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Modern slavery to be tackled in Hampshire

There are 13,000 hidden slaves in the UK according to Home Office estimates Credit: Unchosen

Police, charities and local businesses have come together for a conference tackling slavery in Hampshire.

The most recent statistics on slavery in Hampshire, from 2014, show 35 adults and 5 children were rescued from traffickers - ten times more than the year before.

The Modern Slavery Partnership, established by Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes in September, aims to bring different organisations together to identify and stop cases of slavery.

Watch Sam Holder's report from Portsmouth:

Sam Holder spoke to Inspector Dave Humphries from Hampshire Constabulary and Diane Killian from the Medaille Trust charity. __ The reconstruction of Hung's ordeal are courtesy of Unchosen.

Coroner's anger after hospital fails to send grandmother for CT scan

A coroner has criticised a hospital in Kent over its failure to send a grandmother for a CT scan that could have saved her life - amid what he described as its "highly unsatisfactory" weekend arrangements.

Sandra Wood, who was 69, and from Burham near Rochester died of natural causes because the hospital failed to correctly diagnose and treat her, he said.

The coroner's ruling, blasting the weekend arrangements at Tunbridge Wells Hospital, came on the day that junior doctors walked out on strike, in protest at the Government's determination to have what they call a 7-day 24-hour NHS - with weekend working at the heart of the new proposals.

Derek Johnson reports.


Operations cancelled as junior doctors go on strike

Junior doctors across the South have walked out for a second 24-hour strike today amid the ongoing bitter row with the government over pay and working conditions.

Scores of operations, check-ups and tests have been cancelled as a result of the industrial action, which started at 8 o'clock this morning..

Junior doctors have been at picket lines outside hospitals in Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Basingstoke and Southampton all day. Sally Simmonds has been looking at both sides of these protests.

VIDEO: Junior doctors strike in the South East

Junior doctors across the South East walked out for a second 24-hour strike today amid the ongoing row with the Government over pay and weekend working.

Operations, check-ups and tests have been cancelled as a result of the industrial action, which started at 8 o'clock this morning.

Junior doctors have been at picket lines outside many of the region's major hospitals today including Brighton, Tunbridge Wells, Maidstone and Ashford - but Accident and Emergency departments were staffed as usual. Sarah Saunders reports.

First look at BMX and skateboard pros testing out the world's biggest underground skatepark

It will be a unique attraction unlike any other in the world.

This weekend the doors of Hastings underground skatepark will open first the time - allowing children as well as professional skateboarders and BMX riders to get to grips with the region's newest thrills.

In time, it's hoped the former Turkish baths will hold international events. Andy Dickenson has been given a sneak peek of the ramps and speaks to BMX rider Dan Lacey, Cllr Dawn Poole and Richard Moore of The Source.


Sussex murder suspect dies in hospital

Police had been waiting to speak to Norman WIlliams Credit: Chloe Oliver

The man being treated as a suspect in the murder of the couple in Chidham has died in hospital.

A murder investigation began after a man and woman, who were found dead in their bungalow in Maybush Drive on Saturday morning , had died from head and neck injuries. The man has been identified as Dennis Jefferson, 76, and although the woman has not yet been formally identified, she is believed to be Sheila Jefferson, who was 73.

Detectives were waiting to speak to a man, Norman Williams, who attended an address in Rotherfield on Saturday lunchtime with severe burns. Norman, who was Sheila Jefferson's brother-in-law, was transferred to hospital where he died on Tuesday.

The information we have so far had led us to treat Norman as the suspect in our investigation. He has since passed away in hospital. We do not have any information that there is anyone else involved.

This is a tragic incident, and the families of all those involved has asked for privacy and time to grieve at this time.

We are continuing to appeal to anyone in the area who might have seen or heard anything suspicious in Maybush Drive between 9am on Friday and 8.35am, when the fire started on Saturday morning.

– DCI Tanya Jones
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