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Appeal following nine burglaries in East Hampshire

Officers are investigating nine reports of burglaries at commercial premises in the Alton and Bordon areas of East Hampshire. The incidents took place on December 23 and Christmas Eve.

Hampshire Police received a report that the Army Cadet building on Farnham Road had been broken into. A rear window was smashed and clothing, food, and a small amount of cash were stolen.

Eight further reports were received from commercial premises in Alton on Drayman's Way, Station Road, Anstey Lane, and at St Lawrence Church Hall. Nothing was taken from the church

Police say they are investigating whether these reports are linked. They are also conducting enquiries to see if these burglaries are linked to other reports made in the Bordon area earlier this week.

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Darth raider! The furs is with a hungry squirrel...

The squirrel dips in and out of his Darth Vader feeder Credit: Chris Balcombe

This hungry squirrel looks as if the Furs is with him!

Tucking into a home-made Darth Vader feeder, the rodent was snapped in the garden of Emma Young.

Sci-fi fan Emma, 40, from Hampshire, has created several novelty items as bird and squirrel feeders over the years.

"With the new Star Wars film coming out, I just had to try this," she said.

The mum-of-two converted a Darth Vader novelty lamp into the bizarre feeder, by hollowing out the insides.

"It was just the right size for a squirrel," she said, at her home in Beaulieu in the New Forest National Park.

"Then I used a mixture of peanut butter and peanuts and packed it inside the head."

Emma, a senior carer at a local nursing home, said it wasn't long before one squirrel turned up to investigate - and had no problem dipping in and out of the helmet.

Council takes tough action over litter

Cigarette butts are the main cause of litter in Basingstoke Credit: ITV

People who drop litter in Basingstoke will be making a costly mistake - that's the warning from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.

Seven people recently received criminal convictions along with fines, ranging between £105 and £440, plus additional costs for littering offences.

These were the latest prosecutions brought by the council – so far, 12 people have faced court action and more cases are still outstanding.

Cigarette butts are the main cause of litter. In one day alone,1850 cigarette butts were counted on the town centre’s streets.

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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.

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