The Conservative majority on Essex County Council has been slashed by a UKIP breakthrough and gains by Labour and the Greens.
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has hailed his party's success in the Eastleigh by-election.
The Conservative Party has a habit of turning a drama into a crisis. Especially when the background to the drama is Europe.
A woman who had bleached squirted at her head as she walked through an alleyway has thanked passers-by who she believes helped save her sight.
The victim was walking along a path between Newtown Road and George Street in Eastleigh, Hampshire, at 9.20am on Monday when the attack happened.
The 46-year-old said she screamed and used her panic alarm which alerted local residents who took her to the home of a former nurse, Sara Harrison, who helped by pouring water on her face until paramedics arrived.
The victim, who did not want to be named, told the Southern Daily Echo:
– Bleach attack victim
My eyes were stinging. I was screaming and crying. I was worried about my eyes, worried about what was going to happen to me. I don't feel safe. Why did somebody do it to me? I'm not doing any wrong.
– Hampshire police spokesman
The 46-year-old local woman has told officers someone approached her from behind and assaulted her. She was taken to the Southampton General Hospital and treated for irritation to her skin and eyes. Police would like to hear from anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area at the time."
A 70-year-old cyclist who collided with a car at Curbridge has now died.
70-year-old William Logan from Eastleigh was left in a serious condition after colliding with an Audi on the A334 in Eastleigh.
He was taken to Southampton General Hospital for treatment but has since died and police are now appealing for witnesses or any information relating to the crash.
Hundreds of mourners have attended the funeral of a newsagent who was killed outside his shop in Eastleigh last month. People from all sections of the community gathered at the Medina Mosque in Southampton to pay their respects to Choudhry Zishan. Richard Jones reports.
Two brothers are due to appear in court charged with the murder of a newsagent in Eastleigh. Choudry Zishan was killed outside his family's shop on Eastleigh High Street at the weekend. He had a five-year-old son and his wife is six months pregnant.
Jonathan and Samuel McKinley, who are 22 and 25 and of no fixed address, are due before Magistrates.
A 21-year-old man from Eastleigh suffered a bruised and swollen face after two men attacked him as he walked along the street.
The incident happened between 1.30 and 1.40am on Sunday 2nd March along Desborough Road in the town.
Two men ran towards him and dragged him to the floor then threatened him and demanded his phone and wallet.
He was then punched in the head but his attackers ran off as a group of youths approached them.
– Susan Hampton, Eastleigh Detective Constable
This was a violent and unprovoked robbery on a young man who was walking home from work. We’d like to hear from anyone who saw what happened, or who has information to come forward.”
Police are investigating reports of a fake police telephone scam, aimed at the elderly, after victims lose thousands in cash or valuables.
All those involved received a telephone call from a man claiming to be from Hammersmith Police.
One 83-year-old woman was then told that there had been fraudulent activity on her bank account and someone had been arrested.
She was told that her bank was under police surveillance and she should withdraw money. A courier would then pick it.
She did this, only to be called back and told it was a scam.
Other victims, who have lost valuable items instead of cash, have received similar phone calls.
Anyone who receives a call like this should contact PS Harry Wilson at Eastleigh police station on 101.
Police are warning people in Eastleigh to be on their guard as a fake police scam, aimed at the elderly, has been reported to them.
Victims have all received a phone call from a man claiming to be from Hammersmith Police.
The man sounds very plausible but police are warning to not give out bank details or to pass any valuable items to couriers following calls like this.
They have given this advice on any telephone scams:
- Never accept offers over the phone "if they sound too good to be true, they usually are."
- Never give personal details over the phone
- Report any suspicious phone calls to your phone company
- Consider registering your phone number with Telephone Preference Service (TPS Online) or 0845 070 0707
- Most telephone providers will block anonymous callers
- Never give your credit or bank card PIN over the phone. This information is never requested legitimately by your bank or the police
- If you think something is wrong, hang up the phone
2/2 ..Portsmouth services (via Eastleigh) will be diverted, local disruption is expected until 04.02.14. Details: http://t.co/i4hNGNEsvQ
Police have named a lorry driver who died following a collision on the M3 at Eastleigh on Saturday. He was Antony Welling, 60, of Abbots Langley in Hertfordshire.
Mr Welling was driving a Mercedes lorry on the M3 southbound around 4.50pm, when it collided with a motorway barrier at junction 13.
He was taken by ambulance to Southampton General Hospital where he later died. His passenger, a 45-year-old man from Essex, was also taken to hospital with serious but not life threatening injuries.
Police are continuing their investigation and would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Temporary Sergeant Dan Golding at the Totton Roads Policing unit, quoting Operation Magnolite, on 101.
A man has died after a road traffic accident on the M3 on Saturday 4th January.
A 7.5 tonne Mercedes box lorry was involved in the accident at junction 13 of the M3 at Eastleigh. It happened just before 5pm. The victim was a sixty-year-old man.
Hampshire Police are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information can contact Sergeant Dan Golding at the Totton Road Policing Unit on 101, quoting Op Magnolite.