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CCTV images may hold clues to robbery in Hampshire

CCTV from JD Sports in Eastleigh Credit: Hampshire Police

Police believe the people in these CCTV pictures may hold vital information about the robbery of an elderly woman in Eastleigh. Two men grabbed the woman's handbag after asking for a lighter outside her home. When she put her handbag on the floor to look for a lighter, another youth ran into the garden, grabbed the bag and ran off. The other youth followed. Her bank card was then used in several shops on the same day.
The value of the items purchased with the card totalled just under £4,000.

The teenage boy who approached the woman asking for a lighter is described as tall, of a medium build, aged between 16-17 years old and with short dark hair. The second teenage boy is described as shorter than the first male, of a slim build and slightly younger. Police say the group of people in the images may hold important evidence. They are urging anyone who might know them to contact the Police.

CCTV from Superdrug Credit: Hampshire Police
CCTV from River Island Credit: Hampshire Police


Break-in at Eastleigh store caught on CCTV

CCTV images Credit: Hampshire Police

Police have issued CCTV of three people who broke into a store in Hampshire, making off with a large amount of cigarettes.

The gang targeted the My Local Convenience Store on Fairoak Road in Eastleigh at around 5.10am on Friday, October 30. They left in a 53 plate silver saloon-type car. Their images were capture on the store’s CCTV.

Police Constable Paul Farquharson said: “Due to the time of day this incident occurred, we are appealing directly to early morning dog walkers, cyclists and commuters, or anyone else who has an early start to their day who may have seen anything. There weren't many cars on the road at this time, did you see a 53 plate silver saloon? Furthermore, do you recognise the clothing worn by these people depicted in the CCTV image? Maybe you recognise their clothing or build? Please get in contact via 101"

Tories say Eastleigh is set to be a Lib Dem gain

Liberal Democrat and Conservative insiders both say that from early tallies, Conservative candidate Mims Davies looks to have won Eastleigh, overturning Lib Dem Mike Thornton's 1,771 majority. Mr Thornton won the seat at a 2013 by-election after disgraced MP Chris Huhne resigned. - PA

Mike Thornton won Eastleigh at the by-election - but can he hold onto it? Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Burglars steal flat packed furniture from Eastleigh warehouse

Have you been offered cheap flat pack furniture for sale?

Detectives are appealing for information following a burglary that occurred at an industrial unit in Tower Lane, Eastleigh on December 11.

Shortly after 1am offenders gained entry into a warehouse and stole the keys for a delivery vehicle. The offenders then drove off with the vehicle which had been fully loaded ready for deliveries.

I would urge anyone to think twice about buying any item at a greatly reduced price, especially if they believe it may be stolen property.

– Detective Constable Kevin Darvill from the Western Investigation Team

Four people from Southampton, two men aged 47 and 21 and two women aged 55 and 25 have been arrested in connection with the investigation and have been bailed until June pending further investigation. A large amount of stolen property has also been recovered.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Det Con Darvill by calling 101 and quoting Op Renard or 44140441561, or call the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.


Plans revealed for 1000 new homes in Hampshire town

Artist's impression of new development Credit: Highwood

Controversial plans for 1000 new homes have been revealed on the outskirts of a Hampshire town.

The North Stoneham Park development would transform land south of Eastleigh. If approved by borough council planners, the development would feature around 1,100 new homes spread across the 62-hectare site. The £70-million pound complex would also include a new primary school, nursery, community centre, shops and care home on the site near to junction 5 of the M27. Campaigners are worried about traffic and losing historic park land and playing pitches.

Development plans Credit: Highwood

The plans have been handed in to the Borough Council after two public exhibitions last year. Eastleigh Borough Council, which owns the site alongside Highwood and the County Council, has earmarked the site south of Chestnut Avenue for housing for several years.

A decision on the plans is due during the summer, and if the development is approved construction work could begin next year.

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Shopkeeper death: Brothers 'washed bloody clothes'

The trial of two brothers accused of murdering a shopkeeper has heard how they washed their blood-stained clothes and trainers in a friend's washing machine shortly after killing him.

Choudhry Zishan, who was 35, was killed outside his shop in Eastleigh High Street in March. Today, the court heard how police had stopped the brothers about a separate incident in the town centre minutes before they carried out the attack.

They deny murder. Emma Wilkinson sent this from Winchester Crown Court:

Nick Clegg meets apprentices from across the region

The Deputy Prime Minister has been in Eastleigh this morning to meet apprentices from across the region.

Nick Clegg visited the Prysmian Cables factory to celebrate what the Lib Dems claim is a 90 percent increase in the number of apprenticeships under their government.

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