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Man arrested after driving wrong way down M4.

Swindon Advertiser | News - February 3, 2019 - 11:05
A 27-year-old man was arrested in the early hours of this morning after officers spotted a vehicle driving the wrong way down the M4.Shortly before 5am today, a roads policing officer was on duty in a marked police vehicle on junction 16 of the M4, when he became aware of a vehicle in his rear view mirror that contravened a no-entry sign on the exit slip road from the M4 westbound. The officer immediately turned his vehicle around and spotted a Saab 900 travelling east along the hard shoulder of the westbound carriageway of the M4.The officer joined the motorway on the eastbound carriageway and called for assistance, while following the vehicle from the opposite side of the road. The Saab exited the M4 westbound carriageway at Junction 15 and rejoined it again by contravening a second no-entry sign on the exit slip road continuing against the flow of traffic. Several police vehicles were sent to try to intercept the Saab and it was stopped on the hard shoulder before Membury services. A man from Swindon was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and drink driving. He remains in Gablecross Police Station custody for questioning. Duty Inspector Rachel Hardy said: “The officers involved in this incident made some fast time decisions to bring the vehicle to a stop and prevent a serious, and potentially fatal collision from occurring with members of the public. “As we all know, driving conditions have been difficult for the past few days, with temperatures dropping well below freezing overnight. The driver of this vehicle put himself, his passenger, and other road users lives in grave danger.“It is extremely fortunate that no one was injured during this incident. Although the M4 was relatively quiet at this time, there were a number of lorries and cars using this stretch of motorway at the time, and no doubt their concentration would have been seriously impacted by this incident.”If you have dash-cam footage which may help with our enquiries, please call 101 and quote crime reference number 54190011346.
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Sunday Weather: Yellow weather warning still in place

Swindon Advertiser | News - February 3, 2019 - 09:20
A yellow weather warning is still in place today with the Met office warning of icy condition.
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IN THE DOCK: Here's who's been before Swindon's courts

Swindon Advertiser | News - February 3, 2019 - 06:04
SWINDON: Neil Holland landed himself with a £630 bill after he stole a suit valued at just over £100 from Marks and Spencer at the Orbital Shopping Park.
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Pick of magnificent seven wines from Down Under

Swindon Advertiser | News - February 2, 2019 - 13:28
Sam Wylie-Harris heads Down Under to select seven of the best Australian wines to enjoy now.
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Switchboards down at NHS Trust

Swindon Advertiser | News - February 2, 2019 - 10:50
Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has warned that they are currently experiencing problems with their switchboards.
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Swindon Town P-P Forest Green Rovers

BBC News & Sport | Swindon - February 2, 2019 - 10:15
Saturday's League Two game between Swindon Town and Forest Green Rovers is postponed because of unsafe areas surrounding the County Ground.
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Town's clash at home to Forest Green postponed

Swindon Advertiser | News - February 2, 2019 - 09:47
SWINDON Town's scheduled match this afternoon at home to Forest Green Rovers in League Two has been postponed due to the wintry weather.
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Council meetings coming up in Highworth

Swindon Advertiser | News - February 2, 2019 - 07:53
TWO council meetings will be held in Highworth next week.
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Hindus set to gather for major cultural celebration (and everyone is welcome!)

Swindon Advertiser | News - February 2, 2019 - 07:51
SWINDON'S Hindu community will gather to celebrate their seventh consecutive Saraswati Puja and everyone is welcome to join them.
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REVEALED: First act for this year's jam-packed Swindon Fringe Festival

Swindon Advertiser | News - February 2, 2019 - 07:16
THE first act for this year’s Swindon Fringe Festival has been revealed and organisers have packed more shows than ever before into the lineup.
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GALLERY: Snow causes chaos but there were some reasons to be cheerful!

Swindon Advertiser | News - February 2, 2019 - 07:02
SWINDON was gripped by heavy snowfall yesterday with many services grinding to a halt.
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Snow problem on the train lines as GWR wins commuters' praise

Swindon Advertiser | News - February 2, 2019 - 06:07
PASSENGERS were taken aback at how smoothly Great Western Railway trains managed in the snow yesterday.
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Bus firms win praise for how they coped with snow problems

Swindon Advertiser | News - February 2, 2019 - 06:04
BUSES were thrown into chaos by the snow in Swindon yesterday.
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Find out how much more you could be paying on your council tax

Swindon Advertiser | News - February 2, 2019 - 06:04
MORE than £142 million will be spent by Swindon Borough Council in the next financial year, starting in April.
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Council extend rough sleeping strategy for two weeks

Swindon Advertiser | News - February 2, 2019 - 06:04
A CONSULTATION on tackling rough sleeping has been extended for a further two weeks.
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Farmer ploughs through the snow to get hospital manager to work

Swindon Advertiser | News - February 2, 2019 - 06:04
ONE man and his tractor ploughed through the snow to keep a private hospital running yesterday.
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It’s snow problem! Blitz spirit saves the day for GWH nurses

Swindon Advertiser | News - February 2, 2019 - 06:03
CARE workers and nurses battling heavy snow to reach patients were given a helping hand from life-saving citizens yesterday.
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Wichelstowe's first pub pushes the boat out -really! (and you can pour your own pints)

Swindon Advertiser | News - February 2, 2019 - 06:03
A CANAL-side pub with a full-length narrowboat inside has opened on the new Wichelstowe development.
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'It's all down to my young team,' family-run cafe scoops best start-up award

Swindon Advertiser | News - February 2, 2019 - 06:03
A FAMILY-run cafe which staved off developers and opened 18 months ago has won Start-up of the Year Award in the whole of the South West.
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Teenage thug, 15, smashed man's jaw in Pinehurst street attack

Swindon Advertiser | News - February 2, 2019 - 06:03
A BOY of 15 who left a man with a shattered jaw in an unprovoked attack in a Pinehurst street is facing the prospect of jail.
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