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Did you see collision on motorway?


A motorcyclist has been seriously injured in a collision in Hampshire.

Police were called at 3.24pm on Friday after a Skoda Fabia and a Harley Davidson motorcycle collided on the northbound carriageway of the M3 between junctions 12 and 13, near Eastleigh.

The motorcyclist, a 52-year-old man from Gloucester, suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment where he remains at this time.

Officers would like to hear from anyone who has any information about the collision.

This was a very serious collision which has left a man with life-changing injuries.

We are now asking members of the public who may have seen what happened to get in touch with us.

We are particularly keen to view any dash cam footage of the incident, so if you were driving through the area at this time and think you may have caught what happened on camera, please give us a call immediately.

– PC Carl Peters, from the Roads Policing Unit


Experienced walker missing after trek on South Downs


Police are concerned for an experienced walker who may have become lost on the Downs.

Michael Wood, who's 67, had been out walking with his wife between Steyning and Pyecombe on Sunday. Near to the Plough Inn at Pyecombe at around 5.30pm, she found he had not kept up with her and she couldn't find him. He was last seen as the South Downs Way crosses the A23.

The couple are visiting Sussex from Canada and Michael does not know the area.

He is white and is wearing a red and black rain coat and a green tweed flat cap. He is fit and an experienced walker.


Red admiral thrives in the south as butterfly count results revealed

Red admirals Credit: PA

It's been a record summer for one of the region's most striking butterflies, the Red Admiral.

A wet July and August has caused problems for some species - but Red Admiral numbers have risen by 75 per cent compared to last year.

73-thousand were spotted during a three week count.

Peacocks were also in the top ten Credit: PA

"Above all, the highlight of Big Butterfly Count 2017 has been the huge number of people that have got involved, spent time enjoying and counting our native butterflies and moths and done something useful and important in the face of so much wildlife decline

– Richard Fox, Butterfly Conservation

Top ten most abundant species of butterfly:

  • 1. Gatekeeper 93,171 seen
  • 2. Red Admiral 73,161
  • 3. Meadow Brown 69,528
  • 4. Small White 61,812
  • 5. Large White 61,064
  • 6. Peacock 29,454
  • 7. Comma 22,436
  • 8. Small Tortoiseshell 20,267
  • 9. Common Blue 19,567
  • 10. Speckled Wood 18,639

New Green Park station reaches key landmark

Plans to build a new railway station at Green Park in Reading reach a crucial point tonight - as councillors meet to agree spending on the scheme.

The new station will be on the Reading to Basingstoke line. It's thought it will be well used by Reading FC fans on match days and also help alleviate traffic on the busy A33.

The spend approval for Green Park Station is an important landmark for this Council-led scheme and we hope to be in a position to announce when work on the ground will start at some point over the Winter.

"Reading Green Park Station will be a key part of the town's future transport infrastructure as more homes, businesses and leisure developments are planned for the area.

– Tony Page, Reading Borough Council
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