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

Family devastated by road death

Neil Bickley Credit: Kent Police

The family of a Kent man, killed on his way to work last Thursday after being hit by a car, have spoken of their grief.

Neil Bickley, 45, died as a direct result of his injuries following the crash in Appledore Road, Tenterden.

In a statement, his partner and three children, said: "Neil was a devoted family man and cherished his time with his family. He will be sadly missed.

"Neil enjoyed various sporting interests, particularly golf and country pursuits, and also gave so willingly and generously of his time to help and support Tenterden Church of England Junior and Infant schools as a parent governor and as a regular helper at school events.

"Neil also had a strong loving bond with his two brothers Jeff and Anthony and sister Tara, who are devastated by this tragedy as are his mother and father, all of whom have benefitted richly from his immense family commitment and all deeply mourn his untimely death."

Police appeal after Cosham crash

Police are appealing for witnesses following a road traffic collision in Cosham last Wednesday.

The crash happened just before 7am on Northern Road at the junction with Portsmouth Road.

A red Ford van being driven by a 41-year-old local man collided with a cyclist. The cyclist, a 24-year-old man from Havant, was taken to hospital where he was treated for concussion.

Anyone who witnessed this incident is asked to contact PC Steve Wootton from the Roads Policing Unit by calling 101.

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Denman to appear at Newbury

Denman Credit: Newbury Racecourse

Legendary racehorse Denman will return to the parade ring for his first public appearance on a racecourse since his retirement, at Newbury next week.

Visitors will get an exclusive opportunity to get up close to the famous racehorse, hailed as one of the "giants of jump racing" next Sunday.

New handler Charlotte Alexander said the horse is now a "true gentlemen".

“He was quite wild to begin with, rearing and fly-leaping and charging off, but each time I took him out he got calmer and calmer. Now he is very settled," she said.

Police appeal after security cash robbery

Police are appealing for witnesses after a security guard delivering cash to a Lloyds TSB Bank in High Street, Ringwood, was robbed at around 9am this morning.

A man snatched the cash cassette he was carrying before riding off on a motorbike driven by another man.

They were last seen heading up Mansfield Road towards the duel carriageway.

The Black Honda SH300 scooter style motorbike was later found abandoned at Narrow Lane in Poulner, near the slip road on to the A31 eastbound.

The cash cassette was found empty nearby.

No one was injured in the incident but police said bank staff and the guard were "left shocked".

A search is currently being carried out and officers are appealing for witnesses to call Lyndhurst CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Police appeal after boy hit by car

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 12 year-old boy was hit by a car in Maidstone.

The collision occurred at around 5:20pm on 14 January in Northumberland Road, at the junction with Cumberland Avenue, opposite the church.

A silver Mercedes is reported to have struck the boy. The driver got out and asked him if he was ok. The boy said he was and the driver left.

However, the boy later required hospital treatment for serious bruising to his legs and chest.

Officers have been conducting a number of enquiries in the area, and say they are keen to speak to any witnesses, and for the unidentified driver to make contact.

Anyone with any information is asked to call PC Shelly Hall at Kent Police, by calling 101.

BREAKING NEWS: Kent man charged with French murder

A man from Kent has been charged with the murder of a woman who was killed while out jogging in France.

Robert Plant, 32, was being held in Montpellier this evening after the badly beaten body of Jouda Zammit was found in brambles earlier this week, local police said.

He is expected to be imprisoned this afternoon after police passed the case to an examining judge ahead of a trial.

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New £850,000 'cycle hub' for Brighton

Plans for new 'cycling hub' Credit: Southern Rail

Transport Minister Norman Baker MP has announced that Southern Rail is to build an £850,000 "cycle hub" at Brighton station, with £550,000 of the funding coming from the Government.

The new two-storey building will be built at the rear of the station and have up to 500 spaces - increasing the total number of cycle spaces at the station by around 220.

Planned facilities include a cycle hire and repair shop, lockers, toilets and showers.

Mr Baker said: “We want to make cycling a genuine and viable option for everybody."

Work is due to begin in early summer and be completed by the end of the year.