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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.

At the time Isla's family issued a statement saying she was "a loving and caring" daughter who "would have made an amazing big sister".

A lorry and seven cars were involved in the accident, which closed the northbound carriageway for almost 10 hours.

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.


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

Police promise "robust" reviews of Robert Trigg case

Sussex Police says it's commissioned three reviews into way it handled the case of killer Robert Trigg.

The 52 year old is beginning a life sentence for the murder of one of his former partners and the manslaughter of another.

Trigg was convicted only after the family of Susan Nicholson launched their own investigation.

They say they want a truly independent review of what went wrong, as Malcolm Shaw reports.

Veteran remembers the Battle of Britain's fallen

Wing Commander Paul Farnes at The Wing on Sunday Credit: ITV News Meridian

It is more than three quarters of a century since the RAF took on the might of the Luftwaffe in the skies over Dover.

But time has not diminished the significance of that battle nor the desire of recent generations to pay homage to those who did so much to keep our island free.

At the weekend, once again, crowds gathered to pay respects to those who took part in the Battle of Britain.

From Capel le Ferne, Jenna Verdicchio reports.

Jenna spoke to Richard Hunting, Chairman of the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust and Bridie Wakeford, Cadet Warrant Officer.


Tower block residents praised by fire chief

Residents have been praised for their actions after a high-rise blaze on the top floor of a Southampton tower block.

The blaze was caused by a wok containing oil being left on the hob unattended on the 15th-floor of Albion Towers.

Fire chief Tom Simms said the stay put policy and the way people followed the emergency plan helped ensure their safety and enabled crews to tackle the fire.

Fifty firefighters with specialist support vehicles, including an Aerial Ladder Platform, tackled the fire and helped people to safety

A small number of people from the top floor left the block assisted by firefighters in accordance with the emergency plan, but they are now back in their homes.

Albion Towers where fire broke out Credit: Hampshire fire and rescue

I would like to commend the actions of the residents who did exactly the right thing, stayed calm and followed the stay put emergency plan put in place by the building owner.

Their actions really helped us to fight this fire quickly and effectively and the stay put policy worked exactly as it should. This shows how important it is to make sure you know the emergency plan of your building.

Both the fire and the building behaved as we expected.

I would also like to thank the crews involved for their hard work, dedication and professionalism in dealing with this incident and keeping residents safe.

– Fire chief Tom Simms

Neighbours heard the smoke alarms sound and looked through the letterbox of the flat on fire. They then called 999.

Albion Towers is currently in the process of having a sprinkler system retro-fitted to give residents an extra level of protection.

Other tower blocks owned by Southampton City Council are also due to have systems installed.

Stalking victims not given enough protection by police

Now, they live in fear, are forced to move homes or jobs, and face menacing threats.Yet people who've been stalked or harassed are still being let down by the police and the Crown Prosecution Service.

Those are the findings of a new report after six police forces were inspected, including Hampshire and Sussex. It follows several high profile cases - including that of teenager Shana Grice from Brighton, who was murdered by a stalker.

For information about the help available to victims of domestic abuse, visit Refuge's website

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