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Inquest will hear if deaths 'caused by insider attack'

An inquest has resumed into the deaths of two British soldiers killed on foot patrol in Helmand Province.

Corporal David O'Connor, a royal marine from Havant, and Corporal Channing Day from 3 Medical regiment died in a gun battle on October 24th last year.

A third man, thought to be an off-duty Afghan policeman, was also killed in the incident.

The coroner in Oxford said the inquest would hear evidence to discover whether the deaths were caused by an insider attack.


Police renew taxi arson appeal

Police are renewing their appeal after a taxi compound inHavant, Hampshire was severely damaged.

The Andicars taxi compound in West Leigh hadseven vehicles that were burnt out last Friday morning at 2.45am.

It is believed that damaged was caused to the rear fence togain entry prior to the arson.

Kerry Loveless, Senior Investigating Officer,said: "This is a very serious incident which has caused in excess of£100,000 worth of damage.

"On this occasion no-one was injured as a result of theincident which is fortunate given the nature of the fire."

Suspicious fire at taxi compound

Police are investigating after several vehicles were severely damaged after a fire at Havant, Hampshire.

The Fire Service were alerted to the fire at 2.45am this morning and seven vehicles have been burnt out or severely damaged as a result of the blaze.

It is believed a hole was cut in fencing to gain entry to the compound sometime after 2am.

We are aware of previous reports of damage to Andicars vehicles and looking into the possibility that they may be connected to this most recent incident. At this stage we have no evidence to confirm they are linked."

– DSI Fiona Holland

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.

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