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Mother and toddler saved by their smoke alarm

A mother and toddler were saved from their home in Fareham this afternoon thanks to their smoke alarm.

Fareham crews were called to Hillson Drive in the Hill Park area at 1pm to a fire in a ground floor living room.

The mother and child were upstairs but managed to escape through the front door, thanks to the early detection of smoke from their alarm.

The blaze was under control within an hour but there was a considerable amount of damage to the living room and smoke damage to the rest of the house.

Crew Manager Mark Ryder said, "The mother heard the alarm activating downstairs and saw the living room on fire.

"Considering how quickly the fire developed, had she not had the warning from the smoke alarm she could have been trapped upstairs."

Missing pensioner 'requires medication'

John Mills suffers from mental health problems. He requires medication for his condition, which he does not have with him. We advise members of the public not to approach the 70-year-old if you see him but to call the police immediately.

– Hampshire Police spokesperson

Anyone who has seen somebody matching Mr Mill’s description or knows his whereabouts are asked not approach him but to contact the police on 101, or 999 in an emergency. Information can also be given anonymously through the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.


70-year-old man missing from hospital

John Mills was last seen on Saturday Credit: Hampshire Police

Police are growing concerned for the whereabouts of 70-year-old John Mills from Uplands Hospital in Fareham. John was last seen at the hospital at 6.15pm yesterday (Saturday, August 31, 2013).

John Mills is described as:

  • White

  • 5 feet nine inches tall

  • Slim build

  • Grey hair

  • Walks with an unsteady gait

  • Last seen wearing a dark checked shirt, navy jacket, jeans and black shoes.

Man arrested after Fareham burglary

A 34-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of burglary after a handbag was stolen from a Fareham home.

A man was seen running away from the scene of the burglary in Leigh Road through a back door between 1.30pm and 1.50pm on Monday 19th August.

A handbag was reported stolen and police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with more information to contact 101.

The man who was arrested has been questioned and bailed until October.

CCTV appeal following charity box theft

Police would like to speak to in connection with the theft Credit: Hampshire Police

Police have issued a CCTV image of a couple they would like to speak to in connection with a charity box theft in Fareham.

The incident happened at 3.20pm on Saturday, May 18 at Soccer City.

A man removed a set of car keys from behind the counter and opened a car outside but shut and locked it when he saw nothing of value.

A woman who he appeared to be with bought a drink from the bar and took the charity box from the counter when the staff's back was turned.

The charity box was for a Muscular Dystrophy charity and is believed to have contained around £70.


Police want to speak to this man

Police have released a photo of wanted man, Stephen Weir Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police are searching for a man in connection with the burglary of a Fareham supermarket.

Detectives are keen to trace 23-year-old Stephen Weir, who they believe to be in the Southampton area.

The incident happened at 4am on October 3, 2012 where three men broke into the Co-Op supermarket in the Locks Heath Centre.

The offenders made off with lots of cigarettes worth several thousand pounds.

Sergeant Al Dineley said: "We believe Stephen Weir has information about this offence and want to speak to him as a matter of urgency."

Stephen is described as white, of slim build, 5ft 10ins with dark brown hair and blue eyes.

  1. Nia Mason

Save the bees: Volunteers create wildflower habitats

The region's bees remain under threat with the latest figures revealing a third of the south's colonies failed to survive this past winter. On the Isle of Wight there are plans to avoid cutting back vegetation on some roadsides to preserve habitats.

Another way of tackling the decline is to create new habitats and today volunteers began work on a new wildflower meadow at Titchfield Haven in Hampshire. When its complete it will be the sixty-second 'Bee World' created by the Friends of the Earth environmental group. Nia Mason reports.

The interviewees are Tim Pratt, the Co-ordinator, Gosport & Fareham Friends of the Earth; Karima Englefield, Assistant Ranger at the Titchfield National Haven Nature Reserve; and Caroline Dinenage (Conservative), Karima Englefield, Assistant Ranger at the Titchfield National Haven Nature Reserve; and Caroline Dinenage, the MP for Gosport.

'Bee World' creation at haven

European Union voted to ban certain pesticides because it was so concerned about the fate of bees Credit: Press Association Images

A wildflower area in Hampshire is being created to help bees. It's one of more than 60 'Bee Worlds' springing up around the country providing a purpose built habitat to reverse the insect's decline.

The area in Titchfield Haven will have long lasting flowers providing vital food for threatened bees and other pollinating insects.

Traffic warning for horse fair

Horses paraded at the annual fair in Wickham Credit: PA Wire

The Wickham horse fair will take place in The Square on Monday 20, May where horses are bought and sold.

The fair is traditionally run by members of the travelling community who come from across the the country to trade the animals and parade them.

Hampshire Police has warned of the possible traffic disruption that will see several roads in Wickham closed from 5am until 8pm due to crowds and horses.

Permits have been given to residents to allow them to get to their homes through the closures.

Chief Inspector Andy Houghton said: "This event is steeped in history for Wickham and we have been working closely with Hampshire County Council, Winchester City Council, Wickham Parish Council and other agencies to help maintain a safe environment for visitors and residents to enjoy the day."

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