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Havant borough council flood update

A high tide and storm conditions have led to limited flooding in Emsworth, Langstone and Hayling Island.

The flooding caused some damage to the slipway at Langstone, which will be assessed, along with the rest of the foreshore, once the weather allows.

There is more bad weather expected this weekend and Havant Borough Council will have staff on stand-by to assist if required.

Residents are asked to stay safe during this time and not visit areas where flooding is expected. There is a risk of being swept away by rough seas or flood water.

If anyone sees flooding near electricity substations in residential areas they are asked to report it to Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) on 0800 072 72 82.

Appeal for man following Casino assault

A 35-year-old man was assaulted by another man in the Grosvenor Casino in Gunwharf Quays.

Police are appealing for the man in the CCTV image to speak to them in connection with the assault that happened on Sunday 6th October 2013.

Police have released this CCTV image of a man they wish to speak to about the assault Credit: Hampshire Police

The victim from Emsworth received facial injuries but they were not life-threatening.


Olympic rower receives Army medal for tour of duty

by Sally Simmonds

The Olympic champion Heather Stanning, who won the first gold medal for Great Britain at London 2012 - today received a medal of a different kind.

Captain Stanning was presented with an operational medal at her barracks in Thorney Island in Sussex. It follows a six month tour - in Afghanistan.

The army officer and her team mate Helen Glover, won Team GB’s first Gold Medal at the London 2012 games in the rowing women’s pair.

The Royal Artillery officer told our reporter Sally Simmonds - she now has her heart set on a second gold - in Rio.

Olympic champion presented with army medal

Captain Heather Stanning has just returned from Afghanistan Credit: MOD

Olympic Gold Medallist Captain Heather Stanning has returned from Helmand Province after a 6 month tour as part of the British military’s force in Afghanistan. Army Officer Heather, and her team mate Helen Glover, won Team GB’s first Gold Medal at the London 2012 games in the rowing women’s pair.

A new medal for Olympic champion Heather Credit: MOD

Following her Olympic success Capt Stanning returned to her career with the Royal Artillery. After completing intensive pre-deployment training and specialist training working with the Royal Artillery’s Unmanned Air Systems, her chosen specialisation, she deployed to Afghanistan in April this year.

Police appeal for witnesses after rock thrown at car

This was an extremely dangerous thing to have done and it is fortunate no one was hurt or even killed. The bridge carries a farm track over the A27 between Woodmancote Lane and South Lane in Southbourne. It lies midway between the Stein Road and Broad Road bridges. Anybody who saw anyone loitering either on the bridge or in that area is asked to get in touch.

– PC Andy Rawlinson, Sussex Police

Anyone with information should phone Sussex Police on 101, quoting 1509 of 1/11, or Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Woman uninjured after rock thrown at windscreen

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman driving west on the A27 between Chichester and Emsworth at about 6.20pm on Friday, November 1, had a rock thrown at her convertible car, smashing the windscreen.

The woman and her husband, who was a passenger in the vehicle, were showered in glass but escaped injury. The woman managed to safely stop the car in a nearby lay-by.

The rock was thrown from a bridge near Havant.

Garden project gets children buzzing

A school's garden has been transformed to try and help boost the declining bee population.

Pupils from St James Primary School in Emsworth built their own garden with flowers to attract bees and improve school grounds.

School pupils' bee garden
St James Primary School with the 'bee hotel' Credit: BIG Partnership

Staff from Southern Electric joined the pupils as part of the company's Community at Heart scheme that encourages all their employees to spend a work day supporting community projects.

The day also involved teaching pupils about sustainability and the importance of bees to our environment.

Southern electric volunteers at primary school
St James Primary School pupils with Southern Electric volunteers in the garden Credit: BIG partnership

Bruce Waelend, Head Teacher at St. James Primary School said: “It’s great when the children can be involved in something that not only improves their school environment but also allows them to learn something about nature and engage in something practical.

The kids have had a great day as well as the teachers; we really appreciate the time offered by the Southern Electric staff.”

Man bailed after questioning

A 43-year-old man from Hastings in Sussex who was questioned by police over two attempted child abductions has been released on bail until February while police make further inquiries.

Hampshire Police are calling on motorists from Sussex to come forward with any information about two attempted child abductions in Havant on 18th and 19th December. The first incident was in Leigh Park, the second in Emsworth.

A priority is identifying and talking with two motorists who we believe are vital witnesses to the second attempted abduction in Emsworth.

It is possible these motorists were commuters travelling into or out of Sussex, particularly Chichester, on Wednesday morning.

The 11-year-old victim told police that drivers sounded their horns at him when he ran into traffic to get away from his attempted abductor. If you were driving a gold-coloured Mini-style car or similar model, or a blue Vauxhall, in Southleigh Road in Emsworth at around 8.30am on 19th December 2012, please contact police."

– Detective Inspector Jeff Huggett, Waterlooville CID.

So far, police have received 45 calls from the public and spoken with 40 motorists. In a statement, Hampshire Police said the arrest and bailing of one man was one of many leads being followed. They said there were other important witnesses they hoped to speak to.

A team of officers and staff continue to work extra shifts this weekend to gather and analyse information about the circumstances of both attempted abductions and the identity of whoever was responsible. We would like to thank colleagues in Sussex Police for their assistance.

I would like to express my thanks to both children and their families after such an upsetting experience. Police are grateful to them and the parents for their time, co-operation and composure during a series of events that have disrupted their lives so close to Christmas."

– Detective Inspector Jeff Huggett
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