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Police appeal after fatal motorbike crash

Police are appealing for other drivers to come forward following a fatal collision between a Triumph motorbike and a green Landrover Defender on the B2177 at Staples Cross in Boarhunt this afternoon.

The motorcyclist, a man in his 30s from the Portsmouth area, died at the scene.

The circumstances of the collision are being investigated, and no-one else was seriously injured.

The crossroads at Staples Cross are currently closed in all directions.

Anyone who saw what happened is urged to contact Sergeant Gabriel Snuggs from the Eastleigh Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101 quoting Operation Golan.

Victim of rogue trader felt 'scared and pressured'

Rogue traders often target the elderly and disabled

"Scared and pressured" is how one man said he felt after paying thousands of pounds to rogue traders who knocked on his door, and told him he needed unnecessary repair work to his home.

Over the last two years in Oxfordshire alone, unsuspecting victims shelled out more than three quarters of a million pounds to dodgy workmen.

Targeting the elderly and disabled, the criminals pretend to be repairing roofs or tending gardens - intimidating their victims into handing over money. for shoddy or non-existent work.

But now Police and Trading Standards are fighting back, with a scheme designed to create 'nominated neighbours' who can act as shields against the conmen. Cary Johnston reports:

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999 call warning after woman rings about dead cat

An ambulance service says it has recently received 999 calls from people asking for the number of Directory Enquiries and to report a dead cat.

The South Western Ambulance Service, which covers Wiltshire and Dorset, says it is currently getting around 2,500 999 calls a day in the run-up to Christmas.

It has launched a winter campaign to encourage people to question whether they really need to call 999.

It has released a recording of one call, in which a woman rang to report a dead cat in the road:

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