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Dog walker in Basingstoke may hold vital clues in police investigation

Detectives investigating a sexual assault on two teenage girls in Basingstoke on Friday 6th February are appealing for a dog walker to contact them. The man, who was walking two or three white dogs in the South Ham area, is believed to be a vital witness who officers need to speak to.

The two teenagers were in the Paddock Road area between 8.30pm and 10.30pm when they were sexually assaulted by a man. He's described as in his 60s and approximately 5ft 9ins tall.

The girls have told officers that they spoke to the dog walker after the incident and detectives would like to trace this man to see if he can help them with the investigation. He is not a suspect. Police have carried out extensive investigations, including house to house enquiries and reviewing CCTV in the area.

Detective Constable Ed Tyrie said: “I understand that there will be some concern within the local community about what has happened. Please be assured that we have been conducting significant enquiries in the area and have extra officers out on patrol. Key to this investigation is tracing the man walking his dogs that the two girls spoke to after the incident. We would urge this man to get in touch as soon as possible."

Anyone with any information should contact Det Con Tyrie in the Northern Investigation Team on 101. Or call the Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Boy from Spiderman surprise video dies after losing cancer battle

A five-year-old from Hampshire, who was captured meeting his hero 'Spiderman' in a viral video, has sadly died.

Jayden Wilson, who was diagnosed with a Grade 4 Brain Stem Tumour and given a year to live, lost his battle on Christmas Eve.

He died peacefully in his sleep - surrounded by spiderman toys and his spiderman blanket.

Jayden plays with Spiderman aka his dad Mike Wilson Credit: Hope for Jayden/ Facebook

Back in November, Jayden was delighted when his favourite superhero jumped down from the roof of his house and rang his doorbell in Basingstoke. But 'Spiderman' was in fact Jayden's dad, Mike Wilson, who wanted to make his son's fifth birthday extra special.

Mr Wilson, from Basingstoke, donned a replica of his son's favourite superhero's outfit and used his parkour skills to impress young Jayden on what could be his last birthday.

Messages have been left for Jayden and his family on their Facebook page Credit: Facebook/ Hope for Jayden

Woman ordered to pay £700 for cigarette littering

An Aldershot woman has been ordered by the courts to pay more than £700 after being found guilty of dropping a cigarette end in the street.

It's estimated that the taxpayer foots a £1 billion bill to cope with the 30 million tonnes of litter dropped every year Credit: Press Association

Karla Vecetti, 41, of Fisher Lane, was found guilty in her absence after failing to appear at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 4 December to face an offence of dropping litter.

The court fined her £200 and ordered her to pay a contribution of £562.50 towards Rushmoor Borough Council’s costs and a victim surcharge of £20.

She has become the fourth person to be prosecuted by Rushmoor Borough Council for dropping a cigarette end in the street

The annual cost of street cleaning in Rushmoor currently stands at more than £1 million.

This case, together with the other recent convictions, has shown that the courts will impose substantial fines on anyone found guilty of littering in Rushmoor. The message is simple – dispose of your litter responsibly in the bins provided or face a steep fine.

– Councillor Ken Muschamp

Man jailed for 'horrendous' attack on police officers

A man from Basingstoke has been jailed for assaulting two police officers, in what a judge described as a “horrendous” attack.

Kyle Butler, 20, pleaded guilty to charges of affray and assaulting a police officer, and was jailed for 20 months. He was also ordered to pay £200 compensation to two of the police officers involved.

Two female response officers were responding to an emergency call in Fylingdales Close on August 3, when Butler became extremely irate and attacked both officers using the handcuffs.

Butler was also sentenced for a previous incident where he assaulted a male police officer.

Chief Inspector Simon Dodds said: "Assaulting an officer is unacceptable, and I am pleased that the courts have recognised the seriousness of this offence. All three officers have recovered and are back on full duties, which is to their credit."

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People of Basingstoke and Deane happier than ever with area

Residents' satisfaction with Basingstoke and Deane as a place to live and with the service the borough council provides has soared to the highest level ever.

Every two years the borough council carries out research with a representative sample of residents from across the borough to give a picture of what matters most to them, how well the council is doing and what it could do better.

The results this year show an overwhelming 96% of people are satisfied with their local area, showing a significant increase in satisfaction since 2008 when it was 87%.

Keith Chegwin to star in Cinderella at The Anvil

Dancing on Ice star Keith Chegwin is to star as Buttons in The Anvil's Christmas pantomime of Cinderella.

Chegwin, who took to ITV's ice rink last year, will perform in Basingstoke alongside CBeebies presenter Katy Ashworth, who is taking on the role as the Fairy Godmother.

Keith, who became a household name in the 1970s presenting the television shows Cheggers Plays Pop and Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, was last at The Anvil in 2001 when he appeared in Mother Goose.

Cinderella also features dancers from Basingstoke Academy of Dance and North Hampshire Academy of Dance. Credit: TheAnvil

Taking the title role of Cinderella is Sarah Louise Day, who is also choreographer, whilst Prince Charming is played by Ben Harlow.

Panto producer Martin Dodd, UK Productions, said:

Cinderella is the most magical of pantomimes and everybody’s favourite. I am delighted with the line-up this year and I know that Cheggers and Katy will bring loads of fun and comedy to the show, not to mention boundless energy!

We can promise something for everyone with the wickedest (but best dressed) Ugly Sisters in the business and the sensational Shetland Ponies live on stage.

– Martin Dodd

The show will run from Thursday 11 December 2014 to Sunday 4 January 2015.

Families return home - eight months after flooding

Buckskin flooding Credit: ITV news

Families in Basingstoke who were forced to leave their homes in February because of flooding are due to return today - eight months later. A dormant spring in the Buckskin area, which became active, was partly to blame for the rising groundwater levels - which became contaminated with sewage. The problem was made worse by the high levels of rainfall over the winter months. More than eighty families had to move to temporary accommodation.

Pumping out water at Buckskin Credit: ITV news

However, not all residents will be returning to the area. Twenty six families have decided not to move back to Buckskin and have chosen to stay in the temporary accommodation provided by the housing association during the flooding, because the "community and accommodation fits them better". In all, 14 families have confirmed that they will return to their original properties.

Following the flooding, teams from Sovereign Housing have been working to restore the properties to their original state which has included drying out and sanitising the properties and refitting kitchens that were destroyed by the contaminated water.

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