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Voting roadshow heads for Southampton

With the general election less than two months away - a "registration roadshow" is heading to Southampton where - in one ward - the electoral roll has shrunk by 27%.

In Fareham more than 7000 possible voters have disappeared.

In Brighton and Hove, there is a crisis looming in voter participation as some 12,500 people have fallen off the roll, with numbers particularly high among the city's large student population.

A staggering nine in ten student voters could lose their vote. Credit: PA Wire

In one campus, only 377 would-be voters have registered in 2015, down from the 3,500 registered last year.

On Thursday March 5 the bus will head to Southampton, targeting the Bargate ward where the electoral roll has shrunk by 27 per cent with some 4,000 people dropping from the register.

Meanwhile, in Fareham over 7,000 possible voters have disappeared. In the Swaythling ward, some 1,648 voters - almost 17 per cent of those eligible to vote - are now missing.


New pre-school for 2-year-olds in Aylesbury

A new pre-school is opening in Aylesbury later - catering primarily for two year olds.

It's part of Buckinghamshire County's Council's strategy to provide free early education to the region's most disadvantaged youngsters.

The school is based in a new building on the site of the old Quarrendon school.

The opening comes as schools and nurseries across the UK are being encouraged to open their doors to children as young as two and extend their nurseries' opening hours as part of the government's latest attempt to increase access to childcare.


Do you recognise this man?

Police want to speak to this man in connection with a burglary Credit: Sussex Police

Police are appealing for witnesses after a burglar broke into a vulnerable pensioner's home as she slept.

The 81-year-old was woken by the sound of her doorbell in Boundary Road, Crawley, at about 11.30am on Saturday 7 February.

The victim, who was in bed, then watched as a man entered her bedroom and began searching through her cupboards.

He took a gold and pearl necklace but then left.

Police have prepared an efit of a suspect.

He is described as white, 25 to 30 and plump or stocky. He had thick bushy eyebrows, a swarthy complexion, stubble on his chin and dark eyes.

He was wearing dark clothing.

Sussex Police launched Operation Magpie to tackle burglary across the county.

"This was a very upsetting incident for the victim and we are determined to catch the man responsible. "If you recognise the man in the efit or have any information about the burglary, please contact us urgently."

– Detective Constable Jodie Palmer
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