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CCTV released after assault that put man in coma

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Police have released CCTV of two men they want to speak to as part of an investigation into an assault which put a man into an induced coma.

Three men who were walking through the Above Bar area in Southampton around 4am on Saturday 17th December were involved in an altercation with five other men.

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Two men from the group of three received minor injuries, but the other was left with a fractured skull and was in an induced coma.

He is now recovering slowly after the incident outside the Golden Touch amusement arcade and the Nationwide on Above Bar Street.

Anyone who recognises the men is asked to call Hampshire Police on 101 quoting 44160474610.

Union called off strike ballot because of mix-up with voting papers

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The train drivers union ASLEF was forced to call of its ballot for strike action at Southern at the weekend because voting papers were sent to some of the wrong members, it is understood. It would have meant the result would have been open to a legal challenge by the company.

The ballot over drivers closing train doors started on Friday and was halted the following day.

The union executive will meet today and is expected to order a new ballot with strike a tom possible around Christmas.

Drivers are being balloted on plans for so-called DOO, driver only operation. They will in future close train doors rather than guards which it is claimed is unsafe. Southern say that is not true and want guards to spend more time with passengers.


British sailor aims for Vendee victory

Alex Thomson aiming high. Credit: Lloyd Images

Alex Thomson today began his bid to become the first British sailor ever to win one of the most gruelling sporting challenges on the planet, the Vendée Globe.

The Vendée Globe is a single-handed, non-stop, unassisted race around the world.

Thomson, who's from Gosport, departed from the race start line in France, today alongside 28 other sailors.

After successfully completing the 2012-2013 Vendee Globe and crossing the finishing line in third place, Thomson will this year seek to make history and become the first British sailor ever to win the iconic race. He will do so on-board his new £4.5m IMOCA 60 race boat.

So extreme is the 26,000 nautical mile Vendée Globe, that just 71 of the 138 sailors who have ever attempted to complete the race have successfully made the finish line.

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Flying the flag for Britain Credit: Lloyd Images

Hampshire Fire and Rescue teams are best in Europe

The firefighters from Hampshire excelled in the two-day contest Credit: Hants Fire and Rescue

The extrication and trauma teams from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service have been crowned European champions.

The skilled firefighters had to carry out a total of five scenarios at the two-day contest in Junglinster, Luxemburg.

They fought off competition from leading services from France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Spain, as well as the host nation.

The extrication experts impressed in two simulated cutting exercises where they had to rescue a casualty from a car balanced on tractor tyres - and another from a vehicle that had 'crashed' in a way which caused it to be hemmed in by concrete blocks.

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