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Armed Forces Day marked with special events

The sacrifices made by our military servicemen and women have been marked with dozens of events across the South East today.

One of the biggest gatherings for Armed Forces Day was in Medway, Kent, where thousands of people gathered to pay tribute to serving military personnel, veterans and cadets. John Ryall reports.

The interviewees are Cllr Alan Jarrett Leader, Medway Council; Richard Bardsley, a Veteran; and Robin Green, a Veteran.

Fly-tippers made to pick up rubble & put it back in truck

The amount of flytipping has gone up. This was left behind at an area in Purfleet, Essex in 2014 Credit: PA

Two fly-tippers caught in the act have been made to pick up the rubble and put it right back in their truck.

Police officers on patrol saw the Ford Transit tipper truck in an area off the A228 at Halling in Kent at about 1.30pm today (Saturday 23rd June). It was reported that a large amount of rubble was being dumped from the vehicle.

The officers told the men to tidy up the mess and put the rubble back onto their truck. The driver has been reported for an offence of fly-tipping; as well as for having no vehicle tax, no vehicle insurance - and no valid MOT. Now the matter will be forwarded to the local council, which has responsibility for dealing with fly-tipping.

Kent Police say that while anyone who wants to report an area affected by fly-tipping should contact their local council, if you see fly-tipping in progress and actually taking place you should contact your local police on 999.

According to the latest statistics from DEFRA (The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs), local authorities in England dealt with 936,000 incidents of fly-tipping in 2015/2016, which was a 4% increase on the levels in 2014/2015.

Clearing up the mess caused by fly-tipping cost local councils in England almost £49.8million in 2015/2016.

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Police appeal after woman's face and arm injured

Hampshire Police want to talk to Daniel Grattan

Police investigating an assault which left a woman with injuries to her face and arms are searching for a man from Southampton.

The victim, a woman in her twenties, was at a property on Rowlands Walk in the city when a man reportedly entered the home at about 4.30 am this morning and assaulted her. He then left in a silver Ford estate type car.

Detectives believe the man was carrying a weapon.

Hampshire Police are trying to find Daniel Grattan, aged 30, from Southampton in connection with the incident. They say they are continuing to carry out enquiries to locate him and progress the investigation, but they want anyone who may have seen Mr Grattan today or who knows his whereabouts to contact them urgently.

While detectives are keen to speak to Daniel Grattan, they advise the public not to approach him if they see him, but just to call 999 and quote 44170238840.

CCTV released of convenience store break-in

Convenience store break-in investigated Credit: Hampshire Police
CCTV released of New Forest burglary Credit: Hampshire Police

A convenience store in Marchwood in the New Forest has been broken into in the early hours of yesterday (23rd June) morning.

A paving slab was used to break a window and gain entry to the Premier shop on Main Road

Four men, described as wearing hooded tops, went into the building and a quantity of alcohol was taken.

Officers have obtained CCTV images of the group and are in the process of identifying them. They're appealing for anyone who heard the incident or saw any suspicious activity - or who may have seen a black Ford Focus in the area at the time - to get in contact. You can call 101 quoting 44170238777, or the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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