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Family tribute to motorcyclist who died after A27 crash

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The family of a motorcyclist who died after a collision with a car on the A27 have paid tribute to him.

51-year-old Mark Copley, of Cherry Tree Walk in Basingstoke was injured in the accident on 30th April. He was taken to Southampton General Hospital where he died on 10 May. In tribute to him, Mr Copley's family said: “He was a loving husband and a great dad, who will be sadly missed by all those who knew him.”

The accident happened on the eastbound carriageway of the A27 at Portsmouth, just after 12.10pm on 30th April.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Team. A 32-year-old man from Havant was arrested in connection with the incident and was released pending further enquiries. The investigation continues.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Hampshire Police by telephoning 101, quoting 44170160985, or to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Man jailed after 'horrific assault' on 2 young women

Karl Frederick Gates has been jailed for attacking two women and taking a car Credit: Hampshire Police

A man who took a car without the owner's permission, and then later assaulted her and a friend of hers has been sentenced to six and a half years in jail.

Karl Frederick Gates, aged 26, took the vehicle from Cold Harbour Farm in Emsworth on the morning of Sunday 12th February 2017. Gates pleaded guilty to three offences:

  • Taking a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent
  • Section 18 – wounding with intent
  • Assaulting a person thereby occasioning them actual bodily harm

The Hampshire police officer in the case, Detective Constable Lucia Davies said it had been a particularly horrific assault against two young women, both of whom were 24-years-old.

“Thankfully it was an isolated incident, however one victim has sustained some scarring, which will be a constant reminder of the assault.​​​​​​

​​​​​“I would like to take this opportunity to thank members of the community who provided us with information as to Gates’ whereabouts and also to the victims and their families for the courage that they have shown since this assault.

“I hope today’s sentence and Gates’ admission of guilt provides the victims with some comfort and that it will help to put the incident behind them.”

– Detective Constable Lucia Davies, Hampshire Constabulary

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Police appeal to find 'dangerous' bikers from park trip

A police search is underway to find two motorcyclists who rode their bikes dangerously through a public park on Monday morning.

Officers say the off-road motorbikes were ridden illegally - and in an anti-social manner - through Mansel Park in Southampton at about 11am on Monday 8th May. The riders were a threat to the safety of other people using the park at the time including mothers with children in pushchairs.

On the appearance of a Police Community Support Officer - the bikers rode off, but they were seen again later - riding on roads in the Millbrook and Coxford areas of the city.

The incident happened in Mansel Park on Monday morning

“These two bikes were seen numerous times around the Millbrook and Coxford area riding illegally and in a manner that was dangerous to themselves and other road users and pedestrians.

“These two bikes were riding around Mansel Park in the late morning when the park was busy with people. I would like these bikers named.

“If you have seen these bikes or recognise any of the clothing in the images please contact me.

“If you are a family member and recognise these bikes or any of the clothing, I ask that you speak to me, confidentially if required.

“These riders are dangerous and have the potential to cause harm to innocent members of the public.

“Please call 101 and quote 44170171753.”

– PC Simon Peacock, Hampshire Constabulary

Bank card theft appeal - Do you recognise these men?

CCTV image from the Tesco in Butts Road, Sholing Credit: Hampshire Police

Detectives in Hampshire investigating the theft of a bank card in Hamble have released two cctv images of two men they would like to trace in connection with their inquiries.

The card was stolen from a black Peugeot 207 car in Tutor Close between 8.30pm on 15 February and 6am on 16 February 2017.

The card was used by someone other than its owner between 6am and 7am on 16th February at the Tesco store in Butts Road, Sholing. The two men in the cctv images were in the shop at the time, and may have vital information for police.

“We have been carrying our various enquiries in relation to this incident and are now hoping that someone might recognise the two men seen in these images.

“Do you know who they are?

“If so, we would like to hear from you as we believe that they may have information which could help our investigation.”

– PC Jackie Conners, Hampshire Police
Police are hoping someone will recognise the men Credit: Hampshire Police

Anyone with information can contact PC Conners on 101, quoting 441700060024, or get in touch with Crimestoppers anonymously by telephoning 0800 555 111.

Post Office robbed of cash in Hambledon

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Hampshire Police are investigating a robbery at the Post Office in Hambledon.

They were called early this morning after reports that three men had entered the Post Office in West Street and threatened a member of staff.

Cigarettes, alcohol and a quantity of cash were taken from the shop before the men left the scene. Nobody was injured in the robbery.

The investigation is in its early stages and police are appealing for witnesses.

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Do you recognise him? Police issue e-fit after Spar robbery

E-fit of suspect in Spar robbery Credit: Hampshire Police

Detectives from Hampshire Police are appealing for the public's help after a robbery at a Spar shop in Portsmouth.

The investigation centres around a man who entered the Spar branch in St Mary's Road in Fratton at about 8.15am on Wednesday 30th November. He got away with £60 from the till after approaching the counter and threatening staff.

No-one was injured in the incident, but the police have issued an e-fit of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the robbery. Detectives say they are following several lines of enquiry.

The man they want to speak to has been described as a light-skinned man in his twenties, who is about 5ft6ins tall.

“This robbery took place early in the morning, when there will have been people out and about.

“Were you in this area on Wednesday, November 30? Do you recognise the man in the e-fit image and the description?”

– Detective Constable Angela Smith, Fratton CID

Police get new powers to tackle stalkers earlier

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Police will get new powers to tackle stalking thanks to a new legislation.

The Stalking Protection Order (SPO) will give Hampshire Constabulary and its partners the powers they need to intervene in cases of stalking.

SPOs will allow police to apply to the courts for an order to impose restrictions on offenders. These restrictions could range from the offender having to stay away from their victim, to having to attend a rehabilitation programme. Breaching the order will be a criminal offence, carrying a jail sentence of up to five years.

Hampshire is the only multi-agency stalking clinic in the country, seeing police work with probation, mental health practitioners, the Crown Prosecution Service and a dedicated stalking advocate. With these new orders we will be able to intervene even earlier as the orders also allow for requirements to be placed on offenders, such as attending rehabilitation programmes or seek treatment for mental health issues. This gives us a vital opportunity to reduce the risk of offences continuing.

If anyone thinks they may be a victim of stalking I would encourage them to seek help. Victims will be assigned a dedicated victim advocate who works with us and the victim and can support them throughout the process. Please be reassured that we are here to help you.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Tim Rowlandson

Police headquarters knocked down for new homes

Former Hampshire Constabulary headquarters is under demolition Credit: ITV News

Demolition work on one of Winchester's tallest buildings has begun.

The former Hampshire Constabulary headquarters in Romsey Road is being torn down to make way for over 200 new homes of which, a portion will be affordable housing.

For more than 50 years the building stood at the top of the highest point in the city.

6 year sentence for lorry driver who was on social media seconds before fatal crash

A lorry driver who caused a fatal crash in Hampshire in which two people were killed has been jailed for six years.

HGV driver, Keith Mees from Derbyshire, was driving on the M271 in Southampton when the incident happened. The court heard he had been looking at Facebook on his mobile phone just seconds before the crash occured in December 2015. A number of vehicles were involved in the accident including three lorries. The two victims had been travelling in a car.

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