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Council says it's ready to help with refugee resettlement

The city council says there is no confirmation of numbers at this stage.

Councillors in Winchester say the city is ready to help with resettlement for refugees if required.

Hampshire County Council is looking for school places first - Winchester City Council will match will then match the housing requirements.

The council says this would use the private rented sector and not the Council's housing stock so there would be no impact on ability to meet housing need locally.

£2.5 million is spent on new buses in Hampshire city

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£2.5 million has been invested on new greener buses for Winchester. The buses have been rebranded with a new look inspired by King Alfred the Great. Stagecoach will the launching the "Kings City" vehicles outside Winchester Guildhall. The new vehicles incorporate the latest, state of the art, greener engine technology. They have also been customised with USB charge ports and WiFi.

The company is also introducing later evening services, following campaigns by local villagers. The new measures also include a £2 nightrider which allows unlimited travel after 7pm.

Managing Director, Michael Watson said "We are proud to announce this investment in new buses and the investment in the fleet and evening gives something back to our many bus users in Winchester and we hope to encourage even more people to use the bus further into the evening."

Stagecoach provides local bus services across Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex. Last year 4.3 million passengers used their Winchester buses.


Troops in first Freedom Parade for 7 years

The Adjutant General's Corps were granted Freedom of Winchester Credit: ITV Meridian

More than 150 troops in full military uniform have marched through the centre of Winchester.

The soldiers from the Adjutant General's Corps were given the Freedom of Winchester . It's the first time in 7 years that they've celebrated the ancient honour - allowing them to parade through the city with weapons and a marching band.

Hundreds of people came to support the troops, who have a strong link with Winchester.

Watch Sam Holder's report below:

He spoke with Lt. Col Mark John from the Adjutant General's Corps/ Royal Military Police

Soldiers in 'Freedom Parade' through Winchester

Freedom Parade through Winchester takes place

Soldiers from the Adjutant General's Corps have been given the Freedom of Winchester today. Around 150 of the troops marked the occasion with a 'Freedom Parade' through the city's streets.

The right of "Freedom of Entry" is an ancient privilege. It means the regiment can parade with bayonets fixed, drums beating and colours flying. The tradition dates back centuries, to a time when only trusted military units were allowed to bear arms within a city's boundaries.

'Wonderful outcome' stolen dog Zulu reunited with owner thanks to microchip

Zulu reunited with her owner one year after she was stolen Credit: Winchester City Council

A man who thought his puppy had been lost forever has been reunited with her a year after she was stolen from his home in Devon.

Zulu, a female brindle lurcher was just 15 weeks old when thieves broke down a fence and stole her from her owner Danny Allan's garden.

She was found at Swanmore College in Hampshire on October 13th 2015 and taken to a vet who called Winchester City Council's Animal Welfare Service that same day.

“Zulu was microchipped, but was registered to a Devon address. I left a message on the telephone number given to say that we had found the dog.

Some people pass dogs on and forget to update the microchip database so, as it was so far away, I wasn’t optimistic that we would locate the owner. “

– Dave Griffiths, Senior Animal Welfare Officer

However, Danny Allan, who now lives in Wiltshire called the next day and collected her. Senior Animal Welfare Officer Dave Griffiths said the reunion was a wonderful outcome, and showed the value of microchipping pets as a deterrent to thieves.

From April 2016 all dogs will need to microchipped by law. Details on the microchip database also need to be updated.

Reception for 'Walking with the Wounded' team

Prince Harry during Walking with the Wounded's Walk of Britain last month Credit: PA

A special reception is being held in Hampshire today to pay tribute to the "Walking with the Wounded".

A team, from the Charity, are made up of four British and two US service personnel.

They're walking a thousand miles around the UK and will pass through Winchester later.

The Patron of the Walk of Britain 2015 is Prince Harry, who recently joined the team on part of their journey.

The Charity aims to support veterans with physical, mental or social injuries to develop new careers outside the military, re-integrate into society and provide long-term security for themselves and their families.


Harvest Festival at Winchester Cathedal

The Harvest Festival will be held this weekend Credit: ITV

Winchester Cathedral will be the venue for a free family event to mark the Harvest Festival, over this weekend in both the Inner and Outer Cathedral Close. Now a regular annual event, it has grown both in size and popularity. Many local organisations take part and display their produce.

Three people arrested as missing teenager is found safe and well

Missing Winchester teenager Jess Horton has been found safe and well. The 15-year-old, who had been missing since last Friday was found in the early hours of today at a flat in Bournemouth.

Two men aged 24 and 50 and a woman aged 27, all from Bournemouth, have been arrested in connection with this investigation and are currently in police custody in Dorset.

Detective Chief Inspector Scott Clarke said: “We would like to thank all those who shared our appeals to find Jess. The response we receive from the public, especially in relation to missing persons investigations, is incredibly valuable and this is no exception. “This really has been a multi-agency team effort and we have had great support from West Berkshire Social Services, Hampshire Social Services and professionals from The Westgate School in Winchester. We would also like to thank Dorset Police and our colleagues from the Metropolitan Police for all the assistance they have given us. Everyone has worked tirelessly to find Jess and I thank you for all for your support.”

Missing Jessica spotted with man in Bournemouth

Police searching for missing 15-year-old Jessica Horton from Winchester, have released a CCTV image of her with a man in Bournemouth.

She was last seen at about 8pm at a youth club at Wesley Methodist Church on Fromond Road on Friday 18th September.

The teenager suffers from asthma and it’s not thought she has taken any medication with her.

Police are asking anyone with information about her whereabouts to get in touch.

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