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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.


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.


Police name man killed in collision

A driver who died when he was in collision with another vehicle at Fleet in Hampshire has been named as 77-year-old William Gilham from Coniston Close in Woodley in Reading.

Hampshire Police said Mr Gilham had been driving his Vauxhall Astra towards Elvetham Heath on Blackbushes Road on 14th January 2014, when it was involved in a collision with a white Renault flatbed van, before hitting a tree.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. No-one else was injured. Police are continuing their investigation into the collision and are appealing for witnesses or anyone who saw either vehicle driving prior to it.

Officers need witnesses after fatal crash in Fleet

An appeal has been made by officers from the Roads Policing Unit after a man died in a car crash in Fleet yesterday.

Just after 3pm, the drivers of a white Renault van and a green Vauxhall Astra collided on Blackbushes Road.

Both vehicles were travelling towards Elvetham Heath when the collision happened.

The male driver of the Astra suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anyone with information should contact Whitchurch Roads Policing Unit on 101, quoting Operation Keyboard.

Hampshire pedestrian seriously injured after crash

Police are appealing for information after a man was seriously injured in a Hampshire car crash in the morning of New Year's Day.

The collision happened at around 2.50am on Wednesday 1st January when a 42-year-old man was hit by a car on Reading Road South.

The man was taken to Southampton General Hospital with head and leg injuries.

They are said to be serious but not life threatening.

The 57-year-old male driver from Fleet was uninjured.

The road was closed to allow police to investigate the scene and was opened later on in the morning. Police would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision and call 101.

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