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Duchess of Cornwall to receive honorary degree

The Duchess will receive an honorary doctorate Credit: ITV

The Duchess of Cornwall is to receive an honorary doctorate at the University of Southampton.

The ceremony, on Thursday, will recognise her work with sufferers of osteoporosis. The condition can cause bones to become brittle.

The Duchess is president of the National Osteoporosis Society. She lost her mother and grandmother to the disease.

Police apologise after patrol car soaks gym instructor

Police have apologised after a gym instructor was soaked by a patrol car, driving through a flooded section of road.

Jamie Stubbs, 23, was walking to work along Leigh Road in Eastleigh when the police vehicle drove through a large puddle, showering him with dirty water. The footage was captured by hackney carriage driver Julie Matthews.

Jamie thought that the driver should have been more careful and filed a complaint. He said he had to wear soggy shoes and uniform for his eight-hour shift. He though that the police car should have driven around the puddle - following the example of other drivers.

At first police defended their actions - saying it was safer to drive through the large area of surface water rather than stopping abruptly or swerving onto the opposite side of the road.

Now police have apologised and arranged to visit Jamie.

Burst water main closes busy road in Hampshire

School Lane in Chandler's Ford is closed after a water main burst this morning. Credit: ITV Meridian

Drivers have been facing long tailbacks due to a burst water main in Chandler's Ford.

Drivers have reported hour long tailbacks in the surrounding area. Credit: ITV Meridian

It happened at 8am on School Lane in Chandler's Ford. The road is closed and there are delays on Valley Park, Castle Lane and Bournemouth Road.


Hospital radio station nominated for awards

A radio station which broadcasts to hospital patients in Basingstoke has been nominated for a record breaking number of awards.

Hospital Radio Basingstoke, based at the Basingstoke and North Hants Hospital in Aldermaston Road, has been shortlisted in seven categories at the National Hospital Broadcasting Awards.

Mel Bloor has been to meet the team behind the microphone...

Basingstoke, Reading and Guildford: New survey predicts the property hotspots of the year.

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House prices in Berkshire and North Hampshire will rise from between 5 and 10 per cent in the first half of this year - according to local estate agents. Towns, including Bracknell, Basingstoke, Guildford and Reading are attracting competition between first time buyers and investors - with demand outweighing supply.

Bracknell is expected to see a 10% rise due to the town centre regeneration. Prices are forecast to rise in Basingstoke after a new Waitrose and John Lewis store opened last year and a new school in Limes Park opening this year could attract more families to the area

In Camberley a lack of new builds, especially family homes, is said to be causing prices to rise. Caversham is described as a "property hotspot" for investors with its rail links and good school catchments.

In Farnborough, town regeneration, including a new cinema, Sainsbury's, and four new hotels, is attracting more buyers and tenants. Hart was voted the best place to live in the UK for the fourth year in a row attracting more buyers due to its outstanding local schools and direct train line to London

House prices in Reading rose by 12% in the last 12 months and it's believed the imminent arrival of Crossrail will see this area grow in popularity, along with continued town centre regeneration.

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