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Royal Mail van crashes straight into Hampshire house

Two people have been rescued from the first floor of a house in Hampshire after a lorry crashed into it.

The Royal Mail vehicle came off the A32 Brockhurst Road in Gosport just before six o'clock this morning. The driver is said to be shaken but unhurt.

The road remains closed between Eastbourne Avenue and Elson Road.

The Royal Mail lorry crashed into a house in Gosport Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue
A couple had to be saved from the first floor of their house Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue

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Roadworks worth £90m could ease congestion

The plans include better links to the M27 Credit: Press Association Images

A package of works to ease congestion in Gosport and Fareham, worth £90m, has been proposed. The aim would be to remove bottlenecks from the two towns to the M27 whilst also improving access. The measures include a single carriageway Stubbington bypass with a speed limit of 50mph.

It will connect from Gosport Road to Titchfield Road, which was one of three possible routes put to the public in a consultation. The plans will be discussed by Hampshire County Councillors on March 17.

Remains of WW1 battlefield discovered in Gosport

The remains of an entire practice battlefield, the size of nearly seventeen football pitches has been found on heathland in Gosport. It was used for training troops before they were sent to the frontline in the First World War.

Remains of the battlefield are recorded Credit: MOD

The discovery marks the start of Home Front Legacy 1914-18, a project on which English Heritage and the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) are working together to record the physical remains of the war on home territory.

Remains of the battlefield are recorded Credit: MOD

Dan Snow, President of the Council for British Archaeology, is calling for volunteers to help find and record vulnerable sites,– camps, drill halls, factories and observation posts for example, before they and the stories they bear witness to are lost forever.

Remains of the battlefield are recorded Credit: MOD

MP for Gosport Caroline Dinenage said, “If confirmed through research, this remarkable discovery will further entrench the hugely important role that Gosport played in supporting Britain’s Armed Forces throughout World War One.

I have always been proud of Gosport’s historic ties to the military and it is hugely exciting to hear that our area has inspired the launch of a nationwide hunt for First World War sites.”

Gosport MP pushes for dangerous driving review

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage pushed the Prime Minister today to review the maximum sentence for causing dangerous death by driving.

The question follows the recent sentencing of Samuel Etherington who was sentenced to nine years on prison after causing the death of two young girls.

Jasmine Allsop, 14, and Olivia Lewry, 16, died after they were hit by Samuel's car.

Speaking in the House of Commons Caroline asked the Prime Minister:

“Last week a judge sentenced a Gosport man to 9 years in prison for causing the death by dangerous driving of two teenage girls. Given that amounts to effectively 4 years per life, does the PM agree that it is high time we looked again at the maximum sentence for causing death by dangerous driving?”

The Prime Minister replied: "The point she raises about dangerous driving is indeed an issue that was raised at Prime Ministers questions last week.

"As I said then, I think it’s important that the Lord Chancellor and his department look carefully at what more we can do to send the clearest possible message about the unacceptability of this crime.”

Caroline has recently written to the Justice Minister asking for a review of the maximum sentence for causing death by dangerous driving, which currently stands at 14 years.

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Driver who ran over girls was under influence of drugs

Although, we accept that he did not intend to kill Olivia and Jasmine, the fact remains that he did kill them as a result of a completely unnecessary and genuinely appalling piece of deliberate dangerous driving, exacerbated by his decision to drive having consumed ketamine and mephedrone earlier that night. No words can convey the suffering that his actions have caused and no sentence can compensate for the dreadful loss of two young lives.

– Ian Harris, Head of the Crown Prosecution Service Wessex Complex Casework Unit

I would like to thank Hampshire Constabulary for their thorough investigation but most of all I would like to pay tribute to Olivia and Jasmine’s families for their dignity and fortitude in such tragic circumstances.

– Ian Harris, Head of the Crown Prosecution Service Wessex Complex Casework Unit

Man jailed for 9 years for running over and killing 2 girls

Jasmine Allsop and Olivia Lewry Credit: Hampshire Police

A 20-year-old man has been jailed for 9 years after he admitted running over and killing two teenage girls in Gosport. 14-year-old Jasmine Allsop and Olivia Lewry, who was 16, were hit at the junction of Ann's Hill Road and Brougham Street in the early hours of 14th November.

Samuel Etherington Credit: Hampshire Police

Jasmine died at the scene and Olivia passed away in hospital. Samuel Etherington from Gosport admitted two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

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Areas of England with the lowest obesity levels

Public Health England has released England-wide data of the country's obesity crisis. Here are the areas of England with the lowest overweight and obesity levels.

  • In Kensington and Chelsea 45.9% of adults are obese or overweight.
  • Tower Hamlets 47.2%
  • Richmond upon Thames 47.6%
  • Hackney 48.7%
  • Brighton and Hove 49.2%
  • Hammersmith and Fulham 49.7%
  • Camden 50.1%
  • Lambeth 51.8%
  • Wandsworth 52.2%
  • Westminster 52.6%
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England's most overweight areas

New England-wide data released by Public Health England has revealed that 63.8% of adults are now obese or overweight. A breakdown of local authorities has also been released.

  • The fattest local authority area is Copeland in west Cumbria, where 75.9% of people are overweight or obese, followed by:
  • Doncaster 74.4%
  • East Lindsey in Lincolnshire 73.8%
  • Ryedale in North Yorkshire 73.7%
  • Sedgemoor in Somerset 73.4%
  • Gosport in Hampshire 72.9%
  • Castle Point in Essex 72.8%
  • Bolsover in Derbyshire 72.5%
  • County Durham 72.5%
  • Milton Keynes 72.5%
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