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Man due in court over fruit picker deaths

The former manager of a Hampshire fruit packing business is due back in court today over the deaths of two workers.

Scott Cain died after he collected apples from an estate near Liss Credit: Hampshire Police

Andrew Stocker was charged with gross negligence manslaughter following the death of 24 year-old Ashley Clarke and 23 year-old Scott Cain.

The men collapsed after entering an apple store in the Blackmoor estate - cooled by nitrogen.

Ashley Clarke died at the Blackmoor Estate where he was working Credit: Hampshire Police

Winchester MP backs Fixers as UK's best charity

An MP for Winchester and Chandler's Ford is backing Fixers to be crowned as the UK's Best Charity at the National Lottery Awards 2014.

Steve Brine MP is championing the charity based in Winchester to raise awareness of the 13,000 young people Fixers have worked with since the charity was founded in 2008.

Steve Brine MP and Fixers Staff based in Winchester Credit: Fixers

“I’ve followed Fixers closely these past four years, met Fixers and hosted them in Parliament to tell the Fixers story to many other MPs.

They are a terrific national charity, based in Winchester I am proud to say and they make every penny work so hard by staying true to their foundation.

They deserve this recognition without question.”

– Steve Brine MP

The charity support young people in the local area with a diverse range of issues including mental health, suicide, chronic fatigue syndrome, and bullying.

Fixers are competing against six other projects to earn a prestigious prize and chance to appear on the television.


Rare calf is first to be born at zoo in six years

A rare Okapi calf has been born at Marwell Zoo. Marwell’s new arrival is male and is called Dikembe. He is three days old and is just starting to find his feet. He was born to mum Dumela and dad Shomari.

Our last Okapi birth was in 2008 so this arrival is a fantastic addition to Marwell and an important part of the EEP. This is Dumela’s first calf and she is doing very well. Dikembe will spend some time nesting while he builds strength and grows. Okapis are fascinating animals and are the only living relative to the giraffe.

– Ian Goodwin, Marwell Zoo

Okapis were discovered about 100 years ago but are now listed as ‘Near Threatened’ in the wild by IUCN Red List. The main threat is loss of its habitat to agriculture, encroaching human settlements, and deforestation.

Concern for missing man from Winchester

Leslie Hughes hasn't been seen since Monday 7th July Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a man who has been missing from Winchester since last Monday.

Leslie Hughes (51), from Hyde Gate, was last seen leaving his home at about 7am on Monday.

It is out of character for Leslie, who suffers with depression, to go missing.

Leslie, who is also known as Lee , is described as:

Six feet tall

Grey hair

Thin build

Thin face with front teeth missing

He has a Liverpool accent

He was most likely to be wearing a green ‘mac’

Anyone with any information or who may have seen Leslie since Monday (July 7) is asked to contact Winchester police on 101.

Winchester's historic Hat Fair launches today

Winchester Hat Fair Credit: ITV news

Winchester's famous Hat Fair launches today. It's the UK's longest running street festival and is celebrating its fortieth year. There will be a Mexican themed parade involving 400 school children from across the city followed by singalong of a specially composed Hat Fair song.

The parade from Abbey Gardens to the Cathedral involves huge willow and tissue paper maracas, sombreros and a giant '40' made by children from 11 Winchester primary schools.

From its beginnings as a buskers' festival, Hat Fair has become an event of global renown, featuring international artists and the best performances from the UK. The festival continues over the weekend including music, dance and circus.


£4m building work set to transform Naomi House

Major building work is due to begin at Naomi House Children's Hospice near Winchester.

The £4 million transformation will see children's rooms enlarged, family rooms improved, a new suite of rooms for emergencies and the building of play, music and art areas.

Work will begin today at Naomi House Children's Hospice in Sutton Scotney. Credit: PA

Romsey firm Reside Construction has been named the primary contractor to complete the building work at the site in Sutton Scotney.

The charity, which cares for children with life-limiting conditions, has launched a Caterpillar Appeal to generate the funding for the building's first renovation in its 17-year history.

Former soldier jailed over blackmail abuse

A Hampshire woman has been imprisoned for six years for blackmailing an animal testing company through explosive devices and desecration of graves.

Debbie Vincent, a former soldier who underwent a sex change, was found guilty of being involved in a conspiracy against Cambridge-based animal testing company.

The blackmail was launched by the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty group against Cambridge-based Huntingdon Life Services.

Michael Bowes QC, prosecuting, told the jury during her trial that the protests targeted HLS, by accusing staff of being paedophiles, sending hoax bombs and damaging people's homes and cars.

It is difficult for a judge to calculate the repugnance felt by society to such appalling acts. Nothing at all could justify such attacks. You express no shred of remorse or condemnation for the incidents of extreme terror and desecration which have been caused. There is not an inkling of understanding the distress those actions must have caused. You could not care less for the pain, distress and loss the conspiracy was causing others."

– Judge Keith Cutler, Winchester Crown Court

Four men jailed for string of cigarette burglaries

Four men have been jailed for a total of 15 and a half years after pleading guilty at Winchester Crown Court.

The men were sentenced for conspiracy to burgle after a series of cigarette breaks in Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey and Hertfordshire.

Luke Oliver, 31, from West Drayton was sentenced for five years;

Jason Noakes, 33, from Slough was sentenced for five years;

Kirk Morgans, 31, from Slough was sentenced to three and a half years;

Michael Green, 23, from Slough was sentenced to two years.

These men travelled around South East England committing high value burglaries at convenience stores and garages causing disruption to local businesses. During the investigation we executed a number of warrants, trawled hours of CCTV, collaborated with other forces and made use of forensic technology in order to help us solve the case and bring these men to justice.”

– Constable Robert Muir, from Aldershot CID

CCTV images released after hotel theft

A CCTV image of a man in connection with the theft Credit: Hampshire Police

CCTV images have been released of two people in connection with a theft at a Winchester hotel.

The man has not yet been identified and police have released two images to identify the two men.

On Wednesday 22nd January between 7.45pm and 8.15pm, a driving licence and a debit card belonging to a guest were stolen from a hotel room.

The victim received a call the following morning from a person falsely claiming to be from his bank and saying there had been suspicious activity on his card.

His PIN was not disclosed but the card was still successfully used in Birmingham to withdraw £7000 from the victim's bank account.

A CCTV image of a man police want to speak to in connection with theft Credit: Hampshire Police
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