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116 tyres stolen from Romsey

Romsey Police are investigating the theft of 116 tyres valued at more than £15,000.

The tyres were stolen on Wednesday 18th December between 3am and 6am in Nursling Industrial Estate in Southampton.

The thieves gained access to a sealed container at premises in Test Lane and the tyres are all Michelin brand.

PC Lindsay Miell said: "The quantity of the stolen property means that the offenders must have used a container-sized lorry or two vans to remove the tyres.

“Police need to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and who heard or saw anything suspicious. We also need to hear from any individual or business that is offered new Michelin tyres for a much reduced price.”


Man released on bail after 400 budgies stolen

A 25-year old Southampton man has been released on bail after being arrested in connection with 400 missing budgies.

No birds have yet been recovered and the police are still appealing for information about the whereabouts of the birds.

The man is on bail until January 2nd 2014 while enquiries continue.

The budgies are thought to be worth around £60,000 and were taken sometime between the evening of Sunday 13th October and the early hours of Monday 14th October.

The birds were kept in a large garage at the end of the breeders home in Upton Crescent, Southampton.

Police believe the thieves escaped with the birds through a golf course which runs behind the property.


Over 400 budgies stolen from breeder

More than 400 budgies have been stolen from a breeder in Romsey.

They are thought to be worth around £60,000.

The 74-year-old victim had been collecting the birds for over 50 years.

They were in a large, locked aviary in his back garden in Upton Crescent, which also had security lighting.

The budgies are thought to have been stolen some time between 10pm on Sunday 13th October and 4:45am on Monday 14th October.

The birds were stolen in special transportation cages that belonged to the victim.

Only 7 birds were left in one cage the thieves left behind.

Police believe the thieves escaped with the birds through a golf course which runs behind the property.

All the birds have rings on their legs with serial numbers on.

Officers are appealing for any witnesses. Please call PC Kat Smith at Romsey Police Station on 101.

Romsey teen star of cystic fibrosis film

A teenager from Romsey is one of six stars of a film raising awareness for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

15-year-old Cicely Mathews was chosen to take part in the video because of her history of fundraising for the Trust and writing her own blog (

Cicely was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was 15 months old after having bowel problems.

Every day she takes lots of tablets, breathes in drugs through a nebuliser and doing physiotherapy.

The video aims to help other teenagers who don't have cystic fibrosis to understand what the genetic condition means for young people.

Cicely said: "I really enjoyed doing the film, it's great to know this will help raise awareness for CF."

Cystic fibrosis often goes unnoticed in young people as they look so well on the outside, this also makes it harder for people to understand the burden of living with this condition. We are grateful to Jeans for Genes for their support in funding this video which aims to break down the stigma of having a life-shortening condition with young people and their peers.”

– Jacqueline Ali, Head of Information and Support at the Cystic Fibrosis Trust

Transport Police appeal after train driver injured

British Transport Police have issued an urgent appeal for information after a driver was injured when someone threw 'an object' which smashed his window.

This was an incredibly irresponsible and dangerous act, which resulted in a train driver being injured.

It is beyond belief that anyone could throw objects at moving trains and we need to trace those responsible before their actions result in serious harm to rail staff or passengers.

If you were in the area at the time and saw anyone acting suspiciously, or know anything about the incident, then please get in touch as a matter of urgency.

– Detective Constable Trevor Wilson, British Transport Police

First Great Western: 'Driver had a lucky escape'

A spokesman for First Great Western trains has told ITV News Meridian that it was a 'miracle' that the driver was not more badly injured when a rock smashed through his window.

On the stretch of track that the train was driving along, the trains can go up to 85 miles-per-hour. I'm not exactly sure what speed the train was doing but it was enough that the object completely obliterated the driver's window. I'd hate to think what would have happend if the train had been going at full speed. The driver and the passengers had a very lucky escape. Understandibly the driver is very upset by the experience.

– First Great Western spokesman
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