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Police hunt for thieves who rammed a car into a bank

The road outside the bank was cordoned off after the raid in Hedge End

A car was driven into the HSBC bank on Lower Northam Road in Hedge End yesterday - Wednesday 30th March.

Three men, who got out of a dark grey Vauxhall Astra, went into the branch and stole money from behind a till before getting into another car - a white Audi - which was driven off in the direction of the roundabout at the end of Lower Northam Road. The three men were white and wore balaclavas during the bank raid.

A member of staff suffered a minor injury to her arm after being grabbed by one of the thieves.

Hampshire Police say the Audi had a '15 number plate'. They are asking anyone with information about the two vehicles mentioned to either contact the police in confidence by calling 101 and quoting 44160121859. Or alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where you can leave information anonymously.

Organisations to take over running of Southampton libraries

New community groups will help to run libraries Credit: ITV

The futures of five Southampton community libraries have been announced by Southampton City Council. The list of organisations set to take over the running of some of the city’s libraries is made up of a mix of long established organisations and newly-formed community groups, all dedicated to offering good local community involvement and support.

The following groups will soon take over the running of the following libraries:

The Burgess Road Library Action Group (in partnership with Christ Church Southampton, a locally based charity) will provide library services from Burgess Road Library.

Thornhill Community Library, a newly formed local charity group, will continue to provide library services from Thornhill Library.

The YMCA, a local community charity that has been serving the city since 1878, will provide a community library in the new unit when it is completed in Weston. In the meantime services will continue from the portable building.

SCA and Unexpected Places, two not for profit organisations in partnership with the Friends of Cobbett Road Library, are teaming up to continue to offer library facilities from Cobbett Road Library.

In Millbrook, the library resources will be moved into the Solent NHS Trust Pickles Coppice Children’s Centre where the Sure Start Service is based.


Great-grandmother has life savings stolen

A great-grandmother has had her life savings stolen in what appears to be a distraction robbery.

The 89-year-old had returned from shopping in Romsey when she was approached by a man and woman asking for directions.

She was distracted by the couple in the street and had her bank card taken and replaced by a different one. The suspects have now cleared out her savings account.

Man arrested in connection with telephone box blast

The blast also caused a power cut Credit: Chris Barfoot

A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing an explosion likely to endanger life/injure property.

It is believed the 24-year-old, from Eastleigh, caused the blast in a telephone box in The Avenue in Bishops Waltham earlier this week.

Fortunately no one was injured. Police are asking anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area to come forward.


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.

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