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Murder inquiry underway in Southampton

Detectives have begun a murder investigation after a 39-year-old man was assaulted in Southampton on Monday night.

Officers were called to a report of a seriously injured man on the junction of Union Road and Radcliffe Road, at around 11.50pm on 18 September.

The man was taken to Southampton General Hospital with significant injuries, where he later died. His next of kin have been informed.

Police believe it was a contained incident and a number of lines of enquiry are ongoing.


My team will have a visible presence in the community today. We understand that serious incidents such as this will be concerning. Please do speak to officers on patrol or call us at Southampton Central on 101.

– District Commander Superintendent Ali Heydari

Free blood pressure checks as part of new campaign

Get your free health check as part of the September campaign Credit: PA

If you are over 40, and haven’t had a blood pressure check in the last 4 years, it’s time to know your numbers.

Health partners across West Berkshire, Reading and Wokingham are working together during September as part of a Berkshire Blood Pressure Awareness campaign, to urge residents to have a blood pressure check.

High blood pressure is thought to affect as many as 1 in 4 of us and if diagnosed early, can be monitored and managed.

Often known as a ‘silent killer’, high blood pressure often shows no symptoms and remains one of the leading risk factors for premature death and long-term illness in the UK.

Research suggests that it also significantly increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes, chronic kidney disease and some forms of dementia.

Councillor James Fredrickson, West Berkshire's Executive Member for Public Health and Wellbeing said high blood pressure is not something to ignore. "Knowing your blood pressure can be key to protecting your health. Many people are not aware that they have high blood pressure so getting a check is the first step.”

As part of the campaign, free blood pressure checks will be available. The sessions are taking place during Tuesday 19th and Thursday 21st September, from 12-1pm at Northcroft Leisure Centre in Newbury.

You are more at risk of high blood pressure if you:

  • Smoke
  • Are overweight
  • Do not do enough physical activity
  • Eat too much salt
  • Drink too much alcohol
  • Have a history of high blood pressure in your family
  • Are older

There are also lots of other ways you can have your blood pressure checked, including at your local GP surgery and at some pharmacies.

Alternatively, you can check it at home yourself with a BP monitor, to keep an eye on those numbers.


Major police investigation after man's death in Southampton

Armed police are involved in a major investigation after a man died following a late-night incident in a Southampton street. It's being reported that he had stab wounds.

People living at Radcliffe Road in Northam say the victim was stabbed a number of times before being taken to hospital.

One resident said: "I heard a commotion and saw a man lying in the middle of the road being worked on by the ambulance service.

"It's absolutely shocking. You see this sort of thing on television but you don't expect to see it on your own doorstep."

Police have yet to give details of how the man died and not confirmed that officers have launched a murder investigation.

We were called to a report of a seriously injured man on the junction of Union Road and Radcliffe Road at around 11.50pm last night. The 39-year-old man was taken to Southampton General Hospital with significant injuries, where he later died. We are investigating the circumstances of his death. Armed police are in the area to support with this investigation.

We would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and may have witnessed anything suspicious.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting Op Stereo.

– Hampshire Police

Hang glider pilot hangs from treetops after first lesson

A trainee hang glider pilot has been taken to hospital after getting stuck 100ft up a tree on his first solo flight.

Emergency services were called to the north side of Devil's Dyke at Poynings, in Sussex, just before 3 o'clock on Monday afternoon.

The man, who police described as in his 50s and from London, claimed to have purchased his equipment on eBay and was only minutes into his first flight before he lost control.

He was rescued from the treetops by West Sussex Fire and Rescue technical unit, using specialist equipment in order to get him down.

The rescue effort took just over two hours. The man was then taken to hospital by ambulance, although he's not believed to have suffered any serious injuries.

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