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Council mistakingly release personal details

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has contacted nearly 2000 housing benefit claimants to warn them of a mistake that means some of their personal details have been given out as part of a Freedom of Information request.

Names and addresses have been passed on but the council say no bank details were released.

The council will carry out its own internal review of its procedures and the Information Commissioner's Office will carry out a separate independent investigation.

Appeal following violent assault in Basingstoke

Police investigating a violent assault in Basingstoke have released this efit of a man they want to speak to. The victim was punched during the attack which took place on Quilter Road on Saturday the 19th of April.

Police want to speak to this man following a violent assault Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

If you recognise or can identify the man from the E-fit please contact our Force Enquiry Centre quoting RMS 4414146764.

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Teenage boy seriously injured in unprovoked attack

This was a completely unprovoked attack in which a teenage boy sustained nasty injuries. Although rare, these types of incidents cannot be allowed to happen.This incident happened in a residential area where people may have been out going about their business. Did you see anything? Do you know who might be responsible?

– PC Ricky Davis, Hampshire Police

Teenage boy left with cracked cheekbone after attack

Police want to speak to a man that looks like this Credit: Hampshire Police

Do you recognise this man? Police in Basingstoke want to speak to him about an assault where a teenage boy sustained a cracked cheekbone.

The 17-year-old victim was walking along Cayman Close towards Shakespeare Road in Popley, on his way to see a friend at about 10.30am on Saturday, May 10.

He was then approached from behind and punched in the face by an unknown man. He fell to the ground and looked up to see three men standing over him.

One of the men then kicked him in the face and then they all ran off.

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E-fit released after man robbed at knifepoint

Do you recognise this man? Credit: Hampshire Police

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was robbed at knifepoint in Basingstoke as he walked home from an evening out. The 57-year-old victim walked along Basing View and over the railway bridge into Norn Hill in March.

Once over the bridge he was approached by a man who threatened him with a knife and demanded cash. The victim handed over what he had, which was a little over £5, and the suspect made off with another man.

Jewellery worth £1000s stolen from Hampshire home

A man has been arrested after thousands of pounds worth of jewellery have been stolen from a home in Basingstoke.

A 76-year-old woman on Townsend Close noticed her jewellery box had been left open on Thursday 10th or Friday 11th April but thought nothing of it.

A 34-year-old from Basingstoke has been arrested in connection with the theft and has been bailed.

The victim was gardening at the time and says her front door may have been unlocked.

On Sunday 13th April she noticed these items were missing:

  • Four gold rings valued at £2,600
  • 18 ct gold basket cluster set with a ruby surrounded with diamonds and rubies
  • 14 ct gold wishbone eternity ring with 11 diamonds
  • 18 ct gold ring corner cluster with 9 diamonds
  • 18 ct gold wishbone eternity ring with 3 rubies and 4 diamonds

Nigel Farage: Maria Miller should resign as MP for Basingstoke

There are calls tonight for Maria Miller to step down as MP for Basingstoke. It follows her resignation from the Cabinet yesterday over her expenses.

The UKIP leader Nigel Farage says she should resign and a by-election should be called.

UKIP came fourth in Basingstoke in the last General Election. Meanwhile Mrs Miller says she's donating her cabinet pay-off believed to be £17,000 to a local charity.

Miller to donate payoff to charity

Basingstoke MP Maria Miller will donate a payoff of around £17,000 to charity after quitting as Culture Secretary over her expenses.

The Basingstoke MP is entitled to the lump sum worth three months of her £67,000 ministerial salary, which comes on top of her parliamentary pay, by law but could have decided not to take it.

She rejected calls not to take the money, but a source close to the former minister said the cash would go to Speakeasy Advocacy, a Basingstoke charity for adults with learning disabilities.

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