Dave Williams and Lucy Davies present essential local information for Petersfield and the villages, on the day that two Petersfield men are starting long jail sentences for an attempted murder in our town.
Also – is that a masked superhero out there to save Christmas? No it’s Dave in the queue for Waitrose.
Just a reminder that we’re running Doorstep Carols again tomorrow (Christmas Eve) because of popular demand and the fact that you can never have too many carols at Christmas.
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Two men from Petersfield are starting long spells in jail today after being sentenced for an attempted murder in our town.
Kate Fairweather reports:
In November, Shaun Hanson of Fern Close and Anthony Seymour of Rival Moor Road were both found guilty by jury in the Crown Court.
Their offence took place on Durford Road back in May. Their victim suffered multiple stab wounds for which he needed hospital treatment. He only managed to escape his attackers by pushing a door into them.
Yesterday, her honour judge Miller at Winchester Crown Court jailed Hanson for twenty one years in jail and Seymour for twenty two years.
Sentencing, the judge said “You both went to the flat of a vulnerable alcoholic armed with large knives and an agreement made with each other. It is a miracle he did not die.”
She described the incident as a “breathtakingly appalling attack” with the “full intent to kill” the victim.
Detective Constable Andy Jones said: “We are pleased with this result, and I hope this brings the victim closure. “Hanson and Seymour committed an extreme act of violence when they subjected the victim to this attack, and the fast actions of the victim and the emergency services undoubtedly saved his life.”The policeman paid tribute to the witnesses who came forward, and to the investigation team that carried out what he called a complex investigation to bring this case to justice.
Philp Shore, of the Petersfield Neighbourhood Police said he understand that incidents such as these cause anxiety and upset in the community, but called it an isolated attack.
He said he hopes the outcome of the court case will reassure people in Petersfield that the police takes incidents of violence very seriously
Support is available to help secure yourself against online fraud
The Neighbourhood Watch scheme has teamed up with Hampshire Constabulary to provide help to protect the public against cyber crime.
With online shopping and banking becoming more widely used in the current climate, East Hampshire Constabulary have also seen an increase in the number of reports of crime and fraud being made to their Cyber Crime Unit.
In response to this a new team of volunteers have been drafted to educate and support the general public about the ways they can fall victim to cyber criminals.
Alan Cosh reports…
The new Cyber Champions are specially trained to support the public with cyber crime related queries and can help with:
Advice on improving the security of your devices, applications or software
Group talks to raise awareness of cyber scams and ways to stay safe online
Providing one to one support if you receive suspicious communications or if you believe you have been a victim of cyber crime
Advice on possible scams and reporting procedures.
The service is free of charge and available to anyone, over the age of 13 living in Hampshire. For more information or to speak with a Cyber Champion, visit hampshirecyberwatch.org
The River Meon and its wildlife face a brighter future thanks to a community-wide effort to return it to good health.
That’s according to the Meon Valley Partnership that says it is marking key achievements since its formation a decade ago. It is offering simple steps for the public to keep the river a thriving oasis for wildlife.
The Meon, which runs from its source at East Meon to Titchfield Haven Nature Reserve and then into the Solent, is an internationally-important chalk stream and one of only 200 of its kind in the world.
The MVP was formed in 2008 to help introduce projects to restore the waterway to good health as a functioning river and ecosystem. Decades of pollution, modification and invasive species had taken its toll on the river and reduced its biodiversity.
Laura Shepperd has more
Over the last decade the MVP says it has: Re-introduced Water Voles – an important species of river habitat that recorded as locally extinct in 2003, but has now been returned to 30 locations along the river. Over six years, a total of 2,833 water voles were released along the stretch of the river.
Helped otters to return – by working with landowners, improved water quality and river restoration has seen otters return naturally to the Meon. There are now thought to be three breeding females.
Restored natural features of the river – by creating places for fish and insects to hide from predators, as well as improving river banks with native plants, overall biodiversity along the Meon has been improved.
Monitored wildlife – Invertebrates provide the essential component to river ecology and numbers act as indicators to the health of the river. The river is now surveyed monthly by 27 volunteers at 23 locations.
Encouraged people to care for the river – There have been 15 community talks and eight school activity days where local children could help with releasing water voles.
Elaina Whittaker-Slark, who works from the SDNPA’s base in Droxford, near Fareham, and is Lead Ranger for the Western Downs, said: “The River Meon is a very rare and important habitat indeed. The chalk geology and sunny climate produce the perfect conditions for an abundance of aquatic invertebrates, as well as a large variety of plants.
There are only two days left to visit the Queen Elizabeth Country Park for its Christmas themed ‘Countryside Adventure’, which closes tomorrow.
You can join elves Thistle and Oak for a festive family walk and try to find their missing presents. Walkers will receive a trail pack which includes a booklet, stickers, pencils, and a Christmas decoration to take home, and there will be lots of fun activities to enjoy along the way. Find the panels among the trees to solve the clues, work out the answers and save Christmas
Tickets are £5 and to book head to the Queen Elizabeth Country Park website. https://www.hants.gov.uk/thingstodo/countryside/christmas
Know your bin collections over the festive period
As is the norm over the Christmas period, East Hampshire District COuncil have issued a revised bin collection schedule. The following applies for the collection of rubbish, recycling and glass:
Most collections will move to the following day with the exceptions being collections which would ordinarily be scheduled on a Friday which will be moved to the following Monday. So if your usual schedule suggests you would have a collection on December 25th or January 1st, these will move to December 28th and January 4th respectively.
Garden waste and bulky waste collections will be suspended between December 28th and January 8th. For more information visit easthants.gov.uk/bin-collections