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Thieves steal £14,000 from delivery driver

The driver was delivering to Santander when he was targeted Credit: ITV Meridian

Police are searching for three men who stole £14,000 from a cash-in-transit driver in Bitterne. The thieves grabbed the cash box from the delivery driver who was delivering to Santander at around 1am this morning.

The driver was delivering to Santander when he was targeted Credit: ITV Meridian

A dark coloured Volvo and the cassette box containing the money were later found abandoned in nearby roads. Officers are appealing for anyone who saw the robbery to get in touch.


Fireworks fire: Rest centre for residents & water losses

About 10 - 15 neighbouring properties have been evacuated

A rest centre has been set up for 50 - 60 residents who had to leave their homes in Southampton following a fire at a neighbouring fireworks factory in Bitterne Road West. There is a police cordon around the affected area.

The location of the rest centre is the Ascension Centre on Thorold Road. Southampton City Council has said the centre will remain open all day, and perhaps the night if needed.

Southern Water have apologised to people in the area who may have been experiencing water supply losses or poor water pressure. The firm says that Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service are using a large number of hydrants to tackle the blaze. The water company's statement continues:

"... Some customers may also experience discolouration to the water supply, this is due to harmless iron oxide sediment which lays naturally of the inside of the main and has been disturbed due to the demand of water.

We are sorry for the inconvenience caused during this incident and would like to thank our customers for their understanding."

– Southern Water

Fireworks fire: Road closures - Itchen Bridge toll lifted

A rude awakening for residents this morning after a fire at a fireworks factory

Several road closures and diversion routes are in place in Southampton after the fire at a fireworks factory in Bitterne this morning.

Road closures and diversions: Bullar Road; Athelstan Road; Macnaughton Road, Maybray King Way; and A3024.

There are long delays on the road network including Portsmouth Road and the Itchen Bridge inbound because of the diverted traffic.

Hampshire Police say the road closures are likely to remain in place throughout the day while the fire service deal with the situation at the factory site in Bitterne Road West.

Southampton City Council have temporarily lifted the toll on the Itchen Bridge until the main route reopens.

Roadworks due to start this morning have been postponed. Extra work is taking place to reconfigure the phasing of traffic signals and lights on other routes in the city to help ease the resulting congestion.

Bitterne Manor Primary School is closed today due to road access restrictions.

Man in serious condition after falling four floors

A 34-year-old man is in hospital with life threatening injuries after falling from a fourth floor balcony at a block of flats.

Police and ambulance crews were called to the scene at Keynsham Road in Bittern shortly after 1:30am today.

He remains in a serious condition at Southampton General Hospital.

The circumstances as to how he fell are unclear at the moment but police are speaking to local residents to help establish what happened.

A 28-year-old woman has been arrested and remains in custody.

Teenager sexually assaulted in Bitterne

Detectives are appealing for witnesses and information after a teenage girl was sexually assaulted while she was walking home from a party. The assault happened as the 17-year-old girl was walking along South Park Road near to the junction with Sunvale in Bitterne at about 5am yesterday morning.

She was approached by a man who grabbed her by the shoulders and forced her into a wooded area. The man then sexually assaulted the girl.

He is described as a white man, aged about 40, and between 5ft 7ins and 5ft 9ins tall, He had short blond hair and was wearing a blue t-shirt, jeans and a black jacket. The girl managed to get away and made her way home.

Were you in the area in the early hours of this morning? Did you see a man approaching a black teenage girl early this morning? Did you hear any shouting?”

– Detective Constable Darmesh Dhanda


Suspicious material found in Bitterne

Police have discovered some material which was thought to be explosive when they searched for a suspect in an outbuilding at Bitterne Triangle in Southampton.

The incident happened around 11.30pm last night. A bomb disposal unit was called in to deal with the material.

A police spokesperson said the incident is isolated and involved no risk to the public.

A 28-year-old Southampton man was arrested on suspicion of making an explosive substance. He remains in custody at Southampton Central police station.

Man assaulted during attempted bike theft

Detectives at Bitterne have released an e-fit of a man they want to speak to in connection with the attempted robbery of a mountain bike at Southampton Common.

A 17-year-old student was cycling through Southampton Common on route to a friend’s house on the 30th October. When he neared Hawthorns Café, a man emerged from bushes and grabbed his pedal cycle.

The student fell off the bike and was assaulted by the man. It's believed the offender was trying to steal the cycle.

The victim suffered a black eye and a cut and swollen lip. He managed to escape with nothing being taken.

Wine shop smashed by thieves

Police are appealing for information after a Bitterne wine store was attacked by thieves.

£2,300 worth of cigarettes an 13 bottles of brandy, valued at £250, were stolen from the store.

The break-in happened in the area of Manor Road North on Sunday 8th September at around 4.50am.

It is believed they fled in a dark-coloured car, possibly a black Volvo or BMW estate.

All the suspects had covered faces and wore hooded tops, with the hoods up.

PC Sarah Brazier is appealing for information. “I need to hear from anyone who saw or heard suspicious activity in the area of Manor Road North between 4.45 and 5.10am Sunday."

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