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Missing drugs

Potentially dangerous drugs have been stolen from the car of a Swindon doctor.

The pills, including diamorphine, pethidine and diazepam, were taken from a car parked outside the Hawthorn Centre in Gorse Hill at around 1630 GMT on Friday.

Police say the drugs could be dangerous in the wrong hands. They are appealing for witnesses.

Dyson top of poll

Dyson has been named as Wiltshire's top company.

The Malmesbury-based vacuum cleaner and washing machine manufacturing company, was the main winner at Friday night's Wiltshire Business of the Year Award.

The awards are supported by BBC Radio Swindon and BBC Radio Wiltshire.

Dyson won the accolade for firms with a turnover of more than 20m, before taking the overall prize too.

Snake sent to new home

A 9 ft snake left on a number 55 bus from Swindon to Chippenham has a new home.

The boa constrictor was discovered by the driver checking for lost property at the end of his shift.

An appeal by the RSPCA for the owner to come forward has drawn a blank.

Now the snake will join others at an animal rescue centre in Surrey.

Residents petition council

A group of Swindon residents say their lives are being disrupted by parachutists jumping out of planes above their homes in the summer months.

They claim aircraft, from the Redlands Farm skydiving school near Wanborough, make too much noise as they circle above Covingham, Nythe and Dorcan.

Now protesters have presented a petition to the council asking that the pilots and parachutists be stopped.

Some residents say it is now no longer possible to enjoy time in the garden.


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