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Hythe murder victim named

Hampshire Police are investigating the murder of a man in Hythe who died on New Year's Day.

Christopher Cerqua, aged 31, died at a house in Langdown Road.

Mr Cerqua received serious injuries in a fight and police were called at about 9pm Tuesday, December 31.

Mr Cerqua was taken to Southampton General Hospital, where he died at 10.20pm.

A 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder at an address in Totton at 2.25am Wednesday, January 1.

He remains in custody at Southampton Central.

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Man still being questioned after man killed in fight

The man was pronounced dead at the property on Langdown Road in Hythe Credit: ITV News Meridian

A murder investigation has been launched after a 31-year-old man from Hythe was killed last night following a fight on New Year's Eve.

Officers were called to a house at Langdown Road in Hythe at 9pm after the victim sustained serious injuries.

He was taken to Southampton General Hospital, but was pronounced dead at the scene at 10.20pm.

Another male, who was 31-years-old, was arrested in Totton at 2.25am this morning and he is currently in custody.

Man arrested after New Year's killing

A murder investigation has been launched after a 31-year-old man from Hythe was killed last night following an altercation on New Year's Eve.

Officers were called to a house at Langdown Road in Hythe at 9pm after the victim sustained serious injuries during a fight.

He was taken to Southampton General Hospital but was pronounced dead at the scene at 10.20pm.

Another male, who was 31-years-old, was arrested in Totton at 2.25am this morning and he is currently in custody.

The next of kin have been informed and the post mortem of the body will take place later today.

Detectives leading the investigation are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to call 101 quoting Operation Redding.

Southeastern run late trains for New Year's Eve

Southeastern trains are running extra late night services for passengers to get home following New Year's Eve celebrations.

The last trains departing London terminals include:

· London Victoria to Orpington at 02:25

· London Charing Cross to Dartford at 02:42

· London Cannon Street to Dartford at 20:57

· St Pancras International to Ashford at 00:12

Additional late night Mainline services will operate between:

· London Charing Cross to Hastings (00:45 and 01:45)

· London Charing Cross to Ashford International via Tonbridge (00:50 and 01:50)

· London Victoria to Gillingham via Swanley (00:50)

· London Victoria to Ashford International via Maidstone East (01:07)

· London Victoria to Ramsgate via Faversham (01:10)

Fire Service urge public to stay safe during strikes

As many across the Meridian will celebrate New Year's Eve tonight, Hampshire Fire Service are warning residents to take extra care.

Further industrial action by the Fire Bridgade's Union goes ahead between 6.30pm and 12.30am tonight.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service will be answering and responding to emergency calls as usual, but response times may be affected by the strike action.

Assistant Chief Officer Bob Ratcliffe said: "We want everyone to have a fantastic New Year’s Eve but we also want the night to pass safely and for people to remember that there will be fewer firefighters and vehicles available to us during this strike period.”

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Fire service warn of Chinese lantern dangers

Wiltshire Fire Service is warning people about the dangers of Chinese lantern ahead of New Year celebrations.

The lanterns have become increasingly popular worldwide as a means of celebrating special occasions but carry a significant risk of injury of fire if not used wisely.

Chinese lanterns are traditionally launched to celebrate the Chinese New Year Credit: PA Wire

The lanterns are generally made from paper, supported by a wire frame that incorporates a holder at the base for a solid fuel heat source. There have been house fires in the county in recent years caused by Chinese lanterns landing on roofs.

Area Manager John Popowicz said: “With Chinese lanterns, you’re basically throwing a naked flame into the sky with no control over the direction it will take or where it will land.

"In addition, there is no guarantee that the fuel source will be fully extinguished and cooled when the lantern eventually descends, and that presents a real fire hazard.”

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