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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.

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


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

Women across the south join national march over pensions

A group of women from Basingstoke are to join thousands marching in London today.

"Women Against State Pension Inequality" was set up to campaign against changes to pensions.

Many say they face financial hardship due to not receiving a state pension until they're sixty five.

The 'Women Against State Pension Inequality' website Credit: ITV Meridian

"I had already planned to retire and I only got two years' notice of the change. They say you can get job seeker's allowance and get a full time job but that's not easy at our age.

"A lot of people in our age group were carers and they only did part time jobs and aren't fit enough to do a caring job until they are 66."

– Anne Todd, from Sherborne St John


England's strongest woman is from Basingstoke

England's Strongest Woman was named this month and she's from Basingstoke. Fara Fonseca, who's 22, saw off 13 others in her weight category to claim the title. She will fly out to America next year to take on the world in the international competition. Mel Bloor has been to meet her.

Animals on the line delay trains

South West trains between Farnborough and Basingstoke are delayed by up to 45 minutes because of animals on the line.

Trains are unable to run on some Basingstoke bound lines and services through these stations may be delayed or revised.

Trains that normally run between Waterloo and Basingstoke will be unable to call at Hook and Winchfield.

Mums arrange protest over children's centres closures

A group of mothers and their supporters have staged a protest today against planned cuts to children's centres in Hampshire. The parents in Basingstoke want the council to rethink proposals to slash more than £20 million from the budget. The plan is to close all 54 children's centres and replace them with 11 hubs to help streamline services and save money. Kate Bunkall reports.

The interviewee is Catherine Overden, the organiser.

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.

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