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Teenage GB sailor found dead in woods

A young sailor who recently represented Great Britain in a youth world championships has been found dead in a Hampshire woodland.

Undated British Sailing Team handout photo of Jessica Eales. Credit: Paul Wyeth/British Sailing Team/PA Wire

The body of Jessica Eales, 17, was discovered in Sway in the New Forest, Hampshire, last Thursday.

Her death is not being treated as suspicious and a file was being prepared for the coroner, a Hampshire Police spokeswoman said.

Jessica, from Lymington, recently represented Great Britain at the Isaf Youth Sailing World Championships in Tavira, Portugal, where she finished 11th.

Royal Yachting Association racing manager Mark Nicholls said: "She was a young sailor who showed promising talent which can now unfortunately never be fulfilled. Our thoughts are with the family and friends at this sad and difficult time."

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River Itchen diverted to protect Winchester

Flood relief workers have been loading sandbags into the River Itchen near Winchester in Hampshire in a bid to stem the rising water.

Altercation filmed outside MP Mike Hancock's house

ITV News has filmed an altercation outside the home of Liberal Democrat MP Mike Hancock, earlier today.

In a statement, a Hampshire police spokesman said: "A reporter received an injury to his nose during the incident.

"Police officers attended and are conducting an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

"A 37-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault, and is being taken into custody where he will be interviewed by officers today."

Mr Hancock was suspended from the party yesterday following a report on alleged sexual impropriety.

Police confirm arrest outside MP Mike Hancock's home

A man has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a television reporter outside the home of MP Mike Hancock, Hampshire police has said.

Police were called at 9.21am following reports of an altercation between members of the media and a man outside the property in Fareham, Hampshire.

The reported altercation took place outside the home of Liberal Democrat MP Mike Hancock

A Hampshire police spokesman said: "Police officers attended and are conducting an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

"A 37-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault, and is being taken into custody where he will be interviewed by officers today."

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Hancock's son involved in altercation with photographer

Mike Hancock was declining to come out of the family home in Portsmouth this morning to respond to allegations that he sexually assaulted a vulnerable constituent.

His adult son was not so reticent. He got into a fight with one of the waiting photographers, who was left with a bloodied nose.

Mr Hancock Jr has just been taken away by police for questioning.

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Dog rescued from 50 metres up a cliff face

A dog has been rescued after he became stuck 50 metres (164 feet) up a cliff face.

Tyler, a three-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier-cross, was rescued from 50 metres up a cliff face. Credit: Hampshire Fire And Rescue Service

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to Chalkpit Road in Portsmouth this morning after receiving a report that three-year-old Tyler, a Staffordshire bull terrier-cross, was in trouble.

Animal rescue specialist Busta Brown was able to reach Tyler and used a dog-catching pole around his neck to guide him down to safety.

Tyler appeared to take it all in his stride. Credit: Hampshire Fire And Rescue Service

"Tyler was recently rescued by his owners from an animal shelter where he was due to be put down. Tyler had another lucky escape after being rescued from the cliff face," a spokeswoman for the service said.

Widower 'shall be glad when it's all done and dusted'

A widower said he "shall be glad when it's all done and dusted" after a hotel reimbursed him for his 50th wedding anniversary party following his wife's death.

Eric Clifton booked a party at the Lysses House Hotel in Fareham to celebrate his golden wedding anniversary but the venue initially refused to return a £700 upfront payment when he had to cancel the event.

Colin Mercer, the owner of the hotel, reimbursed Mr Clifton today and agreed to make a donation to a cancer charity.

Nina Nannar reports:

Hotel owner shakes hands with widower

Colin Mercer (right), the owner of The Lysses House Hotel in Fareham, shakes hands with Eric Clifton. Credit: ITV News

Colin Mercer, the owner of The Lysses House Hotel in Fareham, shook hands with Eric Clifton after he agreed to reimburse the widower for an anniversary party after he was forced to cancel it because his wife died.

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Widower 'will return to hotel' after reimbursement

The entrance to Lysses House Hotel in Hampshire. Credit: Lysses House/Facebook

Bereaved widower Eric Clifton says he never thought he would ever set foot again in the hotel which refused him a refund on the deposit he paid for his Golden wedding anniversary party, cancelled after his wife died from cancer.

But now after the owner reimbursed him he says he will come back as it's a hotel with many happy memories for him and his late wife. Owner Patrick Mercer says sorry.

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