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.
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:
• 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'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.
There are delays of up to 45 minutes on First Great Western between Fareham and Southampton Central due to emergency services dealing with an incident at Swanwick.
First Great Western expects the disruption to continue until at least 11am.
Customers of collapsed delivery firm City Link have been told to collect their undelivered Christmas parcels after nearly 2,400 staff were made redundant.
There are still 30,000 parcels waiting to be collected from City Link depots, which stopped accepting new items on Christmas Eve.
Customers who have sent parcels and intended recipients have been advised to collect their items between 8am and 8pm, with depots expected to remain open until "approximately" January 6.
The joint administrator of City Links said in a statement that all staff affected by the redundancies had been informed and would receive advice on making claims for redundancy and notice pay:
It is with regret that we have to announce substantial redundancies at City Link Limited, which ceased accepting new parcels on 24 December 2014. The Company endured substantial losses, which ultimately became too great for it to continue as a going concern, and City Link Limited entered administration following an unsuccessful sale process.
At meetings across City Link Limited’s UK sites on Monday 29 December 2014 and Tuesday 30 December 2014, employees were informed that there would be substantial redundancies as no new business was being taken on. Many of these employees were sent home, and informed that they would shortly receive formal correspondence to confirm their work status.
The administrators of City Link have announced 2,356 redundancies after a deal to keep the delivery firm afloat foundered.
A statement from Ernst & Young said the jobs would be shed at all of the companies UK sites. A workforce of just 371 will remain to process parcels still in the network and to help wind down operations.
Ernst & Young said that an offer for the firm had been made by a consortium "which offered no money up front" and that no deal had been reached.
Workers from Fareham who were told they will lose their jobs on New Year's Day are furious at the company for the way they have been treated.
City Link and subcontracted workers will be paid until the end of December, but will be out of work from January 1 unless a buyer for the firm is found.
Jon Woods, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidate for Portsmouth North, said: "City Link have behaved appallingly. They have deliberately delayed telling the workforce their jobs are going until after the pre-Christmas rush to get the maximum work out of them. This is vulture capitalism at it’s worse. Business Secretary Vince Cable should be hammering out a rescue package today. The government should nationalise City Link to save jobs."
'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.
Emma Wilkinson has more details:
Fareham in Hampshire is Britain's most car-dependent town, official figures show.
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.