Distinctive Guitars Stolen

Police are appealing for information after a number of distinctive guitars were stolen during a burglary in Calne.

The break-in happened some time between 7 January and 15 January 2018 at a house in Priestley Grove. The suspect or suspects broke in by smashing a small window at the side of the house, and an untidy search has taken place throughout. A number of guitars and music equipment were stolen, including a black Gibson Les Paul, a Patrick James Eggle Etowah, and a Patrick Eggle Berlin Plus.

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PC Chloe Jenkins, from Wiltshire North Community Policing Team, said: "These guitars are very distinctive so we are appealing for the public's help in trying to trace them.

Anyone with information should contact PC Jenkins on 101. Alternatively information can be left anonymously by phoning Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Cottage Destroyed by Fire

A semi-detached thatched cottage at Hodson near Swindon has been destroyed by fire this morning (30 November). Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service was called at 7.07am and found the roof of the property well alight.

In order to fight the fire and also save the adjoining cottage, some sixty firefighters from 12 fire crews (from Swindon (two), Stratton, Westlea, Marlborough, Cricklade, Pewsey, Chippenham (two), Trowbridge, Melksham and Malmesbury) were sent to the scene. Also mobilised were the Swindon aerial appliance, an incident command vehicle from Stratton, water carriers from Ramsbury and Royal Wootton Bassett, and an operational support unit from Swindon. Firefighters were able to create a fire break in the thatch, which prevented the blaze from spreading to the neighbouring property. Furniture and possessions were also salvaged from the ground floor of the affected cottage. The number of fire engines on scene has now been reduced to four (from Swindon, Bradford on Avon, Westbury and Mere), as firefighters can no longer work close to the building due to concerns about its structural integrity. The aerial appliance is being used to get water onto hot spots from above. Group Manager Kathy Collis praised the local community for its support throughout the day: "On such a bitterly cold morning, to have hot drinks, mince pies and other refreshments provided by neighbours and the local pub, the Calley Arms, was incredibly welcome, as was the food provided by the Plymouth Brethren. There has also been a huge amount of support for the affected family, and the British Red Cross emergency response team from Swindon has been at the scene to provide additional help."

Because of the freezing conditions, a team from Swindon Borough Councilís highways department was needed first thing to grit the roads affected by the water run-off from the firefighting operation, and further gritting will take place tonight. The road through Hodson has been closed for much of the day, with assistance provided by Wiltshire Police. While the fire started accidentally, the exact cause remains under investigation.

Advice on how to reduce the risk of fire in a thatched property can be found at www.dwfire.org.uk/thatched-properties

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