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Man's body recovered from Hampshire river

A man's body has been recovered from a river in Hampshire. A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: 'We can confirm police were called today to the discovery of a man's body in the River Anton near the Waterloo Court area of Andover, Hampshire.

'The body has been recovered from the river and formally identified. Police won't be in a position to name the deceased man until all next-of-kin have been informed. The death is not being treated as suspicious.'

Two severely lame Shetland ponies put to sleep

Hobby and Merlin couldn't walk Credit: RSPCA

Two brothers from Andover in Hampshire have been disqualified from owning or keeping horses for five years after two Shetland ponies in their care were found to have such grossly overgrown hooves they could not walk.

The ponies hooves were so over-grown they couldn't walk Credit: RSPCA

RSPCA inspector Will Hendry visited the house on 9 September 2013 after concerns were raised about the ponies, a 25-year-old male grey Shetland called Merlin and a 15-year-old female grey Shetland called Hobby.

Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court was told that when Merlin was examined by a farrier and a vet he had been in such severe pain that he had to be put to sleep to end his suffering. X-rays later showed that the pedal bone in each of his feet had started to disintegrate due to chronic laminitis.

Hobby was taken to an equine hospital the next day where she was exhibiting signs of extreme pain in all four feet. Her X-rays also showed that the pedal bones had rotated and started to disintegrate. She was also put to sleep to end her suffering.

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Man assaulted in Andover

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted in Andover. It happened at the back of the "Club of Life" in London Street between half past midnight and 1am on Saturday Feb 22.

A 28 year old local man intervened in an altercation outside the club. He then got hit in the mouth with a bottle. The woman who hit him is described as in her 30s with long dark hair.

Detectives investigating serious assault hunt silver car

Detectives investigating an allegation of serious sexual assault in Andover are urgently trying to identify the driver of a silver car who they believe may posses vital witness information. An 18-year-old woman reported that she was assaulted on Sunday evening in a park near to Admiral’s Way.

A 17-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with this incident and remains in police custody. The woman is currently being supported by specialist officers.

A small silver car which was seen being driven along London Road, away from the roundabout known locally as the ‘Merityre Roundabout’ at around 7.30pm and officers would like any one driving a car matching that description in that area on Sunday night to call them as soon as possible.

CCTV released following distraction theft

Police want to speak to this man following a distraction theft Credit: Hampshire Police

Police have released CCTV images of two people they want to speak to following a distraction theft in Andover.

The incident occurred between 1.30pm and 2pm on Friday, February 14 at Halifax Building Society on the High Street.

Police want to speak to this woman Credit: Hampshire Police

An 83-year-old woman had withdrawn a sum of cash and was then distracted while the money was stolen from her bag.

PC Philip Covey from Andover police station said: "We would like to speak to the man and woman in the CCTV images as we believe they may be able to assist with our investigation.

"The woman we would like to speak to is described as having an Eastern European accent, approximately 5ft 6 tall, slim build and of Asian appearance. She was wearing dark clothing and a white woollen hat.

"The man has also been described as Asian appearance and was medium to stocky build. He was wearing a maroon v neck jumper."

Anyone with information about this incident should contact PC Covey at Andover police station by calling 101. Alternatively you can call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Does this medal belong to you? Appeal for owner of lost honour

The medal that was found in Andover Credit: Hampshire Police

Hampshire Police have launched an appeal to trace the owner of the medal that was lost in Andover.

It was found near the Folly Roundabout in Andover on Monday 17th December.

It has a Northern Ireland bar on the top with a "For campaign service" inscription on the back of the medal.

Inspector Paul Markham said:

"This could have huge sentimental value for the person who has lost it. A member of the public handed it in at Andover Police Station so we are now appealing for the public’s help to try and trace the owner.”

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Spate of criminal damage

Police are appealing for information after a spate of criminal damage in a number of rural areas near Andover.

On the evening of Tuesday, November 5th, more than 30 incidents were reported where cars were damaged when stones or pebbles were thrown at them.

Officers believe the offenders were in a car and may have been using a catapult to throw stones at the cars. Cars parked in Stockbridge, Broughton and Kings Somborne were damaged.

School's 500 children sent home after fire

The fire in Andover Credit: Meridian

Crews used 10 breathing apparatus, two hose reels, two jets, two compressed air foam jets and the aerial ladder platform to bring the fire at Winton School in Andover under control.

Group Manager Dan Tasker said: "The first crews to arrive were met with a challenging situation of a confirmed fire plus the evacuation of 500 pupils."

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