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Charity collector raises £300k and keeps it for himself

A man who was falsely collecting donations outside a number of locations across the south has pleaded guilty to defrauding Wiltshire-based Help for Heroes charity.

Chris Copeland has been told to expect a long prison sentence for duping the public and for making profit out of the charity.

We spoke to DCI Mike Robison outside the court - who said another charity collector alerted the police of the illegitimate goings-on.


Portsmouth dad and Kent designer in Bake Off

The Great British Bake Off has confirmed its line-up for this year'r show - with four of the contestants from the Meridian region.

The fifth series of the culinary TV hit airs on BBC1 next month, with judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.

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Martha lives with her family in Berkshire and wants to be a food scientist Credit: BBC

17-year-old Martha is the youngest ever baker to take part in the popular programme.

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Enwezor is working at Portsmouth university as a business consultant Credit: BBC

The 39-year-old IT expert and father-of-four is one of the 12 competitors and is a self-confessed 'baking geek'.

Enwezor has taught himself to bake in the last three years.

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Chetna was born in India and became a fashion designer and moved to the UK in 2003 Credit: BBC

Chetna from Kent used baking to intricate herself into the UK lifestyle by combining her mother's traditional recipes and flavours with British bakes.

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Originally from Cambridgeshire, Kate lives in Brighton with her five-year-old daughter. Credit: BBC

25-year-old raped in Chichester alleyway

A local man has been arrested after a 25-year-old was raped in a Chichester alleyway.

The woman was assaulted in an alleyway connecting East Street and the Little London car park.

Police want to speak to a man and woman walking along this route between those times.

A 32-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of rape and released on bail until 9 October while enquiries continue.

The machine gun hero who won a Victoria Cross

Sidney Godley from East Grinstead was the first private soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in the Great War.

Pvt Godley was with the Royal Fusliers and offered to defend the Nimy Railway Bridge near Mons on the first day the British began fighting.

He manned a machine gun by the railway line, allowing the British and French armies to retreat behind the River Marne.

Godley's single-handed defence of the bridge for two hours gave the men enough time to retreat.

He was badly wounded and a bullet remained lodged in his head for the rest of his life.

His grandson Colin Godley pays tribute to his bravery and selflessness.


Brighton residents explore dementia

People in Brighton will have the opportunity to put their questions to the experts and find out a little more about dementia at the end of July as the Alzheimer's Society Dementia Community Roadshow comes to town.

The pioneering national tour will be stopping off at The Promenade, next to The Meeting Place Cafe, from Tuesday 29 July to Wednesday 30 July as it aims to increase local awareness and understanding of the condition which affects 3,032 people in Brighton and Hove.

It is open to people currently living with dementia, who are worried about a friend or relative's memory or who just have questions about the condition. No appointment is needed.

Having launched in 2011, the Roadshow has already made a big difference to the lives of people across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The current tour of the coast is also due to visit, among other places, Whitstable and Folkestone.

"With stores all over the East Midlands, we're extremely proud to help Alzheimer's Society raise awareness of dementia. The Roadshow is part of the legacy from our Charity of the Year partnership with the society and we hope that it contributes to building a better future for people with dementia."

– Michael Kissman, Community Director at Tesco

Swindon landfill site remains alight for a week

The operators of a recycling centre in Swindon that has been burning for an entire week were warned about the risk of fire by the Environment Agency - just months before it caught light.

People living near to Averies Recycling have been told to keep their windows and doors closed as the fire continues to smoulder. The Fire Service says it may take several more days before it's completely put out. Robert Murphy reports.

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