Malmesbury Newspapers

Britain's foremost arrowsmith, who lives near Malmesbury, has told of his joy at being recognised by the Queen in the New Year Honours' list as an MBE for services to heritage crafts.

Hector Cole, 75, from Great Somerford, produced his first piece of ironwork, a pig ring, aged just four-and-a-half....

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HEALTHWATCH Wiltshire is planning to gather 100 local people to give feedback on how its dementia services are working....

A string of minor thefts were reported in Malmesbury during the build-up to Christmas....

Dinner lady Margaret Langley has finally left school after more than 40 years, having dished-up thousands of meals to hundreds of children and made sure they all behaved themselves during lunch break....

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ancient woodcraft techniques not deployed for 300 years are being used to create a £600,000 visitor and management centre at Westonbirt Arboretum....

Thursday, 25 December 2014 07:00

Wiltshire Police face cutbacks in New Year

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FEWER police officers could be on the beat in north Wiltshire as a result of a £3 million cut to the force’s budget.

’s Chief Constable Pat Geenty said he will “need to make difficult but necessary decisions” following the news that the government will reduce the constabulary’s budget by 5.1 per cent.

He said: “By 2017, Wiltshire Police will have lost 25 per cent of its budget, whilst facing increasing demand for services.

“We have reduced staff numbers and reorganised and transformed the way in which we work in order to minimise the impact of the cuts on the delivery of frontline services to the public.

The Chief Constable added: “Wiltshire Police will need to be courageous, ambitious and above all innovative in order to meet these savings targets.

The government has decided to reduce its funding to police forces across the UK by £299million in the next year....

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A COUPLE from Minety are to host a charity golf tournament in aid of Children’s Hospice South West following the success of their event last year.

The second edition of their competition will take place on April 3 with tee times from 7:30am to 2.30pm at South Cerney Golf Club....

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AN IGLOO is not the type of structure you would expect to see in Malmesbury but this year K&S Childcare built one as a festive treat for local children....

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Charlton Christmas House Lights raising funds for Epilepsy ....

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The burglary took place at around 7pm on December 16 in a house close to the town centre.

The thief forced entry into the house while the woman was alone and she sustained a hand injury whilst attempting to stop the intruder from stealing her handbag....