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Parts of Andover cordoned off after man climbs on roof

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Part of Andover town centre remains cordoned off this morning after a man climbed onto the roofs of buildings on Bridge Street.

He was detained by police on the roof at around 5.20am and brought into custody but a cordon remains in place while officers inspect the scene.

A number of tiles came down from the roof during the incident which caused damage to local properties.


Witness appeal after woman hit by air gun pellet

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was injured in Andover last Wednesday.

Just before 5.45pm, the woman was stood in Roman Way when she felt a thump on her arm. When she checked she noticed a small red mark which she believes was caused by an air gun pellet.

Officers have also received a report from a man who was in the area at the same time and heard what he believed to be shooting and pieces of metal hitting off the lampposts as he was walking past.

Appeal after elderly woman conned

Police are hunting a con man who tricked his way into a pensioner's home and stole her purse.

The incident happened when the man called at an 85-year-old woman's house in Houghton, near Stockbridge on May 3.

He claimed that the woman had a rat infestation in her garden and told her he could get rid of the problem

After she agreed and paid the man, he called her into the garden to check his work and left.

The victim then realised her purse, which contained about £150, was missing.

The man is described as white, aged about 35 and about 5ft 4ins tall.

He had dark brown neat hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Cox at Andover Police Station on 101.

This is a despicable crime against an elderly lady. Please contact me if you have any information.

– PC Raymond Cox, Andover Police

Crews tackle another thatched roof fire

Fire crews attended a large roof fire last night at a thatched home in the village of Upton in the Andover area.

Firefighters say they were called out just before 6pm. Eight engines were sent to the detached home and no-one was injured.

It took 65 firefighters to control the blaze that was finally put out just after midnight. The roof was completely destroyed.

More than 200 firefighters were in action the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, dealing with seven fires in thatched properties in Hampshire and Dorset.

Firefighters' advice on thatched properties can be found here.


Explosion caught on camera

New and dramatic CCTV footage has been released today of the moment a gang of thieves blew up a cash machine and ran off with the money. It happened on a filling station forecourt at Weyhill, near Andover, at the weekend.

Police are warning people using cash machines to report anything unusual. A twenty-six year old man has been arrested. Charlotte Wilkins has more. Her report includes an interview Rathan Bahee, the business partner of the petrol station's owner.

Man arrested after explosion

A man has been arrested following a burglary at a petrol station in Weyhill.The incident took place in the early hours of the morning on Sunday at the Texaco petrol station on Amesbury Road.

A 26-year-old man from Bristol has been arrested on suspicion of theft, and causing an explosion likely to endanger life or property. He is currently in custody being questioned by police.

Suspects seen running from the scene

A police investigation is underway to arrest suspects after a cash point at a petrol station was blown up and cash stolen from inside.

No-one was working in the petrol station at the time of the burglary and there have been no reports of injuries.

Our priority at the moment is public safety and reassurance. We understand the sound of an explosion shook some nearby homes and alarmed local residents. I would like to praise them for remaining calm and alerting the emergency services promptly. There is no immediate danger to local residents and their homes, but we would advise people to avoid the petrol station because it is being treated as a crime scene so evidence can be preserved and recovered. Police cordons and officers will remain at the garage throughout this morning."

– Chief Inspector Gary Cooper, Hampshire Constabulary

Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact detectives at Andover Police Station by phoning 101. Police said witnesses have already come forward to say they saw a number of people fleeing the scene.

Detectives from CID have been assigned to start following leads. We’re grateful to witnesses who have told us already about a number of people seen running across fields towards the A303 and Red Post Lane. I am also appealing for any other witnesses who may have seen vehicles being driven away at speed from the Red Post Lane area at around 4am."

– Chief Inspector Gary Cooper
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