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Man due in court over fruit picker deaths

The former manager of a Hampshire fruit packing business is due back in court today over the deaths of two workers.

Scott Cain died after he collected apples from an estate near Liss Credit: Hampshire Police

Andrew Stocker was charged with gross negligence manslaughter following the death of 24 year-old Ashley Clarke and 23 year-old Scott Cain.

The men collapsed after entering an apple store in the Blackmoor estate - cooled by nitrogen.

Ashley Clarke died at the Blackmoor Estate where he was working Credit: Hampshire Police

Hampshire Police investigating a spate of thefts from cars

Hampshire Police investigating thefts from cars Credit: ITV NEWS

Hampshire Police are investigating a series of thefts from vehicles in Petersfield and Liss

As part of the investigation officers have recovered a number of items of property which may have been stolen and are now trying to identify the owners.

The items are mostly small electronic items such as mobile phones, sat navs and charging leads and memory cards from cameras.

Detective Constable Steve Brown said, “So far we have identified nine victims whose cars were targeted between Wednesday, April 2 and Saturday, April 5...I would like to hear from anyone who noticed property missing from their car ... and believes they may have been a victim of vehicle crime.”

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Serious crash on A3

There has been a serious car accident in Hampshire this morning after a car was reported on its roof on the A3.

Drivers are being asked to avoid the A3 Southbound at Liss.

It is believed the car travelling north crossed over the central reservation and stopped on the opposite carriageway.

The woman driving was taken to Southampton General Hospital by air ambulance with what are described as life threatening injuries.

Both southbound and northbound carriageways of the A3 have been closed to allow for a full investigation of the scene.

At this time no other vehicles are believed to be involved but police are looking into whether or not that was the case.

Officers would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident.

Tributes to fruit pickers killed on Tory peer's estate

Friends of a young farm worker who died along with a colleague - after entering a storage building - have spoken exclusively to ITV Meridian about him. Scott Cain, who was 23, and Ashley Clark, aged 24, collapsed after entering an apple store - cooled by nitrogen.

It happened on an estate at Selborne, near Petersfield, owned by Tory Peer Lord Selbourne. It's hoped toxicology reports will throw some light on how this tragedy happened. Andrew Pate reports.

Family tribute to killed fruit picker

Ashley Clarke Credit: Hampshire Police

The family of a fruit picker who died on the estate of a Tory peer have paid tribute to him. Ashley Clarke, 24, from Liss was one of two men who died on Lord Selborne's Blackmoor Estate on Monday. His father Ian Clarke said: "Words cannot express the pain we are all feeling at Ashley’s passing.

"He was the very heart and soul of both our families and he was so much in love with (his fiancée) Rachel that it hurts to see the torment she is going through. He had a passion for life and the utter devastation felt by everybody who knew him is testament to his popularity.

"We still have many questions which will need to be answered in the fullness of time, but nothing will bring Ashley back or take away the incredible pain we are all feeling. We have lost someone special, a son, a brother, fiancé and friend who can never be replaced and we will never forget him."

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