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M25 re-opened after fatal collision

The M25 has now re-opened but witnesses are being sought Credit: PA

The M25 anti-clockwise has re-opened following a fatal collision in which a female pedestrian was killed.

The carriageway was closed between Junction 14 at Heathrow Airport to Junction 12 at Chertsey while accident investigators carried out work.

The woman, who was in her 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The male driver of a black Volkswagen Golf, which was found nearby, has been arrested on suspicion of failing to stop following an injury road traffic collision and providing a positive breath test. He remains in custody and will be interviewed later today.

Shortly after the fatal collision, a second collision took place between Junctions 13 and 14 of the M25.

An officer in a police vehicle had put traffic control measures in place in response to the fatal collision when the second collision, involving a white minibus, a black Range Rover, a silver Vauxhall Meriva and a bronze Honda CRV, took place.

The driver of the minibus, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, was taken to St George's Hospital in Tooting with a serious leg injury and is expected to undergo surgery later today. The driver of the Range Rover was taken to St Peter's Hospital in Chertsey with a suspected neck injury.

Police are appealing for anyone who saw the female pedestrian walking in the area or along the motorway prior to the collision, or anyone who witnessed either of the collisions, to contact the Collision Investigation Unit straightaway on 01483 632299

M25 closed after woman killed while walking along carriageway

Surrey Police is investigating Credit: ITV Meridian

Surrey Police is appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision on the M25 earlier this morning

A woman was walking along the motorway around 2-50am near the slip road at Junction 13 at Staines-upon-Thames when she is believed to have been hit by a vehicle.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The M25 is closed anti-clockwise from Junction 14 at Heathrow Airport to Junction 12 at Chertsey and is likely to remain so for some time while emergency services deal with the incident. Motorists are asked to avoid the area and to find an alternative route.

Police are appealing for witnesses to contact them straightaway on 101


Can you help identify this lady, found in a confused state?

Anyone who can identify the lady is asked to contact Dorset Police on 101 Credit: Dorset Police

Police in Bournemouth are appealing for help to identify this woman who has been found confused in the town.

At 5.49pm this evening, (Friday) a woman walked into the Royal Bournemouth Hospital on Castle Lane East in a confused state.

She is described as aged between 70 and 80 years old, five feet four inches tall, with grey hair and was wearing black jogging bottoms, a cream fleece, black shoes and was carrying a purse which contained money but no identification documents.

“At this time we do not know who this woman is or where she or her family live.

“The woman is confused but otherwise in good spirits. She believes she may have been walking for a long time. She knows she takes medication but she cannot remember who gives them to her.

– Chief Inspector Guy Shimmons, Dorset Police

Anyone who may know this woman or has information that may help get her safely home are asked to contact Dorset Police on 101.

Paris reaction: the cartoonists who defend their artistic freedom

The horrific events being played out in Paris following the terror attacks at the offices of the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, have led to a fierce defence of the artistic freedom and comic liberty of journalists and cartoonists.

The reaction is being watched with special interest at the British Cartoon Archive - a national collection of cartoons spanning centuries. Derek Johnson spoke to its curator - and to one of Britain's most controversial cartoonists, Brighton-based Steve Bell.

VIDEO : Family and friends pay respects at 8th Duke of Wellington's funeral

A private family funeral has taken place for the 8th Duke of Wellington, Arthur Valerian Wellesley, who died on New Year's Eve at the family estate near Basingstoke.

Descended from the 1st Duke of Wellington who defeated Napolean at Waterloo, the 8th Duke was 99. He died peacefully at the Stratfield Saye estate, surrounded by family, six months before the 200th anniversary of the famous battle.

He is succeeded by Arthur Charles Valerian Wellesley, 69, who becomes the 9th Duke of Wellington.

The private funeral took place at the estate chapel, attended by family, close friends and estate workers.

Rachel Hepworth reports - she spoke to the Reverend Peter Hewlett-Smith, a long-standing friend of the Duke who conducted the service.

Legendary folk singer toasted with special beer on 100th anniversary of his birth

Bob Copper from the village of Rottingdean in Sussex was one of the leading folk singers in the country.

Now, a special beer has been launched by Harveys Brewery in Lewes to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Other members of the Copper family carry on the tradition of singing, and were there to see the commemorative beer being made.

Lauren Hampshire spoke to Bob's son John, and Head Brewer Miles Jenner.


Bramble Bank is a well-known hazard to shipping, and an unlikely venue for sport!

Despite being well documented and clearly marked on charts it has claimed some notable casualties over the years, including the Queen Elizabeth 2. But when low tides allow, it's also a venue for an unusual cricket match. Malcolm Shaw spoke to Mark Tomson of the Royal Southern Yacht Club.

Salvage operation underway to free grounded ship

A major operation is under way tonight to free a car transporter ship which ran aground in the Solent.

Twenty-five crew members had to be rescued from the Hoegh Osaka, which was heading out of Southampton water when it ran onto the Bramble Bank sandbank in The Solent yesterday evening.

Richard Slee reports

Maritime expert speculates on why ship ran aground

The Hoegh Osaka remains grounded on Bramble Bank in The Solent

The Southampton-based Oceanographer Dr Simon Boxall has been talking to ITV Meridian about the car transporter ship that ran aground on Bramble Bank in The Solent as it was leaving Southampton. The vessel 'Hoegh Osaka' remains on its side.

A maritime expert, Dr Boxall, speculates that the ship may have been grounded on purpose because of a problem with the ship. The Hoegh Osaka's owners will be holding a press conference with more information later.

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