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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.


Burst water main closes busy road in Hampshire

School Lane in Chandler's Ford is closed after a water main burst this morning. Credit: ITV Meridian

Drivers have been facing long tailbacks due to a burst water main in Chandler's Ford.

Drivers have reported hour long tailbacks in the surrounding area. Credit: ITV Meridian

It happened at 8am on School Lane in Chandler's Ford. The road is closed and there are delays on Valley Park, Castle Lane and Bournemouth Road.

Hospital radio station nominated for awards

A radio station which broadcasts to hospital patients in Basingstoke has been nominated for a record breaking number of awards.

Hospital Radio Basingstoke, based at the Basingstoke and North Hants Hospital in Aldermaston Road, has been shortlisted in seven categories at the National Hospital Broadcasting Awards.

Mel Bloor has been to meet the team behind the microphone...

Basingstoke, Reading and Guildford: New survey predicts the property hotspots of the year.

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House prices in Berkshire and North Hampshire will rise from between 5 and 10 per cent in the first half of this year - according to local estate agents. Towns, including Bracknell, Basingstoke, Guildford and Reading are attracting competition between first time buyers and investors - with demand outweighing supply.

Bracknell is expected to see a 10% rise due to the town centre regeneration. Prices are forecast to rise in Basingstoke after a new Waitrose and John Lewis store opened last year and a new school in Limes Park opening this year could attract more families to the area

In Camberley a lack of new builds, especially family homes, is said to be causing prices to rise. Caversham is described as a "property hotspot" for investors with its rail links and good school catchments.

In Farnborough, town regeneration, including a new cinema, Sainsbury's, and four new hotels, is attracting more buyers and tenants. Hart was voted the best place to live in the UK for the fourth year in a row attracting more buyers due to its outstanding local schools and direct train line to London

House prices in Reading rose by 12% in the last 12 months and it's believed the imminent arrival of Crossrail will see this area grow in popularity, along with continued town centre regeneration.


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.

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.

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