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Man charged with Georgina Edmonds murder

Georgina Edmonds was killed in January 2008 Credit: Hampshire Police

A man has been arrested and charged with the murder of Georgina Edmonds.

Seventy-year-old Mrs Edmonds was found at her home in Otterbourne in January 2008. She'd been beaten with a rolling pin.

The man who cannot be named for legal reasons was today remanded in custody at Winchester Crown Court.

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Elizabeth Hurley to launch "Care in the High Street"

Elizabeth Hurley is to launch a brand new respite care facility in the heart of Swindon town centre.

Elizabeth Hurley, from Basingstoke, will open the centre Credit: Press Association

Described as the first of its kind in the country, 'Care in the High Street' will provide flexible and immediate care for children and adults with disabilities and additional needs.

The unit, in The Brunel Shopping Centre, will provide care for local families with easy access to local amenities.

Children will find a variety of activities at the new centre, with a soft-play area, sensory rooms and chill-out zone.

The centre will have its own dedicated wet room and changing facility as well as a charity shop.

This is an exciting innovation and a new concept of care. We look forward to providing high quality support for the disabled in a high-profile town centre location.

– Clarissa Mitchell, founder

Care in the High Street was launched at a prestigious event hosted by Samantha Cameron at Ten Downing Street and is soon to become a nationwide initiative with proposed centres in Bristol, Horsham and Cardiff.

Tree growers in bid for festive Downing Street glory

Christmas tree growers from across the ITV Meridian region are bidding for the chance to present the tree which will take pride of place at the official residence of the Prime Minister.

The winning tree in 2012 Credit: Press Association

Over 100 growers will take part in a national competition organised by the British Christmas Tree Growers' Association in Oxfordshire today.

The event will see the hopeful contenders - who span in age from 18 to 80 - coming together to showcase their trees to expert growers, and be judged by fellow members.

Each farmer, who will have spent around 10 years nurturing the tree to full 'competition' height, is able to enter categories including Best Nordman, Best Other Fir, Best Pine, Best Norway Spruce, Best Other Spruce, Best Container Grown, and Best Festive Wreath.

Finalists can submit only one tree into each category, and trees entered must be commercially cultivated and be 1.8 metres high from base to tip. Each will be judged for foliage, colour, shape and marketability.

Following the verdict from the prestigious competition day, the winning grower will supply Downing Street's 20 ft Christmas tree, while the winner of the wreath category will create a wreath to hang at the front door of Number 10.

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