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Cannabis worth over £1 million found in bunker

Cannabis, with a street value of more than a million pounds, has been found inside a nuclear bunker in Wiltshire.

Police raided the former Ministry of Defence site at Chilmark, near Salisbury.

Nearly 20 rooms, over two floors, were commercially producing the crop and six men have been arrested.

Caron Bell has been inside the decommissioned bunker and has this report.

Caron spoke to Detective Inspector Paul Franklin and Sergeant Simon Wright from Wiltshire Police.


First day of inquest into death of boy at Topshop

Kaden Reddick Credit: Family handout

An inquest opened today into the death of a school-boy who was fatally injured at a Topshop store in the Oracle Centre in Reading.

The inquest was told that 10 year-old Kaden Reddick was in the store with his mother, siblings and grandmother.

His mother was paying at the till and Kaden was nearby.

The coroner said a display, also described as a queue barrier, had fallen and hit Kaden on the head.

He was pronounced dead at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

A detective from Thames Valley Police told the inquest that Arcadia, the group that owns Topshop, reacted quickly and all their stores worldwide were closed until the queue barriers were removed.

The inquest has been adjourned.

Police search of murderer's former home extended

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Forensic teams will spend another week searching the former home of convicted killer Christopher Halliwell in Swindon.

Major excavation work has been taking place in the gardens of two properties in Broad Street where Halliwell lived between 1997 and 2001.

The former taxi driver is currently serving a life sentence for killing Sian O'Callaghan in 2001 and Becky Godden in 2003.


700 patients endured 12 hour waits at A&E

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More than 700 patients at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and the Princess Royal in Haywards Heath endured 12 hour waits at A&E last month.

January's figures have been described as 'catastrophic' by campaigners. Figures from the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust also revealed that 152 patients have been waiting over a year for an operation.

The Trust that runs both hospitals said its aim was always to treat patients 'as quickly as possible'.

Like most hospitals across the country, our Emergency Departments have been extremely busy with very high numbers of acutely unwell people, and our staff are working hard to give patients the emergency care they need and, if necessary, admit them into a hospital bed in a timely way. The increase in seriously ill and injured patients needing to be admitted into hospital is coupled with low numbers of patients who no longer need acute hospital care being discharged, and this inevitably impacts on the availability of beds within the hospital."

“Our aim is always to treat patients arriving in our Emergency Departments as quickly as possible but unfortunately when the hospital is very busy there are times when patients have to wait longer than we would like. We are making improvements across the Trust to help with the flow of patients throughout the hospital and we are working with our partners to improve the discharge of patients who no longer need an acute hospital bed. To help us continue to prioritise those patients who most need our care, we ask the public to use A&E appropriately and consider the many alternative services available if they do not require emergency treatment.”

– Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals spokesperson

Storm Doris batters the South

The Needles on the Isle of Wight were battered with 82 mile an hour gusts today - as Storm Doris forced flights to be cancelled and brought disruption to ferries and trains. Fallen trees blocked railway lines out of Reading - and between Eastleigh and Winchester. A weather warning remains in place for strong winds into this evening. Here's our report from Mary Stanley.

Bracknell on course for major revamp

Bracknell town centre is set to be transformed by a 240 million pound scheme for a major new shopping and leisure centre. The project, called The Lexicon will offer thousands of new jobs for the region, as Bracknell attempts to compete with other shopping hubs in Reading, Basingstoke and Newbury. It's due to open in September. Cary Johnston went along to check on its progress.

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