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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

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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.

Police search for men who stole £3,000 from 81 year-old

Police search for suspects after £3,000 from 81 year-old Credit: Hampshire Police

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.

At around 11am on Friday, April 10 the victim went to Barclays on Jewry Street to withdraw cash. She used the cash machone 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 being 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.

Anyome with information should contact PC Dominic Doyle on 101 by quoting 44150119985.

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Closing speeches at the trial in Pennie Davis murder

Pennie Davis was found dead in a field last September Credit: ITV Meridian

The former step-son of a woman killed in a New Forest field meant to scare her - but did not want her murdered.

Ben Carr, who's 22, had his reasons to frighten Pennie Davis - but, a court heard, he did not intend for his friend, Justin Robertson, to kill her.

Today, was the closing speeches of the trial. Mrs Davis was found dead at Leygreen Farm near Beaulieu last September. From Winchester Crown Court, Martin Dowse sent this.

Police investigate report of a courier fraud in Winchester

Police have issued an efit image of a man they would like to speak to following a report of a courier fraud in Winchester Credit: Hampshire Police

Police have issued an efit image of a man they would like to speak to following a report of a courier fraud incident that occurred in Winchester.

A woman in her 70s received a telephone call at her home in High Street, Winchester at approximately 4pm on March 25. She was advised that the caller was a police officer and as part of an investigation she was to withdraw a significant quantity of cash from her account. This cash would be collected by a courier as evidence.

The cash was withdrawn and handed over. When she was asked to withdraw a further amount of money the bank became suspicious and contacted police.

It is believed more than one person is involved in the offence.

The man claiming to be the ‘courier’ is described as:

  • An Asian male
  • Approximately 5ft 8ins tall
  • Early 20s
  • Having short jet black hair with a skinny joined up wispy dark beard and moustache

I am appealing for anyone who may have seen this man in or around the Littleton area or who may have seen him in a vehicle.

This type of fraud against vulnerable people is cruel and swift. The key message is never to give your card to anyone, never give your PIN to anyone, and never agree to visit your bank to take out cash if someone calls you to tell you there is a problem with your bank account.

If you are telephoned, hang up, wait five minutes and call Police on 101 or your bank on the telephone number provided on your card, not a number you have been given over the telephone. Ensure there is a dial tone on your phone first before you call, or better still, call from a friend's house or mobile. This is because the telephone line sometimes remains open as the person who called you does not hang up, and you are still connected to the person trying to trick you.

Your local police officer or PCSO can talk to you about this, or visit Action Fraud website or call them for more information about staying as safe as possible. Please share this message with older or vulnerable family and friends.

– Detective Constable Alex Hall from the Northern Investigation Team

A big lift for Winchester

There's been something different about Winchester Cathedral lately - it seems to have a new addition.

But, it's not a new building - it's a vast web of of scaffolding that will help to conserve the centuries old building.

The structure has taken three months to put together. It will enable workers to repair the Cathedral's lead roof - part of a 20 million project to help protect and preserve the cathedral. Divya Kohli reports.

Residents warned after fraud incidents

Police are warning residents in Winchester to remain vigilant following incidents involving fraudsters attempting to obtain bank details over the phone.

On Thursday, March 12 police received two reports of incidents in the Winchester area where residents were contacted by someone pretending to be from the police and claiming they had arrested someone in relation to criminal activity with the bank account.

A 76-year-old man from Littleton received a call from a man claiming to be a police officer from Hammersmith Police. He said he had arrested a man called Bailey, and then asked if he had his Visa card to hand. He then said the victim needed to phone his bank. At this point, the victim realised it was a scam, and hung up the phone without giving the offender any of his personal information.

The same day, a 75-year-old man at an address in Colden Common received a similar call from a man giving the same information and asking for him to call his bank. The victim hung up the phone and did not give any personal details.

On Friday, March 13 a 63-year-old woman living in Winchester received a phone call from a man using the same scam. He asked her for her PIN and other personal information. The woman refused several times, and the man eventually hung up on her.

People are reminded to protect themselves using the following advice:

  • Never give out any personal information about your bank account to anybody over the phone.
  • If someone calls claiming to be a police officer, ask for their identification number and police force. Hang up the call and advise that you will call them back using the 101 number. A genuine police officer will not mind waiting while you check. Call them back from a different phone if possible or wait at least 10 minutes before making the call.
  • If you have given out information which could compromise your bank account security in any way, call your bank up to cancel your cards as soon as possible.
  • Never hand over money to someone at the door to be sent off elsewhere.
  • If someone comes to your door claiming to be a police officer or staff member, always ask for identification and make a note of their identification number. Ask them to wait while you verify their identity. Close the door and call 101.

“A number of residents in the Winchester area have been contacted by a man claiming to be from Hammersmith Police saying that they have arrested someone and asking if they had their Visa card to hand. The caller then advises the victim to call their bank. At this point, this is where the fraudster would stay on the line and when the victim calls the bank, they would pretend to be their bank and obtain personal information which could lead to the loss of money. We want to warn residents that these requests are not genuine and that no police officer or bank would act in this way. Anyone who recieves a suspicous call is urged not to give any details to the caller, and to report the matter to the polcie immediately.”

– PC Rich Cousins
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