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Hampshire police van reverses into bystander's car

A shocked owner filmed the moment a police van reversed into his car on a street in Hampshire.

Andy Garrad from Basingstoke caught the misjudged manoeuvre on CCTV which he then posted on Facebook.

The police van was seen reversing into a Fiat 500 and the officer responsible has apologised and taken responsibility for the crash.

Appeal following attempted armed robbery

Basingstoke Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after an attempted armed robbery in Basingstoke.

A 28-year-old said that he was threatened with a knife by a man wearing a balaclava at South View Stores on Vyne Road shortly after 8.15pm on Tuesday 15th July.

He refused to hand over any money and nothing was taken and no-one was hurt.

The man wearing the balaclava was last seen running through a nearby cemetery and was described as: white, carrying a red coloured shoulder bag, wearing a grey jumper and black jeans.

A CCTV image of the man police would like to identify Credit: Hampshire Police


Police name man who died in Basingstoke

Jay Anthony Benton died following an incident in Basingstoke Credit: Hampshire Police

Police have named a man who died following an incident on Frescade Road in Basinsgtoke.

He is Jay Anthony Benton, aged 18, of Berkeley Drive.

A post-mortem examination has failed to find a cause of death. Further forensic examinations will now take place.

A 14-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy - both from Basingstoke - were questioned by police in relation to the incident and have been bailed until October 29, pending further enquiries.

Two teenagers released on bail until October

Two teenagers arrested on suspicion of murder of a man in Hampshire have been released on bail.

Emergency services found the 18-year-old, named locally as Jay Benton, as he was having a heart attack at a property on Frescade Crescent.

He was taken to hospital but couldn't be saved.

The 16-year-old boy and 14-year-old girl are on bail until 29th October, pending further enquiries.

A post-mortem examination has been conducted but the cause of the man's death is still to be confirmed.

Teenagers arrested after boy found in cardiac arrest

Two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murder after an 18-year-old was found in cardiac arrest at a house in Basingstoke. Police were called to Frescade Crescent in the town at 2:30pm.

Officers found the18-year-old in cardiac arrest. He was taken to North Hants Hospital, where despite full medical efforts to save him, he was pronounced dead.

Police are speaking with his next-of-kin.

A post mortem examination will be conducted by a Home Office pathologist to help establish cause of death.

A 16-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl, also from Basingstoke, have been arrested on suspicion of murder, and are currently in custody where they will be interviewed by officers.

Free running: Extreme sport or just plain stupid?

When your day job involves running across rooftops and death-defying stunts in Hollywood films, how do you make sure you live to tell the tale? Free runner Scott Young, and his friends, solved that problem by building their very own free running academy.

One of the first of its kind in the country and a safe place to test out their tricks. Now they're making a name for themselves in an extreme sport that hasn't always had the best reputation. A warning - don't try any of what you see in this piece - at home. Sarah Cooper reports.


New Bishop of Basingstoke announced

Tim Dakin and David Williams

Basingstoke is to get a new Bishop, it has been announced today.

The Reverend Canon David Williams, who is currently Vicar of Christ Church Winchester, will be ordained in Winchester Cathedral on 19th September.

Welcoming him to his new role is Right Reverend Tim Dakin, the Bishop of Winchester.

He said, "I am absolutely delighted that David has been appointed the serve in this new way within the diocese.

"His work over the past 13 years, his understanding of the challenges and strengths of the local church and the relationships he has forged- both within Winchester and across the diocese- mean he is well-fitted for the task ahead."

Two men wanted by police in connection with assault

Darren Bryant Credit: Hampshire Police

Police are appealing for help in tracing two men who are wanted in connection with an incident in Basingstoke.Darren Bryant, 30, from Skippetts Gardens in Basingstoke and Joseph Coady, 29, from Addlestone in Surrey are wanted by police investigating an assault on Bourdillion Gardens on Monday.

Joseph Coady Credit: Hampshire Police

Extensive enquiries are being carried out in an attempt to locate these men but officers are keen to hear from anyone who knows where they are.

Spate of car crime incidents in Basingstoke

Police in Basingstoke are appealing for witnesses after a number of incidents where vehicles were broken into and a car was stolen. Overnight from Monday, June 9, into Tuesday, June 10, offenders broke into seven different cars.

A number of small electrical goods – sat navs and iPods – were stolen. The cars were parked in the Lychpit and Old Basing areas - Cowslip Bank, Crofters Meadow, Saxon Way, Little Basing and Pimpernel Way.

Offenders also broke into a house in Cowslip Crescent and stole the keys to a blue Volkswagen Golf GT FSI car, which was then stolen from the driveway.

I would like to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area at the relevant times or who has any information about these crimes. I would also like to remind people to remove all valuables from their cars when they park up for the night.”

– PC Mike Ahearne
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