Local News from South Wiltshire & North Dorset

New Festival for Salisbury

The Greenham Common peace campaigner and co-founder of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, has curated a new festival for Salisbury. The Festival of Ideas, Our Fragile Home, is a weekend of discussion,...

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Families win primary school preferences

Most of Wiltshire families - 98.4% -  were offered one of their three primary school preferences for September, 93% had their first preference on offer. According to Wiltshire council, most parents apply for places online - 95% of the 5,144 applications. The right to...

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Egg news hatches

The nest is filling up. Fourth egg now. More news from the eyrie soon. Live stream: www.salisburycathedral.org.uk/visit-what-see/peregrine-falcons-0

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Central Salisbury plans prepared

Wiltshire Council has started consultation on a draft masterplan for the redevelopment of Salisbury City Centre. The public can have its say on the future of The Maltings and Central Car Park until 5pm on Friday, May 24, a final version of the masterplan is taken to...

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Betty and Rudi join the force

Two new police dogs Betty and Rudi have joined Wiltshire Police. The German Shepherds passed a 13-week training course, and were presented with their licences by Superintendent Mark Sellers at police headquarters with their handlers PC Cindy Hargreave and PC Tracy...

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Charter market closed

Salisbury City Council has decided to close the Charter Market on Saturday, June 29. A press statement said: "Salisbury is hosting this year’s National Armed Forces Day celebration and a military parade is planned for the city centre which will pass close to the...

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Wanted: Queen, Princesses and Prince

Tisbury Carnival chooses the Carnival Royals in May but this year is special as it marks the 100th anniversary of Tisbury Carnival. The first carnival in September, 1919, was called Tisbury Peace Parade, to mark the end of the First World War. The current organisers...

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Mayors visit Salisbury

Warwickshire mayors and other civic leaders are in Salisbury on Sunday, April 14 ‘to show solidarity and support’ after last year’s poising incidents. The 36 leaders will be greeted by Mayor of Salisbury, Cllr Mike Osment, Mayoress Nikki Savage, and deputy mayor, Cllr...

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Cat burglars stealing more cats

Cat thefts revealed a sharp increase of 114% recorded by police from 2015 to 2018. Richard Jordan of Pet Theft Awareness said: “Cat theft is a crime which seems to be on the up.  We are campaigning for cat theft reform so that when a cat disappears, the assumption...

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Trio terrorises a village

A trio of geese, including two nicked-named the Kray Twins, are ‘terrorising’ a village on Salisbury Plain. The out-of-control birds left a lady ‘very upset’ after she was bitten on her ankle, drawing blood. A dog and cat have also been attacked and the terrible trio...

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Police join dedicated cyber crime unit

Wiltshire Police have joined a dedicated Regional Cyber Crime Unit (RCCU), based in the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU). The Force also has two dedicated cyber teams with a focus on child sexual exploitation and fraud. The RCCU investigate cyber...

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City dresses up for summer events

Salisbury city centre will be adorned with 2,500m of bunting, ready for a summer of events. The colourful flags include loyal red, white and blue bunting to celebrate of National Armed Forces Day at the end of June. The city council, Salisbury BID, Wiltshire Creative...

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Independent candidate: Ditch party politics

The time has come for local electors to ditch party politics for good at the Dorset local elections on May 2, according to an independent candidate. In a letter to Valley News, Lester Dibben, Independent candidate for Shaftesbury, wrote: “Locally, party politicians’...

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City among best for litter control

New data show the residents of two cities in Northern Ireland, Derry and Belfast, take the most pride in their local area, with the lowest number of reports for littering in the UK, closely followed by Salisbury.

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End to ‘blame game’ welcomed

Major changes to the divorce law this week will help hundreds of local couples achieve a more amicable separation, according to family law experts at Trethowans. Justice Secretary David Gauke’s approved reforms to existing law means it’s possible for spouses to...

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Stars join the big ‘mine and bomb’ walk

Former Invictus Games competitors will join BBC and reality show stars for a huge fundraiser walk. The HALO Trust, the Salisbury-based mine and bomb clearance charity, is collaborating with the Invictus Game Foundation on the upcoming 34k walk for charity across...

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Search is on for stolen shotgun

A shotgun was stolen at about 3.20pm yesterday, April 9, during a burglary near Amesbury and Police are appealing for help to find the gun. Two people were arrested in Berwick St James and enquiries identified a vehicle seen in the area, and armed officers were called...

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City supports cathedral scheme and local clubs

Salisbury Cathedral‘s project celebrating the 800th anniversary of the laying of the Cathedral Foundation Stone, and the development and growth of the city of Salisbury has been given a donation by the city council. The Cathedral authority is planning a calendar of...

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Second peregrine egg laid at cathedral

Today, April 10 at 12.40pm, the new unringed peregrine mum laid her second egg of the season at Salisbury Cathedral. She laid her first egg on Monday and there could be more as peregrine falcons usually lay three to four eggs in a clutch. Tune in to Salisbury...

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Wiltshire foster carers called

Thousands of sibling groups in care across the UK are separated because of a lack of suitable foster carers, according to Five Rivers Child Care, an independent fostering group.

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MP questions PM on waste

A moratorium on new waste incinerators including gasification and pyrolysis plants was requested today at PMQs - starting with the proposed gasification plant that Hills Waste wants to inflict on Westbury. South West Wilts MP Dr Andrew Murrison asked Prime Minister...

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Serving ladies ‘call to arms’

The Women’s Royal Army Corps is celebrating its centenary in 2019. With the added attraction of Salisbury hosting the National Armed Forces Day in June, a new group is encouraging all ex WRAC members to attend a re-launch of the Salisbury branch.

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Waste not in Westbury

If incinerators or variants like gasification plants of the sort that Hills Waste wants to build in Westbury are permitted, they should be sited well away from where people live, according to South West Wilts MP Dr Andrew Murrison.

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