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Explosives experts detonate suspicious item at tip

Army explosives experts have carried out a controlled detonation of a suspicious item found at the household waste recycling centre in Bedford Road in Petersfield in Hampshire.

The site will remain closed for the rest of the day while investigations continue, but the exclusion zone covering adjoining roads has been lifted. Police said there is no risk of danger to the public.


Army explosives experts on way to tip

Hampshire Police have said there is no threat to the public after staff at a waste recycling centre found a suspicious item in a recycling bin.

The item was discovered at the Household Waste Recycling Centre on Bedford Road in Petersfield shortly after 9am this morning. The site has been closed off.

The army's explosives ordinance division is en route to offer assistance and advice. Police officers said the item has been secured and the area has been cordoned off as a precaution, but that the public is not at risk. Local roads will be affected by the exclusion zone.

Police statement after body found in park

Police in Hampshire investigating the disappearance of a Petersfield man have found a body.

It was discovered in Queen Elizabeth Country Park, near Petersfield, yesterday.

Formal identification has yet to take place but the family of Byron Cottee has been informed of the discovery.

The death is currently being treated as non-suspicious. Officers say a file will be passed to the coroner in due course.

Missing man: new information about clothing

Byron Cottee Credit: Hampshire Police

Police are continuing to appeal for information as to the whereabouts of Byron Cottee who is missing from his home in Petersfield.

The 27-year-old was last seen at about 5pm on Monday, September 10, in Grange Road, Petersfield. He has not been seen since.

Officers now have new information about the clothing he was wearing when he was last seen. He was wearing a dark blue waterproof Henry Lloyd jacket and white Kswiss trainers.

He was possibly also wearing a white polo neck top with short sleeves, jeans, and carrying a red rucksack

He has links to the Portsmouth area.


Missing man's disappearance 'totally out of character'

Twenty seven year old Byron Cottee was last seen on Monday Credit: Hampshire Police

Police are appealing for information as to the whereabouts of Byron Cottee who is missing from his home in Petersfield.

The 27-year-old was last seen at about 5pm on Monday, September 10, in Grange Road, Petersfield. He has not been seen since.

He has links to the Portsmouth area.

Acting Inspector Nick Tucker said: “This is out of character for Byron and we are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare. We would urge anyone who knows where he is to contact police immediately.

Thieves steal Petersfield's Olympic banner

The stolen banner Credit: East Hampshire District Council

Thieves have stolen a special Olympic dressing put up in Petersfield for the historic Olympic Torch Relay through the village.

The purple London 2012 branded 'skrim' banners, which were attached to the railings at The Causeway, and The Square, have been cut away and stolen.

The banners were originally put up to help raise spirits in the town for the Torch Relay visit and were to stay in place for the duration of Olympic and Paralympic Games.

EHDC Community Manager, Mike O'Mahoney, who's project team organised the torch celebrations, said:

“A lot of time, money and effort has gone into decorating the town with official London2012 Olympic street dressing. Especially to add some colour to the town and create excitement for residents and visitors, and to really make Petersfield feel part of the Olympic celebrations.

“We are asking people to contact the police on 101 if they have any information about the whereabouts of the missing street dressing. The police are taking this incident very seriously.

“Petersfield residents must be dismayed by the thieves' selfish actions. “

Sussex police raid address

Sussex Police have arrested a 43-year-old man in Bexhill as part of a national operation targeting people distributing indecent images of children.

They also seized computer equipment. The man was later released on conditional police bail until December while enquiries continue.

Sussex officers were supported by officers from the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), are investigating intelligence that indecent images of children have been exchanged via email with people in the United States.

This area of policing is particularly difficult not only due to the nature of the images officers have to view, but also to the devious electronic methods the criminals use to try to conceal their offending across the web.

On average we have at any one time around 60 active cases, 40 suspects on bail or charged, and 20 initial referrals under intelligence progression prior to any arrest. We have viewed and removed from circulation millions of images, all deeply offensive and insulting to children, and many of them of the most sickening type."

– Detective Superintendent Nev Kemp, Sussex Police
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