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Captured on camera - first otter in Hampshire river for 14 years

The first otter to be spotted on a river in Hampshire for 14 years has been captured on camera.

A camera trap, set up on the Upper Rother was put in place to monitor whether American mink, which threaten our native wildlife, were at large.

But instead it's recorded a young otter visiting the site on two separate occasions since the start of September.

It's been fourteen years since the last confirmed sighting of an otter here - probably because the river hasn't been healthy enough to support the fish they eat.

However the Rother is still failing water quality standards and there's a long way to go. We need to work together to reduce the pollution running off surrounding land.

– Chris Gurney, Apprentice Ranger for the South Downs National Park


Donations made to help stricken refugees

The people of Southampton came together extremely quickly and positively.

Over 400 people turned up and donated items for refugees in Calais and Europe.

Various different groups were involved - the church itself and "Southampton Action - People

To People Solidarity" - a group set up less than a week ago on Facebook by Nicola Walters.


First Great Western strike will go ahead this weekend

The strike will go ahead Credit: ITV

Rail union RMT has just announced that strike action at First Great Western will go ahead this weekend as planned. The union is protesting over the introduction of new Hitachi inter-city trains. The action follows a 48-hour strike last month and 24 hours of action last Sunday which led to widespread disruption to services.

Final talks to try and stop First Great Western strikes

Final talks to try and stop a strike will take place today Credit: PA

A final round of talks are expected today in an attempt to avert a strike at First Great Western this weekend.

The RMT union plan to walk out on Saturday, Sunday and Monday in a row over the introduction of new high speed trains. They fear job cuts and the loss of buffet cars.

Around a third of services will be axed if the action goes ahead hitting thousands heading to the Reading Festival.

First Great Western say they will employ more staff and buffet cars will be replaced with more seats to ease crowding.

Driver dies after crash with fire engine

Credit: ITV Meridian

A young driver died after a fire engine collided with his car. Hampshire Police say his Ford Puma was struck by a fire engine late on Saturday night in the New Forest.

Both carriageways were closed as emergency services raced to the scene along the A337 near Lyndhurst, Hants. Paramedics tried to rescue the driver, aged in his 20s, but he was unable to be saved and died at the scene.

One fireman was taken to hospital with minor injuries, officers said.

The force was working with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service to find out how the two vehicles collided.

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