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Fire crews tackle diesel train blaze in Eastleigh

Around 27 firefighters from Eastleigh, St Mary's, Redbridge, Fareham and Cosham attended a fire involving a diesel train in the early hours of this morning.

Crews were called to Campbell Road in Eastleigh where the engine compartment and diesel tank of one of the compartments was 100% damaged by fire. Two jets, one CAFS hosereel and 12 sets of breathing apparatus were used to tackle the fire the cause of which is under investigation.

The 999 call was received at 0024 and the stop message came in at 0247.


Woman targeted in alleyway bleach attack

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:

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.

– Bleach attack victim

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."

– Hampshire police spokesman

70-year-old cyclist killed in Eastleigh crash

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.


Two brothers due in court over newsagent's murder

Flowers outside Choudry Zishan's shop in Eastleigh Credit: ITV News Meridian

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.

Hampshire man attacked in violent robbery

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.

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.”

– Susan Hampton, Eastleigh Detective Constable

Fake police scam loses victims thousands

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.

Fake police scam aimed at the elderly in Eastleigh

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
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