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Plans revealed for multi-million pound sports centre

A new gym, swimming pools and a number of sports pitches will feature in a new £23 million development in Fleet.

An image showing what the leisure centre will look like

Hart District Council has approved a new flagship leisure centre, which will be built opposite the current complex on Hitches Lane.

Hart councillors unanimously agreed the new centre should be built during its latest full council meeting.

What the leisure centre will look like from above

I am pleased the council has agreed to go ahead and build the new leisure centre.

I look forward to working with our new partners in delivering this outstanding new facility for the people of Hart.

– Cllr Ken Crookes, Hart District Council

Building work is expected to start next month, and developers hope it will be completed by March 2017.

Station upgrade work to begin

The vision for what the new Fleet Station will look like Credit: South West Trains

Plans to rennovate a train station in Hampshire will begin today. Eight point eight million pound is being invested into Fleet railway station.

The vision for what the new Fleet Station will look like Credit: South West Trains

The scheme aims to build a new forecourt, extra bike spaces and CCTV cameras.

It's being delivered by South West Trains and the Department for Transport.

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Woman given ASBO for behaving badly

Sarah Louise Gatrell has received an ASBO Credit: Hampshire Police

A woman has been given an ASBO for behaving badly in her local community.

Sarah Louise Gatrell received the order after being convicted in February for possessing Class B drugs and breaching a community order.

The two-year order bans the 45-year-old from acting in an anti-social manner anywhere within the boundary of Fleet and Church Crookham and not to enter the area around Falconer Road, Chertsey Street, East Hundreds, Elphage Road, Giffard Lane.

PC Noel Griffiths from Hart Neighbourhood Policing Team said: ”Sarah’s actions have caused significant anxiety to residents in Fleet for a considerable period of time.

“We, with our partners, had made many efforts to work with Sarah to help her to address her behaviour and actions however she unfortunately continued to act in a manner which was not acceptable to the local community.

“The order is designed to tackle her anti-social behaviour and provides the police with the power to arrest if she breaches the order.

“This order gives a clear message that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and shows our commitment to reducing anti-social behaviour and crime in our local community

Traditional play that kills off Santa takes place in Hampshire

A play that has origins back to 1880 is being performed in Hampshire tomorrow - bringing laughter and good luck to those who watch.

The Crookham Mummers Play is been going longer than any West End show and is the only place in the world where Father Christmas is killed each year.

The Crookham Mummers Play are hosting this year's play in Fleet Credit: ITV Meridian

The play raises thousands of pounds to help older people pay for their heating bills over the cold season.

The origins of the play can be traced back centuries - and it has been performed somewhere almost every year since.

You can watch the play outside The Exchequer,Crondall Rd, Fleet at 12 noon Credit: ITV Meridian

The play is being held on Boxing Day in Crookham Village near Fleet in Hampshire.

The Crookham Mummers is free to watch, and makes a nice break from too much food and too much telly and you can have a drink in the local pubs before and after the show.

– Tom Dommett Crookham Mummers, who will be performing in the play for the 32nd year in a row
The play lasts 25 minutes and is burst full of sword fights, colourful characters and usually draws up to 1000 spectators Credit: ITV Meridian

Assault which left man with broken jaw investigated

Detectives investigating an assault in a Fleet nightclub have released CCTV images of a man they would like to talk to.

A 21-year-old man was hit in the face, leaving him with a broken jaw, at Jaxx nightclub on Upper Street.

Police would like to talk to this man after an assault in a nightclub Credit: Hampshire Police

The victim was approached by a man on Friday 20th June and asked if he had a cigarette and lighter, but the victim had neither.

He was then hit in the face causing him to fall to the pavement.

He is currently still in hospital having had surgery.

Police believe this man may be able to help assist them with their investigation Credit: Hampshire Police

Detective Constable Sue Champion said, "This was an unprovoked attack which has left a young man in hospital with a serious injury. If anyone witnessed the assault or recognises this man then we would urge them to contact police."

Anyone with information can call DC Champion at Aldershot CID on 101.

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Man dies after collapsing at Fleet half marathon

The Fleet half-marathon a couple of years ago Credit: ITV News Meridian

A man has died after he collapsed while competing in a half-marathon running race.

The competitor, believed to be aged in his 40s, fell ill towards the end of the Brooks Fleet Pre-London Half Marathon in Hampshire yesterday.

A spokesman for South East Coast Ambulance Service said that it sent two ambulances to the incident and the man, who was from Fleet, was taken to Frimley Park Hospital.

Race director Penny Abbott, of half-marathon organisers Fleet and Crookham Athletic Club, told the getHampshire website: "We would like to express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased and our immediate concern is for the family."

Driver fined for napping at service station too long

We've all seen the signs - 'tiredness can kill - take a break' - but when one motorist followed that advice from the Department of Transport - he found himself paying a fine - of one hundred pounds.

Paul Kightley started to feel drowsy on the M3 in Hampshire so he decided to stop at a service station to buy a snack and have a three hour sleep before continuing his journey.

But two weeks later he was fined for overstaying his parking as Andrew Pate explains.

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