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M27 motorway due to re-open eastbound at 6am says Highways Agency

The Highways Agency has posted the following update on their website about the repair work to the M27 near Whiteley following this morning's accident.

The M27 in Hampshire is closed eastbound between junctions Junction 8 and Junction 9 for emergency roadworks following a serious incident earlier today. The closure will remain in place overnight to enable us to carry out emergency carriageway repairs to 110 meters of road damaged by the incident. The road is expected to be open by 06:00 tomorrow morning (Friday 27 March).

All eastbound traffic is advised to leave the M27 at J8 and follow the hollow circle symbol. Take the A3024 southbound to Windover Roundabout. Then take the A27 eastbound through Park Gate. At Segensworth Roundabout take the A27 northbound to rejoin the M27 at J9.

Customers are advised to allow extra time for their journey and seek alternative routes.

– Highways Agency

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Concern for missing teenager

Mary Mbatia was last seen on Wednesday night. Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police are issuing an appeal for information about a missing teenage girl from Basingstoke.

Mary Mbatia, aged 15, was last seen at her home in the town shortly after 11.30pm on Wednesday night.

Mary is described as:

Black Medium build Long shoulder-length hair

One line of enquiry is that Mary may have travelled to London with an older black man.

Mary or anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to contact police by phoning 101. Mini-com users can phone 18001 101. In an emergency, dial 999.

Nine rowers rescued from the River Itchen

Nine rowers, who were out on a training exercise, have been recovered from the River Itchen near Northam Bridge this evening after their rowing skiff capsized and they were thrown into the water.

The incident was coordinated by the National Maritime Operations Centre at Fareham, who requested the Calshot RNLI Lifeboat, Hillhead and Southampton Coastguard Rescue Teams to attend.

The lifeboat recovered eight people from the water and the club’s safety boat recovered a further one.

“All of the rowers were recovered to the shore by the inshore lifeboat and the safety boat . Although cold and wet, they are safe and well.”

– Maritime Operations Controller Ian Guy
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VIDEO: The Queen meets Battle of Britain pilots

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have been Kent today - to meet some of the last remaining members of The Few - the pilots who defended Britain from invasion in 1940. The Queen opened the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust's new visitor centre at Capel-le-Ferne - following in the footsteps of her mother, who unveiled the memorial at the cliff-top site in 1993. As the events of World War two fade from living memory the centre is designed to teach and remind the younger generations of the sacrifices made. Sarah Saunders reports.

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M27 likely to be closed until Friday morning after crash

Road users in Hampshire are being advised that the eastbound M27 between junctions 8 (Hedge End) and 10 (Fareham) is likely to be closed until tomorrow morning following this morning's crash.

The closure is required to remove vehicles from the carriageway and make essential repairs to both the carriageway and the central reservation. There will be a clearly signed diversion route from junction 8 via the A3024 and A27.

'Too many' dogs given Prozac to treat anxiety

Vets across the south are warning that too many dog owners are are giving their pets the drug Prozac to help them deal with stress and anxiety.

With a growing number of pets being left alone all day while their owners are out working, veterinary surgeons say that more and more of them are suffering from 'separation anxiety'.

Sam Holder went to meet one owner who says the drug has helped her dog:

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