Local News from South Wiltshire & North Dorset

Teenage Market returns

Salisbury Teenage Market is at the Guildhall Square on Saturday, April 13 from 10am until 3pm alongside the usual Charter Market. Salisbury City Council’s Teenage Market supports young, creative talent in Salisbury with a free platform for trendsetters under 25 to...

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Countdown for councils

Dorset Council goes live on April 1, replacing district and borough councils, East Dorset, North Dorset, Purbeck, West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland, and Dorset County Council. This reorganisation includes the new Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council,...

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Witness appeal after robbery in Wilton

A robbery in Wilton in the early hours of Saturday, March 1, is being investigated by Police. The victim, a taxi driver, was flagged down in St Andrews Close at the junction of Bulbridge Road by a woman at about 1 am. The woman distracted the driver and a man...

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Track back in club use

Salisbury’s only running track has been put under a new 10-year agreement, ending a long-running dispute over its use by local runners. Wiltshire Council, South Wilts Grammar School, City of Salisbury Athletics and Running Club and Salisbury City Council have agreed...

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Witness appeal after assault in city centre

An incident in Salisbury City Centre on Saturday, March 16, has led to the Police asking for help from witnesses. A man was assaulted outside of Debenhams, Blue Boar Row, at about 10.30 pm by two men. The man ran to the entrance of Tesco, Castle Street, but the...

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Youth rebels demand meeting with Minister

Leaders of  Extinction Rebellion Youth have delivered a letter to Devizes MP Claire Perry, Minister for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, asking her to rethink her decision last week not to meet and discuss the government’s response to the Climate and...

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Knife-point robbery at Warminster garage

A knife-point robbery at a garage in Warminster at about 8.30pm on Sunday March 17, is being investigated by police. A man went into the Esso garage in East Street wielding a knife and demanded money from the cashier who refused. The cashier's shirt was grabbed to try...

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Karate course on anti-bullying comes to Tisbury

Children and young people on a karate course will be given advice and guidance on anti-bullying techniques and knowledge, and adults will get a more technical and practical combat approach. Joe Ellis, Chairman of the National Association of Karate and Martial Art...

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Man reported driving with child with no seatbelt

Police stopped a vehicle in Amesbury yesterday afternoon (March 14) after being flagged down by a person with concerns about a car with an unrestrained child sitting in the back. The Toyota Avensis was spotted on Pointers Way and stopped by officers. It had five...

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Gallery: Rotarians celebrate 40 years of fundraising

More than 70 Rotarians and their guests sat down to dinner  at The White Hart Hotel, Salisbury, to celebrate the 40th Charter Anniversary of Rotary Club of Wilton. Since its formation in 1979, club members have worked to raise thousands of pounds for local charities,...

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Attempted burglary in Amesbury

Police want information about an attempted burglary and theft from Harlee’s Chip Shop, Bence Court, Amesbury. Just after 7pm on  January 28, a man went into the staff area of the shop and tried to open the safe. He returned about an hour later with another man through...

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Council flushed after toilet upgrade

Improvements to the public toilet facilities in Shaftesbury have been finished. The Bell Street building renovation by  Shaftesbury Town Council involved the STC grounds team headed by Andy Dodd working in partnership with Nikki Dodds from ‘Build Love’ social...

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Pleas to protect ancient bridge are ignored

A group of Salisbury  residents feel they are banging their heads against a stone  parapet by pleading for protection to an ancient bridge, part of the old city wall. They say the medieval Milford Mill Bridge is a Grade 1 Listed structure dating from the late 15th...

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Mere is open!

The road works in and around Mere have brought the community together. After a meeting with residents, merchants and council members, an action plan was devised to let people know that, despite the disruption from the road works, MERE IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS! Flyers...

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Bus satisfaction levels surveyed

Customer satisfaction with Salisbury Reds is 92%, an independent survey has found, according to national watchdog, Transport Focus. Customers were questioned in Autumn 2018 for the annual survey. They gave scores and views on various aspects of the firm’s...

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Tanzanian disabled children helped by local charity

Downton-based charity EdUKaid has been awarded a £50,000 grant by the government to provide an inclusive education project in rural Tanzania giving disabled children the chance of a better future. The grant from the Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF), is from the...

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South West PCCs tackle reoffending

Police and Crime Commissioners - from Gloucestershire, Martin Surl, Wiltshire and Swindon’s Angus Macpherson, Devon and Cornwall’s Alison Hernandez, Dorset’s Martyn Underhill and Sue Mountstevens from Avon and Somerset - met criminal justice, health and voluntary...

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New council sheds senior officers at a cost of £750,000

Local Government reorganisation in Dorset will result in redundancies among senior officers. On March 21, the Appointments & Dismissals Committee of the Shadow Dorset Council meet to discuss redundancy proposals for nine senior officers from the county, district...

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Two men caught fishing illegally

Two men were fined more than £300 for fishing illegally in the River Ebble, near Salisbury. Noel Delvin, 26, of Whitfield Road, Biddlesden, Buckinghamshire, and Johnny Cash, 32, of Dudmoor Farm Road, Christchurch, were caught in July last year fishing without a...

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Smoke-free zones cleared

National No Smoking Day, March 13, also marks Wiltshire Council’s three main hubs becoming smoke-free. Public and council staff are barred from smoking on the grounds or associated car parks of Bourne Hill, Salisbury, County Hall, Trowbridge, and Monkton Park,...

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Renewed appeal for road crash witnesses

Police have reissued an appeal for witnesses to a serious car crash on Friday, March 8, At about 6.45pm an American-style RV and a black Vauxhall Corsa collided on the A338 between West Gomeldon and Porton, Salisbury. A 19-year old woman passenger in the Corsa, and a...

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City projects awarded grants

More than £30,000 has been awarded by Salisbury City Council to local clubs and groups in grants over the past 12 months. The grants cover a range of issues  and community-based initiatives that improve the quality of life for residents in the Salisbury City area,...

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Garden of peace is improved

Salisbury’s crematorium is to undergo works in the grounds and Garden of Remembrance, and on its trees. More than 1,400 cremations in the past 12 months reflect the growing trend at about 75% of funerals. Many families opt for a pre-paid arrangement of which Salisbury...

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“There’s more to life than BREXIT…”

This year's Lenten preparation for Churches together in Gillingham is different. A series of open meetings will be had to discuss some of the social issues people encouter in everyday life. All the meetings will take place at Riversmeet Leisure Centre, from 7pm-9pm...

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