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Arrest after 40 cars have tyres slashed in Basingstoke

A man's been arrested after reports that up to 40 cars had their tyres slashed during an overnight vandalism spree in Basingstoke.

Vehicles were damaged on a number of streets in the Popley area, including Bermuda Close, John Hunt Drive, Malta Close, Montserrat Place, Pershore Road, and Timor Close.

A 27-year-old man has been arrested in connection with this investigation and remains in custody at this time.

Officers would still like to hear from any witnesses, or anyone who would like to report a similar incident that has not done so already.

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Charity cheque for forces sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn

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Sir Tim Rice presented Forces’ Sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn with a £10,000 cheque for her Children’s Charity at her Sussex home this weekend.

The sum was donated to the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity by Stars Foundation for Cerebral Palsy, in recognition of the national treasure’s 100th birthday which took place in March.

Pictured with Dame Vera are Roger Redfarn, Vice Chairman of the Stars Foundation, Dame Vera Lynn and Sir Tim Rice, a Vice President of the charity.

Man cut from wreckage after car crashes into ditch

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A man has been cut free from his car after it crashed into a ditch in Oxfordshire overnight.

Fire service crews called to the incident between Buckland and Bampton just after 3am.

Fire crews used hydraulic cutting gear to flap the roof open and carry the man out to the care of the Ambulance Service.

Thames Valley Police are investigating the cause of the accident.

Watch Manager Ed Maloney from Bampton said “A safety lesson from this incident is that we should all drive according to the nature of the road, slow down and make sure you can always stop safely”.

The crews did a fantastic job in a difficult situation, the car was on its side down a ditch and the driver was trapped inside. This was a tricky rescue handled extremely well”.

– Station Manager Simon Belcher

Oxford: Four rescued from fire after being trapped in bedroom

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Four people have been rescued from a house in Oxford after becoming trapped in an upstairs bedroom after fire broke out.

Fire services were called to the house on Seacourt Road, Botley, at around 1am on Saturday.

The four trapped adults called the emergency services after the smoke alarms sounded.

The blaze was caused by a pan left unattended on a stove.

Watch manager Paul Harding said it was a stark reminder to check your house has a working fire alarm, and he praised his colleagues:

"Our control operators do a fantastic job, in this case they reassured the people trapped in this bedroom and stopped them panicking until we arrived.

"This could have saved their lives had this been more serious’

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