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Pickpockets steal elderly woman's purse

Police release CCTV images in Winchester Credit: Hampshire Police

Do you now who the women are in these CCTV images?

Detectives in Winchester want to speak to them about an incident where an elderly woman had her purse stolen. The incident happened shortly before midday on June 27 this year in the Poundland shop in Middle Brook Street, Winchester. The woman's purse contained £30 in cash, bank cards and a photo of her husband.

The women have also been seen on CCTV approaching other elderly women and attempting to steal their purses, but without success.

Detectives appeal for information Credit: Hampshire Police

The first woman is described as white, aged in her early 20s, and about 5ft 5ins tall. She was of a chunky build and had straight long black hair. She had an olive complexion and is described as maybe of Eastern European origin.

The second woman is described as white, aged in her late 40s to early 50s, between 5ft 8ins - 10ins tall and of proportionate build. She had fair to blonde long hair and was wearing glasses.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Det Con Brown at North Walls Police Station on 101 or call the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.

"These two women were actively targeting elderly women and made several attempts to steal from people shopping in the city. If you know who they are, please contact me as soon as possible. I would also like to advise people to ensure their purses are kept in closed handbags. It seems that one woman tried to distract the victim and the other stole the purse, so I would remind people to be aware of unknown people who may approach you while out shopping."

– Detective Constable Steve Brown

Organiser defends fair's safety record after fatality

Around 38,000 people attended this weekend's Boomtown Fair

A post mortem examination is due to be carried out today on a woman who died at the 'Boomtown Fair' at the weekend. The event takes place on the outskirts of Winchester every year.

The 31-year-old woman was found unconscious on Saturday and later died in hospital. Police say they are not treating her death as suspicious. It was the third fatality at the festival in four years.

Speaking to ITV Meridian, Adrian Coombs, the fair's organiser, insisted the event is safe.


Police presence high to combat festival drug use

Thousands of revellers are enjoying a weekend of music and partying at Winchester's Boomtown Festival. The organisers and police are making clear that drugs won't be tolerated. Last year 18 year old Ellie Rowe died after taking ketamine mixed with alcohol. Her parents say it was a moment of madness that robbed them of their daughter. They're backing a campaign to raise awareness of ketamine, and as Rachel Hepworth reports, everything's being done at the festival site to avoid a repeat of last year's tragedy.

Winchester's Boomtown music festival begins today

Preparations for the Boomtown Festival Credit: ITV Meridian

Thousands of festival-goers will converge on the Matterley Bowl near Winchester for the fifth annual Boomtown Fair. The four-day event starts today and runs until Sunday. Police are working very closely with the organisers and the local authority to ensure everyone enjoys the event and gets home safely, and to minimise the impact on the local community. Police say they are also backing an important warning message from the family of Ellie Rowe, the young volunteer worker who tragically died at the event last year as a result of experimenting with ketamine. Advice leaflets featuring Ellie's story will be handed out on site during the festival to help bring home the dangers of illegal drugs.

Police commander for Boomtown Fair, Superintendent James Fulton, said: "Our priority is to make Boomtown a safe event. We have a full policing operation on site including our mobile police office where festival-goers can speak to officers and receive crime prevention advice and kit such as our 'sockies' to help you keep your valuables safe from would-be thieves. We have worked alongside Winchester City Council, Hampshire Highways and Boomtown's traffic management organisers to minimise traffic congestion on the roads surrounding the site, although as with any event, traffic on those routes will be heavy especially on the Thursday as people arrive, and Monday as people exit. We will be maintaining a robust position on both drugs and legal highs, or new psychoactive substances, all of which are banned from site. If you are found with drugs there is a very good chance you will be arrested and prosecuted. We strongly endorse the extremely powerful message from the family of Ellie Rowe, which is a stark and desperately sad reminder of the danger of casual drug use, in Ellie's case, ketamine. Even just dabbling in illegal drugs and psychoactive substances can have catastrophic, and in this case, fatal consequences - you might believe you'll be fine, but how do you know? The only way to be certain is not to take any at all."

– Supt James Fulton

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.

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