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  1. Health trust admits safety breach after patient's death
  2. Police 'may work with paedophile hunters' after an increase in the use of their evidence
  3. Slough MP criticises trial scheme aimed at cutting electoral fraud in the town
  4. Bronze sculptures remember Devon and Dorset's army regiments
  5. Updates from Monday 18 September

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  1. Winchester fire was in roof of council offices

    Hampshire County Council has confirmed the fire in the centre of Winchester broke out on the roof of its Three Minsters House premises.

    No-one was hurt in the fire which broke out at about 13:00, although road closures are likely to remain in place into the evening.

    Quote Message: The site houses mainly staff from our Property Services team, who were evacuated in line with normal procedures, and were able to move to alternative office spaces at our nearby headquarters building, for the rest of the working day. All staff are safe and accounted for. The building was undergoing refurbishment works at the time. At this stage, it’s too early to speculate on the cause of the fire or the extent of any damage. A full assessment will be carried out by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service in line with their usual procedures. from Roy Perry Leader, Winchester County Council
    Roy PerryLeader, Winchester County Council
    Winchester fire
  2. Self-defence killer in gun law breach


    A pensioner who shot and killed a man trying to break into his home has pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm without a certificate.

    Reuben Gregory, 72, fired a double-barrelled shotgun through a hole in the door of his caravan in woodland near Slough's Colnbrook Bypass on 12 June, Slough magistrates heard earlier.

    Wayne Digby, 48, was hit in the chest and died at the scene.

    Gregory will be sentenced at Reading Crown Court at a date yet to be set.

    He was initially held on suspicion of murder but the Crown Prosecution Service deemed he was acting in self-defence.

  3. Matt le Tissier starts Memory Walk

    Nearly 2,000 walkers gathered in Southampton at the weekend to raise money for research into dementia.

    The Alzheimer's Society is hoping the Memory Walks being held around the country, will raise £9m towards the cost of developing new treatments for the disease.

    Former Southampton FC midfielder Matt Le Tissier started the event in Southampton Common.

    memory Walk
    Quote Message: It really is a horrible condition - if we can do something to raise money to find a cure, that would be an amazing thing to do. from Matt le Tissier
    Matt le Tissier
  4. Ask Angela student safety campaign launched in Southampton

    Bars and nightclubs in Southampton have signed up to a campaign to help students who find themselves in trouble on a night out.

    The Ask Angela campaign has been launched by Southampton Solent University after proving successful elsewhere in the country.

    Someone in difficulty can ask bar staff for "Angela". Staff are trained to provide help, such as finding them a taxi or taking them to a safe space.

    Ask Angela
  5. Reading fans' 'smoke bomb on train' investigated

    The reported release of a smoke bomb by football fans on a train is being treated as a criminal offence, British Transport Police (BTP) has said.

    Footage appears to show Reading FC supporters chanting songs about the club and banging on the train carriage ceiling as it fills with smoke.

    Image caption: More than 1,600 Reading fans watched the 1-1 draw with Brentford at Griffin Park

    The incident occurred the day after a terrorist attack on a tube train in Parsons Green.

    A Reading FC spokesperson said the "irresponsible behaviour" was "entirely unacceptable".

  6. Fire in Winchester High Street under control

    Fifty firefighters have successfully brought a roof fire on Winchester's high street under control

    The blaze in the commercial premises, which was undergoing renovation work, broke out at about 13:00 BST.

    The occupants were evacuated from the building after fire alarms sounded.

    Hampshire Fire and Rescue group manager Nigel Cooper said the fire had been contained in the roof cavity.

    "The fire was extremely difficult to access in quite a large building. The building is covered in scaffolding and plastic sheeting.”

    The cause is not yet known.

    Road closures are likely to remain in place into the evening.

    Fire in Winchester
  7. E-fit issued over Netley Abbey indecent exposure

    Police have issued an e-fit image after reports of a man exposing himself to two 13-year-old girls in an alleyway in Netley Abbey, Hampshire.

    No physical contact was made and the girls left the area after the incident on the evening of 11 September.

    Hampshire police said they want to hear from anyone who saw a man aged about 20 wearing beige trousers, a grey hooded top, Adidas trainers and was on a white bike.

  8. Dorset residents sold to 'Slim Your Bins'

    Waste leaflet

    Dorset residents are being urged to reduce the amount they throw away and recycle in a bid to cut council costs.

    The Slim Your Bins campaign includes roadshows across the county, starting in Bridport on Thursday.

    The campaign's main message is:

    • Recycling your waste is good – if you need to bin it, can it be recycled?
    • But reusing it is better - do you need to throw it away, or can it be used for something else?
    • And reducing your waste is best – could you avoid buying it in the first place?
  9. Twin town mayors mark 60 years of friendship

    Parc de Saint-Cloud

    The mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead will host the deputy mayor of the borough's twin town of Saint-Cloud to celebrate 60 years of friendship.

    John Lenton will greet Domonique Lebrun of the Parisian suburb on Thursday at the start of a three-day trip by a delegation from France.

    The visit will include a concert and short cruise along the Thames and a celebratory dinner at the guildhall.

    Maidenhead and Saint-Cloud (pictured) were twinned in 1957. The Berkshire town is also twinned with Bad Godesberg in Germany and Fracsati in Italy.

    Windsor is twinned with Neuilly-sur-Seine in France and Goslar in Germany.

    The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead is twinned with Kortrijk in Belgium.

  10. Connor Sparrowhawk death should 'never have happened'

    Southern Health NHS Trust's barrister Paul Spencer has described the death of Connor Sparrowhawk as "deeply tragic" and said it should "never have happened".

    The teenager drowned in a bath at a Southern Health facility which later closed down.

    The trust was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) under Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 following its investigation into the death of a patient under its care.

  11. Health trust to be sentenced next month

    Southern Health NHS Trust is due to be sentenced on 12 October after admitting its guilt over the death of patient Connor Sparrowhawk.

    The trust pleaded guilty at Banbury Magistrates' Court to breaching health and safety law in the case of the 18-year-old who died at Slade House in Oxford in 2013.

  12. BreakingHealth trust admits safety breach after patient's death

    Connor Sparrowhawk

    An NHS trust has admitted guilt over the death of a patient who drowned in a bath while in its care.

    Southern Health trust breached health and safety law in the case of Connor Sparrowhawk, 18, at Slade House in Oxford in 2013.

    It was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive.

  13. Fire closes city's high street

    Fire has broken out on the third floor of a commercial premises in Winchester's High Street, forcing emergency services to close the road.

    Crews using breathing apparatus from four stations are tackling the blaze which broke out at about 13:00.

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  14. Power off in Wokingham

    Much of the RG40 and RG41 postcode is without power this afternoon.