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Woman ordered to pay £700 for cigarette littering

An Aldershot woman has been ordered by the courts to pay more than £700 after being found guilty of dropping a cigarette end in the street.

It's estimated that the taxpayer foots a £1 billion bill to cope with the 30 million tonnes of litter dropped every year Credit: Press Association

Karla Vecetti, 41, of Fisher Lane, was found guilty in her absence after failing to appear at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 4 December to face an offence of dropping litter.

The court fined her £200 and ordered her to pay a contribution of £562.50 towards Rushmoor Borough Council’s costs and a victim surcharge of £20.

She has become the fourth person to be prosecuted by Rushmoor Borough Council for dropping a cigarette end in the street

The annual cost of street cleaning in Rushmoor currently stands at more than £1 million.

This case, together with the other recent convictions, has shown that the courts will impose substantial fines on anyone found guilty of littering in Rushmoor. The message is simple – dispose of your litter responsibly in the bins provided or face a steep fine.

– Councillor Ken Muschamp

Man jailed for 'horrendous' attack on police officers

A man from Basingstoke has been jailed for assaulting two police officers, in what a judge described as a “horrendous” attack.

Kyle Butler, 20, pleaded guilty to charges of affray and assaulting a police officer, and was jailed for 20 months. He was also ordered to pay £200 compensation to two of the police officers involved.

Two female response officers were responding to an emergency call in Fylingdales Close on August 3, when Butler became extremely irate and attacked both officers using the handcuffs.

Butler was also sentenced for a previous incident where he assaulted a male police officer.

Chief Inspector Simon Dodds said: "Assaulting an officer is unacceptable, and I am pleased that the courts have recognised the seriousness of this offence. All three officers have recovered and are back on full duties, which is to their credit."


People of Basingstoke and Deane happier than ever with area

Residents' satisfaction with Basingstoke and Deane as a place to live and with the service the borough council provides has soared to the highest level ever.

Every two years the borough council carries out research with a representative sample of residents from across the borough to give a picture of what matters most to them, how well the council is doing and what it could do better.

The results this year show an overwhelming 96% of people are satisfied with their local area, showing a significant increase in satisfaction since 2008 when it was 87%.

Keith Chegwin to star in Cinderella at The Anvil

Dancing on Ice star Keith Chegwin is to star as Buttons in The Anvil's Christmas pantomime of Cinderella.

Chegwin, who took to ITV's ice rink last year, will perform in Basingstoke alongside CBeebies presenter Katy Ashworth, who is taking on the role as the Fairy Godmother.

Keith, who became a household name in the 1970s presenting the television shows Cheggers Plays Pop and Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, was last at The Anvil in 2001 when he appeared in Mother Goose.

Cinderella also features dancers from Basingstoke Academy of Dance and North Hampshire Academy of Dance. Credit: TheAnvil

Taking the title role of Cinderella is Sarah Louise Day, who is also choreographer, whilst Prince Charming is played by Ben Harlow.

Panto producer Martin Dodd, UK Productions, said:

Cinderella is the most magical of pantomimes and everybody’s favourite. I am delighted with the line-up this year and I know that Cheggers and Katy will bring loads of fun and comedy to the show, not to mention boundless energy!

We can promise something for everyone with the wickedest (but best dressed) Ugly Sisters in the business and the sensational Shetland Ponies live on stage.

– Martin Dodd

The show will run from Thursday 11 December 2014 to Sunday 4 January 2015.

Families return home - eight months after flooding

Buckskin flooding Credit: ITV news

Families in Basingstoke who were forced to leave their homes in February because of flooding are due to return today - eight months later. A dormant spring in the Buckskin area, which became active, was partly to blame for the rising groundwater levels - which became contaminated with sewage. The problem was made worse by the high levels of rainfall over the winter months. More than eighty families had to move to temporary accommodation.

Pumping out water at Buckskin Credit: ITV news

However, not all residents will be returning to the area. Twenty six families have decided not to move back to Buckskin and have chosen to stay in the temporary accommodation provided by the housing association during the flooding, because the "community and accommodation fits them better". In all, 14 families have confirmed that they will return to their original properties.

Following the flooding, teams from Sovereign Housing have been working to restore the properties to their original state which has included drying out and sanitising the properties and refitting kitchens that were destroyed by the contaminated water.


Man attacked by three people in Basingstoke

Police are appealing for information after a man was attacked in Basingstoke.

At some time between 4am and 4.30am yesterday, the 28-year-old victim was walking in Norn Hill, Oakridge when he was approached by three males who punched him from behind.

He fell to the floor and they kicked him in the ribs and face.

The offenders are described as two white males and one black male. One of them spoke with a Scottish accent.

Renewed appeal following serious incident on M3

Officers from Hampshire Constabulary’s Road Policing Unit are renewing an appeal for information following a serious road traffic incident.

A week ago, on Tuesday September 16, a collision occurred on the on-slip to junction six of the M3 at Basingstoke.

It happened after the drivers of a flat bed van and trailer and VW Golf pulled on to the hard shoulder. The drivers both got out of their vehicles and exchanged words.

The car driver went back to his vehicle and as he tried to get into it, the van pulled out from behind him and passed him.

The vehicle clipped his legs, leaving him with serious injuries. The van driver did not stop and carried on along the M3.

The man was taken to the North Hampshire Hospital by ambulance.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Jerrard at Whitchurch by calling 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.

“The van is described as being similar in size to a Ford Tranist flat bed but the cab was completely flat at the front and more square. It was plain white and had no distinctive markings or livery. The bed of the van was similar to that of a recovery truck with no sides on the bed and made of aluminium. The trailer was of the same appearance and material as the bed of the van but sat a couple of inches lower. It was a twin axle trailer with one mud guard over both wheels each side. The driver had to climb down from the cab from a height of approximately 4 foot. The incident left a man, in his 60s, with some serious leg injuries. It’s possible that the van driver was not aware that the man was injured.-and we’d like to trace him urgently. We’d appeal to anyone with information to contact us.”

– PC Clyde Jerrard

Appeal to find missing man with head injury

Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace a missing Basingstoke man.Luke Daffy, 33, was last seen leaving The Purefoy Arms, Alresford Road, Preston Candover, Basingstoke.

Luke Daffy was last seen leaving the Purefoy Arms in Basingstoke Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

An altercation occured between Luke and another man during the early hours of Monday, September 1 at The Purefoy Arms. Mr Daffy left the scene before police arrived and has not been seen since.

A witness has told police that Luke appeared to have a head injury and was covered in blood.

"We have serious concerns over Luke’s welfare and we need to make contact with him as soon as possible. It is believe he sustained a head injury during the altercation and we need to find him to ensure he is safe and well. If you have any information about where he might be, please call the police immediately. I would also appeal directly to Luke to get in touch with us as soon as possible.”

– Detective Constable Claire Boakes

Appeal tAnyone with any information is asked to contact the duty Sergeant at Basingstoke police station by calling 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.

Caught on camera: Police van reverses into car

A shocked car owner filmed the moment a police van reversed into his vehicle 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.

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