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Cowes Week junior art competition winner

10 year old Izzy Shepard wins £1,000 for her sailing club Credit: ITV Meridian

Aberdeen Asset Management is delighted to announce the winner of the 2012 Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week junior art competition.

The piece of artwork from 10 year old Izzy Shepard, a member of the Royal Southampton Yacht Club, successfully combined this year’s ‘Best of British’ theme with sailing at Cowes, securing the £1,000 prize-money from Aberdeen for her sailing club.

Izzy said: “I’m really, really pleased, it’s so exciting, I can’t believe it. I got the idea for the picture from a photo taken by my Granny years ago, which is up in our living room and which I really like.”

Entries were judged by a panel lead by double Olympic gold medallist and Aberdeen Asset Management sailing ambassador Shirley Robertson, who said: “The standard of entries was fantastic and Izzy’s piece of artwork is so accomplished for someone of her age.”

No further action against man who spray painted post box

Royal Mail paint Ben Ainslie's official postbox in Cornwall Credit: ITV Meridian

Hampshire Police are taking no further action against a 54 year old Lymington man who was arrested for unlawfully spray painting a Royal Mail post box gold - in honour of Olympic sailor Ben Ainslie.

The decision has been taken after consultation with Royal Mail who have withdrawn their complaint.

New Forest District Acting Chief Inspector Alex Reading said: “We understand the decision by Royal Mail not to pursue this matter further and can equally appreciate the sentiment being expressed by the British public who want to congratulate and celebrate the achievements of our Olympic athletes.

We would though advise members of the public to find lawful ways to acknowledge and celebrate our athlete’s successes.”

Theft from jewellers in Andover

CCTV of a man police want to speak to Credit: Hampshire Police

Police have released CCTV of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the theft of two gold chains from a shop in Andover town centre. The incident occurred at around 1.15pm on Tuesday August 14 at a jewellery store in Waterloo Court.

A man entered the store and asked to see some gold chains. He was then joined by a second man. The men were shown two 9ct yellow gold curb chains; they grabbed the chains, valued at £1400 each, and ran from the store.

Detective Constable David Mills from Andover police station said: “I would like to hear from anyone with information about this incident or the stolen property. “I would particularly like to speak to the man in the CCTV as he may be able to assist us with our enquiries.”

Day 5 at Cowes Week

Sailors have been battling tough conditions on Day 5 of the Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week.

The first few days saw superb sailing weather - but there was a change this morning, which saw a number of races called off.

However the Black Group classes pressed ahead - and took on everything the elements could throw at them.


Fire at farm building

Around 55 firefighters are tackling a blaze in an 80 square metre farm building, containing timber, vehicles and acetylene cylinders in Kent.

Eight appliances, a water unit and a number of support units were called to Horsmonden farm building in Brick Kiln Lane shortly before 7.30pm last night.

The road has been closed by Kent Police as a precaution. No-one has been hurt. The cause is not known at this stage.

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