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Concern for missing teenager

Mary Mbatia was last seen on Wednesday night. Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police are issuing an appeal for information about a missing teenage girl from Basingstoke.

Mary Mbatia, aged 15, was last seen at her home in the town shortly after 11.30pm on Wednesday night.

Mary is described as:

Black Medium build Long shoulder-length hair

One line of enquiry is that Mary may have travelled to London with an older black man.

Mary or anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to contact police by phoning 101. Mini-com users can phone 18001 101. In an emergency, dial 999.

Rail firm's apology over 'fat people' announcement

Rail company apology over fat people announcement Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/Press Association Images

South West Trains have apologised for an announcement urging fat people to stay on their feet due to overcrowding.

The train was full of commuters when a member of staff reportedly said: 'We are going to be like sardines on this train, so can I ask that only slim people sit on the three-seaters.

'If you are fat then it is simply not going to work.'

One angry passenger on the service, which was leaving Basingstoke in Hampshire, told the Daily Mail: 'I am not necessarily a big person but most people are larger than those seats anyway. It's pretty disgusting. I would get fired if I said that at my work.'

South West Trains have since apologised, saying the comment, if it had been made, was unacceptable.

A spokesman said: 'All passengers are welcome on board our trains and we would find it unacceptable if that comment had been made by one of our employees.

'We run some of the busiest trains in the country and we do appreciate that space on some of our trains is limited.

'To provide extra space and seats for our customers, we are in the process of investing £250m in extra carriages and new trains.'

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Woman dies in Basingstoke house fire

A woman has died in a house fire in Basingstoke in the early hours of this morning.

Fire crews received seven calls about the fire on Buckfast Close Credit: Google Maps

Hampshire Fire and Rescue service says it received several calls reporting a blaze at Buckfast Close, just before 5am.

Three fire engines from Basingstoke and one from Overton attended the incident.

When crews arrived they were faced with a severe fire on the ground floor of an end of terrace house.

Two people had been able to make their own way out of the house but a woman was not able to escape and was pronounced dead at scene. An investigation is now underway.

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."

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%.

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