shut to traffic for the day and creates a great family day out  next to the famous Gold Hill. A Craft Fair is...

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City businesses given a boost

The government has so far paid out more than £250,000 to save 38 businesses badly affected by the alleged poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury on March 4. A huge chunk of the hand-out is likely to have gone to pay staff wages at businesses, in a...

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Council supports plans for urban extension

Warminster Town council’s Planning Advisory Committee will not object to the West Warminster Urban Extension, and the Bugley Barton Farm development. At its meeting on  May 21, Cllr Nicklin, chairman of the Spatial Planning Review Working Group (SPRWG), advised...

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The RAF 100 event

The RAF 100 event at Boscombe Down Aviation Collection (BDAC), Old Sarum, this Saturday, May 26, has open cockpits, various exhibitions and airworthy vintage aircraft from Chipmunks, Bulldogs to Westland helicopters, subject to weather conditions. In the hangars, a...

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Tumble dryer sets house on fire

Firefighters were called to a mid-terraced property in Windsor Mews, Durrington, at 11am on May 22, and found a well-developed fire on the ground floor spreading to the first floor. Crews from Amesbury and Salisbury, supported by an aerial ladder platform from...

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Insider’s Area Board meeting diary

At the Area Board meeting on May 17 in Salisbury City Hall, it was reported that the city is recovering: no more reports of illness due to poison gas, and everything’s gradually getting back to normal apart from the few cordoned off areas, Maltings and the Mill pub....

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County knocked out

Wiltshire were eliminated from the Unicorns 50 over Knock Out Trophy, losing to Devon at Sidmouth on Sunday by 56 runs. Devon won the toss and made first use of a good batting surface, scoring 281 for six wickets in their 50 overs. The innings was dominated by the...

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Is it 101 or 999?

‘Who You Gonna Call’ is Wiltshire Police's campaign launched this week to raise awareness of proper use of 101 and 999 lines. During the summer months, the Crime and Communication Centre takes more calls to 101 and 999, most for genuine emergencies or police...

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New arts combine launched

Wiltshire Creative – the new organisation embracing Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury International Arts Festival and Salisbury Playhouse has released its first season of programming for 2018/19, claiming it marks “a landmark moment for the arts in Salisbury and the...

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Eco school wins another accolade

Pembroke Park Primary School, Salisbury, have just achieved their first green flag for Eco-Schools with support from the Vegetarian Society funding. Last year, the school was the first in Wiltshire to become a recognised Forest School provider by the Forest School...

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Two arrested after chase through city

Two people were arrested yesterday following a chase through Salisbury. At about 5.30pm, a Ford Fiesta reported stolen from Hampshire was spotted on the A30 heading into Salisbury. Police attempted to stop the vehicle on St Mark’s roundabout, but failed and a pursuit...

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Designer clothes stolen from removal van in city

Police are calling for witnesses to a theft from the removal van in Paynes Hill, Salisbury, at about 10.15am on Tuesday, May 8. Bags of designer clothing were stolen from the van parked outside the address the victim was moving into. Two sports bags, one black Adidas...

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MPs Reject Leveson 2-style Inquiry again

MPs voted yesterday, Tuesday, by 301 to 289 to reject an amendment by the House of Lords for a Leveson 2-style inquiry into the media. It was the second time in a week MPs rejected the inquiry. Labour front benchers said it was inconceivable they would push for...

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Woman bitten by dog in city

Police want help to identify the owner of a dog which bit a woman in Salisbury. A woman in her 20s was walking along Carmelite Way at about 6.55pm on Friday, May 11 when she was bitten on the leg by a passing dog. She was left with bruising under her knee. The dog,...

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It’s high time

‘The High Point of Dorset’ is being recommended as Shaftesbury’s promotional slogan, highlighting its unique selling point, by Shaftesbury Town Council’s Visitor Experience Advisory Committee. It represents a range of Shaftesbury tourism interests, and acknowledges...

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Mental Health Awareness

Former Gillingham Mayor Barry Von Clemens, now chairman of the council’s general purposes committee, wants people to become more aware of mental health. “This is Mental Health Awareness Week. This year, the campaign is focusing on stress in the workplace and at home....

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Taken to the cleaners

Wiltshire Council claims it has paid a total of £3,788 to 12 people after their clothes were ‘contaminated’ as a result of the alleged poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury on March 4. It applied to people wearing ‘dry cleaning clothes’ when they visited...

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Urgent appeal for fostering

“Can you offer a foster home to a child who needs to be looked after?” That’s the question Wiltshire Council is asking, calling for more people to take up fostering and caring for children who desperately need the safety and security of a loving family home....

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Cheekbone fractured in unprovoked attack

A 20-year-old man was assaulted in an unprovoked attack in Warminster during the early hours of Sunday, April 1. He was taken to the Royal United Hospital in Bath for treatment, and now Police are appealing for witnesses. The victim, wearing skinny jeans and grey...

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Incinerator plan fires objections

Plans to build an incineration/gasification plant and associated waste sorting station in Westbury have come under fire. South West Wiltshire MP Dr Andrew Murrison has written to Wiltshire Council to oppose a planning application. “More heavy lorries belching fumes as...

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