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Flood Alert for Shipton Lee

A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency for the River Ray and its tributaries from Shipton Lee to Islip, including Ludgershall, Blackthorn and Murcott. Low lying land and roads will be affected first.

The River Ray has risen in the Islip area at the confluence with the River Cherwell. This is as a result of last weeks rainfall and increased river levels on the lower Cherwell. No property flooding is expected.

"The weather prospects are: Monday will be a generally dry day with scattered showers that become more frequent into Monday evening. These showers will die out early on Tuesday morning leaving a generally dry day."

– Environment Agency spokesman


Andre postpones dates in Brighton and Bournemouth

Peter Andre Credit: PA

Pop star Peter Andre has had to postpone December tour dates - including concerts in Brighton and Bournemouth. He was dues to play at the Brighton centre tomorrow night.

In a statement, organisers said: "It is with great regret that Peter Andre has postponed his remaining December tour dates. His brother Andrew’s health has taken a turn for the worse and Peter has made the decision to be with him and his family at this time."

The Brighton concert will now take place on February 1st, and the Bournemouth show at Windsor Hall on January 22nd.


Tributes paid to airshow founder

Don Bean MBE Credit: Shoreham Airshow

Organisers of the Royal Air Forces Association Shoreham Airshow have paid tribute to Don Bean MBE, following his death from illness at the age of 80.

Mr Bean was was awarded the MBE in 2000. He founded the airshow 23 years ago.

Acting organiser Derek Harber said: “It is not easy to put into words how we feel about this sad loss other than to say he will be remembered with the respect he truly deserved.

"The office at Shoreham Airport will not be the same without his smiling face and his laughter.

"He was a man dedicated to his love of aviation which grew from humble beginnings. Shoreham Airport is steeped in history and Don’s memory will be linked to this for others in the future to see.”

Mr Bean leaves his wife Anne, two daughters, a stepson and step daughter, ten grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

The 24th Shoreham Airshow will take place on August 31st and September 1st next year.

Police appeal after chainsaw stolen

Police are appealing for information after a chainsaw was stolen from a farm in Alton.

The theft occurred between 11pm and 11.30pm on Tuesday, last week, after a 4x4 style vehicle stopped at a farm on Isington Road, Binstead, Alton.

Four people got out and entered the grounds of the farm. They then forced entry to a building and stole the chainsaw worth between £300 and £400.

PC Adrian Collisson said: As always, we would urge people to ensure their premises are secured and locked when no one is there, and that valuables are kept out of sight.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call Alton police station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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