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Thieves steal vital life-saving equipment from emergency medical team

The theft was from a car like this one used by the Community First Responders Credit: South Central Ambulance Service

Thieves have stolen vital life-saving equipment from a Community First Responder's vehicle in Gosport.

The theft happened on Monday night sometime between 6.45pm and 8.15pm while the car was parked outside a house in Sydney Road as a volunteer was responding to a medical emergency.

Over a thousand pounds worth of equipment was stolen including a life-saving defibrillator, which was paid for by vital charitable donations from the local community.

It is unacceptable that this life saving equipment has been stolen, but for it to have been stolen from a volunteer’s vehicle who responds to serious and life threatening emergencies is even worse. We are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the theft to contact the police as soon as possible.

– Nic Morecroft, Lead Community Responder Manager

Road partially re-open following gas leak

SGN engineers have been working to make the area safe and have completed a temporary repair to the gas main. The company says work to make a permanent repair to the pipe will take place this morning.

Rowner Road has reopened to northbound traffic. The southbound side of the road remains closed while we complete our work. A signed diversion route is in place.

Repairs are expected to take a couple of days.

Homes evacuated after gas leak

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Two houses in Gosport have been evacuated following a gas leak.

The problem was detected at around 4am this morning and has led to the closure of Rowner Road between Grange Road and the A32.

Long delays were reported northbound on Wych Lane.

Hampshire Police said they were assisting with road diversions but there was no large-scale evacuation of homes.

A spokeswoman from Southern Gas Networks said specialist engineers are reducing the gas pressure in the pipe to allow repairs as quickly and safely as possible.

They are aiming to start repair to the pipe in the next hour.

We do appreciate there is a considerable smell of gas as it vents into the air. We’d like to assure residents we are monitoring this closely to ensure their continued safety.

We would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused and thank road users for their patience while we carry out our work.

– Hannah Adam, SGN

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Police appeal to find missing Gosport man

David Whittaker has been missing since 29 October 2015 Credit: Hampshire Police

Hampshire Police have reissued an appeal for help to find a vulnerable missing man from Gosport.

Thirty-four year old David Whittaker was reported missing on Thursday 29th October. He is known to have connections in Sussex, Surrey, London, Kent and Cornwall.

“We are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of Mr Whittaker. He has been missing for a considerable amount of time now and we really need help from the public to help find him.

"If you see him, or you think you know where he is, please call us immediately. David, if you are reading this, please get in touch with us and let us know you are safe.”

– Inspector Rob Kearley, Hampshire Constabulary

Officers say that Mr Whittaker is likely to be in a vulnerable condition that can make his behaviour unpredictable.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts can contact the police via telephone on 101. In an emergency dial 999.

Eighty families answer Bishop's appeal after hospital deaths

More than 80 families - concerned at the way in which their loved ones died at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital - have contacted an inquiry examining the way patients were treated there.

An independent investigation into the deaths of 92 elderly people between 1988 and the year 2000 is being chaired by Bishop James Jones - who led the Hillsborough Inquiry. He says more relatives must come forward.

Andrew Pate has spoken exclusively to two sisters, whose mother AND father both died at the hospital within just three years of each other.

Breaking news: Child injured in Hampshire road crash

Reports are coming in of a road accident involving a child in Hampshire. It's said to have happened in Gregson Avenue, Gosport, when a car collided with the boy. The youngster, aged around six, was airlifted to hospital.

The child has been taken to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

World record attempt for balancing books on heads

Practicing is underway in the world record book balancing challenge Credit: Gosport Discovery Centre

The call has gone out for volunteers to help in a world record attempt in Hampshire. Gosport's Discovery Centre is hoping to bring at least one thousand and one hundred people together on Saturday 15th August - to simultaneously balance a book on their heads and cover five metres either on foot, or for people with disabilities, in wheelchairs or mobility scooters.

The organisers say that would-be record breakers need to be in Walpole Park by 11.15am and bring a book of a minimum 23cm x 15cm (9in x 5.9in) and maximum 31cm x 23cm (12.2in x 9in). That's because the size of the book are very important to ensure the record is valid.

'We need 1,100 people to join us in this world record attempt if we are to succeed - so I'm really hoping that people will come from far and wide and make a day of it. Gosport's got a lot to offer for a day out, and taking part in a world record attempt is not something you get the chance to do every day.

'Practising here at the Discovery Centre, I am pleased to see so many young readers taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge, for which this year's theme is Record Breakers. The challenge is proven to help young people keep up their reading skills during the long summer break. Now I just hope they can be persuaded to take on an extra challenge - book-balancing in Walpole Park!'

– Cllr Peter Edgar, Hampshire County Council, Executive Member for Education
One would-be participant gets into the spirit of things with a pirate theme Credit: Gosport Discovery Centre

The current record for the most people balancing books on their heads is 998 - it was broken in Sydney, Australia in November 2012. For more information you can visit the Gosport Discovery Centre online.

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