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Inquest to open into deaths of couple killed in plane crash

Lewis and Sally Tonkinson died when their aeroplane came down near Popham Airfield Credit: ITV Meridian

An inquest is due to open into the deaths of a couple who died when their light aircraft crashed in Hampshire.

Lewis Tonkinson and his wife Sally were travelling from Bembridge on the Isle of Wight when the aeroplane came down near Popham Airfield near Basingstoke in January last year.

Their son survived the crash.


Appeal for help after jewellery theft in Basingstoke

CCTV image Credit: Hampshire Police

Police want to talk to two people caught on CCTV after jewellery was stolen from the Pandora Store in Basingstoke. It happened on the 22nd of February at around 3pm. A tray of charms, bracelets and necklaces were taken from the shop in Festival Place. The charms alone were worth £1500. Any witnesses or anyone who recognises the couple are asked to call PC Aiden Blackwell in Basingstoke on 101.

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Do you know these men: They could hold vital information about a vicious attack in Basingstoke

CCTV image Credit: Hampshire Police

Police have issued CCTV of two men who may have witnessed at assault in Basingstoke on Christmas Day and could hold vital information about the attacker. A 28-year-old man working as a security steward at the taxi rank at Alpha Cars in Joices Yard was attacked by another man who pulled him over some railings and then punched him in the head several times.

The assault happened in the early hours of December 25th and left the victim with lumps and bruising to the back of his head. The attacker is described as in his mid twenties of mixed race, around 5ft 6 inches tall and slim with curly hair.

The two men shown in the CCTV were in Joices Yard at the time. Police are now trying to trace them and are asking anyone who knows who they are or the men themselves to get in touch.

Spiderman dad raises thousands for charity

A father from Basingstoke has raised nearly £45,000 for a charity which cared for his terminally ill son.

Mike Wilson took the internet by storm when he posted a video of himself surprising Jayden dressed as spiderman.

Mike Wilson surprised his 6-year-old son Jayden dressed as Spiderman Credit: ITV Meridian

The six year old passed away just over a year ago.

Since then his family have been raising money for Naomi House.

Man jailed for sexually assaulting woman in car

Samuel Tweddle has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

A man from Basingstoke has been jailed for more than seven years after being found guilty of raping a woman.

Samuel Tweddle who's 23, of Kings Road, was sentenced at Winchester Crown Court.

A jury returned unanimous guilty verdicts on the five counts that Tweddle had denied, which included a single count of rape, three counts of sexual assault and one of witness intimidation.

The offence took place in the early hours of Sunday, July 5th this year in a car on the Houndmills industrial estate in Basingstoke.

“This was a vicious and predatory attack against a lone female by a male who knew her.

“Sexual offences are treated very seriously by Hampshire Constabulary and we will investigate, charge and convict criminals responsible for such offending.

“The victim has shown great courage throughout this process and I hope that she can now move on from this terrible ordeal.”

– Detective Constable Craig Ferguson, of Basingstoke CID


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.”

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