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Shops caught selling knives to children

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Eight shops in Southampton have been caught by police selling knives to children. The Neighbourhood Policing Team and City Council Trading Standards carried out 21 test-purchase operations at several retailers across the city. Out of the 21 stores tested, eight failed by selling knives to a person under 18. The was part of Operation Sceptre, a police campaign to take knives off the streets, educate people about the dangers and reduce knife crime in the city.

Two kitchen knives were sold to a police cadet in one store whilst another sold a six piece kitchen knife set without challenging the age of the buyer.
Three stores in the city centre failed. One of which had been tested three times and failed three times.

In 2016 80% of stores failed the tests. That fell to 12% in February 2017. Southampton Central Sergeant Charlie Ilderton said: “These results are less positive than our previous tests in February however they are still an improvement on the results in 2016. We continue to work with these stores and staff to raise awareness about knife crime and ensure retail responsibility and compliance is upheld. However, it is disappointing eight stores still failed, two of which had failed a number of times before and had staff previously attend a police and Trading Standards awareness course. Correct procedures must be practiced to prevent young people from easily obtaining knives and potentially putting their lives, or the lives of others, at risk."

Police hunt motorist after hit and run in Fareham

Police are hunting a motorist after a hit and run in Fareham, which left a woman with head and face injuries. The 59 year old pedestrian was hit by a car as she crossed Osborn Road, just south of the Ashcroft Arts Centre. She was taken to the Queen Alexandra Hospital for treatment The car is thought to be a red Nissan Micra or similar. The driver, described as an elderly man, left the scene.

PC Peter Sarginson said: “We would like to hear from anyone who saw this incident take place, or can assist us with identifying the vehicle and the driver involved. This area of road would have had a constant flow of traffic and occasional pedestrians using the footpath, so it is likely that someone saw what happened. We are particularly keen to trace a woman at the scene who we believe has useful information for us, but who had already left the area by the time police arrived. In addition, I would urge the driver of the small red car to come forward and speak to us so we can establish exactly what has happened.”

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Lives turned upside down by double killer Robert Trigg

The son of a woman killed by convicted murderer Robert Trigg has described how revelations made in court have turned 'their lives upside down'.

Trigg - a former chef from Worthing - is three weeks into a life sentence, convicted of killing both Caroline Devlin and another partner Susan Nicholson. For years, their families were told their deaths were not suspicious.

Now, Caroline's son, Brandyn, has told ITV Meridian about the shock of discovering the appalling truth, and the many questions that remain unanswered. He's been speaking to our correspondent Malcolm Shaw.

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More families struggle to feed children during the holidays

Reliance on foodbanks for struggling families rises sharply during the summer holidays, with the biggest increase seen in children aged 5 to 11, according to new figures.

The foodbank charity the Trussell Trust says its research - published today - reveals soaring levels of 'food poverty' across the South East when the kids break up.

Sarah Saunders reports from a school which is running a holiday meals program to make sure kids can get a good meal - even when 'school's out'

Interviewees: Mums Nina and Sophie and 10 year-old Amelia, founder of Holiday Kitchen Gina Herbert, chef Vicky Boyce and Julia Hallett of Whole School Meals.

Mother whose son drowned joins new campaign

A controversial technique for teaching children to swim is being backed by a mother whose son drowned.

Olivia Rowe's three-year-old son Jack was found in the family pool in Wiltshire. She says he would have survived if he knew how to flip on his back.

But traditional swimming teachers say this method causes children unnecessary distress. Robert Murphy reports.

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