Reg Presley

Farewell to Trogg's singer

The funeral has taken place today of Reg Presley, the lead singer of the 1960s band 'The Troggs'. He lived in Andover with his family.

Andover children 'my angels'

The mother of two children murdered by their IRA bomb survivor father who then killed himself has released a photograph of "her angels".

Inquest into family deaths

An inquest into the deaths of a former army sergeant and his two children who he stabbed to death will be opened and adjourned today.

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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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Pioneering football game for over 50s launched in Andover

A walking football club is to be launched in Andover today.

Andover Leisure Centre says the slow-paced version of the game puts less stress on the body than traditional football.

Organisers hope by reducing the risk of injury and pressure on the heart, the new game will give over 50s the opportunity to get moving again.

“Football is a game of passion but it’s also a game that needs fitness. It can be a big mental blow for people when they have to give up because their body can’t take it any more.”

– Nicki Grimison, Valley Leisure

As well as the obeying the ban on running, players will have to resist slide tackling their opponents. They'll also be allowed to take breaks on pitch whenever they want.

For more information, visit http://www.valleyleisure.co.uk/centres/andover/whats-new/news/

CCTV released following Andover incidents

Police would like to speak to this man following the incidents Credit: Hampshire Police

Police are appealing for two men to come forward following a number of incidents in Andover.

On Friday 11th April the men entered a number of shops including Waitrose, Salvation Army and Noami House charity shop claiming to be window cleaners in order to access staff areas or get payment.

Police would like to speak to these men in connection with the thefts Credit: Hampshire Police

A mobile phone was stolen from the staff area of one store and a charity box was stolen from the counter of another.Officers would like to talk to the men captured on the CCTV images about the incidents as they may be able to assist with the investigation.

This CCTV image was released in connection with the incidents in Andover Credit: Hampshire Police

Bonnets of Land Rovers stolen in Andover

Three Land Rover Defenders in Andover have had their bonnets stolen, as Hampshire Police are issuing warnings to drivers in the area.

The thefts took place in Vernham Dean, Charlton Down and Appleshaw between April 1st and April 8th.

PC Kayleigh Rush said, "We do not currently know why these vehicles have been targeted but would urge owners of Land Rover Defenders to park their cars in a garage overnight if possible.

"If this isn't an option then ensure it is parked in a well lit area preferably within view of your home."

Man found with serious head injuries

Police in Andover are appealing for information from the public after a man was found lying on the ground with serious head injuries. A member of the public called emergency services to Corinthian Close, Andover at around 6.30pm on Saturday.

The man, who is 49 years old and from the local area was take to hospital for treatment, he remains in a critical condition. Police would like to hear from anyone who may have seen the incident or witnessed anyone acting suspiciously.

Officers are also interested in hearing about any suspicious vehicle ion the area at the time. Anyone with information is asked to contact Andover Police on 101 and quote Operation Clyde. Mini-com users can phone 18001 101.

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