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Man left with broken jaw and another with fractured shoulder after Basingstoke attack

Were you in Basingstoke town centre in the early hours of the morning of Saturday, January 24? Did you see an assault taking place?

Police are investigating after a 30-year-old man was left with a broken jaw and his 27-year-old brother sustained a fractured shoulder.

The two brothers and their friend were walking near the rear of Alexander and Dry Funeral Directors in Seal Road at about 3.15am when the incident took place. A group of about 10 men were initially involved in a verbal altercation which then escalated and the victims were assaulted when they tried to walk away.

Police release CCTV after alcohol stolen from shop

Thames Valley Police is realising a CCTV image after an incident of shoplifting in Kidlington. Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is realising a CCTV image after an incident of shoplifting in Kidlington.

The offence took place at 3.20pm on 12 January in Sainsbury’s, Oxford Road.

Two men entered the store, selected a large number of bottles of spirits and left without paying.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact investigating officer PC Rob Bull, of Bicester police station, via the 24-hour enquiry line 101.

If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.


Lorry driver to appear at court charged with causing death by dangerous driving

Simon Shore from Highworth in Swindon, Wiltshire, was pronounced dead at the scene after a crash on the A34 Credit: Thames Valley Police

Police can now provide an update following a fatal road traffic collision on the A34 on Saturday, January 24.

At around 5.45pm on the northbound carriageway near the Tufton crossroads a Vauxhall Zafira was involved in a collision with an HGV lorry.

Sadly the front seat passenger of the Vauxhall Zafira, 53-year-old Simon Shore from Highworth in Swindon, Wiltshire, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, a 40-year-old man, and two rear seat passengers (a 13-year-old girl and 38-year-old man) sustained minor injuries.

The driver of the HGV, 48-year-old Piotr Janowski from Poland, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by damgerous driving. He will appear at Basingstoke Magistrates today.

Pensioner with 5 drink-driving convictions banned from the road again

Empty pint classes with car key Credit: Press Association

A pensioner from East Sussex with five drink-driving convictions has been banned from the road again.

Harry Brown was stopped by police in St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, on December 1 and arrested after he was seen driving erratically.

The 75-year-old, of Willingdon Way, St Leonards-on-Sea, who also has six convictions for driving while disqualified, pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified, driving without insurance and possession of cannabis when he appeared at Hastings Magistrates' Court last week, Sussex Police said.

He was banned from driving for five years, given a 12-week suspended prison sentence, fined £50 and ordered to pay £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.

Drink-driving is totally unacceptable and we will continue to target those who drive after drinking or taking drugs but we need the public's help. If you know or suspect someone is drink-driving, callus immediately so we can take action. We need to get offenders off the roads before they kill or seriously injure people.

– Superintendent Jane Derrick, head of roads policing in Sussex and Surrey

A total of 38 people have so far been convicted of offences as part of the force's December campaign to tackle antisocial driving. People can text officers on 65999 with the details of anyone they suspect of drink- or drug-driving or visit

Flood alleviation scheme gets the green light

Flood clearance: TfB's super sucker helps clear a resident's garden of flood water Credit: Buckinghamshire County Council
Sandbag station: help for residents to keep floodwater at bay in the Pound Lane, Marlow, area Credit: Buckinghamshire County Council

Work begins in June on Marlow's flood alleviation scheme, to protect homes in the Pound Lane and Firview areas of the town, following confirmation that the £8.5 million cost has been covered.

Since the severe weather of Winter 2013/14, which left parts of Marlow under several feet of flood water, a consortium of councils and the Environment Agency has been working together to find funding for the project.

So far Buckinghamshire County Council has given £1.25m, while the Government is contributing £3.25m and Marlow Town Council £60,000. Wycombe District Council will provide officer time and expertise.

Today the consortium announced confirmation that the remaining £4m would come from the Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee Local Levy, a £10.5m fund supported by councils in the Thames Valley.

The project, to be led by the Environment Agency (EA), involves building protective earth embankments, excavating flood attenuation ponds, and installing heavy-duty pumps to control surface water levels, between homes in Pound Lane and Fairview and the River Thames.

Work on the ground will start in June and take around five years. Meanwhile EA is overseeing preparation, such as archaeological recording, site access and temporary road closure notices needed at times during the work.

Commuters speak up aboard the 'train of shame'

Millions of us take to the roads, trains and buses every day. But how much of an issue will transport play during the election. There are certainly some controversial issues like extra airport runways, HS2 and the current crowding on the roads and trains. Well to find out our Transport correspondent Mike Pearse took a ride on the worst performing train in Britain, the 0729 from Brighton to Victoria.

Mike Pearse spoke to the following people: AA President Edmund King, Gatwick Campaigner Sally Pavey, Chief Executive of Gatwick Airport Stuart Wingate, and Stephen Joseph from Campaign for Better Transport.


Communities in South East to benefit from government cash injection

Hastings Borough Council receives £500,000 to improve the seafront and visitor attractions and amenities in Hastings, including bikes to hire, improved signage, information walks and trails and landscaping. It will create 260 jobs.

This is excellent news and really fits with the seafront strategy which we recently agreed. The restoration of the Pier is well underway, White Rock Baths will re-open this year as a BMX centre and we are putting money into refurbishing Bottle Alley and now we have succeeded in attracting an additional £500,000 to improve the seafront further.

– Cllr Jeremy Birch, leader Hastings Borough Council

The Conservation Volunteers receives £360,000 to improve the Solent Way coastal path through Hampshire, develop nearby routes and better signage. This will create 8jobs.

We’re delighted that we’ve been awarded this grant. The Solent Way runs for 60 miles along the Hampshire coast and passes through some beautiful and wonderful locations. We are looking forward to working with our local authority partners and local people, to help improve and highlight this special place and through this create and support local jobs and businesses.

– Paul Forrest-Jameson from the charity

Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company, near Brighton, receives £2.3 million to restore the outside area and pools of Saltdean Lido (the UK’s only Grade2* listed lido) to create a unique tourist and leisure destination and community hub. This will create 60 jobs.

Today's news is a massive boost for both the lido and our local economy. We will now be able to restore and refurbish the pools and outside area and provide local residents and visitors with a beautiful place to swim, relax and enjoy being outside.

I would like to thank the volunteer directors of our group who continue to dedicate hours and hours to restore this unique space and also our local MP Simon Kirby who has supported the project from the outset.

– Rebecca Crook, chair of Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company

Gravesham Borough Council receives £1.8 million to refurbish and revitalise Gravesend's Borough Charter Market to transform it into a thriving retail centre and creative hub. Will benefit 40 local businesses and create 35 jobs.

It is very good news that the merit of the council’s initiative to refurbish one of the oldest charter markets in England has been recognised with this award. The council will now be able to progress our plans to rejuvenate and transform the market so it can once again take its place at the very heart of this riverside heritage town.

– Gravesham Borough Council’s leader Cllr John Burden

Worthing Council, West Sussex receives £245,000 to transform a landmark building and establish a Creative Hub, providing affordable workspace for the creative community together with exhibition and retail space. It will be a focus for business support that can both create and sustain new jobs in the creative industries.

Thanet District Council in Kent receives £247,000 to develop tourism along Thanet’s unique coast in Margate, that will draw visitors throughout the year and encourage people to stay. The project will create two full time and two part time jobs.

I am delighted that the council’s funding bid has been successful. This particular funding will enable us to maximise Thanet’s unique assets. The aim of the project is to enable residents and visitors to engage with the coastline and heritage assets, allowing them to take greater pride in and learn more about Thanet. This crucial funding will also resource the creation of a support network to capitalise on the fantastic volunteering spirit of locals and also mean new people are introduced to Thanet’s stunning coastline.

– Leader of Thanet District Council and Cabinet Member for Tourism, Cllr Iris Johnston

Eastbourne Borough Council in East Sussex receives £1.8 million to regenerate the Devonshire Ward in Eastbourne through developing new leisure and business facilities, improving public realm and promoting local artists and providing training. It will create18 jobs.

This is fantastic news for Devonshire. The £1.8m will deliver many projects across the ward,including improvements to Princes Park, refurbished fascias in Seaside Road andpublic realm enhancements to Seahouses Square.

The residents and businesses of Devonshire will benefit greatly from the investment, and the area will draw in even more tourists.

– Councillor Steve Wallis

Prime Minister: 'I want to take part in TV debates'

Prime Minister David Cameron has told ITV News Meridian that he will take part in televised debates before the General Election.

The Tory party leader said in his interview with Fred Dinenage he was happy to take part as long as his request for the Green Party to be involved in the debate were met.

He made his comments during a visit to a community centre in Bursledon in Hampshire.

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