News in brief

A snapshot of the news from around the region

Man fighting for his life after airport crash

A man from Kent remains in a critical condition in hospital after a collision with a blue VW taxi at Gatwick Airport at around 5am this morning.

The sixty-seven-year-old has extensive head and body injuries. The collision happened on the south perimeter road near the Welcome to Gatwick roundabout. The 53-year-old taxi driver and his two passengers were uninjured.

"We are still investigating the circumstances that led up to this unfortunate incident and would appeal to anyone who witnessed the collision to please call 101 quoting Operation Albrook.

"The road into the South Terminal was closed for four and half hours and I would like to thank drivers for their patience and understanding whilst the casualty was attended to and the scene of the collision forensically examined."

– Sergeant Peter Verney, Roads Policing Unit

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Two assaults on children in Hampshire 'not linked'

Detectives in Basingstoke investigating two alleged assaults on children in Popley say they do not believe they are connected. A ten-year-old boy was pushed to the ground at around 7pm on Tuesday 27th March. On Sunday 1st April an eight-year-old girl alleged she was assaulted in the same area.

We are working to find out exactly what happened in both of these reported incidents but are confident they are not linked. “While there is no immediate risk to children in the Popley area, I would like to remind parents to make their children aware of ‘stranger danger’ advice and encourage their children tell a trusted adult if they have any worries.”

– Detective Constable Drew Wright, Hampshire Police

Hampshire Police said both incidents continue to be investigated and officers continue to appeal for witnesses. If you have any information about either incident contact Basingstoke Police Station on 101.

New cancer treatment service for hospital

Patients using the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth will have access to more specialised cancer diagnosis with the appointment of 'InHealth' to deliver a comprehensive PET/CT scanning service for the city and its surrounding areas. The firm will use a state of the art scanner.

“The Nuclear Medicine department is proud to host this new service. The development of PET/CT scanning shows Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust’s commitment to providing a high quality service for patients with cancer.”

– Dr Simon Ward, Chief of Service for Clinical Support, QA Hospital

Bombs mean jobs

A £60m deal for laser guided bombs will help sustain hundreds of UK jobs, the MoD said today.

The contract has been awarded to Raytheon UK which has plants in Scotland and Essex.

A number of jobs will also be sustained at subcontractors Portsmouth Aviation Ltd and Thales, based in Basingstoke.