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Arrest after 40 cars have tyres slashed in Basingstoke

A man's been arrested after reports that up to 40 cars had their tyres slashed during an overnight vandalism spree in Basingstoke.

Vehicles were damaged on a number of streets in the Popley area, including Bermuda Close, John Hunt Drive, Malta Close, Montserrat Place, Pershore Road, and Timor Close.

A 27-year-old man has been arrested in connection with this investigation and remains in custody at this time.

Officers would still like to hear from any witnesses, or anyone who would like to report a similar incident that has not done so already.

House prices fall in commuter towns

House prices are falling in the region Credit: PA

The price of homes in some of the South's commuter towns has fallen in the last six months.

A new survey of the top 10 areas where there's been a fall featured Winchester, Woking, Basingstoke and Reading.

The Berkshire town has reportedly seen almost half of property sales reduced.

Teenage driver's lucky escape after crashing into fence

The wooden posts went through the windscreen Credit: @SCAS_HART

A teenage driver has had a lucky escape after his car left the road and crashed through a fence near Basingstoke in Hampshire.

Two wooden posts went straight though his windscreen on the driver's side. Luckily he escaped major injury, the posts missed his head - instead passing either side of him - pinning him in his seat.

It happened off the B3046 at Preston Candover. Paramedics from the South Central Ambulance Service were called to the scene. The teenager was taken to the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester.

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TRAVEL - ROADS: HAMPSHIRE - delays on M3 northbound

Two vehicles have been involved in a collision on the M3 Northbound between J7 A30 (Basingstoke) and J6 A30 / A339 (Basingstoke). There is slow traffic, a speed restriction of 50 mph and one lane (lane three of three) is closed.

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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