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Cyclist attacked by gang of men in Basingstoke park

A cyclist has been attacked by a gang of men as he rode his BMX through a Basingstoke park. It's believed he was assaulted by around 6 to 7 men as he made his way through the underpass from Whistlers Close leading to the War Memorial Park. One group member attacked the man causing him to fall off his bike. He was then kicked in the head. The man managed to get back on his bike and ride away from his attackers. He suffered serious injuries to his face including a fractured cheek bone. He was treated at the North Hampshire Hospital and is now recovering at home.

One group member is described as white, in his early 20s and about 5ft 10in with a medium, muscular build. He is said to have short light brown hair and was wearing a blue jumper and black trousers.

Another group member is described as black and in his late teens or early 20s with his hair styled in several tight plaits tied across his head. He was shorter and of a smaller build and was wearing black trousers and a black jumper.

Detective Constable Donna Free said: “I am appealing to anyone who saw a group of men in and around this area yesterday evening. Or if anyone knows of a group of men who visit this area often. I want to reassure the public that this is a rare occurrence; however the incident has left the victim with serious injuries to his face. If you think you can help identify these men, please get in contact immediately.”


Police warning after drugs stolen from vet's

Police have issued a warning after the theft of a large amount of drugs during a break-in at a veterinary surgery in Hampshire.

Barbiturates and opiates were stolen in the burglary at GP Vets in Worting Road, Basingstoke, overnight on Friday.

Among the drugs taken was a substance used to euthanise animals, which could prove fatal if taken in small quantities by a human.

NHS launches recruitment drive for ex servicemen and women

Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester Credit: ITV news

Retired and medically discharged servicemen and women are being offered the chance to work for the NHS. North Hants NHS Trust is launching a recruitment drive for those leaving the military. It's the first scheme of it's kind in the UK.

The Trust is offering members of the Armed Forces who are coming to the end of their service the opportunity to undertake a work attachment programme that could lead to employment.

Working with the forces' Career Transition Partnership and Recovery Career Services, retiring and medically discharged military staff are being offered a variety of placements in its hospitals at Basingstoke, Winchester and Andover.

Mary Edwards, Hampshire Hospitals' Chief Executive explains: "People working in the military share many of our values. Our hospitals offer a huge range of exciting and challenging opportunities for people who are compassionate, accountable for their actions, show respect and are always encouraging of others. We employ over 5,000 people and are always looking for hard working people with a huge range of skills and abilities; The military has a pool of dedicated hard working people who are looking for a new challenge in a supportive environment. This is a new partnership that we hope will be successful and will continue in the future, benefiting both organisations."

Steve Cook, joined the Trust when he retired from the Royal Air Force. He says: "Leaving the armed forces can be daunting. The NHS offers people the opportunity to be a part of a large supportive organisation that helps them adjust to civilian life."

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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