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Police appeal for witnesses after mystery death in Clanfield

Police investigate mystery death in Clanfield Credit: PA Images

Hampshire Police are investigating an incident on the A3 near Clanfield after a woman's body was found on the northbound carriageway in the early hours of this morning.

A 48-year-old woman from the local area was pronounced dead at the scene. Her next of kin have been informed.

Police say her death is not being treated as suspicious but are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen what happened. A home office post mortem is taking place this afternoon.

The A3 was closed north and southbound while scenes of crime officers carried out an initial investigation.

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PICTURES - Airplane ice crashes through roof

Jeff Scriven's pictures show the damage ice caused Credit: Jeff Scriven

A block of ice, believed to have fallen from a passing airplane, has ripped through the roof of a conservatory in Clanfield, Hampshire.

The home owner, Jeff Scriven, said the ice was "the size of a bowling ball".

Jeff Scriven's pictures show the damage ice caused Credit: Jeff Scriven

He was working from home when he heard an "almighty bang" and found that the ice had shattered all over his conservatory floor.

He told reporters: "It's just lucky no one was in there at the time. There was glass everywhere, it had shattered a 6ft by 2.5ft double glazed panel in the roof.

"It's clearly an ice ball. It was the size of a bowling ball and I believe it came from a plane.

"I could not imagine where else it could have come from. We get a lot of planes overhead but we don't normally hear them, just see them."

Jeff Scriven's pictures show the damage ice caused Credit: Jeff Scriven

He said the Civil Aviation Authority, sent him a letter confirming that the incident had been logged. They also explained that it's unlikely that the responsible airline will ever be identified.

Experts believe that these chunks of ice fall from planes as they fly overhead - made up of frozen rainwater or toilet waste.

Jeff Scriven's pictures show the damage ice caused Credit: Jeff Scriven

Benefit fraud couple found guilty

An anonymous tip-off led to a Clanfield couple being found guilty of defrauding more than £69,500 in Benefit over an eight year period.

Elizabeth Austin and Peter Brown were found guilty of 13 fraud offences between them and will be sentenced at Portsmouth Crown Court in August.

The couple had claimed that between 2002 and 2010 they were living in the same property as tenant and resident landlord, allowing Austin to claim benefits as a single parent.

In fact they were living together as a couple with shared outgoings and Brown was in full time employment.

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