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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.

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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.

Hampshire Police hunt burglary gang

Police in the New Forest are hoping to trace four men after an estimated £15,000 worth of stock was stolen from Boots on Hythe Street.

These CCTV images show four men entering the store and then leaving with a tarpaulin sack of stock at around 9.30pm on October 19th.

The stock that was stolen was mainly perfume and fragrance products and valued at around £15,000.

The men are described as white, wearing dark clothing with their faces covered.

PC Jess Lawlor from Lyndhurst Police Station said: “We are looking to trace witnesses to this incident as although it was dark many people were still in the area.

“We are also keen to hear from anyone who recognises these men, has been offered perfume at a discount price recently or know of anyone selling perfume in bulk.

CCTV image of raid Credit: Hampshire Police
Credit: Hampshire Police
Credit: Hampshire Police

Police appeal after assault in Gosport

Police in Gosport are appealing for witnesses following a serious assault on a man in Wilmott Lane.

It is believed the 30 year old was thrown down some concrete stairs and then assaulted again whilst on the ground.

He was taken to QA Hospital and treated for injuries to his head, shoulders, arms and hands.

Police are looking to trace a man described as:

• White • Aged 19-20-years-old • 6 feet tall • Skinny build • Short, dark blonde hair with a side parting • White t-shirt • Dark coloured tracksuit bottoms • Trainers

Police would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at that time.

Police release CCTV after hundreds of pounds worth of cigarettes & phone cards stolen from shop

CCTV from of man police want to speak to Credit: Hampshire Police

Police investigating the theft of cigarettes and phone cards worth hundreds of pounds from a shop in Portsmouth have released a cctv image of a man who may have vital information.

The burglary took place at the Albert Food Store on Albert Road in Southsea, between 3am and 4am on Wednesday 12th October.

Officers are trying to trace a man who is aged in his thirties, around 5ft 6ins tall, of medium build and of a Turkish or Kurdish appearance.

“The offender has got away with hundreds of pounds worth of cigarettes and phone cards.

“I would like to speak to anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV, or anyone who has been offered cigarettes or phone cards for sale, which they think could have been stolen.

”I would urge anyone with information to contact us and speak to us in confidence.”

– PC Ian Swan, Hampshire Police

Anyone with information can contact PC Swan at Fratton police station by calling 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111,

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Parts of A33 to Reading shut due to standing water

The A33 at Basingstoke towards Reading has been affected by standing water

The heavy rain and thunderstorms overnight have left many main roads and smaller thoroughfares with standing water. The depth of the water-filled dips can be deceptive, with driver facing deeper puddles than expected. Motoring organisations and the emergency services are advising drivers to take care.

Attempted murder - woman stabbed in Portsmouth

Hampshire Constabulary are investigating the attempted murder of a woman who was stabbed in the back in Portsmouth today.

The attack happened near London Road in the North End area of the city, at about 3.20pm.

A 41-year-old man from Portsmouth has been arrested on suspicion of murder. He is in Police custody. Anyone with information is asked to call Hampshire Police on 101.

'Scary moment' for jeweller held at gunpoint in robbery

The road was cordoned off after the robbery took place

Three men have pleaded guilty in court to carrying out an armed robbery In Winchester back in April.

The thieves held a gun to the owner of a jewellery shop in Parchment Street and took Diamond rings and watches worth more than £200,000. But, as they tried to make their escape their car was blocked in. Chris Maughan reports.

Police name elderly couple who died in IoW incident

The incident happened on Monday 20th June

An elderly couple who were found dead at an address in Shanklin on the Isle of Wight have been officially named by the police.

The bodies of 83-year-old Jean Irwin and 77-year-old John Irwin were found at an address on Albert Road, on Monday 20th June. Post mortem examination results revealed that Jean died from neck compression, her death is being treated as murder. Mr Irwin's died from ligature suspension, his death is not being treated as suspicious.

Investigations into the circumstances surrounding their deaths are continuing on behalf of the coroner. Hampshire Constabulary say they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident. Detectives say the Irwins' family members are being supported by specialist officers.

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