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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.


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.


Winchester Hat Fair this weekend

Winchester Hat Fair was founded in 1974 Credit: ITV

Winchester Hat Fair takes place this weekend.

It is the UK’s longest running festival of outdoor arts.

Founded in 1974 by Jonathan Kay, Hat Fair inspires and is inspired by the people, heritage and public spaces within the city of Winchester.

Initially conceived as a busking festival, the event takes its name from the tradition of the audience putting money in the hat at the end of the show.

Election 2017: What policies appeal to you the most?

With just hours until voters go to the polls we've been asking what policies appeal to you the most.

Well we're always in the market to gauge public opinion, that's why we sent Fred Dinenage and Amanda Piper to Winchester market to speak to people there.

They became fruit and veg sellers for the day so they could get a taste of how people are feeling about the election and what are the issues that are important to them.

Appeal for witnesses after fatal crash on M3

Credit: Romanse

Hampshire Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed a fatal collision on the M3 yesterday to come forward.

Three lorries and an Audi crashed northbound between junctions 9 and 10 at around 10.15am causing the motorway to close.

A man and a woman who were in the Audi were killed.

Two of the lorry drivers suffered minor injuries with one taken to Southampton General Hospital and the other to the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester.

Anyone with dash cam footage capturing the crash is urged to share this with police.

A 63 year old man has been interviewed under caution in connection with this incident, and has been released under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact SCIU on 101, quoting 44170212966, or call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“This was a very serious collision which led to the deaths of two people. Officers spent a great deal of time at the scene conducting enquiries, but would now like to appeal to the public for any assistance. We would like to speak with anyone who witnessed the collision and the events leading up to it, but would also like to view any dash cam footage that passing motorists may have been able to film. If you think you can help us, please call us immediately."

– Sergeant Mark Furse, Serious Collision Investigation Unit
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