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Independent panel asks for Gosport relatives to come forward

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Bishop James Jones, Chair of the Gosport Independent Panel, would like to hear from anyone who is concerned about the treatment of patients at Gosport War Memorial Hospital from the 1980s through to the early 2000s.

Today marks the start of a campaign to invite anyone who may have concerns to contact the panel in confidence. A series of adverts will appear in the regional press, and posters will be displayed in libraries and other organisations.

The Gosport Independent Panel was set up last year to address historic concerns raised by families over a number of years about the initial care of their relatives in Gosport War Memorial Hospital and the subsequent investigations into their deaths. The Panel is reviewing documentary evidence held by a range of organisations and individuals.

M & S to close in Aldershot

Marks and Spencer to close after 80 years Credit: ITV Meridian

After eighty years in business, it's been confirmed the Marks and Spencer store in Aldershot will close at the end of September.

More than eleven thousand people signed a petition to save the store.

In a statement the company says employees will be offered roles at nearby stores.

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Victory for campaigners in solar farm battle

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Campaigners are celebrating tonight after planners turned down an application to build a solar power site on farmland in Sussex. Villagers claimed the proposed development on Tomkins Farm in Chailey near Lewes would damage the countryside. Developers said it would power more than a thousand homes. After hours of debate councillors of Lewes District Council rejected the application. The developers will now have to consider whether to appeal against the decision.

Whitchurch Bridge toll charge up fifty per cent.

Whitchurch toll bridge Credit: ITV Meridian

The toll on the Whitchurch Bridge near Pangbourne in Berkshire is to go up by 50 percent next month despite local opposition.

From August the 12th, the charge will be 60p for cars and four pounds for heavy vehicles.

It follows major repairs to the bridge which overran by five months.

The toll increase was approved by the Secretary of State for Transport after a public inquiry.

73 year old man robbed during epileptic fit in Portsmouth

A 73 year old man has been robbed while suffering from an epileptic seizure in his own home. The man was alone in the house when he heard persistent knocking at his door. Still unwell, he managed to answer and found two men at the door. The men claimed to be from the water board and said they needed to sort out a problem inside his home.

One of the men went upstairs and the other to the kitchen. £50 was taken before both men left the house and appeared to meet up with a third man outside. They then men walked off towards an underpass.

The first man is described as white, early 30s, slim build, 5ft 10ins tall and wearing a white ‘windcheater’ jacket. The second man is described as white, between 30 and 40 years of age, stocky build, 5ft 7ins tall and wearing a black jacket and baseball hat.

Detective Constable Rebecca Brown said: “It appears the homeowner was targeted as a result of his vulnerability. It would have been clear to the offenders that the man was unwell. Allaway Avenue is a busy road which runs through Paulsgrove, someone must have seen these men. I would urge anyone with information to come forward.”

Police believe the robbery could be linked to a similar incident which was reported a few hours later in Windmill Lane at Bursledon. Three men were involved and a similar motive was used. £170 cash was taken from this address.

Mother still homeless after Canterbury blaze

A mother of five says the boiler in her home, thought to be at the centre of the devastating Tannery Fire in Canterbury - had been inspected by engineers only the day before.

Anna-Marie Carman and her family lost all their possessions in the blaze which quickly destroyed 16 homes. They have been temporarily staying at her sisters one-bedroom flat and she says they desperately need to be re-homed.

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Channel Tunnel services suspended as Operation Stack continues

Services on the Channel Tunnel have been suspended this evening, after another migrant lost his life trying to reach Kent. In all, overnight, 1500 people tried to enter the tunnel, said Eurotunnel.

The gravity of the situation led to an urgent meeting of the Goverment's emergency COBRA committee - and suggestions by a few MEPs in the South East, that it was time to 'send in the troops'.

Operation Stack remains tonight - causing delays on motorways and roads in the region - and affecting businesses, local people, holidaymakers and hauliers. Fred and Sangeeta linked to Derek Johnson in Ashford.

Video report: South's rowers rescued by 100,000 ton tanker

It started as an adventure and almost ended in a tragedy. Two rowers from Basingstoke are now recovering after their boat overturned in the Indian Ocean.

The pair were taking part in a 4,000-mile challenge for charity - when bad weather left them clinging to the boat in 20-foot waves.

They were 200 miles off the coast of Australia and the nearest vessel was a 100,000-ton tanker. Kerry Swain reports.

'Hero' PCSO saves second child from choking

A PCSO has been hailed a hero for saving a second child from choking in the space of a year.

Adam Cleaver was on patrol at a school fête in Bournemouth when four-year-old Emily began choking. He quickly gave her first aid and she fully recovered. It comes just under a year after PCSO Cleaver resuscitated a toddler who'd stopped breathing, after the mother ran into the street while he just happened to be walking by.

Sam Holder went to meet him.

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