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Two questioned over car kidnap robbery

Rookes Lane, Lymington Credit: ITV Meridian

Two men have been arrested in connection with a robbery in which a woman was kidnapped at gunpoint from outside her home in Hampshire and driven around in her own car before being released.

At about 9.30am on December 14, a man approached a man and a woman outside their home in Rookes Lane, Lymington, and threatened them with a gun.

The man, in his 70s, suffered a minor head injury as he confronted the robber.

The woman, in her 60s, was then forced to go with the robber when he stole the couple's car, a silver/grey Peugeot 207 convertible.

The suspect drove around the Lymington area, making more demands for money.

He returned to the house in Rookes Lane around 15 minutes later with the woman, who was released unharmed, before he drove off again in the car which he then abandoned. A total of £100 in cash was stolen.

A 48-year-old man from Lymington was arrested on suspicion of robbery and aggravated burglary and then released on bail until January 11.

A 44-year-old man from New Milton was arrested on suspicion of robbery and remains in police custody.

New Forest district commander Chief Inspector Tony Rowlinson said: "I would like to thank members of the public for their response to our appeals. Information received over the weekend gave detectives new leads which had to be followed sensitively as well as swiftly."


Family tribute after quad bike accident

The family of a man who died when his quad bike collided with a tree have released a tribute to him.

Michael Stickells was travelling along Finn Farm Road in Kingsnorth, Ashford, when his red Honda quad bike hit a tree.The 22-year-old sustained head injuries and died last Monday.

Our son was a wonderful young man.

"He would help anyone who needed it. He was honest and reliable. A son, brother, uncle, grandson, boyfriend and so much more – we’re so proud of him.

"He took pride in himself and lived life to the full. He has achieved so much for one so young. He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him."Our lives will never be the same, losing him is so painful, the love we shared can never be replaced."

– Joint family statement

Anyone with information about the collision who is yet to speak to police is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 01622 798538.

Flood Alert for Shipton Lee

A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency for the River Ray and its tributaries from Shipton Lee to Islip, including Ludgershall, Blackthorn and Murcott. Low lying land and roads will be affected first.

The River Ray has risen in the Islip area at the confluence with the River Cherwell. This is as a result of last weeks rainfall and increased river levels on the lower Cherwell. No property flooding is expected.

"The weather prospects are: Monday will be a generally dry day with scattered showers that become more frequent into Monday evening. These showers will die out early on Tuesday morning leaving a generally dry day."

– Environment Agency spokesman


Andre postpones dates in Brighton and Bournemouth

Peter Andre Credit: PA

Pop star Peter Andre has had to postpone December tour dates - including concerts in Brighton and Bournemouth. He was dues to play at the Brighton centre tomorrow night.

In a statement, organisers said: "It is with great regret that Peter Andre has postponed his remaining December tour dates. His brother Andrew’s health has taken a turn for the worse and Peter has made the decision to be with him and his family at this time."

The Brighton concert will now take place on February 1st, and the Bournemouth show at Windsor Hall on January 22nd.

Tributes paid to airshow founder

Don Bean MBE Credit: Shoreham Airshow

Organisers of the Royal Air Forces Association Shoreham Airshow have paid tribute to Don Bean MBE, following his death from illness at the age of 80.

Mr Bean was was awarded the MBE in 2000. He founded the airshow 23 years ago.

Acting organiser Derek Harber said: “It is not easy to put into words how we feel about this sad loss other than to say he will be remembered with the respect he truly deserved.

"The office at Shoreham Airport will not be the same without his smiling face and his laughter.

"He was a man dedicated to his love of aviation which grew from humble beginnings. Shoreham Airport is steeped in history and Don’s memory will be linked to this for others in the future to see.”

Mr Bean leaves his wife Anne, two daughters, a stepson and step daughter, ten grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

The 24th Shoreham Airshow will take place on August 31st and September 1st next year.

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