Former Eastleigh MP Chris Huhne has lost a challenge against an order that he must pay £77,750 costs from his prosecution for passing speeding points to his ex-wife.
Three judges at the Court of Appeal rejected his case at a hearing in London today. The costs order was made in May by Mr Justice Sweeney at London's Southwark Crown Court.
Prosecutors claimed more than £100,000 from Huhne, who pleaded guilty last February. Huhne's ex-wife, economist Vicky Pryce, who was convicted by a jury, was ordered to pay £49,200.
Huhne and Pryce have served prison sentences for perverting the course of justice after she took speeding points for her then-husband in 2003. Mr Justice Sweeney said he had "no hesitation" in rejecting Huhne's legal team's original offer of £25,000 towards costs.
The speeding points scandal brought about the end of Huhne's political career, forcing him to stand down as a Cabinet minister and later to resign as an MP.
Rejecting all grounds of challenge, Lord Justice Davis, sitting with Mr Justice King and Judge Michael Stokes, said Mr Justice Sweeney had "reached a conclusion as to what was just and reasonable which was open to him".
A 27 year-old man from Eastleigh has been jailed for four years and eight months at Southampton Crown Court after he admitted three charges of engaging in sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl.
Andrew Bailey of Yonge Close was charged after social media messages detailing his relationship with the teenager were reported to police.
Following the sentencing last week, investigating Officer DC Nick Hines from Hampshire Constabulary’s child abuse investigation team said:
"In this case the victim was a young vulnerable girl whom Mr Bailey groomed and then had sex with, in the knowledge that she was only 14 years-old.
"This enquiry was challenging and required help from many different agencies and organisations including social services and Facebook. Andrew Bailey is rightly imprisoned, safeguarding the victim and the local community."
Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace a man missing from Eastleigh. David Armstrong, 39, was last seen at his home address in The Crescent, Eastleigh at 11.30am this morning.
After he left the house, he walked to NatWest bank in Eastleigh, where he withdrew £100 in cash. He has not been seen since.
He is described as: a white man, 5 ft 7 ins tall, slim build, short dark cropped hair, wearing a grey fleece and dark trousers.
"We are concerned for Mr Armstrong’s welfare and we would urge anyone who sees him, to contact the police immediately. I would also like to appeal directly to David and ask him to make contact with us, or his family, to let them know he is safe and well. Mr Armstrong works in Havant, but he did not attend work today. We are in the process of speaking to David’s friends and family, as well as checking CCTV from local businesses and local transport. If you see David or have any information about where he might be, please call us immediately.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the duty Sergeant at Eastleigh Police Station by phoning 101 or call the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.
A £1,000 reward is being offered to help catch a snatch thief who tried on the most expensive watch in a jewellers, before running away with it on his wrist.
The brazen thief, wearing sunglasses, asked to try on the rolex - with an £8,000 price tag. But seconds later he was gone. The robbery happened at David Mellor Jewellers at the Swan Centre in Eastleigh. Sarah Cooper speaks to one of the shop workers, Milly Blake, and James Mellor, managing director in training, in her report.
Shocked staff at a jewellers in Eastleigh have been speaking of the moment a man, they thought was a genuine customer, turned and ran - with the shop's most expensive watch around his wrist.
The brazen thief, wearing sunglasses, asked to try on the rolex - with an £8,000 price tag. But seconds later he was gone.
The robbery happened at David Mellor Jewellers at the Swan Centre in Eastleigh.
The shop is now offering a reward for anyone who can help catch the culprit.
Police investigating an incident of criminal damage at a business on Southampton Road in Eastleigh are appealing for drivers who may have seen what happened to come forward.
Just after midnight, early on Saturday morning, thirty new cars parked at the Budget/Avis car hire site were keyed and had their tyres slashed. Around £45,000 of damage was caused to vehicles including BMW’s, Peugeot’s, and Vauxhall’s.
Detectives are especially keen to speak to two men that were seen in the area at the time. The first man is described as:
- Around 21-years-old.
- Wearing a white t-shirt with a logo on the front and blue jeans.
- Slim and around 5ft 10ins tall.
- Short light coloured hair.
- Carrying a carrier bag.
- The second man is described as
- Around 20-years-old.
- Wearing a navy t-shirt, dark jeans and a rucksack.
- Slim and around 6ft tall.
- He had brown short untidy hair.
Firefighters in Hampshire have made the world's biggest naan bread.
They aimed to book a break at least 3 metres by 1.2 metres.
An attempt to make the world's largest naan bread takes place in Hampshire later today. Visitors to Eastleigh Mela will be able to see the record breaking attempt.
The aim is to beat the world record whilst raising money for The Fire Fighters Charity, Water Wells Project and Hampshire Hurricanes.
The Eastleigh Mela will take place on Sunday 6 July 2014 (11am – 6pm) at Leigh Road Recreation Ground in Eastleigh. Every year, the Asian Welfare and Cultural Association coordinate a range of events to engage with the local community.
Firefighter will attempt to make the world's largest naan break in Hampsire tomorrow.
The aim is to cook a naan bread at least 3 metres by 1.2 metres. The current record measured 2.89 metres by 1 metre and weighed 9.5 kg (20lb 15oz).