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Tributes paid to woman killed in HGV crash

The family of a woman killed in a car crash on the A272 on Tuesday, have described her as a "lovely and kind girl".

Rachel Lee, 24, died on Tuesday

Rachel Lee, 24, was driving a Vauxhall Corsa near Cheesefoot Head when she was in involved in a collision with a HGV. Her family have today paid tribute to her.

She was always thinking of others and delighted in making them happy. She was always busy and active, but was tragically lost in this horrible accident. Family and friends will miss her greatly.

The family respectfully requests that we are left to grieve in peace at this difficult time

– Rachel's family

Police at scene of murder inquiry in Hampshire

Detectives from the Hampshire Major Investigation Team have launched a murder investigation following the death of a man from Alton.

A 32-year-old man from Alton was taken to North Hampshire Hospital on Tuesday, September 30 by South Central Ambulance Service. He had suffered severe injuries and was in a life-threatening condition. Sadly, the man died while in hospital. He was pronounced dead on the evening of Wednesday, October 1.

Officers are carrying out numerous enquiries into the circumstances surrounding this death. It is believed the man may have been assaulted inside a flat in Lansdowne Court, Anstey Road, Alton, on the evening of Tuesday, September 30.

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Murder investigation after attack in Hampshire

Detectives from the Hampshire Major Investigation Team have launched a murder investigation following the death of a man from Alton.

A 32-year-old man from Alton, was taken to North Hampshire Hospital on Tuesday, September 30 by South Central Ambulance Service. He had suffered severe injuries and was in a life-threatening condition. Sadly, the man died while in hospital. He was pronounced dead on the evening of Wednesday, October 1. His family has been informed and a post-mortem examination is due to take place later today,

Officers are currently carrying out numerous enquiries into the circumstances surrounding this death. It is believed the man may have been assaulted inside a flat in Lansdowne Court, Anstey Road, Alton, on the evening of Tuesday, September 30.

Officers also believe there may have been a disturbance at the flats in Anstey Road earlier in day.

Detective Inspector Simon Baker, the senior investigating officer, said: “We are in the early stages of our investigation and are following up a number of lines of enquiry.

"We are keen to hear from anyone who was in the Anstey Road or Lansdowne Road areas of Alton on Tuesday afternoon or evening, who may have seen or heard a disturbance.

“We are not in a position to give further details of his identity until the formal identification process has taken place. We have specialist officers are supporting this man’s family at this difficult time.

“We will have officers in the Anstey Road area throughout today as part of our enquiries and also for reassurance for the local community. If you have any concerns, please speak to an officer or call us on 101.”

Two people – a 38-year-old woman and a 34-year-old man, both from Farnborough – have been arrested on suspicion of murder. They are both currently in police custody.

Investigation launched after funeral abandoned

A grieving family have told Meridian of their shock as they arrived at a cemetery for a great-grandmother's funeral only to find her grave had not been dug. They've now been forced to postpone her burial, it's hoped, for later this week.

The family of Margaret Higginbottom expected to lay her to rest next to her late husband at the South Stoneham Cemetery in Southampton. The 71-year-old's coffin remains in a chapel of rest.

The undertakers and the city council have both launched investigations to find out what went so terribly wrong. But Margaret's family say they feel like they have failed her. Richard Slee reports.

Family are angry after grave not dug in time for funeral

An investigation is underway after a grandmother's funeral was abandoned because her grave had not yet been dug.

Friends and family of Margaret Higginbottom arrived at South Stoneham Cemetery in Southampton to find her plot was unprepared for the funeral.

Today her family spoke of their anger.

Funeral abandoned because great-grandmother's grave had not been dug

Margaret Higginbottom's grave had not been dug causing huge upset for her family Credit: Family picture

Grieving relatives had to abandon a great-grandmother's funeral because her grave had not been dug.

Heartbroken family and friends were left in tears when they arrived at the cemetery in Southampton after a church service to find a plot had not been prepared for Margaret Higginbottom, aged 71 years, who died from cancer.

Funeral directors and council chiefs both launched investigations to find out what had gone wrong.

For the full story see the Daily Echo

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Animals pulled to safety from house fire

More than 100 animals have been saved by firefighters at a fire in Redbridge. Crews were called to Seafield Road yesterday morning after reports of a fire in the kitchen. They were faced with over 100 different animals of various breeds. Firefighters managed to put some in a safe place so they could continue their search of the property.

One person was led to safety and was treated by the South Central Ambulance Service for breathing in smoke.

Many of the animals were saved including two dogs who were resuscitated by firefighters. Other dogs were led out by the owner. Unfortunately four animals sadly died in the fire.

"Crews worked extremely hard to control the fire whilst being faced with an unusual situation involving so many animals. As crews gained entry they were exposed to six dogs who would naturally protect their property and were scared. Firefighters dealt with the situation extremely well to knock down the fire and save so many animals".

– Watch Manager Jason Brattle, Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service

A neighbour alerted Hampshire's control room to the fire. The owners had no smoke detectors.

Crews from Redbridge and St Mary's were sent to the scene along with an animal rescue specialist and partners from the RSPCA. Firefighters used four sets of breathing apparatus, two jets and two hose reels to tackle the blaze.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage.

Valuable antiques stolen in ram raid

Substantial damage at the antiques shop Credit: Hants Police

Detectives in Aldershot are appealing for witnesses and information after a high-value burglary at an antiques shop in Eversley.

At about 2.30am on Thursday, September 25, unknown offenders used a vehicle to break into the barn in Church Road, which is used as an antiques shop.

Once inside they stole silverware, jewellery and other antique item valued at more than £15,000.

Acting Detective Sergeant Gavin Whyte said: 'It is believed a number of people were involved in this incident and they may have been wearing masks to cover their faces.'"

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