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Police name family involved in fatal light aircraft crash

Air accidents investigators are at the scene of a light aircraft crash near Basingstoke

Hampshire Police have named a couple who were killed in a light aircraft crash in the Blackwwod Forest near Popham Airfield in Hampshire yesterday.

They were Lewis Tonkinson, 50 and Sally Tonkinson, 44, from Alcester in Warwickshire. Their six-year-old son, who was also in the light aircraft, remains in Southampton General Hospital where he is being treated for life threatening injuries.

The light aircraft came down in the Blackwood Forest near Popham Airfield

Hampshire Police said post mortem examinations are due to take place on Tuesday. Officers remain at the scene. The Air Accident Investigation Branch also has a team on site carrying out an assessment of the wreckage, searching for clues of what may have caused the crash. The aircraft took off from Bembridge on the isle of Wight on Saturday afternoon.

Officers are asking anyone who saw the aircraft before the crash at 3.43pm on Saturday 3rd January to contact the AAIB on 01252 510300.


Warwickshire Police appoints new Chief Constable

Deputy Chief Constable Martin Jelley from Northamptonshire Police has been appointed as the new Chief Constable for Warwickshire Police.

DCC Jelley was named as Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Ball’s preferred candidate earlier this month.

He will take up his new post from 1st April 2015 for five years until 31st March 2020, and will replace the force’s current Chief Constable Andy Parker, who is taking retirement.

Grieving daughter wants extra funding into brain cancer research

A woman whose mother died from a brain tumour has gone to Westminster to try to persuade MPs to allocate more money for research into the condition.

Breast cancer and leukaemia get around £30m a year from the government, but brain cancer gets only £3m - despite it being the biggest cancer killer for children and adults under 40.

Clare Davis from Nuneaton is trying to convince MPs that brain tumour research should get the same amount of money as other cancers.

Police appeal to help find missing Warwickshire man

Michael Parker, 48, has not been seen since Sunday 7th December. Credit: Warwickshire Police

Police are appealing for help to locate a missing man from Atherstone in Warwickshire.

Michael Parker, 48, has not been seen since 3pm on Sunday 7th December, when a member of his family dropped him off at his home.

Police think it's possible that he may be in the Coventry area as he has friends there and he could have travelled to see them.

He is described as white, 5ft 8ins tall and of medium build. He has brown hair, greying to the sides and is worn with a parting to the centre.

Michael is usually clean shaven, wears glasses and has both arms tattooed from the wrist to the shoulder.


Couple hit by bus on Warwickshire country road

A husband and wife in their 60s suffered serious injuries when they were hit by a bus yesterday Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A husband and wife suffered serious injuries when they were hit by a bus on a country road in Warwickshire.

The crash happened at 4.45pm yesterday, on Stratford Road which runs from Ilmington towards Wimpstone.

The bus' windscreen smashed on impact, and the woman was thrown into a ditch that was 5 feet deep and had water at the bottom of it. The 65-year-old had a serious head injury, pain in her back and a potential fracture to her pelvis.

Her husband - who is also 65 - was found on the road by paramedics. He had suffered a broken arm and shoulder.

“It took around 20 minutes to get the woman out of the water given the level of injury. As a result she had become very cold.

“She was immobilised using a neck collar, spinal board and pelvic binder. The woman was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire with the critical care paramedics travelling with her.

“Her husband was also immobilised and taken on blue lights to the same hospital.

“The man driving the bus, who was estimated to be in his 30s, was shaken but otherwise uninjured. There were a couple of passengers on board but they too were unhurt."

– A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

Wolverhampton man charged over historic rape at University of Warwick

A man from Wolverhampton has been charged with rape following the re-investigation of an historic sexual offence alleged to have taken place at the University of Warwick.

The incident is thought to have occurred in June 2003 when a woman was attacked by an unknown man.

Anthony Jones, 46, from Wolverhampton, has been remanded in custody and will appear in court at a later date.

CCTV released after violent attack outside nightclub

Police have released images of two men who beat another man as he left a bar in Coventry Credit: West Midlands Police

Police have released images of two men who beat another man as he left a bar in Coventry.

The man was assaulted in the early hours of October 19 as the 20-year-old man left the Skydome bar in Croft Road with a friend. He was approached by two men who attacked him.

Police have released images of two men who beat another man as he left a bar in Coventry Credit: West Midlands Police

He was left with facial injuries and bruising.

Now, police are hoping the public can help them identify the two men caught on CCTV. Both are described as black, aged 20-30, with short curly hair. One wore a blue and white striped T-shirt and jeans, the other a long-sleeved white shirt and grey bottoms.

"The man was attacked as he left the Skydome around 3am on the Sunday morning.

"There was some sort of altercation and the men then set upon him and his friend.

"Local enquiries are on-going to identify the two men, but I am hoping someone will be able to help us identify them."

– PC Corrie Sparrow
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