Hampshire firefighters were involved in a range of calls across the county last night involving fires, accidents and building collapse.
In Eastleigh, crews rescued a female casualty from a car in a two-vehicle accident on the eastbound carriageway of the M27, between J5 and J7.
16 firefighters from Botley, Hightown and Eastleigh, along with an animal rescue specialist, put out a fire involving 30 chickens.
The chickens were helped to safety from the fire that was caused by their wooden sheds.
The Fire Service were also called out to deal with chimney fires in Hythe.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s head of response, Andy Bowers, said: “The wide range of incidents dealt with overnight show how well trained and equipped our firefighters are, so they are able to deal with whatever scenario they are faced with."
Plans for a 1,400 home development over a golf course and farmland in Botley have been approved by Eastleigh Borough Council despite local opposition. Liberal Democrat councillors pushed through the decision at a meeting last night which lasted until 1am.
Hundreds of people have marched through the centre of Botley in Hampshire - in protest at a planned development. If the scheme gets the go-ahead 1,400 new homes could be built in the hamlet which currently has 200 houses. Juliette Fletcher has the story.