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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.

Murder investigation after man found injured in road

A murder investigation has begun after a man was left injured in the road in Basingstoke.

Officers were called to an address in Benham Road at half past five this morning. He was taken to hospital but later died. A 22-year-old man has been arrested.

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.

CCTV image Credit: Hampshire Police

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.

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