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UPDATE: M3 in Surrey re-opens after major crash

All lanes southbound on the M3 have now re-opened following a major crash between a van and a car.

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It happened between J3 for Bagshot and J4 for Camberley at lunchtime.

The two drivers were cut free from their vehicles and both taken to Frimley Park Hospital.

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Highways England says drivers are still facing long delays in the area, but the vehicles have now been cleared.

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TRAVEL: Crash closes M3 in Surrey

The M3 has been closed southbound between J3 and J4 (Bagshot and Camberley) due to a crash between a car and a van.

Drivers are advised to exit the M3 at J3 and take the A322 west following the solid triangle diversion symbol. Continue on the A30 (London Road) south through Camberley, then take the A331 east to re-join the M3 at J4.

There are long delays in the area.

M3 motorway closed after serious collision in roadworks area between Bagshot and Camberley Credit: Highways England


11-year-old assaulted while playing football

The child was playing at Hamesmoor park near Mytchett Primary School Credit: ITV Meridian

Surrey Police is appealing for witnesses after an 11-year-old child was assaulted while he was playing football with friends in Camberley last Wednesday.

The boy was playing football with two friends at Hamesmoor park near Mytchett Primary School around 11-25am when two older teenagers asked to join them. The older youths, believed to be aged 18 and 19 years, became annoyed after it became apparent they were losing the game and one of them pushed the victim forcefully to the ground. He was treated for his injury at Frimley Park Hospital the following day.

The suspect is believed to be white, around 19 years old, 5ft 7 tall, of a big build with straight black hair and a short beard covering the sides of his face. He was wearing blue jeans, a grey, blue and pink patterned tee-shirt and yellow, blue and grey shoes.

"This 11-year-old boy has suffered a serious injury after what started off as a friendly game of football. As well as identifying the suspect, I would also like to speak to a male by the name of Ryan who was believed to be in the park at the time."

– Detective Constable Nell Rodriguez

Royal Military Academy celebrates Freedom of Borough

Hundreds of people have lined the streets of Camberley to see the officers and staff from the Royal Military Academy (RMA) at Sandhurst march through the town centre in an historic parade.

The 250 personnel from the RMA, including a military band were celebrating being granted the Freedom of the Borough by Surrey Heath Borough Council. The honour gives them the right to march on ceremonial occasions. The event also commemorated the centenary of World War One. Richard Slee reports.

The interviewee is Major General Stuart Skeates, Commandant, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst


What should you do if lightning strikes?

Lightning bolts such as this one strikes ground in Britain 300,000 times a year Credit: PA Wire

After three men were hit by lightning in Camberley yesterday, here's some advice for people across the South in case lightning strikes near them.

There are three different ways of being hit by lightning.

There's the direct strike where the lightning hits you and goes to earth through you and the side flash where the lightning hits another object and jumps sideways to hit you. There's also a ground strike, which strikes the ground then travels through it, hitting you on the way.

What to do if a storm happens near you?

-Seek shelter and make yourself as small a target by crouching down with your head tucked in.

-Do not shelter beneath tall trees as one in four people are struck seeking refuge under them.

-Get out of water and off of beaches as water can transmit strikes from further away.

-Beware of objects that can conduct or attract lightning such as: golf clubs, umbrella, wire fencing and rails.

-Do not use a mobile or landline until the storm is over as it could conduct the lightening.

-Seek shelter quickly if your hair begins to stand on end and appliances begin buzzing - it may mean lightning is just about to strike.

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