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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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