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Christmas gets underway in Winchester

Crowds gather in Winchester city centre Credit: Winchester Cathedral

Christmas well and truly gets underway in Winchester later.

The city is hosting its annual lantern parade with the ice rink opening for businesses. Hundreds of people are expected to join the celebration.

Skaters enjoy the city's open air ice rink Credit: Winchester Cathedral

Man left with serious injuries after 'unprovoked attack'

A 35-year-old local man has reported walking with a friend in Winchester in the early hours of Saturday morning, when they were approached by four men and a women.

Then, unprovoked, some of the group attacked the two men, leaving one on the ground with serious head and facial injuries.

It happened on St Cross Road, on the way out of Winchester, at around 3.35am yesterday.

The group then made their way up along Ranelagh Road, towards Airlie Road.

Police are keen to speak to the driver of a silver people-carrier type taxi which was in the area at the time.

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Police appeal after fatal M3 crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after a collision on the M3 in which a woman was killed.

The woman, who was a passenger in one of the vehicles, was taken to the Royal Hampshire County Hospital but died.

The collision happened at 6.47pm yesterday at junction 9 at Winchester. Officers know that three vehicles were involved, however, witnesses have suggested a fourth may have also been involved.

Police are also keen to speak to the drivers of HGV vehicles who stopped at the scene. One of the HGV's has "CH" written on the back and another had a red cab and was carrying a silver container.

Is Winchester becoming the food capital of the South?

First Jamie Oliver (although he's now left), then Raymond Blanc - it seems Winchester is the place to be for celebrity restaurants.

Now chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has been in the city to open a new River Cottage Canteen.

It is the latest in a line of new eateries. Soon, Rick Stein is also moving in, making Winchester one of the food capitals of the South. Juliette Fletcher has more:

Woman dies following collision on A272 in Hampshire

A woman has died following a collision on the A272 near Winchester. A Vauxhall Corsa was in collision with a HGV. The driver of the Corsa, a 24-year-old woman from Waterlooville, died in the collision. The 40-year-old driver of the lorry was treated for shock. A section of the road between the A31 and A32, was closed this morning following the crash at approximately 8.30am. Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

Funding cuts could affect children with disabilities and their families in Hampshire

Tough decisions to be made at Hampshire County Council Credit: ITV news

The parents and carers of children with disabilities are being asked for their opinions on plans to cut two million pounds from the budget for short breaks. The county council says it can't maintain the current level of funding. Drop in consultation sessions will be held at children's centres countywide from Monday 6th October until the end of the year.

The council says it gives parents the opportunity to talk, face to face, with Hampshire County Council staff about the short breaks service and proposed changes. The sessions are part of the 12 week consultation - Families can also complete a consultation questionnaire online or on paper.

Councillor Keith Mans, Executive Lead Member for Children's Services at Hampshire County Council, commented: "It is very important that people take this opportunity to have their say on the future of the short breaks service. Their views are important to us and I want to ensure that we capture as many responses as we can, over the next few weeks, so that I can take full consideration of their views when it comes to making a decision on the future of the service. I can assure you that we know how important short breaks are to children and young people with disability, their families and carers however, unfortunately, we cannot sustain the current level of funding and at the same time meet our obligation to provide statutory services such as safeguarding"

Except where indicated, all events run from 9.30am to 4.30pm on the following dates:

6 October: Bushey Leaze Children and Families Centre, Alton 9 October: Sharps Copse Schools Campus, Havant 11 October: 10am to 3pm Cranbourne Business and Enterprise College, Basingstoke 13 October: 9.30am to 3pm Aviary Children's Centre, Eastleigh 17 October: 10.30am to 12.30pm Wells Place, Eastleigh 22 October: 10.30am to 12.30pm The Maltings, Alton 3 November: Oak Meadow Children's Centre, Fareham 11 November: 10am to 12.30pm Ashburton Hall, Hampshire County Council, Winchester 13 November: Reign and Shine Children's Centre, Kings Worthy 14 November: The Bridges and Pathways Children's Centre, Fordingbridge 25 November: Pebbles Children's Centre, Basingstoke 28 November: Maple Venue Children's Centre, Aldershot 3 December: Acorns Children's Centre, Andover

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Renewed appeal for witnesses to A34 crash

Lorry overturns on A34 Credit: ITV news

Police are renewing their appeal for witnesses to come forward after a lorry overturned on the A34 northbound carriageway just before Sutton Scotney at around 7am on Wednesday, October 1. The driver, a 50 year-old man from Wiltshire was airlifted to hospital to be treated for serious, but not life threatening, injuries. A second driver, a 45 year-old man, was also treated by ambulance crews, after his silver Skoda Octavia ended up in a ditch at the side of the carriageway. The northbound section of the A34 was closed between Three Maids Hill and Sutton Scotney for nearly 12 hours to enable recovery of the vehicles and an investigation to be undertaken. Some debris including notepads and coasters from the load being carried by the lorry closed one lane southbound for a much shorter period. A man arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving has been bailed until December Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Paul Thorne at Whitchurch roads policing unit on 101 quoting 44140354733 or call the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.

Hampshire fire officer reaches fifty years of service

He's helped tackle some of the most dangerous incidents to hit Hampshire over the past fifty years. And now having made history, he's being honoured. Martyn Long is the first person to reach fifty years service for Hampshire Fire and Rescue. From Winchester Guildhall going up in flames to the Great Storm, he's been on hand to help others. Andrew Pate went to meet him.

Inquest opened into the death of Tommy Sheldon

Tommy Sheldon died two weeks after suffering severe burns in a car fire in Winchester Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

The exact cause of the death of a little boy who died two weeks after suffering severe burns in a car fire will need more investigations.

Five-year-old Tommy Sheldon, from Southampton was rescued from the fire in Merdon Castle Lane in Hursley on Monday, August 11 and he died on Monday, August 25.

The inquest into his death has been opened and adjourned in Winchester.

Endangered leopard cub prepares for first steps outside

Amur leopard cub Credit: Marwell Zoo

A critically endangered Amur leopard cub will take her first steps out of her den later. The 12-week-old baby, which is living at Marwell Zoo near Winchester, is thought to be one of only 35 Amur leopards left in the world. Until now she's been kept with her mother Kala.

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