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TRAVEL: 5 vehicle accident closes M23

Five cars have been involved in a serious accident on the M23 London bound in West Sussex. The road is closed between junction 10 A2011/ A264 (Crawley) and M25 junction 7, congestion is to junction 11 A23 (Pease Pottage).

The accident happened at 12:05 this afternoon, two miles after junction 9. The carriageway is now fully closed back from junction 10, and is likely to remain closed until late afternoon for investigation work and recovery.

Trapped traffic is being release in one lane


Plans for WInchester development to be discussed today

Proposals for the controversial Silver Hill development in the centre of Winchester are to be discussed by the city council today.

Councillors will decide if a planning application for housing, offices and shops - originally approved in 2009 - can proceed. It consists of almost 300 new homes, offices, shops, a new bus station and car park.

Opponents said the plans would have a negative impact on the city's historic character.

VIDEO: How rogue trader used 'emotional blackmail' to con his victims

A rogue trader from Portsmouth, who made more than £100,000 from carrying out dodgy repairs, has been jailed for three years.

James Saunders, 51, of Cross Street, charged extortionate amounts of money for the building work, targeting the elderly.

Rogue trader James Saunders

In the video below, Steve Ruddy from Trading Standards, tells ITV News Meridian how Saunders would use 'emotional blackmail' to cheat people out of money.

Rogue trader who preyed on the elderly jailed

A rogue trader who made more than £100,000 by conning elderly people has been jailed for three years.

James Saunders, 51, previously of Blacksmith Lane, Chilworth, charged extortionate amounts of money for dodgy repairs, even driving some victims to the bank to ensure he got his payment.

Rogue trader James Saunders

He made money out of nine victims in total, using fake sob stories to get sympathy, making £104,000 altogether.

Saunders, who now lives in Cross Street, Portsmouth, even cheated an 89-year-old war veteran out of more than £40,000.

In the video below, one of his victims describes how Saunders 'got under her skin' to con money out of her.

He used the money to fund his lavish lifestyle, including top-of-the-range cars, a luxury home and designer clothes.

He pleaded guilty to one count of participating in a fraudulent business over a six-year period taking account of 12 incidents. He admitted overcharging nine victims £117,612.50, of which he actually received £104,837.50. He also pleaded guilty to one count of laundering these proceeds.

He was sentenced at Guildford Crown Court on Friday 12 June.

'This sentence sends a powerful message that rogue traders who charge exorbitant sums for poor quality work or no work at all will be tracked down by our trading standards teams and brought to justice.'

– Richard Walsh, Surrey County Council

For advice on issues involving rogue traders contact Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506


Motorcyclist dies in Fareham crash

A 50-year-old motorcyclist died when she collided with a car in Fareham today.

The crash happened at the traffic lights on The Avenue at the junction with Catisfield Road, opposite the Oast & Squire pub.

Police have closed the eastbound carriageway of The Avenue and expect it to remain closed for a while to come.

The female driver of the car, a blue Fiat Doblo, was not seriously hurt.

Police are keen to hear from anyone with information.

Police seek men suspected of damaging boats at Eling

Police are looking for two men after several boats were left damaged in Southampton.

They were spotted on a boat in the creek and were confronted by members of the public before they walked off.

The two men were spotted on the boats before the damage was found

It was later discovered that three boats had been damaged and police suspect the pair may have tried to break into them.

A witness took a photograph of the two men, believed to be aged between 16 and 18-year-old.

Charity warns on forcing supermarkets to donate food

Volunteers are among the workers who distribute food to the needy

A charity in Southampton is doing its bit to feed the hungry and avoid food waste. Supermarkets donate surplus food to organisations such as Fareshare and Scratch, which then distribute the produce to those who need to be fed.

The issue is much on the agenda after the French government passed a law last week, forcing the supermarkets in France to give any extra food they had to charity.

FareShare say their work tackles the imbalance between food waste and poverty with the co-operation of their donors, but they say the French-style legislation could be counter-productive if a similar law were to be passed here in the UK. Andrew Pate has our report.

Part 3: Remembering Britannia - "To the Queen & absent friends"

The Royal Yacht Britannia was taken out of service almost 20 years ago

The eleventh of December 1997 is a day that everyone who has ever served on the Royal Yacht Britannia remembers.

It was the day Britannia was decommissioned at an emotional ceremony attended by Her Majesty The Queen and most of the other members of the Royal family.

For the crew it meant the end of a unique way of life. Richard Jones has the last of our special reports from their annual reunion.

The other two parts of our special series about the Royal Yacht Britannia:

Part 1: Back to work for former crew of Royal Yacht Britannia

Part 2: Life below decks on the Royal Yacht Britannia

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