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David McGreavy: Mum's anger as triple child killer freed
Elsie Urry says she fought for the man who murdered her three children to be kept behind bars.

Horace the cat back home after car adventure

A cat has been returned to its owner in Southsea after ending up at an infants' school following a a two-week "adventure".

Eleven-year-old Horace went missing from his home in Southsea, Hampshire, in April and was later found 15 miles away in the grounds of Lee-on-the-Solent Infant School.

Tired, hungry and dehydrated, Horace was also covered in an oily substance, leading vets to believe he may have curled up for a snooze under a car bonnet before being driven away.

The Gosport Town branch of Cats Protection were able to return him to his owner, Colin King, because he had been micochipped.

Cats Protection

Cats can get themselves into all sorts of scrapes, so it's great that Horace was microchipped as it meant we could get him home quickly."

Carole RudinCats Protection
David McGreavy: Mother's tears as child killer freed
Elsie Urry whose children were murdered by David McGreavy says he should never have been released.

Weather: Grab your umbrella

Here's Lucy Martin with the latest forecast.

Tuesday 11 June 2019 weather

Weather warning in place for heavy rain

There's now an Amber weather warning for London, and much of the South East following downpours overnight.

The Met Office has warned that the heaviest and most persistent rain is still to come with a warning in place on Monday covering an area from the Humber all the way down to the south coast, and from the East Midlands to Portsmouth.

Forecasters said some places could see a month's worth of rain in two or three days, and we could see some flooding issues.

Visitors urged to stay away from animals

Visitors to the New Forest are being urged to keep their distance from the national park’s free-roaming animals amid concern many people are getting too close to them.

Head agister Jonathan Gerrelli said: "Most New Forest ponies and donkeys are even-tempered animals and often come close to visitors, but they are not used to being handled and should be left alone.

"The animals may look friendly but can bite or kick, especially when they have young with them."

Treating the animals as tame encourages them to pester people and hang around busy roads and car parks putting them at risk of road accidents, the New Forest National Park Authority said.

New Forest ponies are well adapted to thrive all year round in the wild and there is no need to feed them, it added.

The posters that are being put up across the New Forest
New Forest National Park Authority
Posters are being put up across the New Forest

Man arrested over park rape

A 32-year-old man has been arrested after a woman was raped in a park in Andover.

The victim, aged 23, was attacked off Smannell Road in the early hours of Sunday 2 June, Hampshire police said.

The man, who is from the town, remains in police custody and the woman is being supported by specialist officers.

Weather: A wet day

A very wet start with persistent rain across the area.

Through the afternoon, some sunny spells will develop, but also a good scattering of heavy showers, some of which will turn thundery.

Heavy and locally thundery showers at first this evening.

Thereafter, the heaviest showers will clear to the northeast, leaving an increasingly windy and cloudy night, with patchy rain at times.

Temperature: Between 10 and 16°C (50 and 61°F).

Thundery showers expected later, says Alex Osborne

D-Day: A French horse called George was an unlikely hero

On D-Day British commandos found help in a white horse called George.

On 6 June 1944, British commandos were fighting their way from the beaches of Normandy further inland, to support troops who had landed in the early hours of the morning.

They had secured the strategically important river crossing of Pegasus Bridge, and as the Germans launched a counter offensive there was a race against time to get reinforcements to the bridge.

Help came from an unlikely source, as commandos with heavy mortar rounds came across a white horse called George, which helped shoulder the burden of their load.

Together they made the hazardous journey to the bridge and were able to secure the river crossing that paved the way for troops to be able to move further into France and ultimately defeat the Nazis.

School pupils have been retelling the poignant story of the D-Day landings

Pupils from Bay House School in Gosport are using theatre to reflect on D-Day.

Appeal over kidnapping and assault

Three men are being sought by police after a man was kidnapped and assaulted in Gosport.

The 22-year-old was attacked inside an address on Gordon Road between 17:45 and 18:05 BST on Sunday.

Police said he was then taken away in a small blue hatchback car.

He was able to escape the vehicle in Leesland Road, where he was then assaulted again before running to the Forrester pub where staff called the police.

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Monday's weather forecast: Dry and fine but cooler

Staying mostly dry with sunny spells but feeling noticeably cooler than the weekend.

The odd light shower cannot be ruled out in the late afternoon.

Maximum Temperature: 16 to 19°C (61 to 66°F).

Dry and fine but cooler today

Reward to catch 'violent' fugitive

Jason Sufi

A £5,000 reward is being offered to help capture a "violent" escaped prisoner.

Jason Sufi, 39, was serving a nine-year sentence for burglary, false imprisonment and robbery at HMP Springhill when he went on the run in February.

He has since been linked to a series of violent crimes, including in Oxfordshire and Hampshire.

A Crimestoppers spokeswoman said: "We should all be able to live in our homes and walk our streets safely without fear, which is why our charity has put up this reward."

Jason Sufi

Arson attacks causes £3,300 damage in play park

On arson attack in a play park in Gosport has caused around £3,300 worth of damage.

The attack took place at the Grove Road playground on Monday morning.

Hampshire Constabulary are investigating a series of arson attacks in playgrounds, including one in Alver Valley Country Park on Sunday, and one on 18 May in the Forton Road recreation ground.

Inspector Richard Thompson said: "It is very sad that these facilities, which are provided for the local community to use and have fun and for the younger generation to explore and build friendships, are being targeted in this way."

Man dies in bungalow fire

A 72-year-old man has died in a bungalow fire in Ringwood.

Crews from Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire attended the property in Kingsfield after the fire broke out in the lounge on Wednesday afternoon.

It took them an hour to put it out and the man was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

An investigation is taking place to establish how it started.

Kingsfield in Ringwood

Hampshire MP latest to join Tory leadership race

Housing minister and Hampshire North West MP Kit Malthouse has become the latest Tory MP to join the race to become party leader.

He told BBC News he was "the only candidate that has proven the ability to unify MPs around a Brexit plan that could deliver us out of this jam".

He brought together Leave and Remain-supporting Conservative MPs in January to devise an alternative Brexit proposal known as the "Malthouse Compromise".

Writing in the Sun newspaper, Mr Malthouse described himself as "the new face, with fresh new ideas".

Mr Malthouse - who voted to leave the EU - said his "primary objective" was to secure a deal before the 31 October deadline, but said it was still necessary to prepare for the possibility of no deal.

Kit Malthouse
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