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Katie Piper expected to leave hospital

Katie Piper told fans all went well in her surgery Credit: katie piper on instagram

Television presenter Katie Piper is expected to leave hospital later today after she was admitted following complications from surgery linked to the acid attack she suffered.

Katie, a former model from Andover in Hampshire, was badly scarred and left blind in one eye in an assault arranged by her ex-boyfriend, Daniel Lynch, in 2008.

She has undergone more than 100 operations to rebuild her face after she was disfigured.

Katie tweeted earlier to update fans.

Dental surgeries installing life-saving kits outdoors

When someone has a cardiac arrest, every second counts - and having access to a defibrillator can mean the difference between life and death.

Many defibrillators are available in public buildings, but now dozens are also being put up outside dental surgeries, as Richard Slee reports.

The interviewee is Tony Lynn, from the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Local Dental Committee.

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Woman dies in house fire in Andover

A woman has died in a house fire in Andover.

Fire crews were mobilised to Pen Close at 06:15 this morning after reports of a fire.

Crews were on scene quickly and gained access to the property. They worked hard to tackle the fire wearing four sets of breathing apparatus. They used two jets and two hose reels to extinguish the fire which had started in the bedroom.

Sadly, one elderly female died at the scene.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage. A joint investigation with Hampshire Constabulary will commence today to determine what happened.

Smoke alarms can give you those precious few minutes of warning which could help you and your family to get out safely. For advice on fitting and maintaining smoke alarms visit www.hantsfire.gov.uk .

Police appeal for witnesses after 81 year old man is mugged in Andover

Appeal for witnesses Credit: Hants police

Police are appealing for witnesses and information after an 81-year-old man was mugged in an unprovoked attack in the street in Andover. He was walking along Adelaide Road at its junction with Vigo Road, next to Vigo Park. A group of up to three youths approached the man, who had been to a local shop. They searched his bags and stole his wallet, which contained cash and cards. The man was knocked to the ground and suffered injuries to his hand and head. He was taken to the Royal County Hospital in Winchester for treatment.

Four men leave 24-year-old with serious leg injury

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 24-year-old man was assaulted by a group of four men in Andover.

It happened at around 4:45pm yesterday (Thursday 10th July) on Newbury Street near to the church yard.

The victim is currently in hospital being treated for a serious injury to his leg.

Two men from Andover, aged 27 and 32, have been arrested in connection with the incident.

Officers think this assault could be linked to another incident which happened at 3:30pm the same day, where four men were seen chasing another man near to Cricketers Way and Roman Way.

Detective Inspector Justin Torgout said:

Violence of this nature will not be tolerated and we would urge anyone with information about the incident to contact us so that we can deal with those responsible.

I would like to hear from anyone who was in the area of Newbury Road or the park near to the Tesco store on Cricketers Way and witnessed either incident or has any information.

– Detective Inspector Justin Torgout, Hampshire Police

Aftermath of Weyhill garage burglary

Police are appealing for witnesses and information about a burglary at Weyhill Texaco Garage Credit: Weyhill garage
The safe was removed from the office and opened outside of the garage. Credit: Weyhill garage
Cash, which was in the safe, was stolen and about £10,000 worth of cigarettes and tobacco was also taken. Credit: Weyhill garage

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£10,000 of cigarettes & tobacco stolen from Andover

Police are trying to piece together more information after cash and around £10,000 worth of cigarettes and tobacco was stolen from Weyhill Texaco Garage near Andover. Offenders made a large hole in a wall at the back of the building and then forced their way through internal walls to get the office.

They removed the safe and opened it outside of the garage. It happened between 2am and 3am on Tuesday, July 1. Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC Davis at Andover Police Station on 101 or call the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.

Detective Constable Alix Davis said:

“It is believed the offenders would have needed a large vehicle, maybe a 4x4, to get to the rear of the premises and also to have pulled the safe from the building.

“If you saw any large vehicles in suspicious circumstances, or have any information which could assist this investigation, please contact me as soon as possible.”

– Detective Constable Alix Davis

School and college leavers targeted for apprenticeships

Many teenagers will be preparing to leave school or college in the coming weeks. Some will head off to university, others will go on gap years - but many will start work.

Apprenticeships continue to grow in popularity.

Mel Bloor has been to a company in Andover which is looking to recruit 90 apprentices this year alone.

Interviewees: College leaver Chloe Livingstone, school leaver Liam Fowler, Graduate Apprentice Benjamin Sarvesvaran and Crescens George from Be Wiser.

New football game aims to keep over 50s moving

Andover Leisure Centre have launched a new football game. Credit: Andover Leisure Centre

A pioneering new football game has been launched in Andover, which bans players from running or tackling their opponents.

The slower-paced version of the game is hoped to reduce the risk of injury and pressure on the heart, as opposed to traditional football.

The new game will give over 50s the opportunity to get moving again as it was designed to put less stress on the body.

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