Reg Presley

Farewell to Trogg's singer

The funeral has taken place today of Reg Presley, the lead singer of the 1960s band 'The Troggs'. He lived in Andover with his family.

Andover children 'my angels'

The mother of two children murdered by their IRA bomb survivor father who then killed himself has released a photograph of "her angels".

Inquest into family deaths

An inquest into the deaths of a former army sergeant and his two children who he stabbed to death will be opened and adjourned today.

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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


Robbers blow up cash point

Robbers have blown up a cash point at a petrol station in Hampshire and stolen an unspecified amount of cash.

Police were called at 3.52am on 31st March 2012 by someone living nearby who reported hearing a loud bang.

A fire at the garage was quickly put out by the first officer on the scene.

A number of gas cylinders were found abandoned. Roads around the Texaco petrol station on Amesbury Road in Weyhill near Andover were closed temporarily as a precaution. They have now been re-opened.

Police said when they arrived, it appeared a cash point had been blown open and money from inside stolen.

Sub-zero sleep out raises £1,000 for homeless

Students Olivia Millward and Holly Pearson Credit: Barton Peveril

A sponsored sleep out by students at Barton Peveril Sixth Form College in Eastleigh has raised at least £1,000 for homeless charity Crisis.

Thirty students and four staff spent a night in sub-zero temperatures with only boxes, bags and blankets for shelter.

The event took place on campus and was organised by the Student Committee who will be collecting donations until mid-April.

Students created a 'cardboard village' for the night. Credit: Barton Peveril

Student Committee president, Harry Spicer, said: “No-one here can imagine doing this every day. We’re well aware that our experience was a very tame version of a harsh reality and that we were fuelled by the energy and adrenalin of it all.

“I think it’s given us all the ability to empathise more, but we still don’t really understand what it’s like to be homeless. These are real people and they need a little bit of love and compassion.”

Simon Parkin highlights plight of the homeless

Tonight temperatures will probably drop to minus three or four degrees again so while you're tucked up in bed in your warm house, spare a thought for those who live on the streets.

A group of students who want to raise awareness of the plight of those who sleep rough have decided to see exactly how hard it can be. They are with Simon Parkin in Andover tonight.


Man stripped during robbery

An e-fit of one of the robbers who stripped clothes off his victim Credit: Hampshire Police

Detectives are hunting for two men who stripped their victim naked. The 19-year-old victim was walking along Vigo Road in Andover, Hampshire, when he was robbed and attacked by two men. They repeatedly punched and kicked him in the head and face before removing all of this clothes.

The victim received minor injuries. Anyone with any information should contact PC Edward Tyrie at Andover CID on 101, or call the Crimestoppers charity, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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