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Basingstoke scam sees cars flagged down

Police are warning motorists about a scam in Basingstoke where cars are being flagged down at the side of main roads and asked for money.

There have been two incidents this week in Andover and Basingstoke.

The first incident happened at 11am on Tuesday 17th December when a woman was flagged down on the slip road of the M3 at J6 by a man asking for money for fuel.

Around the same time on Wednesday 18th December a man was flagged down on the slip road of A303 near Picket Twenty.

A man with an Audi A4 car, which was either purple or maroon, asked for money for fuel.

More hate crimes committed than reported

The police are here to help; that’s the message from Hampshire Constabulary as new figures on hate crime are published. The report suggests that the average number of hate crimes committed each year nationally is higher than the number reported to the police.

The Home Office, the Ministry of Justice and the Office for National Statistics published An Overview of Hate Crime in England and Wales. It shows that in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight combined 1,132 hate crimes were reported to police in 2011 and 2012, and 1,203 in 2012 and 2013.


Man arrested after 10-year-old girl grabbed

The incident happened in the South Ham area of Basingstoke on December 10 Credit: ITV Meridiian

A 36-year-old man from Basingstoke has been arrested after a 10-year-old girl was grabbed from behind as she was walking along a street in the town. It happened along Pinkerton Road, near to the junction with Paddock Road. The girl kicked out at the man and then ran home. She was not injured.

The arrested man has been released on bail until Tuesday, January 14, pending further enquiries.

E-fit of wanted man after spate of burglaries

E-fit of one of four men seen at a burglary in Farnborough Credit: Hampshire Police

Police have released an image of a man after a spate of burglaries in Hampshire. He was one of four men seen after a house in Avenue Road was broken into on November 20. All four men were white, with two in their mid to late twenties and a third in his late 40s with a 'worn' face.

PC Tom Whittle said: 'We are also investigating a further seven burglaries in the Cove area of Farnborough which happened on November 15 and 20. All took place between 3pm and 6pm and entry was gained by forcing rear doors.

'We would also like to hear from anyone who has seen a silver or white Volkswagen Bora or Passat, which was seen in the area before the burglaries took place.' Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Whittle at Aldershot Police Station on 101 or the Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.

New rules for scrap metal dealers

More than 40 police officers across Hampshire have taken part in a day of action to enforce new legislation around the illegal trade of scrap metal.

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 came into effect on October 1 and brought in new measures requiring traders to ask for photographic ID, and to sign up for a new licence with their local authority. Today marked the end of a two-month registration period.

Officers visited scrap metal dealers to ensure awareness and compliance with the new rules, working alongside local authorities, the Environment Agency and British Telecom. Metal was seized for further examination, along with invoice records, to ensure dealers are complying with new laws.

Today’s day of action is just the start of the enforcement action taking place across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight following the introduction of the new Scrap Metal Dealers’ Act.

The act affects scrap yard dealers along with mobile collectors of metal, who should all take the time to make themselves aware of their responsibilities and listen to any warnings. This type of enforcement action is ongoing and we will be visiting all of our sites across the two counties in the weeks and months to come."

– Inspector Jackie Willson, Hampshire Constabulary

Police warn that drivers who drink could lose licence

If anyone thinks that driving whilst impaired has no consequences then they should take a look at the vehicle that is being used in this display. There can be no more powerful a reminder that impaired driving costs lives and ruins many others. If you are going out this Christmas and drinking then please ensure you have a means of getting home that does not involve you doing the driving.

On the Isle of Wight alone we have already had one positive breath test on and one unfit to drive. If you ignore our advice we will catch you, you will lose your licence and you will be fined.

– Inspector Andy Storey, leading the campaign in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

We fully support Hampshire Constabulary’s drink and drug driving campaign this year.

I cannot begin to imagine both the physical and emotional suffering the Staley family went through following the collision and they deserve the upmost respect and credit for supporting the campaign by allowing their actual vehicle involved that night to be displayed. Hopefully lots of people will see the display in Newport, Ryde and Cowes, see the consequences of drink or drug driving and think it really is not worth the risk.

– Steve Apter, the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service Chief Fire Officer


Powerful car crash display tours Isle of Wight

This car crash display is touring the Isle of Wight as part of Hampshire Police's drink and drug driving campaign Credit: Hampshire Police

A powerful Hampshire Constabulary display is touring the Isle of Wight over the next week as part of the force’s Drink and Drug Driving campaign.

The crashed car display is particular emotive for people on the Island-as the car belongs to the Staley family from Newport.

The vehicle was decimated when it was hit by a driver who was two-and-a-half times over the drink/drive limit and had been smoking cannabis. Ten-year-old Evey Staley was killed in the collision-which also seriously injured her parents Penny and Neal.

The driver of the car, Robert Blakely is serving 10 years in prison.

The crashed vehicle display starts at Newport on December 5.

Surge in number of burglaries

Hampshire Police have issued a warning to residents after a spate of break ins in the Waterlooville, Havant, Emsworth and Hayling Island areas. The raids take place overnight or during the early evening when it becomes dark.

Detective Sergeant Steve Kelly, of the Priority Crime team at Waterlooville, said: 'It really can be devastating for a homeowner to arrive home and find their property turned upside down. We're encouraging residents to take our advice to do everything they can to avoid their home being targeted.

'The main advice is to leave your home secure and make sure it looks occupied, leave a light on or buy a timer switch to avoid your home being in darkness before you get home from work.'

Drink and drug drive campaign launched

Drink drive statistics Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police and Hampshire Constabulary Joint Roads Policing Unit has today launched its Christmas anti-drink and drug drive campaign. The two forces will be conducting more cross-border operations to reduce the number of alcohol and drug related incidents on the roads.

Party-goers are being warned to think about the consequences before they have a drink and get behind the wheel during the festive period. The crackdown follows last year’s successful campaign, which saw 6,585 drivers breathalysed by Thames Valley Police between 1 December 2012 and 1 January 2013.

Hit & run leaves man needing reconstructive surgery

Hampshire Police are appealing for witnesses after what they have described as a hit and rtun incident which left a man needing reconstructive surgery.

The 50-year-old victim was using a pedestrian crossing on Worting Road in Basingstoke near the Airkix skydiving centre at the West Ham roundabout.

A dark-coloured Renault Clio drove through a red light and collided with the man just before 5pm on 13th November. The car stopped, but the driver drove off - police say the motorist made no attempt to check on the man who was lying in the road. The car is believed to have a P or L registration.

The pedestrian was treated in hospital for broken bones and has had extensive surgery to reconstruct his ankle.

Anyone with any information is being asked to contact PC Morrison at Basingstoke Police Station on 101 or call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“This happened at a busy time of day so there may have been people around or other drivers who saw what happened.

“If you saw this incident and have any information which may help my investigation, please contact me.”

– PC Steve Morrison, Hampshire Police
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