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Motorcyclist flown to hospital after M3 crash

A motorcyclist has been taken to hospital by air ambulance after a crash on the M3.

Police officers were called to the southbound stretch of the motorway just past junction 4a, near to the Fleet services.

Drivers are advised to avoid the area.


M3 southbound reopened after major petrol station fire

The fire took hold after 10.30pm last night Credit: Rushmoor Fire Station
The area has been cordoned off for firecrews to damp down

All lanes of the M3 southbound have been reopened after the overnight fire at Fleet Service station. Fire crews remain at the scene damping down. However the service station area and the fuel station remain closed.

Group Commander Brian Rudman from Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service said crews would remain at the scene for much of the day.

More firefighters sent to tackle Fleet petrol station fire

More than 50 firefighters spent the night fighting the flames Credit: Rushmoor Fire Station

A second round of relief fire crews have been sent to Fleet Services off the M3 in Hampshire following a major blaze last night. More than 50 firefighters were at the scene at the height of the fire.

At present one lane of the M3 southbound is closed between Junction 4a for Fleet and Junction 5 for Hook.

The Fleet service station area remains closed and there is slow traffic in the area. The fire broke out in the service station's food court at around 10.30pm last night.

The fire is under control and firefighters are damping down the area damaged by the blaze to make it safe.

The blaze has destroyed part of the service station Credit: Rushmoor Fire station

"You won't destroy our Christmas" - the vow after a Hampshire church is devastated by arson

Six months after a church in Hampshire was devastated by arson, parishioners have vowed to go ahead with Christmas. People living in Fleet were left in shock when an arsonist set fire to All Saints Church in June. Help to rebuilt the 150 year old church has come from across the world - and residents have rallied round in time for the festive season. Mary Stanley reports.

Teenage skier gets England call-up

A thirteen year old boy from Fleet has been picked to ski for England, in the chance of a lifetime. Toby Case, who trains in Aldershot and at the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead, will join the Under 14's squad, and is now aiming to compete at a future Winter Olympics. He's being supported by his proud parents, and encouraged by Snowsport England. Cary Johnston reports.


Plans revealed for multi-million pound sports centre

A new gym, swimming pools and a number of sports pitches will feature in a new £23 million development in Fleet.

An image showing what the leisure centre will look like

Hart District Council has approved a new flagship leisure centre, which will be built opposite the current complex on Hitches Lane.

Hart councillors unanimously agreed the new centre should be built during its latest full council meeting.

What the leisure centre will look like from above

I am pleased the council has agreed to go ahead and build the new leisure centre.

I look forward to working with our new partners in delivering this outstanding new facility for the people of Hart.

– Cllr Ken Crookes, Hart District Council

Building work is expected to start next month, and developers hope it will be completed by March 2017.

Station upgrade work to begin

The vision for what the new Fleet Station will look like Credit: South West Trains

Plans to rennovate a train station in Hampshire will begin today. Eight point eight million pound is being invested into Fleet railway station.

The vision for what the new Fleet Station will look like Credit: South West Trains

The scheme aims to build a new forecourt, extra bike spaces and CCTV cameras.

It's being delivered by South West Trains and the Department for Transport.

Woman given ASBO for behaving badly

Sarah Louise Gatrell has received an ASBO Credit: Hampshire Police

A woman has been given an ASBO for behaving badly in her local community.

Sarah Louise Gatrell received the order after being convicted in February for possessing Class B drugs and breaching a community order.

The two-year order bans the 45-year-old from acting in an anti-social manner anywhere within the boundary of Fleet and Church Crookham and not to enter the area around Falconer Road, Chertsey Street, East Hundreds, Elphage Road, Giffard Lane.

PC Noel Griffiths from Hart Neighbourhood Policing Team said: ”Sarah’s actions have caused significant anxiety to residents in Fleet for a considerable period of time.

“We, with our partners, had made many efforts to work with Sarah to help her to address her behaviour and actions however she unfortunately continued to act in a manner which was not acceptable to the local community.

“The order is designed to tackle her anti-social behaviour and provides the police with the power to arrest if she breaches the order.

“This order gives a clear message that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and shows our commitment to reducing anti-social behaviour and crime in our local community

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