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Lorry fire causing delays for Havant motorists

The lorry on fire at the side of the A3M Credit: Kate Louise

The A3M in Hampshire has been blocked and traffic is queueing after a lorry caught fire this afternoon.

The Southbound carriageway of the road was blocked between Waterlooville and Havant as flames engulfed the lorry on the side of the road.

Traffic was queuing since 2.40pm this afternoon after the fire took hold Credit: Kate Louise

Elderly woman attacked during burglary

A man has forced his way into the home of a woman in her 80s and assaulted her, fracturing her eye socket.

Police say the woman also suffered cuts and bruises in the attack, which happened at around 3.30am on Friday November 14 in Lymbourn Road, Havant.

The man is described as being white, between 30 and 40 years old, tall and of sturdy build.

Please contact us if you were in the area at the time and heard or saw anything suspicious. We are particularly interested in anyone fitting this description-and who returned home during the early hours of Friday morning.

We'd encourage local people to be extra vigilant and to report anything suspicious to police immediately.

– Detective Chief Inspector Justin Norris


Man attacked in front of a young child in Havant

Appeal after vicious assault Credit: ITV news

A 20 year old man was attacked as he pushed a young child in a pushchair through Havant. It happened between 10.30pm and 11pm on Sunday, August 10 when he was walking along Wakefords Way.

As he walked past Monxton Green, three youths who were sat on the wall at the corner, approached the man and asked him to buy them some alcohol from the nearby Londis Store. The victim refused and they then punched him several times, hitting him in the back of the head with a blunt implement. They then stood on his head, causing serious head injuries. The offenders then made off towards Four Marks Green.

Officers have descriptions of the three youths they’d like to speak to:

Man one:- White - 5ft 10ins- Medium build- Aged 16 to 17- He had two tattoos of tear drops on the right side of his face in green ink, just below his right eye. - He was wearing a dark coloured hooded top with the hood up.

Man two:- Mixed race- 6ft 2ins- Large build- He looked about 19 years of age, but the victim believes he was younger, as he had asked him to get alochol from the store prior to the assault.- He had a purple scar running from his left ear to his chin- He spoke with a Liverpudlian accent- Wearing a grey Nike hooded top with the hood up. - He heard the other youths refer to him as ‘Marcus’

Man three:- White- 5ft 5ins- Skinny build- Aged 15 to 16- Wearing a bright yellow hooded top with the hood up and blue canvas type shoes with white soles

“This was a vicious unprovoked attack on a man who had the young child of a friend with him. The victim is currently receiving treatment at hospital where he has been diagnosed with swelling to the brain. He has been suffering from fits, headaches and blurred vision since the attack. We are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen these youths or anyone who may have been approached by them to buy alcohol on that evening. I would also like to speak to anyone who has any information that could assist our inquiry.”

– Detective Constable Stuart Moore

On-the-spot fines for those who drop litter in Havant

Havant Borough Council will be cracking down on litterbugs by handing out on-the-spot fines.

Their new approach of "Pick Up or Pay Out" is about to begin, with Environment Rangers wondering the streets and fining people who drop litter or cigarette butts or leave their dogs' mess.

Councillor Mike Fairhurst, who is responsible for Operational Services said, "Havant Borough Council work hard to maintain the cleanliness of the borough, spending £700,000 on street cleaning annually and with over 2000 litter bins across the borough there is no excuse.

"Anyone dropping litter or not cleaning up after their dog will get an on-the-spot fine."

Inquest into man's death who was trampled by elephant

An inquest is due to open into the death of a Hampshire man who was killed by an elephant in India.

Colin Manvell, from Havant, was trampled by the animal in the Masinagudi National Park.

It is thought the retired teacher did not hear the elephant charge him whilst he was taking pictures of wildlife.

An inquest into the death of Colin Manvel is due to open today Credit: ITV Meridian


Murder investigation after pensioner's death

Two men have been arrested after the death of a woman in her 80s. Police were called shortly after 6am this morning to an address in Sherfield Avenue, Leigh Park. The body of a woman, aged in her 80s, was found inside the address. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The circumstances surrounding the death are being treated as suspicious by detectives. An 80-year-old man from Havant was arrested at the scene of the death this morning on suspicion of murder. A second man, aged 55, was arrested on suspicion of murder a short time later in the Havant area.

High value metal theft in Havant

Police are appealing for information following the theft of hundreds of metres of high voltage electrical cable from a factory unit in New Lane, Havant.

The incident took place sometime between Monday, November 4 and Tuesday, November 12.

The electrical cable was stripped of copper. The copper stolen is thought to be worth around £250,000. It is believed access was gained to the building via a rear door and entry was gained to the site by cutting open a wire fence from the railway line.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or noticed suspicious activity should contact PC Brent Vine at Waterlooville police station on 101, alternatively call Crimestoppers, the charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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