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The South falls silent

The South fell silent for a minute at midday and flags flew at half-mast to commemorate the thirty eight people murdered in the Tunisia beach attack a week ago.

We remembered thirty British dead including a pensioner from Tadley near Basingstoke.

The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prime Minister paid silent tribute. They delayed play at Wimbledon and stopped rowing at Henley. Heads were bowed at churches and village halls and schools across the South. Andrew Pate has our report..

"False Dalai Lama, stop lying" - protestors chant to Tibetan spiritual leader

Hundreds of people are protesting against the Dalai Lama's visit to a community centre in Aldershot.

The Shugden community claim they have been shunned and persecuted by the Dalai Lama. The dispute stems from a difference in religious beliefs.

The Tibetan spiritual leader used to adhere to the same practices as the Shugden but rejected them in 1975.


Hundreds protest Dalai Lama visit

Hundreds of demonstrators are protesting the arrival of the Dalai Lama in Aldershot.

The members of the Shugden Buddhist community say they are being persecuted by the Dalai Lama in places like India and Tibet.

More than 700 protestors are expected at the Buddhist community centre throughout the day.

The Shugden community are Tibetan Buddhists that worship a specific controversial spirit. The Tibetan spiritual leader used to follow Shugden practices but distanced himself from them in 1975.

Members of the Shugden community are protesting the visit Credit: Divya Kohli

Dalai Lama arrives to colourful reception in Aldershot

The Dalai Lama, has arrived in Aldershot to mark the opening of a new Buddhist community centre.

The Tibetan spiritual leader in exile will speak about Buddhism in the '21st Century' and lead prayers for the victims of the recent Nepalese earthquakes

Aldershot has a large Buddhist community Credit: Divya Kohli

The Dalai Lama, who turns 80 next week, is being welcomed by the Buddhist Community Centre UK in Aldershot. The town has a large Nepalese Buddhist community. Tibetan Buddhism is widely practised in Nepal.

A protest has been planned in opposition to the visit by members of the Shugden Buddhist community, who claim to be persecuted by the Dalai Lama.

Dalai Lama to visit Aldershot

He's known around the world for spreading a message of peace and today the spiritual leader of Nepal is to visit Aldershot later.

The Dalai Lama has been invited by the expats from Nepal now living in the UK.

In 2012, he addressed the village, speaking about his mutual respect and religious harmony.

The 79-year-old, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, will meet with members of the community during today's visit.

The Dalai Lama during his visit to Hampshire three years ago Credit: ITV Meridian


Festival fun in memory of Liberty Baker

A festival is being held in honour of school girl Liberty Baker Credit: ITV News Meridian

A festival is being held in memory of a "kind, loving girl" who was hit by a car and killed while walking to school.

Friends of Liberty Baker, 14, who died in June in Curbridge Road, Witney, have organised LibFest, which will take place almost a year after the accident.

Perry Kerslake and Kieran Butler have set up a website ahead of the festival. They said: "The day will be Lib's day to remember her by and do some of the activities she loved so much. Hopefully this will become a yearly thing."

Lib Fest comes three days before the one year anniversary of Liberty's death. There will be a fun run around The Leys for younger children and a five kilometre run around Witney for everyone else.

Man jailed after assault and robbery in Medway

Man jailed after assault and robbery in Medway Credit: Kent Police

A Rochester man spent the final moments of his birthday in hospital after having 6 teeth knocked out and his head stamped on 3 times in an unprovoked attack.

The 25-year-old victim had been out with friends celebrating his birthday on 30 September last year in a Chatham pub when he met Deividas Radvila and accepted a drink from him.

Later that evening the victim left the pub with his friend and Radvila and the trio walked to a nearby petrol station to buy some cans of lager. All three men continued drinking as they walked into town, before the victim’s friend left to go home.

Radvila said he would walk back with the victim as he lived in Rochester.

As they began walking together, just as they approached an alleyway, Radvila turned and punched the victim to the ground before stamping on his head twice.

The 20-year-old then began rifling through the victim’s pockets and stole £200 in cash, a mobile phone and bank cards in a wallet.

Not satisfied with his initial bruising attack, Radvila stamped on the victim’s face once again, knocking him unconscious and knocking out six teeth in the process.

Almost a month later, on 25 October, officers from Kent Police were called to a report of a fight in Railway Street, Chatham. Radvila was arrested and charged with using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause fear of or provoke unlawful violence. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced at Medway Magistrates’ Court on 17 November 2014 to 30 days in prison.

As a result of CCTV footage, Radvila was identified as the suspect for the incident on 30 September. He was subsequently charged with robbery.

Radvila, of Scotts Terrace in Chatham, pleaded not guilty to robbery, but admitted assaulting his victim. He was found guilty of robbery by a jury. He was sentenced to 6 years in prison when he appeared at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday 25 June.

Two children in stable condition after assault in Havant

Residents in Havant are being reassured following a serious assault at the junction of Southleigh Road and Eastleigh Road yesterday afternoon.

Our neighbourhood teams will be out and about on extra patrols in the area across the weekend and we would like to emphasise that this is being treated as an isolated incident.

We were called at 2.56pm by a member of the public to a report of a serious assault involving a weapon. Police deployed immediately to the scene and a 43 year-old man of no fixed address was arrested. He has been taken into custody and detectives have commenced an investigation. He remains in custody at the current time and is being interviewed. A custody extension has been granted until the early hours of tomorrow morning (Sunday).

Two local children have been hurt and are being treated for injuries believed to have been caused by a knife.

Following clarification from the families we can confirm that a 13 year-old boy who was taken to Southampton General Hospital with life-threatening injuries, remains in hospital. His condition is now described as critical, but stable.

A 12 year-old boy who was initially taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital, at Cosham for treatment has now been moved to Southampton General Hospital. His condition is still described as serious, but stable.

"My thoughts go out to the children who have been hurt and their families. We're providing assistance to them at the current time and both children are being treated in hospital for their injuries.

"We'd like to reassure the local community that no-one else is being sought in connection with this assault at this time.

"Thankfully no-one else was hurt in the incident and there is no further risk to members of the public.

"Our enquiries indicate that a school in the local area had an inset day, so there were not large groups of parents and children in the area when the assault happened shortly before 3pm yesterday.

"A cordon remained in place overnight to preserve evidence. Local officers will also be patrolling across the weekend and will be speaking to local residents to keep them informed".

– Chief Inspector Patrick Holdaway

Police are currently speaking to witnesses and would like to talk to anyone who may have seen anything out of the ordinary in the area shortly before 3pm yesterday.

Please call 101 quoting Operation Narrow.

You can also call the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.

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