Meridian's Monday Headlines

Amanda Piper brings you a round up of the news in the Meridian region this Monday.

Man due in court over incident which closed Tonbridge High Street

A man is due to appear in court later this month in connection with an incident which closed Tonbridge High Street on 8 August 2012.

Kevin Branagan aged 21, from Whitehall Road in Aghagallon, Northern Ireland, was charged on the 4th January 2013 with aggravated vehicle taking and five other road traffic offences.

He has been bailed to appear before Sevenoaks Magistrates Court on 30th January. The charges Mr Branagan faces are:

  • Aggravated vehicle taking & dangerous driving
  • Driving a motor vehicle while failing to wear a seat belt
  • Using a handheld mobile phone/device while driving
  • Failing to provide a specimen for analysis
  • Driving a motor vehicle otherwise than in accordance with a licence
  • Using a vehicle without third party insurance

Witness appeal after collision in Sussex

Sussex Police are appealing for information after a pedestrian was seriously injured in a collision with a car in London Road in St Leonards-on-Sea.

Officers were called to the scene on Saturday 5th January. The collision between a silver Nissan and a 31-year-old local man happened at around 3.50pm.

The pedestrian was taken to the Conquest Hospital in Hastings suffering from serious, but not life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Nissan, a 24-year-old local man, was not injured.

Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 0882 of 5/1.

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£15,000 break-in at former brewery

Thousands of pounds of copper has been stolen from a former brewery in Horndean, Hampshire, which is in the process of being redeveloped. The thief / thieves broke into the site of the former Gales Brewery in London Road between 1pm on Friday 21st December and 7.30am on Wednesday 2nd January.

They caused damage to an electricity sub station and stripped out copper and cooling oil. The damage and stolen property amounts to about £15,000.

“The actions of those responsible could have been extremely dangeroushad the sub station been live.“The incident occurred within a 12 day period while the building sitewas closed for Christmas. It is highly likely that the offenders useda vehicle to commit the crime and to transport away the large amountof copper and oil.“Did you see a vehicle or people at the site while it was closed? I amparticularly interested in hearing from anyone who may have seen ablack Saab at the site during this period.”

– PC Brent Vine, South of Butser Safer Neighbourhoods team

Anyone with information is being asked to contact PC Vine at Waterlooville police station by phoning 101. Mini-Com users can call the police on 18001 101. Information can be given anonymously bycalling the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

A first look at Monday's news

If you missed any of our Daybreak bulletins this morning, Amanda Piper brings you a round up of what's happening in the Meridian region this Monday. Helen Plint has today's weather forecast.

Today's Headlines:- Coach Crash - A driver may have lost consciousness just before the vehicle overturned on the M3. Eight of the twenty six passengers were injured. The Dutch registered bus was on its way to Southampton.

Rugby Death - Tributes are being paid to a father of three who died after collapsing during a rugby match. Jason Laman was playing for his local team. He was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital, where he died.

Cruise Safety - Extra measures have been introduced on cruise ships in the south a year since the Costa Concordia ran aground with the loss of 32 people. Now there will be more drills for passengers and crew and onboard restrictions.