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Police appeal for witnesses to come forward

We are conducting a range of enquiries to establish the circumstances leading up to Mr Evans' death. As part of our investigation we would like to speak to anyone who may have seen an incident involving two men near to the single lane pinch point on Swan Street in Kingsclere between 7.45pm and 8.10pm on Saturday, February 1. In particular we are keen to speak to the occupants of the vehicles pictured as we believe they passed by at the time of the incident and may have witnessed something which could assist with our investigation.

– Detective Sergeant Paula James, Basingstoke CID

A 20-year-old man from Bishops Green has been arrested in connection with this incident. He has been bailed pending further enquiries until March 10.

Police appealing for help after unexplained death

Police want to speak to the people in these vehicles Credit: Hampshire police

Detectives are investigating the death of a man from Kingsclere and are keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time.

Patrick Evans, aged 54, of Swan Street in Kingsclere, died at the North Hampshire Hospital on Thursday, February 6. The cause of his death is unknown.


Police end pub search for murder victim's remains

Police searching for the remains of a suspected murder victim have ended their search.

Detectives looking for Kevin John Palmer who went missing in Hampshire on March 12, 1999 say they have not found anything at the former Gordon Arms pub, in Gordon Road, Fareham.

Mr Palmer was last seen after a night out with friends, he took a taxi back to Bishops Waltham with two friends.

Mr Palmer who was aged in his 30s in 1999, has never been found.

Detective Superintendent Paul Barton said: "The investigation into Mr Palmer’s death continues.

“As a result of widespread media coverage earlier this week we have had a number of people come forward with information which we will be looking at, this may provide new leads."

Witnesses asked to come forward

Kevin John Palmer, who has been missing since 1999
Kevin John Palmer, who has been missing since 1999 Credit: ITV Meridian

Police have appealed for anyone who knew Kevin Palmer in 1999 to come forward.

Detective Superintendent Paul Barton said: "Even after 15 years, the smallest piece of detail from a member of the public could prove to be an essential element in establishing a significant lead."

Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact the Hampshire Major Investigation Team at Southampton Central police station by phoning 101 and quoting Operation Arkholme. Anyone who wants to remain anonymous can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Police keen to trace taxi driver

Police vans near the Gordon Arms in Fareham
Police vans near the Gordon Arms in Fareham Credit: ITV Meridian

Detectives searching for Kevin John Palmer at a disused former pub in Fareham in Hampshire say he was last seen catching a taxi with two other men and they want to speak to the driver.

Detective Superintendent Paul Barton said: "The last known sighting of Mr Palmer was at the Abshot Country Club on the evening of 12th March 1999 when we believe he caught a taxi with two other men back to an address in Bishops Waltham."

He added: "En route it is suspected that Mr Palmer became involved in a fight with the other two passengers in Curbridge and was left there. I am really keen to trace the taxi driver from that night. Please contact detectives from the Operation Arkholme team at Southampton Central police station."

Tip-off justified a search "for human remains"

Hampshire Police said information which led them to a disused pub Fareham indicated that it was worth searching for the remains of a body.

Teams are working at a disused former pub, the Gordon Arms, in Gordon Road, Fareham.

A recent assessment of information received about the whereabouts of Kevin John Palmer prompted a line of enquiry, which has taken us to this address in Fareham.

We are not able to give more details about the source of this information because of sensitive and confidential circumstances. Nevertheless, the considered opinion of our detectives is that this information justifies a search for human remains within the garden of the former Gordon Arms pub."

– Detective Superintendent Paul Barton

DS Barton, who is the senior investigating officer on the case, warned that it wasn't certain that anything would be found.

The information is tangible enough to be examined in more detail at the scene - but it is in no way certain that any evidence will be found. Therefore, it's important for everyone involved with or affected by this case to be cautious with their expectations. Mr Palmer's immediate next-of-kin were informed by police in advance of this search beginning. I would like to thank the current owner of this property for his co-operation and understanding. No current or former residents of this address are under suspicion of any crimes."

– DS Paul Barton

Police dig up former pub in search for murder victim

Police have begun searching for the body of suspected murder victim at a disused pub in Hampshire.

Kevin John Palmer went missing in Hampshire on 12th March 1999 after a night out with friends.

He disappeared shortly after arriving the UK from Spain, where he had been living. He has never been found.

Detectives from Hampshire's Major Investigation Team (HMIT) are pursuing leads following a recent routine cold case review.

A search for Mr Palmer’s body and related evidence is underway in the garden of a disused former pub, the Gordon Arms, in Gordon Road, Fareham.

Police entered the property this morning, 4th February 2014 and sealed off the grounds for examination by specialist officers and equipment.

Police believe grandfather was burgled while at granddaughter's funeral

Police are appealing for help after a burglary at an address in Victoria Road, Sandown sometime between Tuesday, January 21 and Sunday, January 26.

A number of items were taken in the burglary including a brown metal cash tin with ‘Dad’ printed on it containing £300-£500 in pound coins, a gold sovereign ring, and a plain gold wedding band.

The occupant of the property, a 60-year-old man, is the grandfather of 14-year-old Kiri Jade Hodgekinson who died very recently in a road traffic collision on the Isle of Wight. It is believed that this burglary may have happened on the day of Kiri's funeral as people had access to the address to use facilities and offer condolences. The cash tin in particular is fairly distinctive and would have been quite heavy. If anyone is aware of someone recently coming into possession of items matching this description please contact us.”

– Det Con Katy Lee
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