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Smartphones to fight shopping centre crime

Smartphones can download the app for free. Credit: PA

A new scheme allowing people to help solve crime using their smartphones has been launched in Basingstoke.

'Facewatch' is a reporting system that will be used to identify suspects in the Festival Place shopping centre.

People can view images on their smartphone or a computer and nominate names of people they recognise at the click of a button.

Information can be submitted through Facewatch or anonymously via Crimestoppers. Police officers and staff are also able to view the images on their Blackberry phones.

Insp Marcus Cator said: “This app allows people to view images when and where they like, and if they recognise someone they can send a response immediately."

The Facewatch app works on all smart phones and is free to download from the Apple App Store, Android Google Play and BlackBerry App World. It is also available through the Facewatch website here.

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Family support worker to receive MBE

Ann Ward Credit: FSW

An adoption worker from Sussex is to receive an MBE for services to charity Family Support Work (FSW).

Ann Ward, who lives in Burgess Hill, has worked with the charity for 30 years helping hundreds of families and thousands of children.

Maggie Simons, director of FSW, said: ‘’Ann puts energy into everything she does. She takes ‘a bit of sparkle’ into families lives when they are having a dark day, for many she has truly been the light at the end of the tunnel.

"This award could not be better deserved. We are very proud of her."

Ann will collect her honour from the Queen later in the year.

Police appeal after Tesco van collision

Police are appealing for witnesses after a collision between a Tesco delivery van and pedestrian.

The van was travelling north on Pagham Road in Bognor when the crash occurred on Friday afternoon at 5.45pm.

A 60-year-old man from Bognor Regis was taken to Southampton Hospital with a serious head injury where he remains in a critical condition.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident to contact police on 101 quoting Operation Malvern.