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Man jailed for 10 years for attack on taxi driver in Southampton

Nicholas Jeffrey Credit: Hampshire Police

A 27-year-old man has been jailed for 10 years for stabbing a taxi driver outside Southampton railway station. Nicholas Jeffrey, of no fixed abode, was sentenced at Southampton Crown Court after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to committing grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of a bladed article.

The court heard how the 41-year-old taxi driver, from Southampton, collected Jeffrey at the cab rank on Above Bar Street, late on Tuesday, 19 August, before driving him to the railway station. But as the taxi arrived at the station Jeffrey told the driver he didn’t intend to pay the £5 fare. The driver asked him to get out of the car, at which point Jeffrey pulled out a nine-inch knife and began lunging towards him. The driver attempted to defend himself by kicking out and sounded his car horn to attract the attention of the other taxi drivers at the rank. Jeffrey ran from the scene, but was arrested minutes later by officers from British Transport Police and Hampshire Constabulary. Members of the public had given chase and restrained him. The bloodied knife was recovered by forensic officers by the front passenger door of the taxi. Jeffrey was interviewed by BTP detectives and charged the next day with GBH.

Detective Sergeant Sarah White said “The victim suffered nasty slash wounds to his leg and ankle, and needed stitches to a wound on his calf. He couldn’t drive again for several weeks, resulting in almost a month’s lost earnings. This was a completely unprovoked attack on a man who was simply trying to do his job. Today’s sentence sends a clear message that such behaviour will not be tolerated. I would like to thank the brave members of the public who put themselves in danger to detain Jeffrey and who provide first aid to the victim. Their actions were utterly selfless and allowed us to swiftly bring Jeffrey to justice before the courts.”

Investigation into robbery of elderly woman

An investigation is underway into the robbery of an elderly woman in Southampton.

The 87-year-old sustained a cut to her wedding ring finger while out in the area of Pound Tree Road between 3pm and 5pm on Sunday, November 9.

She was approached and assisted by two young women who gave her a plaster.

The victim later became aware that two rings from the same finger were missing; one has since been found at her home address. The other remains outstanding.

Officers say they are investigating the circumstances surrounding this injury and are keen to speak to anyone who may have assisted this woman, provided first aid or have any information that may assist in locating the missing jewellery.

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More schools needed in Southampton, says parents

Nearly 80% of Southampton parents have said they want a new school in the city, a new poll has revealed.

Over 100 parents responded to the poll carried out by New Schools Network, which found:

  • 54% felt schools could do more to adjust the curriculum to pupils' needs
  • 71% rated the lessons in local school as either good or very good
  • 63% thought their local school was good or very good at helping children succeed in exams
  • 49% felt schools could do more to maximise chances of pupils getting into university or getting a good job
  • 80% would welcome a new school in their community

Natalie Evans, Director of the New Schools Network, said:

Over 500 primary school places will be needed in Southampton by next September and the secondary school age population is expected to grow by 1,600 by 2019.

Despite this, Southampton currently has just one open free school. Rosewood Free School is a brilliant example of how free schools use their independence to provide a brilliant education to local children that is in keeping with the needs of their local community.

– Natalie Evans

Delays of up to 50 minutes between Woking and Basingstoke

Signalling problems at Farnborough Main are causing delays of up to 50 minutes between Woking and Basingstoke.

Disruption is expected to continue until 15:00.

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Cancellations and short notice alterations expected for some time

South West Trains said cancellations and short notice alterations should be expected for some time.

Train services running through Southampton station may be cancelled, delayed by up to 60 mins or revised at short notice. Disruption is expected until 4:00pm.

Signalling problems at Farnborough Main are causing delays of up to 35 minutes between Woking and Basingstoke.

Replacement Transport has been arranged and will operate between Fareham and Southampton Central and Eastleigh and Southampton Central.

Mutual ticket acceptance has been agreed between South West Trains, Southern, CrossCountry & First Great Western in the area. Customers may use any operators services to complete their journey.

Passengers now stranded at Basingstoke station

Southampton passengers who were told to take the diesel CrossCountry service are now stranded at Basingstoke due to signalling problems.

Train services running through Basingstoke can expect delays at short notice. There is currently no estimate for when services will resume as normal.

Passengers stranded at Basingstoke. Credit: JonathanMarland/ITV

Trains from Farnborough to Basingstoke blocked

There are delays to South West Train services at Farnborough Main due to signalling problems. Basingstoke bound lines at Farnborough are currently blocked.

Train services running through this station may be delayed at short notice. There is currently no estimate for when services will resume as normal.

Engineers are investigating the problems.

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