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Sex offender who travelled from Hants to Kent is jailed

Darren Andrews Credit: Kent Police

A man who travelled from Aldershot in Hampshire to Maidstone to sexually abuse a young girl has been jailed for 6 years. Darren Andrews, 33 years-old, and formerly of Cambridge Road in Aldershot, was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court.

He was also given an extended licence period of five years for public protection. Andrews made arrangements online to abuse an eight year-old girl, trading emails and text messages as he made his plans. The exchanges however were with a law enforcement officer.

On 17th January 2014 Andrews travelled to Maidstone to sexually abuse the girl, but was arrested by officers from the Kent Police child exploitation investigation team.

Man arrested on suspicion of rape and kidnap

Police investigating a serious sexual assault in Aldershot have arrested a man. The 31-year-old man, from the Aldershot area, is being held on suspicion of rape and kidnap. He is currently in police custody.

This arrest is in relation to an investigation into the serious sexual assault of a 21-year-old woman, which happened in Aldershot in the early hours of Saturday, May 24th.

Detectives continue to appeal for anyone who has any information about this incident to call 101, quoting Operation Lysander, or call the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.


Symmetry sisters celebrate 60 years together

Now, they are twins, they do most things together - AND they even dress the same. But this set of twins are 60 years old!

Yes, Rosey Coles and Kathy Haffernan, from Aldershot in Hampshire, wear identical outfits wherever they go - on holidays, on shopping trips, and out dancing.

And as Divya Kohli now reports they are quite the double act.

Four arrests after drug warrants

Four people have been arrested following two drug warrants in Aldershot.

The warrants were taken out at addresses on Pegasus Avenue and Lancer court on Tuesday 29th April by officers from Hampshire's Economic Crime team.

Two men aged 35 and 39 and two women aged 35 and 67, all from Aldershot, have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and conspiracy to launder money.

The men and women are currently being questioned by police.

The supply of illegal drugs will not be tolerated in Hampshire and we seek to prevent anyone from making money from this activity which causes misery to the lives of others within our communities.The warrants were executed as a result of information received from the public. We are keen to hear from anyone who is concerned about illegal drugs or drug-related crime in their neighbourhood."

– Detective Sergeant Tom Bradshaw from the Economic Crime team

Flood relief for residents and businesses in Aldershot and Farnborough

Businesses and residents affected by the floods can apply for grants Credit: ITV News

Residents and businesses in Aldershot and Farnborough who were affected by the winter floods can now apply to Rushmoor Borough Council for repair and renew grants of up to five thousand pounds to help protect their homes from future flooding.

Financial help is being offered to those affected by the winter floods Credit: ITV News

Businesses could also be eligible to stop paying business rates for three months to help them get back on their feet.

Four people arrested on suspicion of drug offences in Aldershot, Hampshire

Police have arrested four people following the execution of a drugs warrant in Aldershot. The warrant was carried out at a property on Upper Union Street.

A 35-year-old man and 24-year-old woman from Aldershot, a 43-year-old woman from Tiverton in Devon and a 43-year-old man from Tiverton in Devon have been arrested on suspicion of possessing a Class A drug.


Kate and William attend St Patrick's Day Parade

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be the guests of honour at the Irish Guards' St Patrick's Day Parade in Hampshire. Credit: PA

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be the guests of honour at the Irish Guards' St Patrick's Day Parade in Hampshire.

William will attend as colonel of the regiment and Kate will present traditional sprigs of shamrock to officers and guardsmen at their base in Aldershot.

The royal couple will watch as the Band of the Irish Guards marches on to the parade square at Mons Barracks followed by 300 soldiers.

They will be joined by Domhnall, the regiment's Irish wolfhound mascot, who will receive his own sprig of shamrock from the Duchess.

During the ceremony, Kate will step forward to present the shamrocks to officers and warrant officers, who in turn will issue them along the ranks.

This follows a century-old tradition inaugurated in 1901 by Queen Alexandra, the wife of Edward VII.

Burglaries in Aldershot

Police are appealing for witnesses and urging residents to review their home security following a spate of burglaries in Aldershot. The incidents occurred on Friday, February 28 at homes on St Benedict’s Close and Reeves Road.

Between 11.55am and 8.15pm a large amount of gold jewellery was stolen after entry was forced into a house on St Benedict’s Close. Another house on the street was broken into between 5.30pm and 7pm.

It is not known if anything was stolen and an attempted burglary took place in the road between 8.30am and 7pm. Entry was forced into a house on Reeves Road between 5.15pm and 5.45pm. Jewellery and perfume were stolen from this address.

We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area at the time of the incidents. We would also like residents to review their home security in order to make their property less appealing for criminals. Many people have been left with damaged fencing following the storms we have suffered this winter. We would urge you to make repairs to your boundary fences as this could allow easy access to your home and make it easier for potential thieves to spot whether anyone is at home.”

– Sergeant Jon White
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