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Sussex pensioner accused of killing wife refused bail

A pensioner from West Sussex who has been accused of killing his wife has been refused bail.

Dudley Boakes, who is 79-years-old, appeared at Lewes Crown Court charged with murdering Sandra Boakes.

The 70-year-old was left critically ill following an attack at the couple's home in Sompting near Worthing on the 3th April.

She died two days later at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

Boakes was initially charged with attempted murder but the Crown Prosecution Service later authorised a charge of murder.

He was remanded in custody and will next appear at the same court for a plea and case management hearing on the 27th June.

Police advice to combat bogus callers

Southampton police have issued a warning to residents to be wary of a man who is targeting pensioners.

He falsely claims to work for Age Concern, Dyno Road or Southern Water and demands money for work that has not been carried out.

Police in Bitterne and Portswood had several reports of this man on Thursday, August 8.

The man is described as white, 6ft2ins and of stocky build.

He is in his early 40s, clean shaven with messy brown hair.

At Portswood, an 84-year-old man reported a caller who said he was from Age Concern.

The resident had been expecting a visit from Age Concern to do some work free of charge.

He handed over £500 cash for materials, but the suspect did not return to the property.

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Police appeal after money taken from pensioner

An 87-year-old man was approached by another man outside Royal Bournemouth Hospital and intimidated into giving over his money.

This type of crime is very distressing to the victim. I am appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or observed any suspicious activity in the area to contact police as soon as possible.

I would ask the local community to be extra vigilant to this type of crime as the offender targeted a vulnerable man.

I urge anyone who has become a victim of such an offence who has yet to report this to contact Dorset Police immediately on the non-emergency number 101."

– Michaela Jephcott, Bournemouth Police Constable, said:

Pensioner injured in collision

A pensioner has been seriously injured following a collision in Hampshire.

Police were called at 9.40am to the Milton Road-Locksway Road area of Southsea this morning to reports of a collision involving a lorry and a pedestrian.

The elderly woman, believed to be in her 70s, received serious leg injuries, which are life-threatening.

The injured woman was taken by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital.

Closures are likely to remain in place on Milton Road / Locksway Road until 3pm this afternoon.

Witnesses or anyone with information about the collision are asked to contact the Roads Policing Unit at Fratton Police Station in Portsmouth by phoning 101

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71-year-old man jailed for cannabis smuggling

Robert Coulson Credit: UK Border Agency

A pensioner from Dorset who admitted smuggling 30 kilos of cannabis powder into the UK via Portsmouth ferry port has been jailed for three years and nine months. Robert Coulson, 71, of Lyme Regis, was arrested by Border Force officers shortly after arriving on a ferry from Caen in November.

He pleaded guilty to drug smuggling charges at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court. His car was stopped and searched on his arrival at Portsmouth, Coulson told officers he spends three months of the winter in Morocco because of his arthritis and was returning for a medical appointment.

Shortly afterwards officers found a quantity of powder hidden inside four tyre inner tubes in the car’s spare wheel compartment. This was tested and found to be cannabis.

£168,000 worth of cannabis was seized Credit: UK Border Agency
Cannabis was found hidden inside four tyre inner tubes in the car’s spare wheel compartment Credit: UK Border Agency

Brave pensioner scares off burglar

A courageous 72-year-old woman scared off a burglar from her home by shouting at him to get out. The woman left her home in Walsall Road, Portsmouth for 10 minutes to go out to her local shop. When she returned at 7pm on Thursday she found a man in her home. She shouted at him and he ran away.

Nothing was taken. Detective Constable Les Leithes said: “At this time of the evening the local park, Tamworth Park, would have been busy with dog walkers and young children with parents. Did you see anyone acting suspiciously, running through the park or out onto Langstone Road?"

No injuries in gas blast

House destroyed in Southsea
House destroyed in Southsea Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

A pensioner is reported to be dazed but uninjured after an explosion at his home in Southsea. Neighbours on Welch Road were evacuated following the blast which occurred in the early hours of this morning.

Explosion ripped through the property
Explosion ripped through the property Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service
Local residents were evacuated
Local residents were evacuated Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

Where was pensioner days before his death?

Barrie Buxton Credit: Kent Police

Officers investigating the death of a man found by the side of the River Thames in Northfleet, Kent, have issued an appeal. Barrie Buxton, 69, was found on May 16 and his death is not thought to be suspicious. But detectives want to trace his whereabout in the days leading up to his death.

Detective Inspector Ivan Beasley said: 'We are trying to build a picture of Mr Buxton's movements in the days leading to his death. Anyone who may have seen him on Tuesday 15 May, or the morning of Wednesday 16 May, please contact us."

Contact Kent Police on 101 quoting reference KP-20120516-0780

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