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Police target drivers who use mobile phone at wheel

Police target distracted drivers Credit: ITV news

Drivers who use their mobile phones at the wheel are being targeted in a joint operation in Hampshire and the Thames Valley. During a week long operation police offices will focus on offenders.

Reaction times for drivers using a phone are around 50 per cent slower than normal driving and figures show you are four times more likely to crash. Police say even careful drivers can be distracted by a call or text - and a split-second lapse in concentration could result in a crash. Motorists caught using a mobile while driving are warned they could be fined or disqualified from driving

The police campaign is being backed by the family of 28 year old Rachel Titley who was killed on the Isle of Wight. Her car was in collision with another vehicle. The driver had been texting around the time of the crash.


Bodleian Library makes thousands of books available online

Oxfords Bodleian Library Credit: PA

More than 25,000 early English texts from 1473-1700 have been released online to members of the public as part of a collaborative initiative led by the University of Oxford's Bodleian Libraries and the University of Michigan Library.

The electronic editions range from 15th to 18th century texts including Shakespeare, and little known books about witchcraft and sword-fighting.

We are opening up these fantastic books to people who wouldn't normally be able to access them. I'm fascinated to see what people will do with them.

– Michael Popham, Head of Digital Collections at the Bodleian Libraries.

Countess of Wessex opens new cardiac unit in Southampton

Countess of Wessex visits Hampshire Credit: itv news

A new young cardiac unit is being officially opened in Southampton today. The Countess of Wessex will unveil a plaque and meet young patients. £500,000 has been raised for the ward by Wessex Heartbeat - which has been specially designed for young people with lifelong heart conditions.

The Countess of Wessex is Royal Patron of the charity, which was established in 1992 and has raised more than £13 million to help improve cardiac care in Southampton and provide support for patients and their families.

The unit will improve the quality of life for patients whilst in hospital, providing better surroundings and facilities for their physical, psychological and emotional wellbeing. Wessex Heartbeat helps support the care of the 20,000 patients treated at the Southampton centre annually, including 1,000 babies and children born with congenital heart defects.

Thieves steal from play centre

Thieves have broken into a play centre for children in Hove, stealing charity money and vandalising the building. It's the second time in four months Westows Play Centre has been raided. More than £100 collected for local causes was taken, along with a laptop worth £600. Police are appealing for witnesses.


British Geological Survey confirms Winchester earthquake registered 2.9 magnitude

British Geological Survey have posted the data on the Winchester earthquake Credit: British Geological Survey
This map shows the location of the earthquake north of Winchester Credit: British Geographical Survey

More information on the earthquake can be found on the official British Geological Survey site here

First of 1400 cars are off-loaded from rescued ship

For sale - nearly new 4x4 Credit: PA

The first of the hundreds of cars which made up the cargo of the rescued car carrier Hoegh Osaka have started to be off-loaded.

Four tugs towed the 51,000-tonne ship back into Southampton Port last Thursday after it had become stranded for a total of 19 days off the Hampshire coast.

Some of the vehicles are noticeably damaged Credit: PA

A spokesman for ship owners Hoegh Autoliners said that most of the cars had survived unscathed, while some had suffered dents and scratches.

An excavator had shifted punching a hole in the hull causing 3,000 tonnes of water to flood some of the car decks. The spokesman said that the condition of cars in this area was not yet known although "a small number" were under water.

1400 cars and agricultural machinery were on board Credit: PA

They were unloading the cargo for most of today, that involved driving the vehicles off, primarily the cars, some Minis and Land Rovers, but not much of the heavy equipment has moved off yet.

"They are expecting the full discharge process to be finished by the end of this week or by early next week depending on how quickly they can get them off.

– Hoegh Autoliners spokesman
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