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School relives the wartime experience

The whole school is taking part in a week long commemoration of World War 1, there are various activities taking place all week. Activities include performances and workshops presented by the Groundlings Theatre Company and the creation of a piece of artwork made of a clay that will serve as a permanent commemoration.

Children ended the week by taking part in football matches to recreate the Christmas Day truce. The week started with the whole school dressing up in period costume for assembly. In the grounds of the school children had the opportunity to experience what life in the trenches was like, with a mock up of a section of a trench system. There was also a large military marquee turned into a museum featuring artefacts from WW1.


Veteran sailor sets off on Route du Rhum race

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has set off on a solo transatlantic race today.

The veteran sailor is competing in the Route du Rhum race from St Malo in France - forty-five years after he became the first man to sail alone non-stop around the world.

Sir Robin, who is based in Hampshire, founded the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has set off in the Route du Rhum race Credit: Sir Robin Knox-Johnston's website

"There are bound to be questions about my age. They ask what I think of doing this at 75 and I say I am still 45. That is how I feel. I think I am 45 and that is where I stay. I feel no different to when I last raced. I am pretty fit. I lead an active life. I think of myself as young and that is it. I treat myself as young and I am just not ready for the slippers, pipe and television. That is not coming in a hurry."

– Sir Robin Knox-Johnston

Overturned lorry in New Forest - delays on A31

The A31 westbound at the New Forest in Hampshire remains closed because of an overturned lorry and recovery work between M27 J1 / B3079 (Cadnam) and A338 Salisbury Road (Ringwood).

The A-road has been down to one lane since 4:30am, but a full closure is now in place from M27 J2 via the A35. The road is not expected to reopen until about midday.

There is only local access to exit the M27 at J1, and to/from the A31 in the New Forest.

Diversion in place: from M27 J2 Ower, follow the Hollow Circle Symbol via A326 to Totton and A35 south via Lyndhurst towards A338 at Bournemouth.


Woman's body found in Hampshire river

A woman's body has been discovered in a Hampshire river this morning.

At 8.20am police were contacted by a member of staff on the Broadlands Estate, who had spotted the body of a woman in the River Test, near Lee Park Farm.

A team of specially trained water recovery officers from the Force Support Unit attended, and retrieved the body from the water.

Although formal identification is yet to be made, officers are satisfied that the clothing and description matches that of a woman who went missing on October 21, after her wheelchair was found by the banks of the river.

The death is not being treated as suspicious. A file will be prepared for the coroner.

Hampshire pilot arrested at airport for being allegedly 'over the limit'

Ian Jennings, 47, from Gale Moor Avenue, Gosport, Hampshire, was arrested at Norwich Airport yesterday afternoon after landing a private plane.

He has been charged with performing an aviation function when the alcohol in his breath was over the prescribed limited, Norfolk Police said. Jennings was released on bail to appear at Norwich Magistrates' Court on November 13 where he will face the allegation under the Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003.

The charge comes after a Flybe pilot was released on bail after being arrested on suspicion of drink-driving on Tuesday.

The 48-year-old pilot had been due to fly from Newquay Airport in Cornwall to London Gatwick when he was held. The flight was cancelled and passengers faced delays, with some missing connections.

A spokesman said: "Flybe can confirm that one of its pilots volunteered to help the police with their inquiries at Newquay Airport yesterday.

"The airline is not able to comment further while the police investigation is taking place."

For pilots, air crew and air traffic controllers the alcohol limit is 20mg per 100ml of blood. The drink-drive limit for motorists is 80mg.

Police investigate three suspicious Hampshire fires

Police are investigating three arson incidents in an area of East Cosham.

Between 3.30 and 4.30am on Wednesday, October 22 a car was set alight in an open garage in Beaconsfield Avenue.

During the same time period it was found that a trailer was set alight in front of a garage in Hilary Avenue. Also a wheelie bin was on fire in front of a house on Lonsdale Avenue.

The three roads are linked by service roads and alleyways. Police are linking these three incidents and believe the fires were started deliberately

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
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