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Murder victim's family remember 'gentle and caring' man

Joseph before the attack Credit: Wiltshire Police

Following the sentencing of their son's killer, Joseph Starzacher's family have release a statement paying tribute to a "lovely young man in the prime of his life".

Joseph was punched unconscious in Salisbury City Centre in 2007 and later died from Pneumonia in 2010 because of immobility problems relating to the attack in 2007.

Joseph Starzacher with his daughter after the attack Credit: Wiltshire Police

His family said:

"To see Joseph’s life taken away in such an act of unprovoked, mindless violence has had a devastating and heartbreaking affect on all those who knew him.

We have had to endure seeing Joseph locked in his body unable to communicate for three years watching his deterioration that eventually led to his death in 2010.

This has been deeply distressing for us all but especially for his daughter Megan who was the apple of his eye.

Despite going through two trials and two appeal processes we can now begin the process of moving on from this horrific ordeal knowing that Adam Cross, the person responsible for our grief, has been found guilty of murder."

Man sentenced for murder 6 years after attack

A man from Salisbury has been found guilty of murder, after viciously attacking a man in Salisbury City Centre in 2007.

Adam Cross, who is 35, was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum of 14 years, for the murder of Joseph Starzacher.

Joseph was attacked by Adam on Sunday 29th July in 2007 on a night out with his friends.

He was kicked so hard in the head that he lost consciousness.

He underwent emergency surgery and Cross was convicted with grievous bodily harm in 2008.

Joseph was left in a 'Persistent Vegetative State' and caught Pneumonia in August 2010 because of his immobility and died.

Medical experts concluded that Joseph’s death was linked to the head injury he received that day.

Cross was serving the initial sentence for Grievous bodily harm with Intent but following Joseph’s death it is right and proper that he was put before the courts to stand trial for his murder. This case is a stark reminder of the serious consequences of violence. Joseph lost his life and his young daughter lost her Dad because of the actions of Adam Cross."

– DS Pete Ritson, Wiltshire Police


War medals stolen in Winchester

Police are investigating a burglary in Wales Street, Winchester between February 20 and February 27 where various items were stolen including 3 medals belonging to a World War Two veteran.

The stolen medals were The 1939 - 1945 Star, The African Star and The Italian Star. They were accompanied with paperwork. These medals hold sentimental value and any information is sought that may lead to their return and the identity of the offenders.

Efit issued following assault

Efit released of man wanted in connection with assault Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police have issued an efit following an assault in Winchester. The incident occurred at around 1.30am on Saturday, February 16 on Airlei Road.

The victim, a 22-year-old man from Staines-upon-Thames, was walking home after a night out with two female friends when an unknown man began to follow them from Sparkford Road.When they reached Airlei Road the suspect assaulted the victim by punching and kicking him.

The victim suffered a broken jaw as a result of the assault and required surgery.

Work to start on A33 Winchester Bypass

Drainage improvement work will start on the A33 Winchester Bypass on Monday.

The work will be taking place on the A33 between the B3047 near Kings Worthy and the A34 and will involve full overnight closures of the road.

The work on the A33 between the B3047 near Kings Worthy and the A34 will involve the clearance of nearby vegetation and the installation of new filter drains which will reduce the likelihood of flooding and improve safety during heavy rainfall. We have planned the work carefully to minimise disruption and that is why we will only be closing the road overnight when traffic flows are at their lowest. During the closures, there will be a clearly signed diversion route so that drivers can continue their journeys with minimum inconvenience.”

– Guy Watts, Highways Agency Project Sponsor

Overnight work will begin on Monday for three weeks, Monday to Friday only, between 10pm and 6am. For vehicles under 5m high, a fully signed diversion route will be in place via the B3047, through Winchester town centre to the M3 junction 9 roundabout.

Vehicles higher than 5m will be diverted east along the B3047 towards Alresford, on the A31 to the A272 Spitfire Link to access the M3 Junction 9 roundabout.

Large pond created to reduce flooding in Winchester

A large 206,000m2 artificial pond is being created to contain flood waters and help Winchester cope with the exceptional quantities of water flowing down the River Itchen into the city.

60 one-tonne sandbags are being used to create the large retaining pond and to divert flood water from the river into this new storage area.

This engineering feat between the M3 and Easton works by storing flood water which will help reduce river levels and slow down the flow of water.

More rainfall is expected and groundwater is expected to continue rising for the foreseeable few days. Groundwater levels are currently higher than they were in the 2000/2001 event – and rising.”

– Mike O’Neil of the Environment Agency

The Environment Agency will be monitoring levels closely to ensure there is no increased flood risk to residents in the Easton area.


One-tonne sandbags lowered into River Itchen

The sandbags will stem the flow of the River Itchen Credit: ITV News Meridian

Cranes were used to place huge sandbags weighing one tonne each into the River Itchen through Winchester tonight, to restrict its flow and slow the water. It's the second phase of an operation to prevent the city from flooding.

Sandbags weighing a tonne each are lowered into the River Itchen Credit: ITV News Meridian
The sandbags are carefully positioned to stem the flow of the reiver Credit: ITV News Meridian

Artificial pond being built to prevent Winchester flooding

Crews are creating an artificial pond to divert excess river water away from Winchester

The Environment Agency is building an artificial pond to help Winchester cope with the exceptionally high levels of water flowing along the River Itchen and into the city.

Crews are using sixty sandbags, each weighing one tonne, to create the holding area which should divert and store flood water away from the city.

The artificial pond should measure 206,000m2 when it is completed Credit: Environment Agency

The pond is being built between the M3 and Easton, upstream of Winchester. By diverting and storing excess water, it should allow rising ground water and water from other streams to drain into the river.

Flood barriers have been put in place at St Bede's School

The artificial pond is being created in partnership with Hampshire County Council which has made the land available, and the Highways Agency which closed lanes on the M3 to allow a crane to lower the sandbags.

The Environment Agency has said it will be monitoring waters levels closely to ensure there is no increased flood risk to residents in the Easton area.

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