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Statement from ExxonMobil

We can confirm that at approximately 20:10 hours on Monday 30th March, our onsite resources together with the emergency services, responded to an incident involving a small shipping support vessel in Southampton Water.

All persons have been accounted for.

There was no impact to the local community. Refinery operations continue as normal.

– ExxonMobil

Hampshire based B&Q to close 60 stores

The retailer is closing 60 stores Credit: PA

Hampshire based DIY store B&Q has announced it is to close about 60 branches over the next two years as part of a restructure.

The retailer, whose head office is in Chandler's Ford, has seen profits fall.

As part of a restructuring of its UK and Ireland business parent company Kingfisher, which also owns Screwfix, plans to axe about 15% of surplus space.

It follows a review of its 360-strong B&Q estate.

The move was announced as it posted a 7.5% drop in annual profits to £675m.

RNLI lifeboat called to upturned boat in Solent

The Coastguard has received a Mayday call from a sailing vessel reporting that a tug capsized at the Fawley marine terminal. One person was seen the water and was recovered to the shore and is being treated for hypothermia.

The Coastguard coordinated a search of the area for a second crew member involving RNLI lifeboats from Lymington, Calshott and Cowes and Coastguard Rescue Teams from Southampton and Lymington and Southampton Port patrol vessel.

A second crew member was located at 8.29pm and recovered from the water to the lifeboat and has been transferred to hospital. All crew have now been accounted for and the search has finished.

The vessel which is a commercial tug, remains capsized and sunk and weather conditions on scene are strong winds and poor visibility.


Counterfeit note scam in Southampton

Do you recognise these men?

We would like to speak to them in connection with the use of fake £50 notes in the Southampton area.

Police want to speak to this man in connection with a counterfeit bank note scam Credit: Hampshire Constabulary
Police want to speak to this man in connection with a counterfeit bank note scam Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

This has happened at a number of retail outlets across the district between the end of January and the beginning of February. In each case the person has brought a number of low value small items and pocketed the large amount of cash change.

If you suspect a note is not genuine please take it to your local police station as soon as possible. It is a criminal offence to hold onto or pass on counterfeit notes.

The Bank of England website offers general guidance on how to spot a fake from the real thing.

Man found lying dead in street named by police

Police have today named a man who was found lying dead in a street in Southampton on Friday afternoon.

He is Nicholas James Beattie. He was known to family and friends as Nick. Mr Beattie was 32 and local to the area. His next of kin has been informed. A post mortem examination conducted yesterday afternoon to determine cause of death by a Home office pathologist reported indeterminate findings, and results of more tests are awaited.

A further man, aged 37, was arrested in connection with this investigation yesterday bringing the total number of people detained to four. All men are local to the area. They are all currently in custody in Southampton.

Detectives have been conducting house-to-house enquiries and speaking to residents in Golden Grove, where Mr Beattie’s body was found on Friday afternoon. Police were alerted by South Central Ambulance Service, which had received a call at 1.20pm by locals who spotted a man’s body lying on a footpath.

Uniformed officers from the local neighbourhood policing team will once again be out in the area today, speaking to locals and providing reassurance.

“We are still treating the death as unexplained and awaiting further results from the post mortem which should help us establish what we are dealing with. We would continue to urge anyone who has any information or witnessed anything suspicious in Golden Grove on and around Friday lunchtime, and who is yet to speak to us, to please come forward straight away and call us on 101.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Becky Riggs

“Tomorrow we will have a mobile police station on Golden Grove to provide a focal point for residents and workers to come and speak to us if they have any concerns about this incident or anything else which may be concerning them in their neighbourhood. My team works very closely with community leaders, businesses, and schools and we will be visiting them to speak to them about what we are doing in the neighbourhood over the coming week. We recognise that there are some challenges in the area, and are aware of them. We want to reassure you that we take all reports of criminality and antisocial behaviour very seriously, and are working with our partner agencies to resolve them. If you have concerns, don’t stay silent – please come and speak to us.”

– Inspector Pete Jones

Three arrested over body found on footpath

The man was found on a footpath in Golden Grove Credit: Google images

Three men have been arrested in connection with the death of a man who was found lying on a footpath in Southampton.

Police were alerted at 1.50pm yesterday after the man, 32, was found in Golden Grove.

A post mortem examination will be carried out later by a Home Office pathologist to establish a cause of death although a Hampshire police spokeswoman said there was "no obvious traumatic injury".

She added that the death was being treated as unexplained.

"We are very keen to trace two men who were seen near the body outside the flats in Golden Grove shortly before police arrived."

– Det Ch Insp Becky Riggs, Hampshire Police

Officers have been conducting house-to-house inquiries in the area and are examining CCTV footage.

Extra police patrols were also being laid on to provide reassurance to residents.

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