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Owner of historic mill badly damaged by fire says staff battled to save the building

The owner of the historic Bourne Mill Antiques Centre in Farnham has spoken of his devastation at the damage caused by a fire that broke out in the roof.

David Myers told ITV Meridian that every room in the mill had been damaged and spoke about the frantic efforts of staff to extinguish the blaze before it took hold.


In pictures: Farnham antique centre fire

First picture of fire at antiques centre

Credit: ITV Meridian

Firefighters are tackling a major fire at Bourne Mill antiques centre in Farnham.

Residents say that large plumes are smoke can be seen across the town.

Credit: ITV Meridian


TRAVEL - TRAINS: HAMPSHIRE Disruption between Alton & Farnham

Replacement bus service running on South West Trains between Alton and Farnham due to emergency engineering works.

Buses are replacing trains between Alton & Farnham, extending journey times by up to 20 minutes.Buses will not be calling at Bentley, passengers will be provided with taxis instead. Disruption is expected until 11:00.

Victim named in Farnham murder case

The body of a man found in a property in Farnham on Sunday, has been formally identified as that of 41-year-old Glenn Hack. A post mortem examination has now been carried out which has given the cause of death as multiple injuries.

A murder investigation was launched following the discovery of Mr Hack's body at his home address in Victoria Road at 7.22pm.

Two men were arrested on suspicion of murder. A 46-year-old man from Farnham has been released on bail. A 47-year-old man of no fixed abode remains in custody.

"Our thoughts and sympathies go out to Mr Hack's family at this difficult time and we are continuing to support the family and provide them with regular updates while our investigation continues. We believe this to be an isolated incident and officers are carrying out a number of enquiries to establish the full circumstances of what happened. We would particularly like to speak to anyone who was in Victoria Road area between midday and 11pm on Saturday to come forward with any information which might help the enquiry. Any detail, no matter how small, could be vital. If you wish to do so you can report any details you may have to the independent charity Crimestoppers in complete anonymity by calling 0800 555 111. Anyone with any information is asked to call Surrey Police on 101"

– Detective Chief Inspector Mark Preston
Property where the body was discovered Credit: ITV Meridian

Crews deal with woodland fire in Surrey

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service were called to a fire burning in around eight hectares of heathland and woodland yesterday afternoon. A number of fire engines, specialist off-road vehicles and firefighters were sent to the scene.

Fire crews are at woodland near Farnham in Surrey Credit: Surrey Fire and Rescue

“We plan to have four fire engines, two Land Rovers and around 25 firefighters tackling this fire today. Firefighters are working hard in hot and difficult conditions to put the fire out and dampen down the area."

– Spokesman for Surrey Fire and Rescue Service
Fire crews are at woodland near Farnham in Surrey Credit: Surrey Fire and Rescue

As the weather is set to remain warm and dry Surrey Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to enjoy the countryside safely.

Tips on staying safe and protecting Surrey’s countryside include:

  • ensure cigarettes and other smoking materials are fully extinguished
  • only use barbecues in suitable area and never leave them unattended
  • don’t leave bottles or glass in woodlands – sunlight shining through glass can start fires
  • avoid lighting open fires in the countryside
  • If you see a fire in the countryside:
  • dial 999 and report it immediately to the Fire and Rescue Service
  • do not try to tackle the fire if it can’t be put out with a bucket of water – leave the area as quickly as possible

Meningitis survivor calls for jab to be approved

A woman from Farnham who almost died of meningitis has told ITV Meridian she's appalled at delays in introducing a vaccine to save lives.

22-year-old Amy Davis - who had to have a leg amputated and a hip replaced - is urging the government to make the jab, which was approved last March, available as soon as possible.

The delay is down to a dispute over the vaccine's cost.

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