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Toll bridge used for 200 years closes for repairs

Video. It has been a crossing over the Thames from Berkshire to Oxfordshire for more than 200 years. Next month the busy Whitchurch Toll Bridge will close for seven months for repairs.

The bridge links the villages of Pangbourne and Whitchurch-on-Thames. Local businesses say they are worried they will lose money during the diversions. They say it is business as usual. Mel Bloor reports.

Warning to residents after pensioner con

An elderly woman was conned by two men who called at her home claiming to be from a housing association.

The two men called at a 88-year-old woman's home in Whitchurch on July 29 between 10.15-11.50am.

They said they were from Kingfisher Housing Association and that they were there to fix a problem with damp in her home.

They told the woman she would have to pay £4,800 to fix the problem but they were not from the Association and it is believed to be a scam.

The alarm was raised and the men left her home without taking any money.

The first man is described as white, aged in his 40s, 6ft tall, well-built with brown hair.

The second man is white, 5ft9ins, medium build and had darker hair than the first man.

They were seen in a small white car.


Police name drivers after double fatal in Whitchurch

Police are now in a position to name the drivers who died following a collision in Whitchurch on Monday.

The collision happened at 6.44am at Cole Henley Road and involved a green Ford Mondeo driven by Roland Holliehead, 65, from Riding Gate, Wincanton in Somerset and a silver Renault Clio driven by Kathryn Rose Hunt, 35 of Jacklyns Lane, Alresford. Both drivers died at the scene.

Double fatal collision in Whitchurch

Two people have died in a road traffic crash at Whitchurch in Hampshire.

The accident between a silver Renault Clio and a green Ford Mondeo happened at 6.44am on Twinley Lane near its junction with Roman Road.

The female driver of the Renault and the male driver of the Mondeo were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Roman Road is closed from its junction with Old Newbury Road, Whitchurch and the B3051 while the vehicles are recovered, and investigators examine the scene.

Anyone who saw what happened or saw either vehicle before the collision is being asked to contact the police on 101, quoting Operation Mellphone.


A34 crash: Hampshire roads police twitter timeline

First pictures of A34 crash

Transporter turned over on A34 Credit: Hampshire Police

A34 closed in both directions, queueing traffic due to emergency repairs and overturned car transporter between A303 (Bullington Cross) and B4640 (Tot Hill Services / Burghclere)

A car transporter overturned near Whitchurch at 11pm last night, shedding its load of cars.

The A34 is likely to remain closed until mid afternoon. There are southbound queues approaching the closure, and major delays on the M3 and A339 as traffic diverts.

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