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Pensioner attacked in mobile row

A pensioner was attacked by a motorist after he told him off for driving while using a mobile phone.

The 88-year-old victim was walking in The Square, Findon, when he saw a black car driving through the village at about 5.15pm on November 20.

He waved his finger at the motorist and when the car stopped nearby, the pensioner tapped on the window and told the man he should not be on the phone while driving.

The driver got out of the car and pushed the pensioner over. The victim suffered a suspected fractured hip

Detective Inspector Andy Westwood said: "The victim was assaulted simply for telling the driver he was committing an offence and putting people in danger by being on the phone."

A 62-year-old man from Littlehampton was arrested on suspicion of assault and bailed until 18 December.

New app sources closest defibrillator

A new app for your mobile phone which shows you your nearest defibrillator, has been launched by South Central Ambulance. It includes the location of more than 600 of the machines in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire

Statistics show that in cases of sudden cardiac arrest outside hospital, only 1 in 10 people survive. However, when bystanders provide CPR and use automated external defibrillators (AEDs) before emergency medical services personnel arrive, as many as 4 in 10 victims survive.

This innovative new app is a real lifesaver. Modern AEDs are incredibly simple to use - even a child could do it, and the ability of people to be more confident in giving CPR and to quickly locate their nearest AED and use it on a person suffering a suspected cardiac arrest could save thousands of lives each year."

– Professor Charles Deakin, SCAS Divisional Medical Director


Should mobile phones be banned in schools?

Should mobile phones be banned in schools? Several in the South - like Blatchington Mill in Brighton - only allow them to be used during breaks.

But others say they are a useful tool. At schools - like the Priory in Portsmouth - pupils use them in geography lessons for orienteering - and to record the homework set. Peter Bearne investigates.


Vodafone buys Cable & Wireless for £1.04bn

The Newbury-based telecoms giant Vodafone is set to become the UK's second biggest telecoms operator after it agreed to buy Cable & Wireless Worldwide for £1.04 billion.

The firm will be second largest in the industry in the UK once the deal is completed. The largest being BT.

The company offered 38p a share for Cable & Wireless Worldwide, a 92% premium to the closing price on the day before the talks were unveiled.

"The acquisition of Cable & Wireless Worldwide creates a leading integrated player in the enterprise segment of the UK communications market and brings attractive cost savings to our UK and international operations."

– Vittorio Colao, Chief Executive, Vodafone Group