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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.

Investigations continue after body found

Police are continuing their investigation today following the death of a 32-year-old man in Golden Grove, Southampton yesterday (Friday, March 20).

Officers were alerted at 1.50pm after a man was found lying on the a footpath. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

There was no obvious traumatic injury, and a post mortem examination is being conducted today by a Home Office pathologist to help determine the cause of death.

Three men, all in their early forties, have been arrested in connection with the death and are currently in custody.

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

"At this stage we are continuing to treat the death as unexplained and the results of the post mortem will be vital in helping us build a clear picture of the circumstances surrounding the death. We are speaking to people in the local community but if anyone has any information regarding this incident that can help this investigation, I would urge you to call us as soon as possible. In particular, we are very keen to trace two men who were seen near the body outside the flats in Golden Grove shortly before police arrived yesterday afternoon. They will know who they are when they hear or read this, and we would urge them to come forward and call us as soon as possible."

– Detective Chief Inspector Becky Riggs

Police officers will be out amongst the community in Golden Grove today to speak to residents and address any concerns they may have.

"My team will be out in Golden Grove all day today speaking to members of the local community. Please do come and speak to us if you have any concerns over this or any other matter. We are very happy to speak with you and can hopefully provide reassurance. Or if you would like us to come and see you, please do call 101 and ask for the Southampton Central Neighbourhood Police Team. We can then come to see you and talk through any concerns."

– Inspector Pete Jones

Anyone with information regarding this incident should call 101 and quote Operation Screen. Alternatively, information can be left with Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.

Campaigners protest against cuts to Southampton libraries

Five Southampton libraries under threat Credit: ITV news

Campaigners will demonstrate through Southampton today in the hope of saving city libraries. Up to five in the city could be closed and 18 jobs could be at risk if community groups do not come forward to take over running them. The council would save around £300,000 a year if they shut.

Libraries at Cobbett Road in Bitterne, Millbrook, Weston, Thornhill and Burgess Road, as well as the mobile library, are under threat. Supporters will meet at the Bargate at 1pm and aim to arrive for a 'read- in' at the steps of the civic offices at about 1.30pm, ahead of the next full council meeting.

This comes as a consultation on the issue ended on Friday with more than 3,000 responses. The council says all views and representations will be taken into account before a final decision is made but the council needs to find ways to deliver services in more cost-effective ways.

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