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1,000 member social club bust days before Christmas

A social club in Hampshire has been serving the local community for more than sixty years, but today its doors are locked.

Despite having more than a thousand members, the Waterside Sports Club near Fawley ran up debts of more than 160 thousand pounds, and has now gone bust.

The closure has left a charity pantomime without a venue, a football club without any facilities and an important social space empty - just days before Christmas. Richard Slee reports.

The interviewees are: Debbie Dixon, a former employee; Mike Vaughan a former board member; and Katie Thompson from the Waterside Theatre Company.


Men bailed after arrests for suspicion of stealing fuel

Two men, aged 32 and 34, who were arrested in Salisbury on suspicion of conspiracy to steal fuel, have been released on bail.

An investigation was launched when a large quantity of diesel, thought to be illegally obtained, was found in an industrial storage unit at West Wellow.

It led to Esso closing one of its fuel pipelines from the Fawley Refinery.

Thousands of litres of fuel stolen from Esso pipeline

Fawley Refinery Credit: Press Association Images

Esso has closed a pipeline from the Fawley Refinery in Hampshire after reports that thousands of litres of fuel was stolen. It's believed that as much as 30,000 litres was taken after a store of fuel was found near Romsey. Early indications suggest the fuel may have come from a nearby Esso pipeline.

A spokesman said: 'Esso is committed to the very highest standards of safety. The pipeline has therefore been closed down and our specialists are working to check it and, if necessary, effect any repair. We will not resume operations of the pipeline until this work is complete.'

The spokesman added that Esso are helping Hampshire Police with their investigation.

Fawley Refinery in Hampshire Credit: Press Association Images