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Spiderman dad raises thousands for charity

A father from Basingstoke has raised nearly £45,000 for a charity which cared for his terminally ill son.

Mike Wilson took the internet by storm when he posted a video of himself surprising Jayden dressed as spiderman.

Mike Wilson surprised his 6-year-old son Jayden dressed as Spiderman Credit: ITV Meridian

The six year old passed away just over a year ago.

Since then his family have been raising money for Naomi House.

Man jailed for sexually assaulting woman in car

Samuel Tweddle has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

A man from Basingstoke has been jailed for more than seven years after being found guilty of raping a woman.

Samuel Tweddle who's 23, of Kings Road, was sentenced at Winchester Crown Court.

A jury returned unanimous guilty verdicts on the five counts that Tweddle had denied, which included a single count of rape, three counts of sexual assault and one of witness intimidation.

The offence took place in the early hours of Sunday, July 5th this year in a car on the Houndmills industrial estate in Basingstoke.

“This was a vicious and predatory attack against a lone female by a male who knew her.

“Sexual offences are treated very seriously by Hampshire Constabulary and we will investigate, charge and convict criminals responsible for such offending.

“The victim has shown great courage throughout this process and I hope that she can now move on from this terrible ordeal.”

– Detective Constable Craig Ferguson, of Basingstoke CID


Cyclist attacked by gang of men in Basingstoke park

A cyclist has been attacked by a gang of men as he rode his BMX through a Basingstoke park. It's believed he was assaulted by around 6 to 7 men as he made his way through the underpass from Whistlers Close leading to the War Memorial Park. One group member attacked the man causing him to fall off his bike. He was then kicked in the head. The man managed to get back on his bike and ride away from his attackers. He suffered serious injuries to his face including a fractured cheek bone. He was treated at the North Hampshire Hospital and is now recovering at home.

One group member is described as white, in his early 20s and about 5ft 10in with a medium, muscular build. He is said to have short light brown hair and was wearing a blue jumper and black trousers.

Another group member is described as black and in his late teens or early 20s with his hair styled in several tight plaits tied across his head. He was shorter and of a smaller build and was wearing black trousers and a black jumper.

Detective Constable Donna Free said: “I am appealing to anyone who saw a group of men in and around this area yesterday evening. Or if anyone knows of a group of men who visit this area often. I want to reassure the public that this is a rare occurrence; however the incident has left the victim with serious injuries to his face. If you think you can help identify these men, please get in contact immediately.”


NHS launches recruitment drive for ex servicemen and women

Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester Credit: ITV news

Retired and medically discharged servicemen and women are being offered the chance to work for the NHS. North Hants NHS Trust is launching a recruitment drive for those leaving the military. It's the first scheme of it's kind in the UK.

The Trust is offering members of the Armed Forces who are coming to the end of their service the opportunity to undertake a work attachment programme that could lead to employment.

Working with the forces' Career Transition Partnership and Recovery Career Services, retiring and medically discharged military staff are being offered a variety of placements in its hospitals at Basingstoke, Winchester and Andover.

Mary Edwards, Hampshire Hospitals' Chief Executive explains: "People working in the military share many of our values. Our hospitals offer a huge range of exciting and challenging opportunities for people who are compassionate, accountable for their actions, show respect and are always encouraging of others. We employ over 5,000 people and are always looking for hard working people with a huge range of skills and abilities; The military has a pool of dedicated hard working people who are looking for a new challenge in a supportive environment. This is a new partnership that we hope will be successful and will continue in the future, benefiting both organisations."

Steve Cook, joined the Trust when he retired from the Royal Air Force. He says: "Leaving the armed forces can be daunting. The NHS offers people the opportunity to be a part of a large supportive organisation that helps them adjust to civilian life."

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