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Home safety advice saves lives

Firefighters were called to a fire at assisted living flats in Thornhill, Southampton this morning.

The fire was caused by an electrical fault in a fuse box in one of the first floor flats. While firefighters tackled the blaze, control operators gave fire survival advice to the elderly residents.

Five people aged between 65-80 were treated at the scene and one person was taken to hospital for smoke inhalation.

As part of its older persons campaign Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) is working to make life safer for older people. Hampshire residents are asked to assist an older person they know by raising awareness of basic life-saving fire safety measures, for example checking that they have a working smoke alarm.

HFRS and the Blue Lamp Trust had both previously visited this location to give vital home safety advice to the residents.

“Residents were alerted to the fire by the smoke alarm. This is a vital reminder for everyone in the community to have a working smoke detector, and to check the alarms of older people that may find it difficult check their own. This is also particularly important with electrical safety week on the horizon (10-16 November) which will form part of our older person’s campaign. Electrical fires can happen at any time, you could save a life by testing an older person’s smoke alarm when you test your own. It is a simple but effective way to give the person peace of mind and help them remain safe in their own home.”

– Incident Commander, Glenn Bowyer

During its three month older person’s campaign, HFRS will be visiting many different locations and taking part in numerous events, namely; guest callers at local bingo halls and older person lunch clubs.

All campaign events can be found on the HFRS Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service offer the following advice:

  • Test the batteries of your smoke detector once a week: more than 75% of house fires had a fitted smoke alarm but less than half activated because of missing batteries and defective alarms
  • Don’t overload plug sockets and unplug appliances when not in use
  • Check old cables and leads and never place cables under carpets
  • Test electric blankets regularly: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service hold regular blanket testing sessions at public venues in partnership with Trading Standards. Call 023 8062 6809 for more information

Luxury cars seized from crime gangs

BMWs, Range Rovers and a Porsche were among a £1.2 million haul of luxury cars recovered by crime-fighters in an operation to tackle organised crime gangs.

The high-value vehicles, which also included Scania trucks and a hydraulic digger known as a Komatsu Excavator, were found in containers and trailers at UK ports and were destined for African countries, Cyprus, France, the US, Malaysia and Burma.

Out of 44 vehicles recovered last month, 18 were stolen from members of the public from London, Surrey, Hertfordshire and Northamptonshire, as well as Germany and the Netherlands. Officers also discovered a container of parts from at least 29 stolen BMWs.

They were recovered at ports throughout the UK, including Southampton.

Crime-fighting chiefs said some of the cars are used in place of cash for payment to drug dealers.


£4-million to be spent on Southampton's roads

Repairing Southampton's roads Credit: ITV news

Southampton City Council is spending £4 million each year for the next decade on improving the city's roads. The road resurfacing programme will focus on residential roads - with work on A and B roads being funded by a separate budget. The council is asking people to contact them stating which roads they think are most in need of being repaired.

If you have any suggestions for residential roads that you think are most in need of improvement, email by October 27 with: the name of the road, the reason it requires attention, which section of the road should be prioritised. The council's road improvements programme will be announced later in the year.

WW1 battlefield soil arrives in Southampton

The ship the Queen Mary 2 arrived in Southampton today, bringing with her some soil from a World War 1 battlefield.

It is the culmination of a project that started two years ago to build a memorial garden using earth gathered from every battlefield in Flanders where soldiers of the seven regiments of the Household Division died.

School children from Aylesbury, Newbury, Southampton, Basingstoke, Brighton, Farnham, Portsmouth and Littlehampton have been involved in collecting the soil. Mike Pearse reports:

Southampton to welcome Queen Mary Two

Southampton will welcome home the Queen Mary Two today as she brings to the city a special delivery.

The liner has brought with her from Belgium a sack of earth collected from World War One cemeteries.

It will form part of a national memorial to the Great War in London.

ITV Meridian spoke to Captain Kevin Oprey from Cunard.


ITV Viewers help put a smile back on a Hampshire pensioner's face!

There's good news for 88-year-old Roy Andrews from Southampton - who lost his wallet containing a thousand pounds while on holiday in Dorset.

A number of you contacted ITV with offers of cash after hearing Roy's story and we're delighted to be able to reveal he'll now be able to treat his family on their final holiday together.

Duncan Sleightholme spoke to Roy and his family earlier.

Seriously ill pensioner's savings stolen

A seriously ill pensioner from Southampton has been left devastated after a thousand pounds he had saved to treat his family on their final holiday together went missing.

88-year-old Roy Andrews suffers from dementia and had wanted to pay for everything while they were away as a way of saying thank you to his family for taking care of him.

But at some point during a trip out to the shops his wallet was either taken from or fell from his wheel chair and picked up by a passer by.

Roy's family are now pleading for help to trace the missing money. Richard Lawrence has been talking to them.

Titanic letter up for auction in Wiltshire

Up for auction Credit: Henry Aldridge and Sons

A letter which details the Titanic's near miss in Southampton is being sold at auction in Wiltshire. The ship's chief engineer Joseph Bell wrote the letter about the incident which took place shortly before the ship's ill-fated voyage to New York. It's going under the hammer at Henry Aldridge and Sons in Devizes.

It was the worst of omens for the gleaming new ship embarking on its maiden voyage. As the Titanic left Southampton docks for a journey that has gone down in history, the ship came close to hitting two other liners.
Had they collided, it would have cut short the Titanic's ill-fated voyage to New York and may well have averted the catastrophe that was to claim 1,500 lives when the boat struck an iceberg on April 14 1912. The near miss is described in a letter from the Titanic's chief engineer Joseph Bell to his son Frank.

Mr Bell, who died in the disaster leaving behind wife Maud and four children, had transferred to the Titanic from the Olympic and oversaw its construction in Belfast.

Mr Bell's letter is estimated to fetch between £10,000 and £15,000 when it goes under the hammer on October 18.

Medals awarded to Arctic Convoy veterans in Southampton

Medals awarded to veterans Credit: ITV news

The Russian Ambassador will present medals to Arctic Convoy veterans in Southampton today. Fifteen are due to be honoured. The veterans battled for many years to gain the recognition. They delivered essential supplies to the Soviet Union travelling in waters occupied by German's naval force. It was one of the most dangerous missions of World War II, with British troops facing attack from their enemies, as well as the elements, as they put up with extreme weather conditions. There were 78 convoys between 1941 - 45. 1400 merchant ships delivered essential supplies . 85 vessels were lost and 16 Royal Navy warships. Today's event to honour the survivors will take place in the Mayor's Parlour at the Civic Centre.

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