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Wednesday's news headlines

The ITV News Meridian headlines covering all the stories happening this Wednesday with Amanda Piper. And to find out if we're in for more rain today, Simon Parkin has the forecast.

Quizzing for Clues - Detectives investigating the death of a man pulled from a house fire are to question people who use the street where he died. Michael Griffith was found last week. He was assaulted before he died.

University Future - We'll find out today how many students have applied to go onto further education. It's expected number will be down due to a rise in tuition fees and apprenticeship schemes.

Cow Bus - Cows from a farm in Sussex will help to power a new generation of buses in Reading. The fleet of twenty single deckers will have low emissions and take to the streets next year.

Police seek the owner of 28 sheep

Police in the Heathfield area of Sussex are seeking the owner of 28 sheep which were found walking in the road in the early hours of today. The sheep were found in New Pond Hill, Cross in Hand, at around 3am. When police arrived some of the sheep had wandered onto the land of a nearby resident.

Anyone who can help to trace the owner of the sheep is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 192 of 25/1.

Amanda has today's headlines

A first look at the stories making the news this Friday with Amanda Piper. And to find out what the weather has in store for the end of the working week, Simon Parkin brings you the forecast.

Today's Headlines:- Ash Action - There are urgent calls for the Government to take action fast to try to combat the growing number of trees infected with Ash Dieback. Of the three hundred plus confirmed to have the fungal disease, the majority are in Kent.

Foster Appeal - The charity Barnardos is urging families to help the growing need for foster parents. It's looking in particular to people in Berkshire as it highlights the needs of older children looking for a family.

Haggis, tatties and neeps! It is Burns Night today - among the events taking place to mark the occasion, Wokefield Park in Berkshire is bringing out the bagpipes and raising money for local charities.

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The news this Tuesday

Amanda Piper brings you a full round up of the stories making the news this Tuesday across the region. And to find out if we're in for more snow today, Simon Parkin has the forecast.

Today's Headlines:- Murder Suspicions - As police continue to search for a woman who was last seen more than a month ago, two men are questioned on suspicion of murder and concealing a body. 76 year old Patricia Goodband was reported missing last Wednesday.

Navy Inquiry - The Royal Navy is to release the results of two inquiries it made in light of the death of one of its officers on board a nuclear submarine in Southampton. Lieutenant Commander Ian Molyneux was shot by Able Seaman Ryan Donovan in 2011 - he was drunk when he was put on armed guard.

Dementia Worries - There's been an increase in the number of people diagnosed with dementia in the south east. However it's thought another thirty nine thousand are living with the condition by aren't receiving the support and treatment.

Police appeal after 'dangerous' man skips parole

Lee Hogben Credit: Dorset Police

Police searching for a 29-year-old former prisoner described as "dangerous" are appealing for help.

Lee Ivan James Hogben, originally from Poole, has breached his licence conditions and been recalled to prison.

He’s described as white, broad, six foot tall with short cropped brown hair.

Officers are advising people not to approach him but call the police immediately on 999.

Det Insp Neil Phillips said: “Officers are continuing to search for Lee Hogben and we are following positive lines of enquiry.

“We need to trace him urgently and I would encourage any member of the public to contact the police immediately if they see him.

“He was released from prison on Friday with licence conditions, one of which was to reside in the Somerset area.

“However, Hogben failed to attend this address, and has subsequently been recalled to prison.

"He should not be approached under any circumstance if seen as he is considered dangerous.”

Businesses warned of diesel thefts

Businesses in and around Poole are being warned to ensure their vehicles and premises are left secure following a recent spate of diesel thefts.

Dorset Police say they have received several reports of diesel being stolen from businesses on industrial estates since mid December.

In most cases, the diesel has been stolen overnight from parked lorries. Businesses should park their lorries inside buildings wherever possible.

“If this is not possible, park vehicles in a secure compound. At the very least, ensure vehicles are parked in a well lit area.

“Also, make sure you leave as little fuel as possible in the tank. If you have lights, cameras or alarms available please use them. Make sure they are operating correctly and are fit for purpose.

“To contact a Crime Prevention and Design Advisor, please phone 101.”

– John Green, Dorset Police
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