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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.

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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.

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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