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Driver - crushed by falling tree - wins council battle

A motorist crushed by a falling tree says the long and painful battle to recover from his injuries has been made all the more traumatic by Kent County Council's refusal to pay a penny in compensation.

For three years officials insisted to Graham Forward that the council had no liability for the accident. But now his lawyers have uncovered documents forcing them to change their position.

Derek Johnson reports:

Interviewees: Graham Forward, victim David Sears, Minister Law

Mr Forward’s claim was a complex case and investigations required time in order to ensure that all issues were appropriately considered.

Due to the nature of Mr Forward’s injuries there was also a large amount of medical evidence to review, so that we could ensure that an appropriate sum was offered.

It is always our aim to conclude claims as quickly as possible but some cases do require more extensive investigations than others – as was the case on this occasion.”

– Kent County Council spokesman


CCTV released after attempted burglary at flat

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Hampshire Police have released a CCTV image of two people after an attempted burglary at a block of flats in Southampton.

A window was prised open at the rear of the flats on St Mary Street before the man was startled and fled the scene.

The incident happened on Friday 13th January between 2.40am and 3:10am.

The man has been described as tall, white, with a slim to medium build and receding hair.

A woman was stood nearby during the attempted burglary and can be seen in the image with her hood up.

Both the man and woman were wearing tracksuits.

Police are attempting to identify the two people in the CCTV and are keen to speak to a taxi driver who drove through the area at the time.

Police crackdown on motorcycle anti-social behaviour

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Police in Havant have begun a month-long crackdown on motorcycle related anti-social behaviour.

There have been 43 reports since August 2016 of mopeds, motorbikes, mini motos and GoPeds causing a nuisance in the Dunsbury Hill Farm area, south of the A3.

A further 15 incidents of theft of a motorbike and three suspicious vehicles have been reported, to the Barncroft and Bedhampton Neighbourhood Policing Team, in the last six months.

Officers will increase patrols in the area as a result.

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Driver hurled from car after rear tyre blows out

Hard to believe from this video - but a driver escaped with only minor injuries after his car crashed into the central reservation of a motorway, spun across the carriageway and hurled him from the driver's seat leaving him face down on the road. Saqib Ali was driving on the M23 near Crawley when his rear tyre suddenly blew out.

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School crossing patrols given bodycams to tackle abuse

It's their job to make sure parents and children get to and from the school gates safely, but they're often verbally abused and even driven at by angry motorists.

Now, school crossing patrol staff will be given body cameras to capture threatening behaviour and dangerous driving.

The idea is being tried out at primary schools in Sussex, as Malcolm Shaw reports.

Interviewees: Beverley Morley, School crossing patrol Louise Bishop, West Sussex County Council

Health bosses to consult patients over service changes

Plans to move services from a hospital in Oxfordshire have been laid out by health bosses.

Horton General Hospital in Banbury has already seen its maternity services downgraded temporarily.

A consultation launched today is looking at also moving stroke services and some critical care patients to the John Radcliffe in Oxford. The NHS Trust needs to save £200m pounds by 2020. Critics are worried their concerns won't be heard.

Diane Hedges, Chief Operating Officer, Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group:

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