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Decision day for school threatened with closure

A decision is due today on whether to close a secondary school in Basingstoke which is seen as underperforming - and merge it with another 3 miles away.

Pupil numbers at the Fort Hill Community School in the Winklebury area have dropped - with just 38 applications for 145 places for the next academic year starting in September.

There were more than 900 responses to a public consultation earlier this year over the proposals for the closure and a potential merger with the Cranbourne Business and Enterprise College (CBEC). Parents say closing the Fort Hill site would mean there is no local secondary for the children in their immediate area.

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Elderly man 'punched several times' in car park attack

The incident happened outside Harveys Furniture store Credit: Google Maps

Police are trying to find an elderly man who was punched several times through his car window at a retail park in Hampshire.

Officers say two men in their 20s jumped in front of the victim's car before the attack at Brighton Hill Retail Park on Friday.

The elderly man tried to drive away, but one of the man reached through an open window and punched the driver several times.

The incident happened outside Harvey's Furniture store at 2.50pm, and the force is appealing for the victim to come forward.

The offender was described as having short, dark hair and was wearing jeans and a jacket.

First Christmas at home for heart transplant toddler

The parents of a Basingstoke toddler are getting ready for a Christmas they thought they would never have with their son.

Three year old Elliott Livingstone received a life-saving heart transplant this year.

His parents are urging more people to become organ donors.

Penny Silvester went to visit the family.

Penny spoke to Elliott Livingstone and his parents Candace and Adrian along with Anthony Clarkson from NHS Blood and Transplant.

Pedestrian seriously injured in crash

Police are appealing for information after a crash involving a car and a pedestrian.

It happened in the early hours of this morning on the westbound carriageway of the B3400 at Newfound between Basingstoke and Oakley.

A Vauxhall Insignia car, driven by a man in his 20s, was in collision with a pedestrian.

The pedestrian, a man in his 40s, sustained serious head injuries and is being treated at Southampton General hospital. The driver of the car was uninjured.

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Truck driver critical after crash

The driver of a tipper truck remains critically ill in hospital after the vehicle span off the M3 and hit a mile-marker post.

The 25-year-old was believed to have been travelling from his home in Bournemouth on the northbound carriageway near Basingstoke, when the accident happened.

No other vehicle was involved but the motorway was closed for six hours while police investigated what happened.

The driver was suffered a severe leg injury and was rushed to Southampton General Hospital where his condition is described as critical.

The van left the motorway and hit a mile marker post Credit: ITV Meridian

"Officers are appealing for drivers to contact them after a white Ford Transit Tipper left the M3 northbound carriageway between junctions 7 and 6 and collided with the mile marker post for junction 6 shortly after 19:10pm last night," said the spokesman.

"No other vehicles are believed to have been involved in a collision with the van but other motorists may be able to help establish exactly what happened.

"The driver, a 25 year-old man from Bournemouth, was taken to Southampton General Hospital by road with a serious leg injury. His condition today is described as critical but stable."

– Hampshire Police spokesperson

Concern grows for missing teenager

Concern is growing for a missing 14-year old girl from Basingstoke. Krysal Browne was last seen in Milkingpen Lane in Old Basing on July 19th.

Missing Krysal Browne Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Krysal Browne is five feet two inches tall with long dark hair.

She is known to have connections to London.

Weapons handed in during knife amnesty

After two weeks of a knife amnesty in Hampshire, six weapons have been handed in at Basingstoke police station.

Bins have been placed at four police stations across Hampshire as part of an ongoing national anti-knife campaign, Operation Sceptre.

Members of the public are being encouraged to dispose of knives and bladed articles in the amnesty bins without fear of repercussions.

Six weapons have been handed in to police during knife amnesty Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

“After the first two weeks of this amnesty we have had six weapons handed in, in Basingstoke; that's six weapons off the street which can no longer be used to harm anybody.

"The amnesty will continue until July 20; this is your chance to hand unlawful weapons in and walk away without prosecution and be free from the fear you could be putting yours and your loved ones lives at risk.

“We know people carry knives for many reasons including fear, or because they think it will protect them. However, in reality carrying a knife puts them at greater risk of being seriously injured or killed, not to mention being arrested for possession of a bladed article.

“I would urge you to take this opportunity to rid yourselves of any illegal weapons, as we are continually developing intelligence on those believed to be carrying knives or bladed articles. We will take a robust approach to anyone found to be illegally in possession of a knife or bladed article on the streets.”

– Chief Inspector Claire Taylor
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