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  1. Health trust admits safety breach after patient's death
  2. Police 'may work with paedophile hunters' after an increase in the use of their evidence
  3. Slough MP criticises trial scheme aimed at cutting electoral fraud in the town
  4. Bronze sculptures remember Devon and Dorset's army regiments
  5. Updates from Monday 18 September

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Winchester fire was in roof of council offices

Hampshire County Council has confirmed the fire in the centre of Winchester broke out on the roof of its Three Minsters House premises.

No-one was hurt in the fire which broke out at about 13:00, although road closures are likely to remain in place into the evening.

The site houses mainly staff from our Property Services team, who were evacuated in line with normal procedures, and were able to move to alternative office spaces at our nearby headquarters building, for the rest of the working day. All staff are safe and accounted for. The building was undergoing refurbishment works at the time. At this stage, it’s too early to speculate on the cause of the fire or the extent of any damage. A full assessment will be carried out by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service in line with their usual procedures.

Roy PerryLeader, Winchester County Council
Winchester fire
Hampshire Constabulary

Self-defence killer in gun law breach


A pensioner who shot and killed a man trying to break into his home has pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm without a certificate.

Reuben Gregory, 72, fired a double-barrelled shotgun through a hole in the door of his caravan in woodland near Slough's Colnbrook Bypass on 12 June, Slough magistrates heard earlier.

Wayne Digby, 48, was hit in the chest and died at the scene.

Gregory will be sentenced at Reading Crown Court at a date yet to be set.

He was initially held on suspicion of murder but the Crown Prosecution Service deemed he was acting in self-defence.

Matt le Tissier starts Memory Walk

Nearly 2,000 walkers gathered in Southampton at the weekend to raise money for research into dementia.

The Alzheimer's Society is hoping the Memory Walks being held around the country, will raise £9m towards the cost of developing new treatments for the disease.

Former Southampton FC midfielder Matt Le Tissier started the event in Southampton Common.

memory Walk

It really is a horrible condition - if we can do something to raise money to find a cure, that would be an amazing thing to do.

Matt le Tissier

Ask Angela student safety campaign launched in Southampton

Bars and nightclubs in Southampton have signed up to a campaign to help students who find themselves in trouble on a night out.

The Ask Angela campaign has been launched by Southampton Solent University after proving successful elsewhere in the country.

Someone in difficulty can ask bar staff for "Angela". Staff are trained to provide help, such as finding them a taxi or taking them to a safe space.

Ask Angela
Solent University

Reading fans' 'smoke bomb on train' investigated

The reported release of a smoke bomb by football fans on a train is being treated as a criminal offence, British Transport Police (BTP) has said.

Footage appears to show Reading FC supporters chanting songs about the club and banging on the train carriage ceiling as it fills with smoke.

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More than 1,600 Reading fans watched the 1-1 draw with Brentford at Griffin Park

The incident occurred the day after a terrorist attack on a tube train in Parsons Green.

A Reading FC spokesperson said the "irresponsible behaviour" was "entirely unacceptable".

Fire in Winchester High Street under control

Fifty firefighters have successfully brought a roof fire on Winchester's high street under control

The blaze in the commercial premises, which was undergoing renovation work, broke out at about 13:00 BST.

The occupants were evacuated from the building after fire alarms sounded.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue group manager Nigel Cooper said the fire had been contained in the roof cavity.

"The fire was extremely difficult to access in quite a large building. The building is covered in scaffolding and plastic sheeting.”

The cause is not yet known.

Road closures are likely to remain in place into the evening.

Fire in Winchester

E-fit issued over Netley Abbey indecent exposure

Police have issued an e-fit image after reports of a man exposing himself to two 13-year-old girls in an alleyway in Netley Abbey, Hampshire.

No physical contact was made and the girls left the area after the incident on the evening of 11 September.

Hampshire police said they want to hear from anyone who saw a man aged about 20 wearing beige trousers, a grey hooded top, Adidas trainers and was on a white bike.

Hampshire Constabulary

Dorset residents sold to 'Slim Your Bins'

Waste leaflet
Dorset Waste Partnership

Dorset residents are being urged to reduce the amount they throw away and recycle in a bid to cut council costs.

The Slim Your Bins campaign includes roadshows across the county, starting in Bridport on Thursday.

The campaign's main message is:

  • Recycling your waste is good – if you need to bin it, can it be recycled?
  • But reusing it is better - do you need to throw it away, or can it be used for something else?
  • And reducing your waste is best – could you avoid buying it in the first place?

Poole bus station 'severely flooded'

Twin town mayors mark 60 years of friendship

Parc de Saint-Cloud

The mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead will host the deputy mayor of the borough's twin town of Saint-Cloud to celebrate 60 years of friendship.

John Lenton will greet Domonique Lebrun of the Parisian suburb on Thursday at the start of a three-day trip by a delegation from France.

The visit will include a concert and short cruise along the Thames and a celebratory dinner at the guildhall.

Maidenhead and Saint-Cloud (pictured) were twinned in 1957. The Berkshire town is also twinned with Bad Godesberg in Germany and Fracsati in Italy.

Windsor is twinned with Neuilly-sur-Seine in France and Goslar in Germany.

The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead is twinned with Kortrijk in Belgium.

Ten pumps at Winchester roof fire

The road remains closed at the upper end of the High Street, near Westgate and The Great Hall.

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Emergency incident blocks rail lines

Connor Sparrowhawk death should 'never have happened'

Southern Health NHS Trust's barrister Paul Spencer has described the death of Connor Sparrowhawk as "deeply tragic" and said it should "never have happened".

The teenager drowned in a bath at a Southern Health facility which later closed down.

The trust was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) under Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 following its investigation into the death of a patient under its care.

Health trust to be sentenced next month

Southern Health NHS Trust is due to be sentenced on 12 October after admitting its guilt over the death of patient Connor Sparrowhawk.

The trust pleaded guilty at Banbury Magistrates' Court to breaching health and safety law in the case of the 18-year-old who died at Slade House in Oxford in 2013.

BreakingHealth trust admits safety breach after patient's death

Connor Sparrowhawk
Justice for LB

An NHS trust has admitted guilt over the death of a patient who drowned in a bath while in its care.

Southern Health trust breached health and safety law in the case of Connor Sparrowhawk, 18, at Slade House in Oxford in 2013.

It was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive.


The Duke of Kent officially dedicates a West Country memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum.

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The incident occurred the day after a terrorist attack on a tube train in Parsons Green.

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Fire closes city's high street

Fire has broken out on the third floor of a commercial premises in Winchester's High Street, forcing emergency services to close the road.

Crews using breathing apparatus from four stations are tackling the blaze which broke out at about 13:00.

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Power off in Wokingham

Much of the RG40 and RG41 postcode is without power this afternoon.


Building fire closes Winchester High Street

Severe accident: M27 Hampshire westbound

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M27 Hampshire westbound severe accident, between J4 for M3 and J3 for M271.

M27 Hampshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M27 westbound between J4 M3 and J3, M271 (Romsey), because of an accident. Congestion to M3 J14.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Oxford City draw Leiston FC in third round

New station spending set to be approved in Reading

Reading Green Park station
Peter Brett Associates

Reading councillors are due to approve spending next week for a new railway station for the town.

Green Park station will be on the Reading to Basingstoke line and will be served by a half-hourly service in each direction.

Reading Borough Council's policy committee will meet on Monday 25 September to give spending approval for the council-led project.

A timetable for the delivery of the project is being discussed with the Department for Transport, Network Rail and Great Western Railway. Work is expected to begin over the winter.

Suspicious package reported on train in Slough

Slough railway station was evacuated this morning after a suspicious package was reported on a train.

Thames Valley Police officers attended at just after 09:00 BST to help commuters leave the station safely.

They conducted a search of the station but nothing was found and the station has since reopened.

Slough Train Station
Andrew Abbott

Work starts on affordable homes

Building site

Building work is to begin on 56 affordable homes in Southampton.

The properties at Townhill Park - on the corner of Meggeson Avenue and Townhill Way - are due to be complete by March 2019.

The flats and houses will be owned by the city council and rented.

They are "part of a much larger project to transform the Townhill community", leader Simon Letts said.

'Exit from Brexit' march at Lib Dem conference town

Pro-EU sign

Pro-EU marchers descended on Bournemouth on Sunday as the Liberal Democrat conference continued in the seaside town.

Protesters carried "Exit from Brexit" placards as the party called for the public to have a final say on the terms of Britain's exit from the European Union.

Homes left without water after main burst

Residents were left without water after a water main burst in Winchester.

About 38 properties were affected after the pipe in Andover Road burst at about 07:45 BST.

Southern Water said the pipe had since been repaired and water supplies were fully restored by 09:30.

However, the road is currently closed between Bereweeke Road and Stoney Lane while road repairs are carried out.

A spokeswoman said it was likely to remain shut until about Wednesday.

PCC welcomes mental healthcare review

Martyn Underhill

Dorset's police and crime commissioner has welcomed recommendations set out in a review of the county's mental healthcare provision but says a new facility planned for Weymouth could be better located.

Martyn Underhill called the creation of two new retreats "a positive step forward".

He said: "I recommend that in addition to a retreat in Bournemouth, the second is located in Dorchester rather than Weymouth to improve the accessibility of the service to those in west and north Dorset."

He added: "There is much to be welcomed in this review. However, beyond this Wednesday's meeting, I support the ongoing efforts of our CCG partners to actively monitor demand and resource mental health services accordingly."

Weymouth tower 'to reopen after investigation'

Weymouth tower rescue

Merlin Entertainments, the operator of the troubled Jurassic Skyline in Weymouth, says the attraction will reopen after a detailed investigation.

Fourteen people were airlifted from the 53m-high observation tower after they became trapped when it broke down earlier this month.

We are undertaking a detailed investigation into the stoppage working with our internal engineering experts, specialist external third parties and the Health and Safety Executive. Jurassic Skyline will reopen following the conclusion of the investigation and any measures to prevent a reoccurrence have been implemented. Any guests with pre-booked tickets are being handled on a case-by-case basis.

Merlin Entertainments

Tribute to motorcyclist killed by tree

Jake Podesta
Family photo

The family of a motorcyclist killed when his bike was struck by a falling tree in Romsey have described him as a "beloved son and brother".

Jake Podesta, 28, from King's Somborne, died following the incident in Greatbridge Road on Thursday evening.

A tribute from his family said: "Jake was a beloved son and brother who put a smile on many a face with his quick-witted humour and jovial attitude, which spilled over into his ability to write rap music about many life situations.

"He will be sorely missed by all his family and friends."

Bus crash payouts hit firm's profits

Former RAF base overhaul gets £3m boost

Burst water main closes road

White Helmets in final display

White Helmets

The British Army's motorcycle display team performed in public for the last time at the weekend, after 90 years of stunts.

Known as the Royal Signals White Helmets, it highlighted the work of the corps since motorbikes were used to carry messages across battlefields.

The decision to disband the team, based in Dorset, is not financially motivated, an Army spokesman said.

He added that "motorcycles don't truly reflect the work of the modern signaller" in the digital age.

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

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M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, between J5 for A4 and J6 for A355 Slough.

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed on M4 westbound between J5, A4 (Langley) and J6, A355 (Slough), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Weymouth in 'fantastic' 2-0 victory

Teenager attacked and robbed

A 17-year-old boy was left with a swollen face after being attacked and robbed of two gold chains.

The robbery happened in Derby Road, Eastleigh, at about noon on Thursday.

Anyone with information should contact Hampshire Constabulary.