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.
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.
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.”
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.
A special game of football is being in Andover to encourage the older generations to take part in sport.
'Walking football' is simply that- players must walk whilst playing football and are not allowed to tackle each other to ensure minimal risk of injury.
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.
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.”
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/
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.
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.
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."