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A 303 mere fire

A fire on a lorry carrying straw on the A 303 today near Mere caused traffic chaos today. Five fire engines were called to deal with the blaze which occurred between the turnings …
Wiltshire Police

Wiltshire Police and partners have declared a major incident after it is suspected that two people might have been exposed to an unknown substance in Amesbury. Emergency services were called to an address …
Merck Simon Hoare Gillingham

Leading science and technology company Merck has today announced plans to expand its Gillingham, UK distribution centre. The €9 million investment will boost distribution capabilities for the business. Anticipated to open in early …
Cheetah cub Longleat Xena abandoned

An abandoned cheetah cub is being hand reared by her keeper at Longleat. The female cub, which has been nicknamed Xena after the warrior princess to mark her battling qualities, spent the first …
Orchard Park

The well-known Orchard Park garden centre in Gillingham has been sold to a large company – and the site now looks to expand. Guernsey-based Blue Diamond, Britain’s third largest garden centre operator, has …

  Margaret Marande, 81, is now half way on her marathon 220-mile trek of The Hardy Way, having left Hardy’s Birthplace Visitor Centre on 18 April. As reported in the May issue of …
hail storm shaftesbury

One of the heaviest hailstorms in recent years hit Shaftesbury this afternoon with hail lying more than an inch deep in places, turning surfaces white and causing local flooding on roads. The intense …
Lidl shaftesbury

The supermarket chain Lidl has confirmed it is looking to open a store in Shaftesbury. The popular store, which already has branches in Gillingham and Blandford, told Gillingham & Shaftesbury News: ‘We are …
TSB closing Gillingham

The TSB Bank is to close its branch on the High Street in Gillingham in September. The departure of the bank will be seen as a further blow to the town’s High Street …