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Police appeal for information after man assaulted in Totton

Officers are appealing for information after a 34-year-old man was assaulted in Totton. At around 11.50pm on Saturday, September 20, the victim and his friend were walking from the Farmhouse pub in Totton. As they walked passed the play park in Rufus Gardens they were approached by two men who asked them about drugs. They did not engage in conversation and continued walking. The victim was then approached from behind and beaten to the ground, where the offender continued to kick him the face. The first man police want to speak to is described as: - White - Slim / medium build - 5ft 10ins - Short blond hair - Spoke with a local accent - Wearing dark blue Addidas clothing

The second man is described as being aged in his 20s and wearing dark coloured clothing.

The victim was taken to Southampton General Hospital where he was treated for a suspected broken nose. PC David Barnes said:

“I am appealing for witnesses to this unprovoked attack, to come forward and speak to us. The victim saw three men aged in their late teens to early 20s just before the offenders fled the scene. These men may have witnessed what happened and could have vital information. I would urge them to come forward and tell us what they saw, to help is find those responsible.”

– Hampshire Police


Police concerned for missing 13-year-old boy

Joe McFarland-Hills went missing yesterday Credit: Sussex Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of a 13-year old boy who went missing in West Sussex yesterday.

Joe McFarland-Hills, who has been living at an address in Sompting, was last seen in Worthing Town centre at about 11.20am today and is believed to be using rail services to travel to and around London.

The teenager is considered vulnerable due to his age.

He is white, 4'6", of thin build, with short dark hair, wearing a Chicago Bulls bucket hat, a navy t-shirt, blue jeans, and navy/grey Nike trainers.

If you have seen Joe, or know where he may be, contact Sussex Police via or call 101 quoting serial 614 of 22/9

Flights and drivers face longer journeys in the fog

Foggy conditions along the south coast have made it feel very autumnal this morning and drivers are being advised to cut their speed and use headlights and fog lights to see and be seen. The fog is also affecting flights out of Southampton Airport and travellers are advised to check with their airline.

And you can find out what the rest of the day is looking like through Simon Parkin's weather forecast here.

Floating bridge to close to traffic overnight

The floating bridge in Cowes will be closed overnight Credit: Isle of Wight Council

Cowes Floating Bridge will be closed to cars for the next three nights. It will be operating a pedestrian only service between 8 o'clock in the evening until 12:30 am. It's so road resurfacing works can be carried out in Medina Road.

On the evenings of 24, 25, 26 and 29 September (8pm to 12.30am), vehicles will not be able to gain access to the floating bridge on the Cowes side.

Signs have been put in place by Island Roads informing motorists of the situation. The resurfacing has been scheduled for night-time hours to minimise disruption to the service.

Between the hours of 5am and 8pm the floating bridge will operate services as normal for vehicles.


Passenger survey on rail delays

Only a third of rail passengers are happy with the way their train company deals with delays or cancellations - that's according to a survey by customer watchdog, Passenger Focus. One of the most common complaints was that information on Twitter was more up-to-date than that provided by the station. The findings have ben sent to rail companies.

Passenger Focus was asked to carry out the survey by the Office of Rail Regulation, with the findings being sent to the train companies.

Passenger Focus said the tone of announcements needed to signal that the train company was "on the passengers' side" and could be as important as the content of the messages.

Other recent Passenger Focus research has shown that this can enhance passengers' trust in train companies.

ITV Meridian spoke to Chief Executive of Passenger Focus, Anthony Smith.

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