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Children warned to be on alert after suspicious van followed students

White Van

School children are being warned to be on alert after several were followed by a man driving a white van.

Police say the driver has followed school children in Chandlers Ford, just outside Southampton. Students are being warned to be extra vigilant whilst walking to and from school.

The van was seen in the Hiltingbury Road, Hursley Road, Brownhill Road and Pine Road area.


Minute's silence held for victims of the Finsbury Mosque attack

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A minute's silence has been held for the victims of the Finsbury Mosque attack in London. One person died and 8 others were injured when a van ploughed into worshippers leaving the Finsbury Mosque on June the 19th. People gathered outside the Civic Centre in Reading, with staff from the council offices stopping work to pay their respects. The silence was led by the Mayor of Reading Councillor Rose Williams

Exclusive interview with parents of girl who died saving her baby from the wheels of a lorry

The tragic death of a young mother from Reading who died saving her daughter from being hit by a lorry last year, shocked the local community.

20 year old Lauren Heath was on her way to meet a friend when she was killed crossing Basingstoke Road in Whitley. Just seconds before being hit, she managed to push her baby's pram out of harm's way.

Now for the first time, Lauren's parents have spoken publicly about their daughter's death and how their lives have changed forever


New non surgical treatment for prostate cancer

Doctors have designed a new precision treatment to fight prostate cancer.

The non-surgical procedure, known as MRI-guided cryotherapy, will be performed by urologists and radiologists at Southampton General Hospital, supported by clinicians from Strasbourg, France

Southampton’s university hospitals Trust is set to become the first in the UK to treat prostate cancer using frozen needles guided by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Tissue samples Credit: PA

It involves placing hollow needles into the prostate and passing through compressed argon gases which cool rapidly to around minus 40°C to freeze and destroy cancer cells in the affected part of the gland.

Traditionally, the procedure is carried out using ultrasound imaging to guide the needles through the skin between the anus and scrotum and into the prostate.

However, although cancerous tissue is identified by MRI, clinicians can only see the ice grow on the edge of the needles facing the ultrasound probe – reducing its effectiveness through a lack of precision.

Using MRI, they are able to watch ice develop on the needles in 3D and in real-time, providing much more detail and enabling more accuracy when destroying tumours through the ability to 'sculpt' balls of ice to cover the affected area.

Most patients who undergo the treatment, which takes around two hours to complete under general anaesthetic, return home the same day.

The treatment offers an alternative for men who have undergone unsuccessful radiotherapy and are not suitable for High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU), a technique which uses high frequency sound waves.

Although HIFU is another recent development and also enables clinicians to deliver treatment without the need for surgery, it is not effective if the prostate is too big, there is too much build up of calcium which blocks the sounds waves or if the cancer is at the front of the gland.

This is a fantastic development in how we deliver cryotherapy for patients with prostate cancerThe tumour is much more visible on MRI and we can place needles to get optimum ice coverage into the most aggressive part of the tumour.

– Tim Dudderidge, a consultant urological surgeon at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.

Ascot horses enjoy a snooze after a busy few days protecting the Queen

Thames Valley Police horses enjoyed a well earned rest after giving their all protecting HM Queen at Royal Ascot.

Having a snooze after a busy few days at Ascot Credit: TVP Mounted Section

Fly-tipper caught by hidden cameras!

Hidden cameras caught a fly-tipper dumping toxic asbestos waste in the Buckinghamshire countryside.

31 year old Florin Arsene from London pleaded guilty to two offences of fly-tipping after he was filmed on a hidden camera dumping a van load of asbestos in countryside just off the M40.

Dumped Asbestos Credit: Bucks County Council

The court was told that in the early hours of July 10 2016, Mr Arsene was filmed by a hidden camera installed by investigators from the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire.

Mr Arsene caught dumping Asbestos Credit: Bucks County Council

Judge Francis Sheridan sentenced Mr Arsene to four months' custodial sentence suspended for two years. He was fined £3,000 for the first offence and for the second offence he was fined £2,000. Costs of £4,984.50 were awarded for the clear up and investigation.

Mr Arsene was additionally disqualified from driving for four months for using a vehicle in connection to a crime.

The site of this offence is isolated, the offender struck in the dead of night and took steps to avoid being seen - but still our cameras were able to film the offence taking place and allow him to be identified.

The sentence handed down in this case shows that there is no tolerance for this type of behaviour, and perpetrators should be aware that we will pursue them whenever possible - one offence may be all that's needed to land you in court.

I'd also like to remind the community to remain vigilant - if you see anyone fly tipping, take down the licence number and let us know online or through the hotline.

– Bill Chapple OBE, Buckinghamshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Planning & Environment,
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