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Great-grandmother's life savings stolen

A great-grandmother from Romsey has had her life savings stolen - after being targeted outside her own home.

Hazel Ainsworth was followed from the town centre and stopped by a man and a woman. They asked her for directions - before distracting her - and taking her bank card. She's now warning others. Sam Holder reports.

Renters pay landlord equivalent of mortgage deposit

Housing charity calling for more affordable housing Credit: Rui Vieira / PA Wire/Press Association Images

The government need to invest in homes which people can afford, according to the housing charity, Shelter.

Shelter say renters in our region have paid an average of £47,000 to their landlord in the last five years. That's the equivalent of paying a 18% deposit on the average first time buyer home.

And in Guilford, renting a two bedroom property would have set you back more than £64,000.

When just five years of rent could get you the deposit on a house, it's no wonder the South East's renters feel like they're getting a raw deal, paying through the nose for something they can never call their own.

Our drastic shortage of affordable homes is leaving millions of people stuck in their childhood bedrooms in a bid to save money, or in expensive and unstable private renting with little hope of ever saving for a home to put down roots in.

It doesn't have to be this way - the government can turn things around by investing in homes that people on ordinary wages can actually afford to buy, or rent for the long-term."

– Campbell Robb, Chief Executive, Shelter


Drugs worth £2.3 million seized at Dover

The liquid cocaine was contained in jerry cans Credit: Border Force

Border Force officers at the inward tourist controls at Dover’s Eastern Docks have seized approximately 50 litres of liquid cocaine.

The drugs, with an estimated potential street value of £2.3 million, were discovered on the afternoon of Friday, 26 February when officers stopped a Dutch-registered van.

After questioning the driver, officers searched the vehicle and discovered the drugs in four jerry cans within the vehicle’s bodywork. A field test on the liquid in the cans gave a positive result to cocaine.

Further searches also found eight MDMA (ecstasy) tablets in the vehicle.

Robert William Albert Schutte, a 45 year-old Dutch national, was arrested and the investigation passed to the National Crime Agency.

He was later charged with the attempted importation and appeared before Margate Magistrates Court yesterday, 29 February, where he withheld his plea. Schutte was remanded in custody and will next appear at Canterbury Crown Court on 29 March.

Call for pharmacists to expand care home scheme

Should pharmacists help doctors look after residents in our care homes?

With GPs under increasing pressure, a new scheme piloted in Brighton has seen pharmacists working directly with the elderly - helping them come off unnecessary and sometimes harmful medication.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to care home resident Jean Bishop, pharmacist Katy Jackson and care home manager Dawn Webb.

Text Santa raises £11 million

The Text Santa appeal has been the most successful ever Credit: Santa

The fifth annual ITV Text Santa appeal has been the most successful ever, increasing the total raised by a staggering 75% from the previous year.

The 2015 appeal, ‘Text Santa Christmas Jumper Day’, saw people all over the country ‘Doing their bit in a Christmas knit’. By the time the donation phone lines had closed on the 8th of January, £11 million had been raised through the generous support of ITV viewers and the public.

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