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Four WWII mortars made safe at Hordle Cliff beach

The ordnance was discovered at Milford on Sea

Four World War II mortars have been discovered at Hordle Cliff beach at Milford on Sea.

The shells, believed to be spigot mortars, were discovered in the course of work by New Forest District Council to remove WWII anti-tank defences known as ‘Admiralty scaffolding’ buried in the sand just below the waterline since the end of the war.

The coastguard cordoned off the ordnance and surrounding area of the beach. An Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team from Portsmouth attended the site at 06.30 this morning.

One mortar was detonated safely on the beach and the devices recovered were removed from site to be disposed of.

“Discoveries like this are not unusual on the south coast, although this is the first time we have found ordnance during our works at Hordle Cliff. We have clear procedures in place to protect our workers and the public which were followed. The coastguard has now removed the cordons but we will continue to take sensible precautions during the works. Members of the public using the beach are asked to be vigilant and if they see anything of concern they should call 999 and ask for the coastguard.”

– Steve Cook, NFDC’s coastal and public facilities manager


Two sides of the Brexit coin - Brighton and Gravesend react to leaving the EU

In the South East the majority of our constituencies voted to leave the EU - in fact more than a million people voted leave - that's 55 per cent of the turnout.

The most pro Brexit place in our region was Gravesham - where 65% voted to leave.

The most pro remain group was Brighton and Hove where 69% wanted to stay.

We've been back to both places to see if people have changed their minds. Andy Dickenson and John Ryall report.

Getting hot in the kitchen for a scholarship

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It's a name synonymous with world class dining - and now a group of promising chefs have been battling it out for a place on the famous Roux scholarship.

Hundreds applied but only a handful made it through to the semi-final heats - including Ashley Randall from Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight. So how did he get on?

Matt Price has been finding out.

Cruelty to animals is on the rise within the region

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It's often said we're a nation of animal lovers - but new figures from the RSPCA show the number of animal cruelty cases in our region is on the rise.

Last year, more than 4100 complaints were investigated in Hampshire.

In Oxfordshire, more than 1200 cases of cruelty were investigated - up 8 per cent on the year before.

In Dorset, inspectors were called out to almost 1,900 cruelty cases. And in Surrey, almost 2500 complaints were investigated.

The RSPCA say most of their work is about helping pet owners look after their animals. Our reporter, Amy Lea, spent the day with an inspector.


Jail for driver that killed man after being distracted by phone

Ray Woods pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving Credit: Hampshire Police

A lorry driver who was distracted by a phone call when he collided with a motorcyclist has been jailed for five years.

Roy Woods, 57, of Forest Drive, Tidworth in Wiltshire, pleaded guilty to causing the death of Alan Couper by dangerous driving.

Winchester Crown Court heard how Woods, an experienced lorry driver, was in collision with two motorbikes on Stockbridge Road, in Leckford, at 5.15pm on April 13.

Mr Couper, 62, was one of the motorcyclists and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Alan Couper was driving his motorbike when he was struck by the lorry Credit: Hampshire Police

The other motorcyclist, a 55-year-old man from Kings Somborne, was injured and taken to Salisbury Hospital for treatment. He was discharged later that evening.

The court was told that investigations by the Joint Roads Policing Unit for Hampshire and the Thames Valley found that Woods was having a telephone conversation with his friend at the time of the collision.

He was using a set of headphones and his handset was attached to the dashboard, using it hands-free, which is legal.

However, he became so distracted by the conversation he was having that as the motorbikes ahead of him stopped at the turning for Leckford Golf Course, indicating to turn right, Woods failed to react in time, colliding with both vehicles.

Alan Couper's wife Helen was surrounded by her two daughters when she read out the following sentence.

A reconstruction of the scene also showed officers that the motorbikes would have been visible to Woods 100m prior to impact, yet the evidence showed that he used his breaks later than that, which was too late to avoid the collision.

Today Woods was sentenced to five years in prison and was disqualified from driving for seven and a half years.

“This case acts as a tragic reminder as to why we advise motorists to leave their mobiles phones out of sight and out of reach. It is the only way you can guarantee that your driving will not be affected. It is not worth the risk.

– Richard Thorpe, senior investigating officer

Murderer who showed no remorse given life sentence

John Dickson will have to serve a minimum of 18 years Credit: Kent Police
Carl Gregory died in October last year

A Margate man has received a life sentence with a minimum of 18 years for the murder of Carl Gregory.

John Dickson, 27, was convicted of murder yesterday at Maidstone Crown Court, while co-defendant Christopher Pollard, 20, was cleared of murder or manslaughter.

Carl Gregory, 20 and of Ramsgate, died from asphyxiation after being held in a chokehold by Dickson on October 4 last year at The Link car park in Broadstairs.

The argument started over a social media post and quickly escalated.

The prosecutor said that Dickson, of Northdown Road in Cliftonville showed a "lack of remorse".

Detective Constable Dennis Courtney spoke on behalf of Carl's family after the sentencing.

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