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KT Tunstall headlines Wickham Festival

Sun sets on last year's Wickham fetsival Credit: Wickham festival

KT Tunstall, Seth Lakeman and The Levellers alongside Eliza Carthy, 10CC, Show of Hands and The Selecter are playing this year's festival.

Perennial festival favourites Oysterband, Andy Fairweather Low, Peatbog Faeries and the Spooky Men’s Chorale are also putting in special appearances at the event which runs from August 3-6

K T Tunstall Credit: Wickham festival

In many ways we are returning to our roots with a very strong folk line-up which will appeal to the many regulars who come year after year as well as our new generation of fans.

Regulars know what they are getting and they like it. There is a real family-friendly feel to this event. Parents can let their children roam safely while they enjoy the music

– Peter Chegwyn

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Trucker jailed for crash which left 3 year-old and unborn baby brother dead

Thomas Hunter has been jailed for six years for causing the death of three-year-old Isla Wiggin by dangerous driving.

The court heard Hunter was travelling at 54mph and only tried to brake a second before running into the line of cars on the A34 in Oxfordshire.

Isla from Fleet in Hampshire, died in a collision on the A34 in Hinksey Hill, Oxfordshire, on 25 August. Her unborn brother also died as a result of the collision.

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Isla Wiggin Credit: The Wiggin family

Man jailed for driving at 130mph and ploughing into police cars

A drunk driver who ploughed into three police cars at speeds of up to 130 miles an hour has been jailed for two years.

58-year-old, Martin Ralfs from Southampton, rammed into the marked police cars during a high speed chase along the M27 and A31, through the New Forest, in April.

Martin Ralfs jailed for two years Credit: Hampshire Police

Ralfs was seen speeding and swerving across lanes along the M27 in the early hours in his Honda Accord at an estimated 90mph

When police tried to stop him Ralfs tried to overtake, ramming the police car and driving off at around 100mph, rising to 129mph

Knowing that the car was heading back towards the M27, three police cars from the Roads Unit carried out a tactical containment in a bid to stop Ralfs safely.

However he refused to slow down and crashed into the back of two of the police cars.

One spun and crashed into the central reservation and the other one spun into the carriageway, both losing a rear wheel and suffering extensive damage.

The Honda came to a stop on the hard shoulder, Ralfs, who suffered minor injuries, was arrested.

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The court heard how he later failed a roadside breath test and further tests revealed he was over the drink-drive limit.

The three officers involved suffered whiplash injuries and bruising. Ralfs was sentenced to 12 months in prison for dangerous driving and three months for drink-driving

He was also given a total of 12 months in prison for breaching the restraining order. This will run consecutively with the dangerous driving sentence, meaning he was sentenced to a total of two years in prison.

It was sheer luck that no one was seriously injured or killed as a result of Mr Ralfs’ reckless driving.

Fortunately, our highly trained roads policing officers were able to deploy specialist tactics to stop his dangerous driving and take him off our roads before anyone was seriously hurt.

His attempts to evade our officers were ultimately futile and I hope that this sentencing sends a clear message to anyone who thinks that drink-driving or speeding is worth the risk – it is not and the consequences can be fatal. He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and driving while alcohol level above limit.

– Sgt Mark Furse
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