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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.

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.

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