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Respite centre closures would be 'disastrous' say families

The future of Merrydale is in doubt Credit: Hampshire County Council

Two overnight respite centres for children with disabilities are facing an uncertain future.

A public consultation on the Merrydale Centre near Winchester, and Aldershot's Sunbeams Centre, closes on Monday.

Hampshire County Council is considering closing the homes as part of a 're-design' of respite care in the face of national austerity.

But parents say losing the 'vital lifeline' would be a disaster for them, and ultimately be more costly to taxpayers.

Rachel Hepworth reports:

Rachel spoke to Dan Spencer from Horton Heath, father of 14 year old Molly, and Niki Bloxsidge from Chandler's Ford, mother of 11 year old Ella.

  • To register your views on the consultation process click here

Thousands of homes without power after 'fault'

Credit: ITV News

Thousands of homes are without power this morning after a 'fault' affecting areas in Oxfordshire, Hampshire and Berkshire.

Scottish and Southern Energy say most of the 3,800 homes affected will be reconnected by 11am.

Below is a list of the affected areas:

  • Aldershot - 150 properties
  • Portsmouth - 56 properties
  • Oxfordshire - 1,600 properties
  • Poole - 84 properties
  • New Forest - 1,900 properties

For information about what to do in a power cut click here.

Appeal for dash cam footage as search for Baby M's mother continues

Police officers in Aldershot - searching for the mother of a baby found dead in a park - are asking motorists in Aldershot to check their dash cam footage.

The body of Baby M was found in Manor Park on Friday afternoon (19th May).

Officers are keen to find her mother to ensure she gets the urgent medical attention she needs.

They believe Baby M may have been left in the park sometime between the evening of Sunday 14th May and Tuesday 16th May.

...we are asking motorists who drove along High Street, Aldershot, between 4pm on Sunday, May 14 and any time on Tuesday, May 16, to check any dash cam footage they may have from that time.

We believe Baby M was left in the park between these times, so we would like any motorists who drove along High Street to go back through any footage they may have to see if they notice anything that could help us.

Did you capture any footage of anyone in a distressed state, walking uncomfortably, or squatting or leaning against the trees opposite Kwik Fit? Is there anything on there that appears out of place or unusual?

If so, please contact us and give up your footage, it could make a significant difference to our enquiries and could help us to ensure the mother of Baby M gets medical treatment.”

– Chief Inspector Debbie Brooks


Mystery after body of newborn baby girl found in park

Floral tributes to the child who has been named

It was revealed today that the body of a baby, found in a park in Aldershot four days ago, was a girl.

The emergency services were called to Manor Park on Friday afternoon after the newborn baby was discovered in some bushes. Detectives are still appealing for the mother to come forward. It is thought that she may need urgent medical treatment. Richard Jones reports.

The report contains some pictures from Eagle Radio and an interview with Alison Shepherd from Hope Church.

Appeal for mother as newborn baby's body found in park

The body of a newborn baby has been found in a park in Aldershot.

The baby was found in bushes in Manor Park at 1.30pm on Friday.

Hampshire Police said it is unclear how long the baby's body has been at the park and is appealing for the mother of the child to come forward.

I am extremely concerned about the welfare of the mother of this baby and I want to make sure that she is getting the help and support she needs.

I am making a direct appeal to her to get in touch with us.

I know that this must be a very distressing time for you, but I want to make sure you are getting the right help and care.

I understand that you are frightened but it is really important that you get the help you need. Our priority right now is to ensure that you get the care and any medical attention that you need.

If anyone has a friend or family member who they have concerns about, I would stress our immediate priority is to ensure the well-being and safety of this baby's mother, so please contact us.

I would also appeal to any healthcare workers who may have some information that may help us to get in touch."

– Detective Superintendent Darren Rawlings

It is not yet known how old the baby is, nor its gender.

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