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BREAKING NEWS: Driver charged after Payton Sparks death

Payton Sparks Credit: Hampshire Police

A man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving following a crash in which 16 year old Payton Sparks was killed.

The incident happened on the B2149 Petersfield Road, Havant, at 10.42pm on May 25th.

Payton, from Botley Drive, Havant, died at the scene. A 14-year-old boy from Havant, the back seat passenger, sustained serious injuries but is now recovering.

Lewis Young, 19, of no fixed abode but previously from Havant, was charged this morning with causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury to another by driving dangerously, aggravated vehicle taking, driving without insurance, driving while disqualified and making off without payment.

He was remanded in custody by Portsmouth Magistrates Court and committed to the crown court at Portsmouth for a hearing on July 15th.

Photo and family tribute to Payton Sparks 'a treasure'

Payton Sparks Credit: Hampshire Police

The family of 16 year old Payton Sparks, who was killed in a road traffic collision near Havant last weekend, have today issued a photograph of Payton and a statement in tribute to her.

Her mother Lisa said: “Payton was such a treasure and such a big heart, so caring and loving. We will never be apart.

“Payton loved all types of music. She loved McDonalds food but her favourite food was chicken pot noodle with chicken and thyme Sensations.

“Payton had so many friends from so many places but she and I were best mates. We went everywhere together, drove everywhere together. She bossed me around but I know she loved me dearly which makes me strong.

“She was a great auntie to her nephew Crus, and a great sister to Casey. All she had to give was love and laughter. She had so much for everyone. Never has anyone made me laugh so much.

“It just doesn't seem possible to have a life without her - I miss her so much and I will love her forever.”


Teenager killed in car crash named

Police have released the name of a 16-year-old girl who was killed in a collision in Havant last night. Payton Sparks, from Botley Drive in Havant was in a car with two others when it hit a building, part of Staunton Country Park premises.

The driver, a 19-year-old man from Hayling Island, suffered serious injuries and is currently in intensive care at the Queen Alexandra Hospital.

A 14-year-old boy, from Havant, who was travelling in the rear seat of the vehicle, also sustained serious leg and head injuries and is being treated at Southampton General Hospital.

Girl dies as car hits building

A 16-year-old girl has died and another teenager is seriously injured after the car they were travelling in left the road and hit a building in Havant last night. Three teenagers were in the Vauxhall Tigra on Petersfield Road when the accident happened.

The car struck part of the Staunton Country Park building. Police were called just before 10.45pm. A 16-year-old girl, who was a passenger was declared dead at the scene. The young male driver, who was injured, was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital.

A rear-seat passenger, believed to be a male in his teens, sustained serious head and leg injuries and was taken to Southampton General Hospital. The building was unoccupied and nobody else was hurt.


Signalling faults delay trains

Further signalling problems caused delays to services between Havant in Hampshire and Chichester in West Sussex, between Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton and between Yeovil Junction and Salisbury in the West Country.

Another signalling problem, at Wandsworth Common in south-west London, led to delays to services through Balham station in south-east London, while illness to a passenger resulted in delays to services between Shenfield in Essex and London's Liverpool Street station.

No trains were able to run in and out of Moorgate station in London due to a lineside fire in north London. There were also delays in and out of another major London terminus - Waterloo - due to a signalling problem at Clapham Junction in south London.

Man bailed after questioning

A 43-year-old man from Hastings in Sussex who was questioned by police over two attempted child abductions has been released on bail until February while police make further inquiries.

Hampshire Police are calling on motorists from Sussex to come forward with any information about two attempted child abductions in Havant on 18th and 19th December. The first incident was in Leigh Park, the second in Emsworth.

A priority is identifying and talking with two motorists who we believe are vital witnesses to the second attempted abduction in Emsworth.

It is possible these motorists were commuters travelling into or out of Sussex, particularly Chichester, on Wednesday morning.

The 11-year-old victim told police that drivers sounded their horns at him when he ran into traffic to get away from his attempted abductor. If you were driving a gold-coloured Mini-style car or similar model, or a blue Vauxhall, in Southleigh Road in Emsworth at around 8.30am on 19th December 2012, please contact police."

– Detective Inspector Jeff Huggett, Waterlooville CID.

So far, police have received 45 calls from the public and spoken with 40 motorists. In a statement, Hampshire Police said the arrest and bailing of one man was one of many leads being followed. They said there were other important witnesses they hoped to speak to.

A team of officers and staff continue to work extra shifts this weekend to gather and analyse information about the circumstances of both attempted abductions and the identity of whoever was responsible. We would like to thank colleagues in Sussex Police for their assistance.

I would like to express my thanks to both children and their families after such an upsetting experience. Police are grateful to them and the parents for their time, co-operation and composure during a series of events that have disrupted their lives so close to Christmas."

– Detective Inspector Jeff Huggett

Man arrested after abduction attempts

A man has been arrested by Hampshire Police investigating two attempted abductions in Havant. A 43-year-old man from Hastings was arrested on 21st December.

The first attempt was in Leigh Park at 1.50pm on 18th December. A 12-year-old girl was grabbed between Purbrook Way and Middle Park Way.

In a similar incident at about 8.30am on 19th December, a man attempted to grab an 11-year-old boy in Southleigh Road, Emsworth. The boy was about to cross the road when a man left a van and grabbed the boy’s wrist. The boy shouted, screamed and pinched him. The man let go and the boy ran away.

This investigation remains a priority for Hampshire Constabulary with officers and staff working extra shifts over the weekend to pursue lines of enquiry swiftly.

This arrest in Sussex is one of several leads we are following at this time. No one has been charged or convicted. Therefore, police must keep an open mind and ask the public not to reach hasty conclusions while we are gathering and analysing information. I would like to thank our colleagues in Sussex Police for their assistance, and appeal again for members of the public to come forward with any information."

– Detective Inspector Jeff Huggett, senior investigating officer

Police have received no other reports of attempted abductions in Havant and Waterlooville since Wednesday morning. They are not linking this investigation to any other suspicious incidents elsewhere.

Further enquiries identified two specific motorists who could be important witnesses to the second attempted abduction in Southleigh Road in Emsworth. The 11-year-old victim provided more details about two vehicles whose motorists sounded their horns at him when he ran into traffic away from his attempted abductor. We are renewing a direct appeal for the drivers of a gold-coloured Mini-style car or similar model, and a blue Vauxhall, to speak with the police about what they saw. The boy remembers the descriptions of these cars in Southleigh Road at around 8.30am on Wednesday, 19th December."

– Detective Inspector Jeff Huggett
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