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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.

New sighting of missing teenager on CCTV in Bournemouth

Further sighting of missing Winchester teenager in Bournemouth. Credit: Hampshire Police

A new CCTV image has been released of missing Winchester teenager, Jessica Horton.

The 15-year-old was seen getting off a train at Bournemouth Train Station in at about 9.30pm on Friday 18th September.

Jessica Horton at Winchester Railway Station Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Hampshire Police previously issued a CCTV image of Jess at Winchester Train Station on Friday night.

The 15-year-old went missing from Wesley Methodist Church in Fromond Road, Weeke, Winchester at around 8pm.

She left without any money for food, drink or shelter. She also suffers from asthma and does not have any medication with her.

Police renew appeal to find missing teenager

This CCTV image of Jessica at Winchester Train Station was captured on Friday night Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Officers are continuing to appeal for information to help find missing teenager Jessica Horton who has not been seen since Friday.

Police are releasing CCTV images of Jessica at Winchester Train Station and two men they believe may have information which could assist the investigation.

The images were captured shortly after she was reported missing on Friday night.

Were you at Winchester Train Station at around 8.30pm on Friday? Did you see Jessica board a train?

Officers are keen to hear from the two men in the CCTV image. Is this you?

Did you see Jessica at the station? Did she speak to you? We would urge these men to make contact with us as soon as possible.

Police believe these two men captured on CCTV may be able to help with their investigation Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

"We are asking anyone who was at Winchester Train Station at this time who may have seen Jessica to get in contact with us.

"We continue to carry out a number of enquiries to try and find Jessica. We have been out making house-to-house enquiries in the Weeke area and distributing posters and also speaking to friends and family to piece together where she might have gone.

"I would like to thank the public for information that has come in already and for sharing our appeal on social media sites. I would ask that people continue to share this appeal and call us if they have any information which might help our investigation.

"Our concern for Jessica is growing and I repeat my appeal to her direct to get in touch with us and let us know you're ok. You're not in any trouble, we just need to make sure you're safe and well."

– Detective Inspector Tim Ireson, Senior Investigating Officer

"We are all really worried about Jess and would like to let her know that she's not in any trouble, we just want her to come home.

"Her close friends and everyone else at school would like to appeal directly to Jess to come home and be with people who care about her."

– Kathryn Marshall, deputy head teacher of The Westgate School in Winchester, where Jessica is a pupil

Jessica went missing from Wesley Methodist Church in Fromond Road, Weeke, Winchester on the evening of Friday September 18th. She left without any money for food, drink or shelter.

She also suffers from asthma and does not have any medication with her.

She is described as white, 5ft 3ins tall, petite build and has long, light brown hair.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Northern Investigations Team on 101, quoting 44150324746.


Missing teenager suffers from asthma and has no medication with her

Jessica Horton Credit: Hampshire police

Have you seen Jessica Horton? The 15-year-old hasn’t been seen since about 8pm on Friday, September 18. She was last seen at a youth club at Wesley Methodist Church in Fromond Road in the Weeke area of Winchester.

Police say they are becoming extremely concerned about Jessica’s welfare as they don’t believe she has any access to money for food, drink or shelter. She also suffers from asthma and it’s not thought she has taken any medication with her.

She is described as white, about 5ft 3ins tall, petite, and has long, light-brown hair. She was last seen wearing grey ‘Duffer’ sweatshirt, black leggings and black Nike Air Max trainers.

Jessica is currently in foster care in Winchester and has previous links to Newbury, Swindon and the Plymouth area. It is also believed that she may have used public transport to travel away from Winchester.

Police have been working all weekend following a number of lines of enquiry to try and locate Jessica. Officers are also appealing for members of the public to call in with any information they have which may help the investigation.

Detective Inspector Tim Ireson, senior investigating officer, said: “We are really concerned about Jessica and need to know that she’s ok, especially because her physical health may be deteriorating. Have you seen her or heard people talking about where she might be? We would really like to hear from anyone with information that might lead to locating her. I’d like to appeal directly to Jessica to say that she’s not in any trouble, we just need to know where she is and that she’s ok.”

NHS launches recruitment drive for ex servicemen and women

Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester Credit: ITV news

Retired and medically discharged servicemen and women are being offered the chance to work for the NHS. North Hants NHS Trust is launching a recruitment drive for those leaving the military. It's the first scheme of it's kind in the UK.

The Trust is offering members of the Armed Forces who are coming to the end of their service the opportunity to undertake a work attachment programme that could lead to employment.

Working with the forces' Career Transition Partnership and Recovery Career Services, retiring and medically discharged military staff are being offered a variety of placements in its hospitals at Basingstoke, Winchester and Andover.

Mary Edwards, Hampshire Hospitals' Chief Executive explains: "People working in the military share many of our values. Our hospitals offer a huge range of exciting and challenging opportunities for people who are compassionate, accountable for their actions, show respect and are always encouraging of others. We employ over 5,000 people and are always looking for hard working people with a huge range of skills and abilities; The military has a pool of dedicated hard working people who are looking for a new challenge in a supportive environment. This is a new partnership that we hope will be successful and will continue in the future, benefiting both organisations."

Steve Cook, joined the Trust when he retired from the Royal Air Force. He says: "Leaving the armed forces can be daunting. The NHS offers people the opportunity to be a part of a large supportive organisation that helps them adjust to civilian life."

Children's hospice opens after £4million refurbishment

The children's hospice Naomi House has reopened after a £4m refurbishment. The centre, based in Sutton Scotney in Hampshire, provides a haven for children with life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses. The state-of-the art facilities give the children a chance to have fun in a safe space, as well as provide some time-off for their parents. More than £3.8m of the total cost has been raised through donations. ITV News' Alistair Stewart, one of the charity's patrons, was at the unveiling. Naomi House had been closed for 19 months while the upgrades took place. Watch Sam Holder's report below:

University of Winchester ranked among best in UK

Students have ranked the University of Winchester as one of the top four universities in the country.

Courses including Archaeology, Business Management and Media Studies achieved 100% overall satisfaction, according to this year's National Student Survey.

The Student Union building at the University of Winchester

The university's Student Union was rated 7th out of 108 universities in England.

I am delighted with the outcome of this year's National Student Survey.

The results are a wonderful testament to the hard work of our staff and our passion for student engagement.

– Professor Joy Carter, Vice-Chancellor
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