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Man jailed after 'horrific assault' on 2 young women

Karl Frederick Gates has been jailed for attacking two women and taking a car Credit: Hampshire Police

A man who took a car without the owner's permission, and then later assaulted her and a friend of hers has been sentenced to six and a half years in jail.

Karl Frederick Gates, aged 26, took the vehicle from Cold Harbour Farm in Emsworth on the morning of Sunday 12th February 2017. Gates pleaded guilty to three offences:

  • Taking a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent
  • Section 18 – wounding with intent
  • Assaulting a person thereby occasioning them actual bodily harm

The Hampshire police officer in the case, Detective Constable Lucia Davies said it had been a particularly horrific assault against two young women, both of whom were 24-years-old.

“Thankfully it was an isolated incident, however one victim has sustained some scarring, which will be a constant reminder of the assault.​​​​​​

​​​​​“I would like to take this opportunity to thank members of the community who provided us with information as to Gates’ whereabouts and also to the victims and their families for the courage that they have shown since this assault.

“I hope today’s sentence and Gates’ admission of guilt provides the victims with some comfort and that it will help to put the incident behind them.”

– Detective Constable Lucia Davies, Hampshire Constabulary

Emsworth Dragon Boat Race cancelled

Regretfully due to the unavoidable last minute withdrawal of a number of teams that had entered, the Emsworth Business Association are faced with no alternative but to cancel the Emsworth's Dragon Boat Event that was due to be held on Sunday 17th August 2014 on the Millpond. A lot of hard work and organisation has gone into bringing this event back to Emsworth, so to cancel at this late stage is extremely disappointing. The Emsworth Business Association would like to take the opportunity to say a particular thank you to Fat Face & The Southdowns Water Co. who very kindly provided sponsorship for the event The Emsworth Slipper Sailing Club for hosting and the support of Havant Borough Council.


Car 100% destroyed by fire after crashing into building

The burnt out car that crashed into Emsworth Sailing Club Credit: Hampshire Fire

This is what is left of a car that crashed into a Hampshire sailing club and caught fire, setting the build alight too.

The male driver was out of the vehicle when fire crews arrived and was being dealt with by South Central Ambulance Service.

Firefighters used 16 sets of breathing apparatus, two hose reels and two jets to bring the blaze under control.

The car was 100% damaged and the building was approximately 30% damaged by the fire.

Car crashes into sailing club, setting building on fire

A car has crashed into a Hampshire sailing club, setting the building alight Credit: Sarah Jane Walker

Hampshire Fire crews are dealing with a fire at Emsworth sailing club after a car crashed into the building.

Fire crews were called to the incident at 6:36am.

A man was pulled from the vehicle before the fire from the car set the sailing club building alight.

He is now in the care of the ambulance service.

Crews from Emsworth, Havant, Horndean and Hayling Island are at the scene, with a special equipment unit from Cosham and a water carrier from Eastleigh also in attendance.

Havant borough council flood update

A high tide and storm conditions have led to limited flooding in Emsworth, Langstone and Hayling Island.

The flooding caused some damage to the slipway at Langstone, which will be assessed, along with the rest of the foreshore, once the weather allows.

There is more bad weather expected this weekend and Havant Borough Council will have staff on stand-by to assist if required.

Residents are asked to stay safe during this time and not visit areas where flooding is expected. There is a risk of being swept away by rough seas or flood water.

If anyone sees flooding near electricity substations in residential areas they are asked to report it to Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) on 0800 072 72 82.


Appeal for man following Casino assault

A 35-year-old man was assaulted by another man in the Grosvenor Casino in Gunwharf Quays.

Police are appealing for the man in the CCTV image to speak to them in connection with the assault that happened on Sunday 6th October 2013.

Police have released this CCTV image of a man they wish to speak to about the assault Credit: Hampshire Police

The victim from Emsworth received facial injuries but they were not life-threatening.

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Olympic rower receives Army medal for tour of duty

The Olympic champion Heather Stanning, who won the first gold medal for Great Britain at London 2012 - today received a medal of a different kind.

Captain Stanning was presented with an operational medal at her barracks in Thorney Island in Sussex. It follows a six month tour - in Afghanistan.

The army officer and her team mate Helen Glover, won Team GB’s first Gold Medal at the London 2012 games in the rowing women’s pair.

The Royal Artillery officer told our reporter Sally Simmonds - she now has her heart set on a second gold - in Rio.

Olympic champion presented with army medal

Captain Heather Stanning has just returned from Afghanistan Credit: MOD

Olympic Gold Medallist Captain Heather Stanning has returned from Helmand Province after a 6 month tour as part of the British military’s force in Afghanistan. Army Officer Heather, and her team mate Helen Glover, won Team GB’s first Gold Medal at the London 2012 games in the rowing women’s pair.

A new medal for Olympic champion Heather Credit: MOD

Following her Olympic success Capt Stanning returned to her career with the Royal Artillery. After completing intensive pre-deployment training and specialist training working with the Royal Artillery’s Unmanned Air Systems, her chosen specialisation, she deployed to Afghanistan in April this year.

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