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CCTV images released as police investigate a rape in Southampton

Police appeal for information Credit: Hampshire Police

Police investigating a report of a rape in Southampton are appealing for the driver of a dark coloured saloon vehicle to contact them. A 29 year old woman was assaulted on the early hours of Wednesday July 2 on Merryoak Road in Bitterne.

Officers have released CCTV of a dark coloured saloon car and believe the occupants may have seen the offender leaving the area.

Detective Inspector, Jim Park said: “We do not believe that these people have anything to do with the attack, but they may have vital information that would help this investigation.”

Enquiries in the area have also identified that a man and woman were near to the scene at about 2.30am, having a heated discussion.

DI Park added: “We are very keen to speak to the occupants of the car and the couple stood in Merryoak Road shortly after the incident. It’s likely these people were unaware that a serious crime was being committed at the time.

Neither of these people should be concerned about coming forward but I would urge them to make contact as soon as possible as they may have the vital piece of information that we need to identify a suspect.”

Motorist on trial after ambulance crash killed two

A motorist has gone on trial today, accused of causing the deaths of a paramedic and her patient by careless driving.

Gillian Randall was driving the ambulance with 88-year-old Francis Ironside being treated in the back, when the vehicle hit a tree.

The ambulance crashed into a tree on the A337, Brockenhurst to Lyndhurst Raad Credit: ITV Meridian

It happened on the A337, Brockenhurst to Lyndhurst Road in the New Forest last year.

Richard Husband, who is 26-years-old, denies the charges.

Gillian Randall was killed when the ambulance she was driving hit a tree Credit: Central Ambulance Service

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Man charged with murder of Southampton woman

30-year-old Jamie Nicholson has been charged with the murder of Belinda Dalby.

Mr Nicholson is due in court tomorrow after an investigation was carried out by detectives into Belinda's death by the Hampshire Major Investigation Team.

Jamie Nicholson, of Edelvale Road, Southampton, is accused of killing 26-year-old Belinda Dalby whose body was found at an address in Millbrook Road East, Southampton on Friday 13th June.

The detectives are continuing to appeal for information about Belinda's murder and anyone with information should call 101 and ask for Operation Match.

I'd like to thank members of the public for their assistance with the investigation so far. The team continues to appeal for further information from anyone who knew the victim or defendant. We're also seeking details of anything suspicious that may have been seen or heard by people in the Millbrook Road East area on Thursday (June 12) or Friday (June 13)."

– Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Darren Rawlings

Man arrested on suspicion of murder after body found

Detectives from the Hampshire Major Investigation Team are investigating the suspicious death of a woman in Southampton. It follows the discovery of the body of a woman thought to be in her late teens or twenties at an address in Millbrook Road East on the evening of Friday 13th June.

Officers have arrested a 30-year-old man on suspicion of murder. They are conducting house-to-house enquiries. The force is keen to hear from anyone with information about anything suspicious in the Millbrook Road East area in the past few days. Witnesses can contact the police by telephoning 101.

Search for missing Isle of Wight woman

Patricia Anne Tolfree Credit: Hampshire Police

Police are appealing for help to trace a woman missing from her home in Totland Bay on the Isle of Wight. 67-year-old Patricia Anne Tolfree was last seen by her husband at around 8.30am on Saturday.

She was planning to go to the mainland to visit friends in Winchester for the day but did not return home in the evening. Mrs Tolfree’s vehicle, a blue 57 registration Volkswagen Polo, has been located on the Island.

She is described as white with a tanned complexion, 5ft tall with short brown/grey hair. She was last seen wearing glasses, black trousers, an orange blouse, black jumper and boots. Anyone with information should call Newport police station on 101 or by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Police appeal for witnesses after mystery death in Clanfield

Police investigate mystery death in Clanfield Credit: PA Images

Hampshire Police are investigating an incident on the A3 near Clanfield after a woman's body was found on the northbound carriageway in the early hours of this morning.

A 48-year-old woman from the local area was pronounced dead at the scene. Her next of kin have been informed.

Police say her death is not being treated as suspicious but are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen what happened. A home office post mortem is taking place this afternoon.

The A3 was closed north and southbound while scenes of crime officers carried out an initial investigation.

Woman in critical condition after New Forest crash

A woman has been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after a serious crash in the New Forest.

The collision happened at 11.03am this morning on the B3054 between Beaulieu and Lymington.

The man and woman travelling in the other car are also being treated in hospital.

A black Renault Scenic was being driven by a woman in her sixties and was in a collision with a silver Honda Civic travelling in the opposite direction.

The Renault driver has been taken to Southampton General Hospital with life threatening injuries and her condition has been described as critical.

Police stop 700 vehicles to try and catch rogue traders

Hampshire Constabulary have been supporting a week long operation to stop doorstep crimes by visiting 1000 previous victims and stopping 700 commercial vehicles to check they were legitimate.

Hampshire Police stopping commercial vehicles to check they are legitimate Credit: Hampshire Police

Of the 700 vehicles stopped, two arrests were made. One of those included a man who was wanted for rogue trader offences in Coventry.

He was charged with offences including fraud by false representation.

Officers checked on victims of doorstep crimes or internet and telephone scams to check they were alright and to see if they could offer any more advice.

Two arrests were made from pulling commercial vehicle drivers over in Hampshire Credit: Hampshire Police

PC Steve Court said, "Our aim is to support our communities and raise awareness of doorstep criminals and their tricks they use to gain access to victim's homes or to trick them out of their money.

"This is a particularly callous and despicable crime that affects vulnerable people in the place they should feel the safest- their own homes.

"Hopefully our action this week has demonstrated our ongoing commitment to target perpetrators of these crimes and ensure they can not operate in Hampshire."

Bonnets of Land Rovers stolen in Andover

Three Land Rover Defenders in Andover have had their bonnets stolen, as Hampshire Police are issuing warnings to drivers in the area.

The thefts took place in Vernham Dean, Charlton Down and Appleshaw between April 1st and April 8th.

PC Kayleigh Rush said, "We do not currently know why these vehicles have been targeted but would urge owners of Land Rover Defenders to park their cars in a garage overnight if possible.

"If this isn't an option then ensure it is parked in a well lit area preferably within view of your home."

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