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'It looks like the lightning was close, it was a mile away'

A viewer captured this photograph at Kingsclere near Basingstoke Credit: Richard Cunningham

Whenever we do a photograph or video appeal we do ask people to take pictures from an area of safety, at a safe distance and at no danger to themselves. Viewer Richard Cunningham saw some lightning at Kingsclere - here he explains what happened:

"I was lucky to get the lightning lighting up in the surrounding area and it just happened to be in the centre of the picture.

"It looks like the strike was close but it was probably at least a mile from where I was standing, I always try to stay out of harm's way but storms can still be very unpredictable so I'm always cautious regardless."

Thieves stole life saving equipment from fire station

Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service are appealing for help to find thieves who broke into Kingsclere fire station and stole life saving equipment.

The kit that was taken included the vital cutting tools used by firefighters to get trapped people out of vehicles after accidents and collisions.

Hampshire Constabulary are investigating the theft which took place at some time between 4pm on Friday 11th September and 1pm on Saturday 12th September.

This equipment is incredibly important for us to respond and we cannot do our job without it which puts lives at risk.

Thanks to our robust contingency plans we were able to work rapidly and replace these vital items of equipment to ensure that Kingsclere Fire Station was able to respond to 999 calls if required.

– Station Manager Damian Watts, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

Anyone with information is being asked to call 101 quoting 44150316769, or to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111


Police appeal for witnesses to come forward

We are conducting a range of enquiries to establish the circumstances leading up to Mr Evans' death. As part of our investigation we would like to speak to anyone who may have seen an incident involving two men near to the single lane pinch point on Swan Street in Kingsclere between 7.45pm and 8.10pm on Saturday, February 1. In particular we are keen to speak to the occupants of the vehicles pictured as we believe they passed by at the time of the incident and may have witnessed something which could assist with our investigation.

– Detective Sergeant Paula James, Basingstoke CID

A 20-year-old man from Bishops Green has been arrested in connection with this incident. He has been bailed pending further enquiries until March 10.

Police appealing for help after unexplained death

Police want to speak to the people in these vehicles Credit: Hampshire police

Detectives are investigating the death of a man from Kingsclere and are keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time.

Patrick Evans, aged 54, of Swan Street in Kingsclere, died at the North Hampshire Hospital on Thursday, February 6. The cause of his death is unknown.

Man in hospital after lorry overturns

Credit: ITV Meridian

A 53-year-old man from Wiltshire is recovering in hospital after an articulated lorry overturned on the A339 between Basingstoke and Newbury.

Police say his injuries are not life threatening. The incident will close the road for much of the day. It happened near the Star Inn pub at Kingsclere.

The lorry had been carrying wood. Major delays have built up in the area. Hampshire Police say recovery will soon take place. Other vehicles managed to avoid the lorry when it overturned. It is the second lorry to overturn on the A339 In a week.