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Efit released following bank robbery

An e-fit has been released following a robbery at a bank in Hedge End. The image is of one of three men who drove into the side of HSBC on Wednesday morning.

Police want to speak to this man and anyone who may recognise him.

Police want to speak to this man in connection with a bank robbery in Hedge End Credit: Hampshire Police

"If you recognise this man or think that you saw him in the area on the day of the robbery we want you to contact us.

"You could hold vital information that could assist us with this investigation."

– Detective Constable Steve Roman

CCTV image of cars involved in ram raid on bank

Did you see either of these two cars in Hedge End on Wednesday 30th March? Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Hampshire Police have released a cctv image of two cars involved in a ram raid on the HSBC bank in Hedge End near Southampton in Hampshire.

The incident happened on Wednesday 30th March. A grey Vauxhall Astra was driven into the bank at about 10.30am. Three white men wearing balaclavas went in and stole a small quantity of money. They escaped in a white Audi.

“This happened mid-morning when there were lots of people in Hedge End village, so there are a lot of potential witnesses.

“We want to speak to anyone who saw these cars prior to the incident and to anyone who saw the white Audi A3 afterwards.

“We also know that some witnesses at the scene took photographs and filmed it on their mobile phones, so we would appeal to those people to contact us as this could prove to be vital evidence in this investigation.”

– Detective Sergeant Claire Shawley, Hampshire Police

The police have also issued an image of a steel beer barrel which was left at the scene.

The bank was cordoned off for some time after the raid
Do you know anything about this distinctive barrel?

“We believe that this barrel may have been stolen and would like to hear from anyone who has had one like this taken recently. It is quite distinctive, with a white and two blue stripes round the middle of it.”

– Detective Sergeant Claire Shawley, Hampshire Police

Anyone with information can contact Detective Constable Steve Roman on 101, quoting 44160121859, or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Police hunt for thieves who rammed a car into a bank

The road outside the bank was cordoned off after the raid in Hedge End

A car was driven into the HSBC bank on Lower Northam Road in Hedge End yesterday - Wednesday 30th March.

Three men, who got out of a dark grey Vauxhall Astra, went into the branch and stole money from behind a till before getting into another car - a white Audi - which was driven off in the direction of the roundabout at the end of Lower Northam Road. The three men were white and wore balaclavas during the bank raid.

A member of staff suffered a minor injury to her arm after being grabbed by one of the thieves.

Hampshire Police say the Audi had a '15 number plate'. They are asking anyone with information about the two vehicles mentioned to either contact the police in confidence by calling 101 and quoting 44160121859. Or alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where you can leave information anonymously.

Burst water main floods homes in Hedge End

Their homes were submerged in up to four feet of water, and for several hours, a housing estate in Hampshire turned into a lake.

A burst water main was to blame in Hedge End.

17 homes around Old Shamblehurst Lane were flooded on Saturday morning. But the leak affected the supply of more than 20 thousand properties.

Today, homeowners are assessing the damage and counting the cost - as Andrew Pate reports.

Homes left flooded after burst water main

17 homes in and around Old Shamblehurst Lane were flooded on Saturday Credit: ITV Meridian

Homeowners in Hedge End, Hampshire are assessing the damage caused by a burst water main, which turned a housing estate into a lake.

Seventeen homes in and around Old Shamblehurst Lane were flooded on Saturday, with more than 20,000 houses in the area left without a water supply.

Today the homeowners have been attempting to clear up.


Charity 'disappointed' that Christmas lights display is cancelled

Hampshire children's hospice, Naomi House, has told ITV Meridian of its disappointment that the popular Greyhound Close Christmas lights display won't be going ahead this year.

The charity has received around £45,000 from donations from the annual festive event in Hedge End in Hampshire.

It has been cancelled due to an ongoing row with council chiefs about increased traffic and damage to grass verges.

Keith Wilson is from Naomi House:

Train delays and diversions caused by Botley landslip

A landslip has damaged the line at Botley in Hampshire Credit: ITV News

Trains have been diverted - and there's longer journeys this morning - after a landslip in Hampshire.

South West Trains have said the London Waterloo to Portsmouth line - via Eastleigh - has been affected. Trains will not call at Botley or Hedge End in either direction.

Journey times will increase by 30 minutes. The line could be blocked for several weeks.

London bound services will also not call at Farnborough Main, Woking or Clapham Junction to minimise the impact of the diversions and delays on the rest of the service.

Portsmouth bound trains will call additionally at Southampton Airport Parkway.

Southampton to Portsmouth trains will run on their normal route.

Rail replacement buses will operate hourly in both directions between Fareham and Southampton Airport Parkway calling at Botley and Hedge End.

Additional buses will operate at peak hours (06:00 to 09:00 & 16:00 to 20:00) between Hedge End and Southampton Airport Parkway only. This will provide buses at a 15 minute frequency.

A spokesman for South West Trains said: "The line will remain blocked for some time. We will be assessing how the train and bus services perform up to Wednesday and may make further revisions to the services going forward. A plan for Thursday and beyond will be published as soon as possible."

First Great Western and Southern services may also be affected. Visit the following websites for more information:

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