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Crews tackle fire at car workshop in Shirley

Smoke can be seen across Shirley high street in Southampton as more than 20 firefighters tackle a blaze at a car workshop in Lumsden Avenue.

Local buses have been diverted to avoid the area.

Residents and businesses are urged to keep windows and doors shut.

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Learner driver due in court after drink drive arrest

Police have charged a 39-year-old learner driver with drink driving following an incident in Shirley in Southampton in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Lucas Herliczka from Howards Grove, Southampton was charged with driving motor vehicle when alcohol limit above limit and is due to appear in Southampton Magistrates Court on October 13.

A 32-year-old man from Oxfordshire, who is believed to be his instructor, was also arrested in connection with the incident but later released with no further action.


Learner driver AND instructor arrested for drink driving

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A learner driver AND their supervisor have been arrested on suspicion of drink driving after being stopped in Hampshire.

Both drivers were three times over the legal limit, according to the Hampshire Roads Policing Unit.

It's unclear where the incident happened but it's understood the learner driver is due to appear before magistrates.

Investigation into assault in Shirley

Police want to speak to this man in connection with an assault Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police have issued a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to after a woman was assaulted in Shirley.

The incident happened at around 10.10pm on Wednesday, March 4, outside McDonalds and Tesco Express on Shirley High Street, Southampton.

The 48-year-old victim was approached by a man who made a ‘gun gesture’ with his hand pointing at her. He then pushed his hand against her head, still in a gun gesture. As he did this, he made sounds of a gun firing and moved his hand as if a pistol was recoiling.

She swore and shouted at him, drawing the attention of passers-by, and he walked off in the direction of the city centre, towards the railway station.

The victim did not receive any physical injuries but was left extremely distressed and shaken.

Officers have a description of the man they want to speak to:

  • - White
  • - 5ft 10ins
  • - Aged around 30
  • - Wearing dark blue jeans, a khaki green jacket and a khaki green beanie hat
  • - Very skinny
  • - Clean shaven

“The victim has been left extremely upset and distressed by what has happened to her. She is disabled and uses a wheelchair, and she believes that the man targeted her because of her disability. She was assisted by passers-by after the incident, including a group of young girls who were in McDonalds. Were you one of the people who helped her? Did you witness what happened? Anyone who witnessed this incident or recognises the man in the CCTV, is urged to get in touch with us.”

– PC Phil Deeprose

Man robbed in park as he tried to help stray dog

A man was robbed in Palmerston Park on Saturday as he tried to help a stray dog.

The 21-year-old victim was approached by a man at around 9.20pm, who threatened him with violence and demanded his money and phone. The offender headed off towards Sprinkles Gelato on the junction of New Road and Above Bar with cash and the victim's phone.

The robber is described as mixed race, of a medium build and approximately 6ft tall. He was in his mid 20s, with short or cropped dark hair, a straight scar on the right side of his neck and was wearing a white jacket with a red t-shirt underneath, jeans with a rip on the right knee and a red beanie hat.

Anyone with information should contact DC Tom Hewitt at Shirley CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Detectives hunt burglars after ram raid on shop

Detectives at Shirley are appealing for witness after burglars drove a vehicle through the front roller shutters of Martins Newsagents at Lordshill Centre. The burglary occurred at about 3.20am on Friday, January 3, when a green Rover Metro smashed through the window.

Three men are believed to be involved in the theft of up to £3,000 worth of cigarettes. The Metro, which was a stolen vehicle, was abandoned at the scene, and the robbers are believed to have left in a stolen blue Ford Escort van.

The van was later found abandoned in Bindon Close, Shirley Warren. The men are believed to have left Bindon Close in a white Ford Escort, which was found later in Coxford Close.


Police seek witnesses to fight in Southampton

The fight took place in the early hours of Saturday 23rd November Credit: Hampshire Police

Police are appealing for witnesses to a fight which left a Southampton man hospitalised.

Around 1.40am Saturday 23rd November, officers were called to a fight involving six to eight men in Vernon Walk in the city centre. One Southampton man, 23, was unconscious on the pavement when police arrived.

There was a confrontation between two groups of men Credit: Hampshire Police

He was taken to Southampton General Hospital for treatment to a deep wound to the back of his head. He was released after treatment. CCTV shows the confrontation between two groups of men. It also shows numerous witnesses who were watching or trying to avoid getting tangled up in the altercation.

There were between six to eight men there that evening Credit: Hampshire Police

One 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of affray. He's been bailed pending further inquiries.

One man was left hospitalised with a deep wound in his head Credit: Hampshire Police

Appeal to find missing pensioner

Police are appealing for the public's help in finding a missing pensioner from Southampton. Anthony Cornick who's 85, was last seen yesterday morning at his home in Evelyn Road in Shirley. It's believed he has taken his car, a green Rover, and also has his dog with him.

Anthony Cornick has been missing since Tuesday Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Missing teenage boy from Shirley

David Orman was last seen at his foster carer's home last Thursday Credit: Hampshire Police

Police are appealing for information for a 14-year-old boy who has been missing from his foster carer's home since last Thursday.

David Orman, from Shirley, was last seen wearing blue jeans, a grey Adidas sweatshirt and white Adidas trainers.

He is white, 5ft 3ins tall and slim with blue eyes and brown hair.

Police believe he is staying somewhere in the Shirley or Millbrook area and that someone knows where he is.

David attends St George’s School, so he also could be in the Swaythling area.

Anyone with information should call 101.

Man taken to hospital after being hit by bus

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was knocked down by a bus.

The accident happened this afternoon in Shirley, Southampton.

The man, who is in his 40's, was crossing the road at Foyers Corner, at the junction of Howard Road and Shirley Road.

He was taken to Southampton General Hospital for treatment to head injuries.

Passengers who were on the bus at the time were spoken to by officers, before another bus came to collect them.

Anyone with information should call the Roads Policing Uni at Totton on 101, quoting Operation Cromarty.

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