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Appeal to find missing man with head injury

Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace a missing Basingstoke man.Luke Daffy, 33, was last seen leaving The Purefoy Arms, Alresford Road, Preston Candover, Basingstoke.

Luke Daffy was last seen leaving the Purefoy Arms in Basingstoke Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

An altercation occured between Luke and another man during the early hours of Monday, September 1 at The Purefoy Arms. Mr Daffy left the scene before police arrived and has not been seen since.

A witness has told police that Luke appeared to have a head injury and was covered in blood.

"We have serious concerns over Luke’s welfare and we need to make contact with him as soon as possible. It is believe he sustained a head injury during the altercation and we need to find him to ensure he is safe and well. If you have any information about where he might be, please call the police immediately. I would also appeal directly to Luke to get in touch with us as soon as possible.”

– Detective Constable Claire Boakes

Appeal tAnyone with any information is asked to contact the duty Sergeant at Basingstoke police station by calling 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.

Caught on camera: Police van reverses into car

A shocked car owner filmed the moment a police van reversed into his vehicle on a street in Hampshire.

Andy Garrad from Basingstoke caught the misjudged manoeuvre on CCTV which he then posted on Facebook.

The police van was seen reversing into a Fiat 500 and the officer responsible has apologised and taken responsibility for the crash.

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Hampshire police van reverses into bystander's car

A shocked owner filmed the moment a police van reversed into his car on a street in Hampshire.

Andy Garrad from Basingstoke caught the misjudged manoeuvre on CCTV which he then posted on Facebook.

The police van was seen reversing into a Fiat 500 and the officer responsible has apologised and taken responsibility for the crash.

Appeal following attempted armed robbery

Basingstoke Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after an attempted armed robbery in Basingstoke.

A 28-year-old said that he was threatened with a knife by a man wearing a balaclava at South View Stores on Vyne Road shortly after 8.15pm on Tuesday 15th July.

He refused to hand over any money and nothing was taken and no-one was hurt.

The man wearing the balaclava was last seen running through a nearby cemetery and was described as: white, carrying a red coloured shoulder bag, wearing a grey jumper and black jeans.

A CCTV image of the man police would like to identify Credit: Hampshire Police

Police name man who died in Basingstoke

Jay Anthony Benton died following an incident in Basingstoke Credit: Hampshire Police

Police have named a man who died following an incident on Frescade Road in Basinsgtoke.

He is Jay Anthony Benton, aged 18, of Berkeley Drive.

A post-mortem examination has failed to find a cause of death. Further forensic examinations will now take place.

A 14-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy - both from Basingstoke - were questioned by police in relation to the incident and have been bailed until October 29, pending further enquiries.

Two teenagers released on bail until October

Two teenagers arrested on suspicion of murder of a man in Hampshire have been released on bail.

Emergency services found the 18-year-old, named locally as Jay Benton, as he was having a heart attack at a property on Frescade Crescent.

He was taken to hospital but couldn't be saved.

The 16-year-old boy and 14-year-old girl are on bail until 29th October, pending further enquiries.

A post-mortem examination has been conducted but the cause of the man's death is still to be confirmed.

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Teenagers arrested after boy found in cardiac arrest

Two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murder after an 18-year-old was found in cardiac arrest at a house in Basingstoke. Police were called to Frescade Crescent in the town at 2:30pm.

Officers found the18-year-old in cardiac arrest. He was taken to North Hants Hospital, where despite full medical efforts to save him, he was pronounced dead.

Police are speaking with his next-of-kin.

A post mortem examination will be conducted by a Home Office pathologist to help establish cause of death.

A 16-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl, also from Basingstoke, have been arrested on suspicion of murder, and are currently in custody where they will be interviewed by officers.

Free running: Extreme sport or just plain stupid?

When your day job involves running across rooftops and death-defying stunts in Hollywood films, how do you make sure you live to tell the tale? Free runner Scott Young, and his friends, solved that problem by building their very own free running academy.

One of the first of its kind in the country and a safe place to test out their tricks. Now they're making a name for themselves in an extreme sport that hasn't always had the best reputation. A warning - don't try any of what you see in this piece - at home. Sarah Cooper reports.

New Bishop of Basingstoke announced

Tim Dakin and David Williams

Basingstoke is to get a new Bishop, it has been announced today.

The Reverend Canon David Williams, who is currently Vicar of Christ Church Winchester, will be ordained in Winchester Cathedral on 19th September.

Welcoming him to his new role is Right Reverend Tim Dakin, the Bishop of Winchester.

He said, "I am absolutely delighted that David has been appointed the serve in this new way within the diocese.

"His work over the past 13 years, his understanding of the challenges and strengths of the local church and the relationships he has forged- both within Winchester and across the diocese- mean he is well-fitted for the task ahead."

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