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Family tribute to motorcyclist killed in mystery crash

Martin Robert Southwell Credit: Hampshire Police

The family of a motorcyclist found unconscious by the side of the road in Fareham have paid tribute to him.

Martin Robert Southwell, 58, from Andover, was found on Newgate Lane, near the entrance of Fort Fareham industrial estate. Paramedics attended but were unable to save him.

Police say it appears Mr Southwell came off of his motorcycle as he left the industrial estate. His Triumph Rocket Roadster motorcycle was found in the middle of the road.

Mr Southwell’s son, Rob Southwell has said: “He will be greatly missed by his family and the local community.”

Police continue to appeal for witnesses to this incident.

Anyone with information should get in contact via 101 quoting 44150331874.

Hampshire school offers help to Syrian refugees

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A school in Hampshire is offering help to refugee families. Boundary Oak School near Fareham is offering offers two free places to Syrian refugees. It comes after the Government announced yesterday that the UK would accept 20,000 refugees from camps surrounding the war torn country.

Headmistress Hazel Kellett, said “If the UK is going accept 20,000 Syrian refugees then we are putting our hands up to help. The boarding school is offering free full boarder places for two children, between the ages of 7 and 13. We are perfectly set to provide a safe haven, food and clothing, in a place where the Syrian children will be well cared for and supported emotionally. Most will have had a devastating journey, many will have been orphaned and we will give them a place to call home. Boundary Oak School is a family community, and given the scale of the Syrian crisis these vulnerable girls and boys need everyone’s support.


Motorcyclist dies in Fareham crash

A 50-year-old motorcyclist died when she collided with a car in Fareham today.

The crash happened at the traffic lights on The Avenue at the junction with Catisfield Road, opposite the Oast & Squire pub.

Police have closed the eastbound carriageway of The Avenue and expect it to remain closed for a while to come.

The female driver of the car, a blue Fiat Doblo, was not seriously hurt.

Police are keen to hear from anyone with information.

Four motorcyclists taken to hospital after crash

Police are investigating a road traffic collision, which happened on the A32 towards Fareham just before 8pm last night.

Four male motorcyclists were involved in the collision. One motorcyclist was taken by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital with life-threatening injuries; the other three were taken to the same hospital by ambulance, with what is thought to be non life-threatening injuries.

The road will remain closed for the next couple of hours while police investigate at the scene.

Police would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the collision.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting Operation Direction.


Driver, aged 90, charged following fatal crash

Royston Pratt, 90, from Hundred Acres at Wickham in Hampshire has been charged with causing death by driving without due care and attention.

He will appear at Fareham Magistrates Court on May 27th. The charge comes after a Triumph motorbike and a Landrover Defender were involved in a collision on the B2177 just before Christmas.

Robert McQueen, 37, and from Port Solent near Portsmouth died at the scene


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.

Fareham MP will stand down at General Election

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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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