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Musicians in tune for Comic Relief marathon

Dozens of musicians from across the south have completed a unique orchestral decathlon - ten well known pieces of classical music performed in one day, all for Comic Relief.

The orchestra gave three back-to-back concerts at the Turner Sims Theatre in Southampton.

Among the works performed were Ravel's Bolero, symphonies by Beethovan and Dvorzak, and piano concertos by Shostakovich and Rachmaninov.

Below, organiser Craig Lawton talks about how exhausting the programme was:

Police appeal after motorcyclist killed in Buckinghamshire

The collision happened a mile outside Buckingham on the A422 Credit: Google Images

Police are appealing for witnesses to a fatal road traffic collision on the A422 Brackley Road in Buckinghamshire.

It happened at approximately 5.10pm on Saturday around a mile out of Buckingham.

A red/silver Aprilia motorcycle travelling towards Buckingham on the A422 was in collision with a black Skoda Octavia travelling in the opposite direction, towards Brackley.

The rider of the Aprilia, a 31-year-old man from Milton Keynes suffered multiple injuries and sadly died at the scene.

The driver of the Skoda Octavia, a 62-year-old man from Aylesbury was treated for shock at the roadside.

Two other motorbikes, a white/black MV Augusta F4 and a red Suzuki GSF believed to be in convoy with the Aprilia were also involved with one rider receiving treatment for minor injuries and the other for shock.

Any witnesses are asked to come forward.

Council leader succumbs to injuries after car crash

Credit: West Berkshire council

The leader of West Berkshire Council, Roger Croft, has sadly died, six weeks after he was critically injured in a car crash in France.

The accident on February 13th claimed the life of his wife Zelda.

His friend and fellow Conservative, MP Richard Benyon wrote of his sadness at the news:

Tributes have ben paid to the 70 year old, who had been due to retire as Leader of the council in the next couple of years, to spend more time with his family.

Alok Sharma MP, Grizelda Croft, Councillor Roger Croft and Richard Benyon Credit: Richard Benyon

"Roger was a joy to work with - he was so very committed; determined and utterly unyielding in his desire to get the best for the people of West Berkshire.

"He managed to lead a large group of people with diverse opinions and different priorities and still remain popular with everyone."

– Newbury MP Richard Benyon

Appeal to find missing Hampshire teenagers

Can you help find two teenage boys who've gone missing from Fareham?

Logan Austin Credit: Hampshire Police
Nasser Mian Credit: Hampshire Police

Hampshire Police are concerned about the wellbeing of Logan Austin and Nasser Mian, both aged 15, who have been missing from the Fareham area since the early hours of Saturday, March 25.

Logan and Nasser do not have any money or phones with them.

They have connections in Liverpool, Kent and Essex.


Teenage boy injured in Folkestone attack

A teenage boy has been taken to hospital after reports he was assaulted in Folkestone.

Kent Police were called at 10.40pm on Saturday after a 16-year-old boy was injured by another teenage boy in Shellons Street.

The boy travelled to Sandgate Road following the incident, where he was treated by ambulance staff and taken to hospital as a precaution.

He has since been discharged.

Man airlifted to hospital after two motorbikes collide in Kent

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A man has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after a crash between two motorbikes in Kent.

The incident happened at the St Nicholas At Wade Roundabout at Birchington at 10.13am this morning.

The other rider was also taken to a hospital, but escaped with minor injuries.

Police closed the road in the direction of Birchington and motorists are advised to avoid the area.

It is also causing delays for drivers approaching from the A299 Thanet Way.

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'Hero' MP and minister honoured for response to attack

Tobias Ellwood MP was hailed a hero for trying to save the life of Pc Keith Palmer. Credit: PA

"Hero" MP Tobias Ellwood, who battled to save the life of a police officer in the Westminster terror attack, and security minister Ben Wallace have been honoured for their roles in responding to the atrocity.

Downing Street announced that the Queen was "pleased" to approve the appointment of Mr Ellwood and Mr Wallace to the Privy Council.

Mr Ellwood, a Foreign Office minister, ran towards gunfire to help Pc Keith Palmer, who was stabbed in the attack, while Mr Wallace helped coordinate the government's response.

The pair will now be entitled to be referred to as 'Right Honourable' and receive top-secret national security briefings as members of the Privy Council.

It is mainly composed of senior politicians, but includes some bishops and judges, and has advised the monarch since the Norman era.

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