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Crash exercise highlights dangers of texting at wheel

Firefighters are teaching students about safety

Hampshire Fire and Rescue are carrying out a car crash cut-out exercise today in Winchester to highlight the dangers of texting behind the wheel.

The event at Peter Symonds College is part of the college's week long Stay Safe at Christmas campaign.

Additional activities will include beer goggle basketball and Scalextric text racing.

Police headquarters knocked down for new homes

Former Hampshire Constabulary headquarters is under demolition Credit: ITV News

Demolition work on one of Winchester's tallest buildings has begun.

The former Hampshire Constabulary headquarters in Romsey Road is being torn down to make way for over 200 new homes of which, a portion will be affordable housing.

For more than 50 years the building stood at the top of the highest point in the city.

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Homes and businesses left without power

Shoppers leave shops affected by the power cut Credit: Steven Quy

Thousands of homes and businesses in the centre of Winchester are without power this afternoon.

A major power cut in the city centre meant many shops and restaurants having to close.

Many shops were forced to close because of the power cut Credit: Steven Quy
Shoppers are left outside following a major power cut Credit: Amanda Compton

Winchester choristers get their skates on for festive market

Winchester's Christmas market is celebrating it's tenth year, and expecting 350,000 people in the run up to Christmas.

Today the cathedral choristers took to the ice for the traditional launch of their festive season.

This year, as Rachel Hepworth reports, they were protected from the elements:

Rachel spoke to choristers, Director of Music Andy Lumsden, Acting Dean, Canon Roland Riem and Operations Director Phillip Holroyd Smith.

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New roof for Winchester ice rink

A new roof for the ice rink Credit: Winchester Cathedral

Winchester Cathedral Ice Rink has a brand new roof, in time for Christmas. It will be open from 18 November until 2 Jan. The ice rink will be surrounded by the Christmas market until Tuesday, 20 December. Sessions last for one hour, and free skate hire is included.

Pictures show 'vehicle graveyard' after Boomtown blaze

Rows upon rows of charred vehicle remains Credit: Alresford Fire Station

Dramatic pictures show the "vehicle graveyard" after the huge blaze swept through the carpark at Boomtown festival.

At least 80 vehicles were caught up in the inferno and a nearby campsite was evacuated.

The music event, which can host up to 50,000 people, is taking place in Winchester this weekend.

No festival performances have been affected by the incident and the weekend events are continuing as planned.

– BOOMTOWN FESTIVAL ORGANISERS
The burned out vehicles Credit: Hazardous Area Response Team

Major events at Winchester Cathedral

Visitors will be able to join the Royal Heritage Tour Credit: ITV

Winchester Cathedral has three major events taking place over the summer. On Saturdays 20 August and 17 September at 10am, visitors will be able to join the Royal Heritage Tour and learn about the cathedral’s many links with royalty.

The tour will describe events from the Norman Conquest right up to, and including, the 21st century.

Important events have taken place such as royal baptisms and royal marriages. Those on the tour will see visual evidence in memorials and stained glass.

New Winchester tour guides prepare for duty

The new tour guides prepare for duty Credit: Winchester City Council

Training and examinations complete, the new city tour guides are officially up to the task of showing off Winchester.

In association with Winchester Area Tourist Guides Association (WATGA), Winchester City Council developed the nationally accredited course after an increase in tourism saw demand for tour guides soar.

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