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Fareham MP will stand down at General Election

Credit: Mark Hoban

Fareham's Conservative MP, Mark Hoban, has announced today that he will be stepping down from Parliament at May's General Election.

After 14 years in Parliament I believe that it is time to start a new chapter in my life, so I have decided not to re-stand in May’s General Election. This has been a difficult decision but the right one. It is time to turn a new page and take on some new challenges.

It has been a privilege to have been the Member of Parliament for Fareham since 2001. In that time, together we have more than doubled the majority. I have been able to help thousands of residents with their problems. After a hectic week in Westminster, visits to our excellent schools and college, thriving businesses and vibrant voluntary sector always reinvigorate me. We have much to be proud of in Fareham.

– Mark Hoban MP


Six-year-old plane crash victim "recovering"

A six-year-old boy who survived a plane crash in Hampshire which killed his parents is conscious and making a recovery, according to his school.

George Tonkinson is being treated at Southampton General Hospital for the injuries he suffered when the light aircraft he was travelling in came down in woodland near Popham Airfield, Hampshire, on Saturday afternoon.

Lewis Tonkinson, 50, and Sally Tonkinson, 44, from Alcester in Warwickshire, were travelling from the Isle of Wight along with their son and were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

Jim Turner, headteacher at the independent King's Hawford Junior school in Worcester, where George is a year 2 pupil, said that he is a "lovely boy" who will "need the support of those close to him" following the tragic accident which has left him an orphan.

He said: "We are deeply saddened to hear of the accident which resulted in George Tonkinson suffering serious injuries and the deaths of his parents, Lewis and Sally Tonkinson.

"George is a lovely boy. He will need the support of those close to him at this difficult time.

Our thought and prayers are with them all. We heard today that George is conscious and making a recovery from this horrific incident.<

"We will be talking to the children on their return to school tomorrow and holding a special assembly in which we will all be praying for George and his family."

Salvage operation underway to free grounded ship

A major operation is under way tonight to free a car transporter ship which ran aground in the Solent.

Twenty-five crew members had to be rescued from the Hoegh Osaka, which was heading out of Southampton water when it ran onto the Bramble Bank sandbank in The Solent yesterday evening.

Richard Slee reports

Police name family involved in fatal light aircraft crash

Air accidents investigators are at the scene of a light aircraft crash near Basingstoke

Hampshire Police have named a couple who were killed in a light aircraft crash in the Blackwwod Forest near Popham Airfield in Hampshire yesterday.

They were Lewis Tonkinson, 50 and Sally Tonkinson, 44, from Alcester in Warwickshire. Their six-year-old son, who was also in the light aircraft, remains in Southampton General Hospital where he is being treated for life threatening injuries.

The light aircraft came down in the Blackwood Forest near Popham Airfield

Hampshire Police said post mortem examinations are due to take place on Tuesday. Officers remain at the scene. The Air Accident Investigation Branch also has a team on site carrying out an assessment of the wreckage, searching for clues of what may have caused the crash. The aircraft took off from Bembridge on the isle of Wight on Saturday afternoon.

Officers are asking anyone who saw the aircraft before the crash at 3.43pm on Saturday 3rd January to contact the AAIB on 01252 510300.


Firefighters hold Santa's grotto for hospital children

Santa's Grotto organised at Cosham fire station Credit: Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service

Firefighters at Cosham Fire Station in Hampshire have turned their station into a Santa's Grotto to host a party for children who have been receiving treatment at the nearby Queen Alexandra Hospital.

The party included a petting zoo, a children’s entertainer, and a chance for the youngsters to watch firefighters rescue Santa from a tower using an aerial ladder platform.

“Each year we organise this event to give something back to the community, to put smiles on the children’s faces and to give families the chance to come and spend time together in a fun and enjoyable setting.

“This year, the station has been completely transformed into Santa’s grotto, with firefighters and volunteer students from South Downs College on hand as his ‘little helpers’.”

– Crew Manager Stu Vince, party organiser

Man found with serious head injuries at roadside

Hampshire Police is appealing for help to find the cause of a man's head injury in Winchester in the early hours of this morning

The man, who is in his 40s, was seen in Hyde Street, Winchester at about 12.40am this morning, heading in the direction of Kingsworthy; he was later found by the roadside in Worthy Road, Winchester, with serious head injuries at 1.20am.

The man was taken by ambulance to Southampton General Hospital with serious head injuries.

Police would like to hear from anyone who may have seen the man or witnessed an incident in this area of Winchester, in between 12.40am and 1.20am this morning.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

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