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Teenager due in court in relation to M3 arson attack

A bomb disposal team was sent to the motorway

A teenager is due in court, accused of arson in relation to incidents on the M3.

The motorway was shut for nearly twelve hours last month, as police investigated a hazardous substance believed to have been thrown from a motorway bridge near Winchester.

The 17 year old also faces charges of blackmail and theft.

The incident caused tailbacks for 11 hours

Teenage boy charged over M3 incident which closed motorway for eleven hours

Officers investigating an incident on the M3 on Saturday 23 September have arrested and charged a 17-year-old boy from Winchester.

He was charged on 30 September with:

  • • Two counts of arson with intent to endanger life in connection with incidents on the M3 on 16 and 23 September
  • • Two counts of causing danger to road users in connection with incidents on the M3 on 16 and 23 September

The M3 was closed for eleven hours as police investigated the incident at a footbridge near St Catherine's Hill on the outskirts of Winchester.

The bomb squad was brought in and the area sealed off, as inquiries were made into the nature of material alleged to have been thrown from the bridge shortly before 4am.

The following day police revealed they were not treating the incident as terrorist activity.

Hampshire Police were criticised for not giving adequate information about the incident and for poor traffic management.

But they said public safety was their top priority and had a duty to investigate the matter thoroughly.

The boy has been remanded in police custody to appear at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court on Monday 2 October.

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A34 reopens southbound after earlier lorry fire

The A34 in Hampshire has reopened southbound between the A303 Bullington and the M3 near Winchester after an earlier lorry fire.

The fire has been extinguished and fire crews have left the scene.

A34 closed southbound from A303 - diversions in place

The A34 in Hampshire is currently closed southbound between the A303 Bullington and the M3 near Winchester due to a lorry fire.

The fire has been extinguished and fire crews have left the scene.

The road remains closed to allow recovery and to assess the carriageway.

A diversion is in place and drivers should follow the solid triangle symbol.

Motorists should use the A303 east for approximately six miles and join the M3 at junction 8, travel eastbound to junction 7 and go around the roundabout using the fourth exit to re-join the M3 southbound.

Continue along the M3 south to junction 9 for Winchester to complete the diversion.

Drivers are advised to allow extra time for their journey and use alternative routes if possible.

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Freedom of Winchester Parade: The Rifles claim the honour

It's ten years since soldiers based in Winchester last claimed their right to march through the city.

This year the honour was claimed by the Rifles - the Regiment which took over from the Royal Green Jackets in 2007.

Richard Slee reports.

The Rifles march in Freedom of Winchester parade

The Rifles are marching through Winchester in Freedom parade Credit: ITV Meridian

They are Britain's largest infantry regiment and today the Rifles are marching through Winchester Town Centre exercising the right of Freedom of Entry.

It's an ancient privilege and allows a Regiment to parade through the City with 'Full Ceremonial'.

A ceremony is taking place at Winchester Cathedral Credit: ITV Meridian

The Freedom Parade celebrates The Rifles 10th anniversary, and will see around 200 soldiers march from Peninsula Barracks, down the High Street and into Winchester Cathedral where they will pause for the Turning of the Pages Ceremony.

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