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Appeal after 11-year-old girl grabbed by man

Police are appealing for information following a report of a suspicious incident in Oakridge in Basingstoke.

Sometime between 2.20pm and 2.50pm on Wednesday, August 5, an 11-year-old girl was walking though the pedestrian underpass under Oakridge Road when a man approached her and took hold of her arm - The girl managed to run away and, although unharmed, she was left shaken by the incident.

The man was described as white, 5ft 6ins, of a medium build and had a black unkempt beard which was a few inches long. He was wearing a black cotton top and baggy blue jeans.

“We are keen to speak with a couple who we believe may have been in the park with two children prior to the incident as we believe they might have information that may assist our enquiries. We are also keen to speak to anyone who may have been in the area at the time and who may have seen someone matching the description of the man. Officers from our Neighbourhood Policing Team will be conducting high visibility patrols in the area to reassure local residents.”

– Detective Constable Heidi Boyd

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Plans submitted for new hospital in Hampshire

Plans for new hospital Credit: Stride Treglown

Plans have been submitted for a new critical treatment hospital in North Hampshire. The 150 million pound project would centralise services for the most "at risk" patients. Company Stride Treglown want to build on a greenfield site near junction 7 of the M3. If the scheme gets the go-ahead building is due to start next year.

New look unveiled Credit: Stride Treglown

Some locals have criticised the location of the new hospital in countryside between Winchester and Basingstoke and its accessibility for those without cars. The developers say the site allows for rapid emergency access and will provide services for those who have suffered life threatening injuries, heart attacks or strokes, or those who require high risk or complex surgical procedure. A cancer treatment centre will also be located on the same site.

Mary Edwards, of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust says “Creating this hospital means we can make services even safer for the sickest and most at risk because we can provide consultant-delivered care and critical care services on site 24/7 in one central place, a model which will lead the way for the NHS and will provide even higher quality care and better outcomes for patients.”

The application is due to be considered in August.

Did poisonous plant kill Hampshire gardener?

A coroner has recorded an open verdict into the death of a gardener - who died from multiple organ failure.

The family of Nathan Greenaway believed his illness was caused by a poisonous plant growing at the estate where he worked.

The 33 year old tended the gardens at Millcourt House in Upper Froyle near Alton - owned by a wealthy busniessman and his family.

But today the coroner, Andrew Bradley, said it was impossible to say that the flower called Monkshood was to blame. From Basingstoke, Kerry Swain reports.

Well ITV News spoke to John Robertson who runs a poisonous plants website.

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Man robbed in broad daylight

Police are appealing for information after a man was robbed in broad daylight in Basingstoke on Monday afternoon.

The 20-year-old was approached by two men on a grassed area of Vivian Road, close to Oakridge Towers, Oakridge, around 4.15pm.

The men demanded property from him, grabbed his sunglasses and went through his jeans pockets before the victim was able to break free.

The men got away with the sunglasses valued at around £5.

The victim suffered some reddening to his face but was otherwise uninjured.

The offenders are described as:

  • white man
  • 5ft 8ins tall
  • average build
  • bald
  • wearing a white t-shirt, grey jogging bottoms with a blue stripe up the side
  • white man
  • 5ft 8ins tall
  • skinny build
  • curly brown hair to the top of his ears
  • wearing blue, baggy jeans and dark coloured (possibly blue) jumper

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Simon Merritt at Basingstoke police station on 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

Man hit by multiple vehicles on A303 at Popham named

Police have revealed the name of a man who died after a collision on the A303 at Popham near Micheldever last month. He was 27-year-old Lee Jones who was originally from Northamptonshire, but had recently been living in Basingstoke.

Hampshire Police believe Lee was stuck by a number of vehicles while walking along the road at about 12.30am on Saturday 23rd May. The investigation is ongoing.

Lee's family paid a tribute to him:

“Lee was a much loved son and brother who will be truly missed.”

– Family of Lee Jones

Anyone with information about what happened is asked to contact Sergeant Snuggs at Eastleigh police station on 101 quoting Operation Bucklesham.

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