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Winchester Flower Festival gets underway

This year's Winchester Flower Festival has the theme 'Cascades' Credit: ITV Meridian

This year's Winchester Flower Festival begins today. The theme is 'Cascades'.

It follows on from the success of the event in 2013 when sixteen thousand people visited the floral showcase.

Thanks to help from three hundred volunteer arrangers, thousands of blooms will be on display at Winchester Cathedral until Sunday.

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Plans for WInchester development to be discussed today

Proposals for the controversial Silver Hill development in the centre of Winchester are to be discussed by the city council today.

Councillors will decide if a planning application for housing, offices and shops - originally approved in 2009 - can proceed. It consists of almost 300 new homes, offices, shops, a new bus station and car park.

Opponents said the plans would have a negative impact on the city's historic character.

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Hampshire school offers education across the ages

The Westgate School in Winchester has opened Credit: ITV Meridian

Hampshire's first state school offering a new model of education right across the ages has officially opened its doors

The Westgate School in Winchester will teach children between four and 16. It has brand new primary school buildings.

The Westgate School in Winchester has opened Credit: ITV Meridian

It's hoped that it will help children make a smooth transition between primary and secondary education.

The school will share specialist teachers across the age range and older pupils will be role models to the little ones.

Winchester: Steve Brine MP 'flattered' to win seat again

The MP for Winchester, Steve Brine, has said that he feels flattered to have won the Winchester seat for a second time.

The politician attracted 30,425 votes, almost 17,000 votes more than his closest rival the Liberal Democrat Jackie Porter. Seventy-four percent of the local electorate turned out to the polls to cast their votes.

Steve Brine and supporters celebrate the MP's win at Winchester

Appeal following bank card fraud

Police want to speak to these two men in connection with a bank card fraud Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police in Winchester are releasing an image of two men that they would like to speak to after an 81 year-old woman had nearly £3,000 stolen from her bank account in Winchester. At around 11am on Friday, April 10 the victim went to Barclays on Jewry Street to withdraw cash.

She used the cash machine outside and reported that her cash card was swapped by somebody while she was distracted.

The card was then used to withdraw £2,200 from two cash machines at the bank. A transaction of £634 was then made at the nearby Jack Wills store. A further transaction at Moss Bros was declined.

Police have released an image of two men they would like to speak to, who were seen in the bank at the time,

The first man is described as:

  • Aged in his late 30's or early 40's.
  • He was tall and slim and was wearing thick framed glasses.
  • He was wearing a grey suit with a light blue shirt with no tie.
  • He was carrying a tan leather briefcase.

The second man is described as:

  • Aged in his late 30's or early 40's.
  • He was tall and slim.He was wearing a navy jacket, dark trousers, and white trainers.
  • The two men were seen in the area around the bank with another man of a similar age who was carrying a black rucksack, and a woman who had dark hair pulled into a ponytail.

"Distraction thefts are thankfully rare and I believe whoever is responsible will have attempted a similar scam elsewhere. This is a crime that has targetted an elderly vulnerable victim with no regard to the implication of these actions. I would take this opportunity to remind anyone using an ATM to shield their PIN as they enter it. Use an ATM inside a bank if possible. Be aware of whether people are trying to look over your shoulder, and always be vigilant when handling cash in public".

– Investigating officer PC Dom Doyle

Constituency profile: Winchester

The constituency of Winchester is a parliamentary seat that has been both yellow and blue in the last decade. The cathedral city is at the heart of the constituency, but it also includes surrounding places like Alresford, Chandler's Ford, Colden Common and Sutton Scotney.

The sitting MP is Conservative Steve Brine who won the seat from the Liberal Democrats in 2010 securing 27,155 votes - a majority of more than three thousand. Voting turnout was almost 76 per cent. Our correspondent Christine Alsford reports.

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