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Winston Churchill's chewed cigar up for auction

The cigar was kept in this paper bag Credit: Duke’s of Dorchester

The chewed end of a cigar smoked by Winston Churchill in his hospital bed is expected to fetch up to £1000 at auction in Dorset today.

The former Prime Minister smoked it in 1962 while was recuperating from a fractured hip. Smoking was allowed in hospitals at that time and the stubbed out cigar was saved by a student nurse and kept in a paper bag.

It will go under the hammer in Dorchester.

Warning after purse thieves target shoppers

Police warn shoppers should keep purses out of sight Credit: Arno Burgi/DPA/Press Association Images

Shoppers are being warned to look after their purses and wallets after a rise in thefts.

Since August, police have received 17 reports of purse thefts in Basingstoke town centre. In most cases, they happened in crowded areas, when someone is distracted for a few moments.

Shoppers should guard their PINs at all times Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

In some cases, thieves managed to get hold of card PINs and withdraw money before the owners reported the card stolen.

On Saturday, a 75-year-old woman's purse was stolen while shopping with a friend and even though she cancelled her cards quickly, £1000 in cash was withdrawn in the minutes before she reported it.

Officers believe the thefts are connected and are appealing for anyone with information to call Sergeant Trevor Taylor on 101.


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Dover eyesore demolition begins

It's been described as the biggest eyesore in Dover but work to remove it from the landscape is finally underway.

Burlington House is being demolished but not in the usual way. The thirteen storey office block in Townhall Street is full of asbestos so needs to be stripped from the inside out. David Johns has been to see how the process will happen.

He speaks to demolition contractor Eric Rosay and Kevin Charles from Dover District Council.

South East pothole claims among highest in country

Drivers claiming compensation for pothole damage Credit: ITV Meridian

Drivers in Kent, East Sussex and Essex are making more claims for pothole damage to their cars than motorists in many other parts of the country.

But new research from the RAC Foundation shows these councils settle fewer claims than most other authorities.

In Essex, just 5% of drivers received compensation, in Kent it was 8% and in East Sussex, 15% of drivers who made a claim received a pay-out.

Abigail Bracken reports from Hawkhurst.

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