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Body of missing man found in Fareham

Hampshire Constabulary have confirmed that a body found in the Ranvilles Lane area of Fareham this morning is that of Kieran Smith.

The 24 year old from the town, has been missing since March 10th. Family and friends have organised many searches over the last few weeks in their efforts to find him.

His death is not being treated as suspicious. The Coroner has been notified. Officers say their thoughts and condolences are with this family, who are being kept informed by police.

Hampshire Constabulary is referring this case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) as part of standard police procedure when a death occurs after recent police contact.

Concern for man missing since Tuesday

Hampshire Police are continuing their appeal for help to trace a Fareham man who went missing on Tuesday (March 10).

Kieran Smith, 24, went missing from his home in Fareham on Harcourt Road at about midday on Tuesday.

He is described as:

• White

• About five feet six inches tall

• Brown hair

• Blue eyes

He was last seen wearing a navy t-shirt, navy blue hoodie, grey jogging bottoms and white baseball boots.

Sergeant Simon Driver, who is investigating said: 'We are growing very concerned for the welfare of Kieran and would urge anyone who may have seen him since Tuesday to get in touch.'

Kieran, witnesses, or anyone with information are asked to contact police by phoning 101, alternatively call the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

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Fareham MP will stand down at General Election

Credit: Mark Hoban

Fareham's Conservative MP, Mark Hoban, has announced today that he will be stepping down from Parliament at May's General Election.

After 14 years in Parliament I believe that it is time to start a new chapter in my life, so I have decided not to re-stand in May’s General Election. This has been a difficult decision but the right one. It is time to turn a new page and take on some new challenges.

It has been a privilege to have been the Member of Parliament for Fareham since 2001. In that time, together we have more than doubled the majority. I have been able to help thousands of residents with their problems. After a hectic week in Westminster, visits to our excellent schools and college, thriving businesses and vibrant voluntary sector always reinvigorate me. We have much to be proud of in Fareham.

– Mark Hoban MP

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Diabetes amputee urges others to check feet

'Put feet first' is the message to diabetes sufferers in Hampshire, which it's been revealed, has the highest amputation rate in the country.

New figures show more diabetes patients have limbs removed in Gosport and Fareham than anywhere in Britain.

Experts say in many cases, such drastic measures could be have been prevented.

A man who had to have his lower leg removed spoke to other patients at a workshop in Fareham, about the importance of regularly checking feet.

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Fareham most car-dependent town in Britain

Fareham in Hampshire is Britain's most car-dependent town, official figures show.

People in Fareham twice as reliant on cars than in London

There are 538.7 cars registered to addresses in Fareham for every 1,000 people living in the town, the figures published by the Office for National Statistics as part of a major international study on urban life show.

It means that people in the town, which sits between Portsmouth and Southampton, are more than twice as reliant on cars as those in Manchester, Liverpool or Nottingham and almost twice as much as those in London and other major cities.

The car-to-people ratio in the town is also 65% higher than in neighbouring Portsmouth and 52% more than Southampton.

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