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All the news as it breaks across the south, south east and Thames Valley.

E-fit launched in police appeal

Have you seen this man? Credit: Hampshire Police

Police investigating a robbery in Winchester have released this e-fit image.

The incident took place on August 15, but has only recently been reported.

A 42-year-old vulnerable man was approached by an unknown man who threatened him and forced him to hand over tobacco.

The offender is described as white, aged between 27 and 38, of a slim build and had short blond or light brown hair.

Police appeal after Andover assault

Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault on a teenager in Andover during the early hours of Sunday.

The attack took place in the underpass between Shepherds Spring Lane and the Northern Retail Park at about 1am.

The 19-year-old victim was walking home when he saw two men stood in the underpass.

One of them asked him for a lighter. As he walked off he was grabbed and assaulted with a sharp object causing small cuts to his arm.

Both suspects then ran off towards Shepherds Spring Lane.

Both suspects were described as white with Andover accents. The first stocky, approximately 5ft 10 and wearing a dark hoody. The second approximately 6ft 3 tall, skinny with black hair, stubble and a dark t-shirt and trousers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police by phoning 101.

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Businessman charged with £140,000 tax evasion

A Hampshire businessman has been charged with tax evasion offences estimated at £140,000.

Chukwudi Daniel Nwodo, 28, was charged at Fareham Police Station yesterday, following an investigation by HM Revenue & Customs.

Nwodo has been released on bail until 31 October 2012 when he is due to appear at Fareham Magistrates’ Court. Investigations are ongoing.

Men sentenced for spate of thefts

Three men have been sentenced for a string burglaries and vehicle theft in the Thanet area of Kent.

Terry John Norman, 26, and Ricky Brian Norman, 26, both of Sanger Close, Margate, were sentenced to ten years and nine years in jail respectively.

Paul Iaonnou, 28, of West Crescent, County Durham, was sentenced to two and a half years imprisonment.

All three men were arrested for a number of incidents that took place on the morning of April 19th, including the theft of a car, burglary and vehicle fire.

The three men all pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing at Canterbury Crown Court. Terry and Ricky Norman were both charged with aggravated burglary, burglary, two counts of vehicle theft and two counts of arson.

Paul Iaonnou was charged with burglary and aggravated vehicle theft.

Man jailed after van stabbing

Paul Nicholls Credit: Sussex Police

A man has been sentenced to two years in jail after two people were assaulted in an Eastbourne van.

Paul Nicholls, 50, from Catford in London, was sentenced at Hove Crown Court after being found guilty of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm and having a knife in a public place.

A man and a woman were attacked by Nicholls through the window of their stationery van in Channel View Road, Eastbourne, on January 31st.

The 36-year-old male victim received several deep lacerations to his face, arms and hands. The 36-year-old female victim suffered a broken finger.