Two Petersfield men charged with attempted murder

Two men have been charged with attempted murder following an incident in Petersfield in the early hours of 20 May, Hampshire Constabulary has confirmed.

Shaun Hanson, 49, of Fern Close, Petersfield, and Anthony Seymour, 22, of Rival Moor Road, Petersfield, will both appear before Basingstoke Magistrates Court today.

The victim, a man in his 30s, also from Petersfield, sustained a number of wounds during the incident, which occurred at a property in Durford Road, but he remains stable in hospital.

If you have any information about this incident, please call 101 and quote Operation Sash.

Man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

A 49-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following an incident at an address in Durford Road, Petersfield, overnight.

A man in his 30s was taken to hospital after sustaining a number of wounds in the incident which occurred in the early hours of Wednesday, 20 May. His condition is described as stable.

Hampshire Constabulary officers are in the area carrying out house-to-house enquiries. Please don’t hesitate to speak to them if you have any concerns.

If you have any information about this incident, please call 101 and quote reference 44200178220.

TPS needs your old laptops, Chromebooks and iPads

Petersfield’s largest school, The Petersfield School wants local people to donate unused portable computers to help children get online and study during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Ready for your digital donations in Tesco

If you have an unused iPad, Chromebook or laptop computer you can drop it off at Tesco on the Causeway.

A similar scheme is operated in Liphook for Bohunt School which shares management with TPS.

During the pandemic, children at home are able to continue learning remotely, but only if they can connect. The school has partnered with external organisations to ensure student get strong support with their digital learning.

The school says 12% of UK households do not have a computer but that many people have unused devices lying around the house.

Head teacher Mark Marande told Petersfield Community Radio:

I want to reassure parents that a laptop is not a prerequisite for accessing our remote learning package.  It can be done via a tablet or even a smart phone.  However, we do recognise that access to digital technology might be a challenge for some families, especially if parents are also working from home and if schools have to remain shut for an extended period of time. Therefore today across the Bohunt Education Trust we are launching a ‘donation of unused devices to support education’ drive. 

Mark Marande, Head Teacher, The Petersfield School

All donated devices will be provided to local families with children at school so that they can get online and connect to their teachers.

Devices in demand

  • iPad 3s or higher
  • Chromebooks
  • Laptops capable of running Windows 7 or higher

It is important that any donated devices are:

  • Cleaned/disinfected, using ethyl or isopropyl alcohol on a soft cloth (follow manufacturers’ recommendations)
  • In full working order, with working leads and power adapters for laptops and Chromebooks (not essential for iPads), and completely reset.

Wipe it before you donate

Sheet Support Network for Coronavirus

People in Sheet have started a community support network for people who need help during the Coronavirus outbreak.

If you’re in the area and need help over the coming months because of illness or self-isolation, the village has a group of volunteers to assist with daily tasks.

The group says it is willing to do shopping, medicine collection and dog walking as well as other tasks asked of it by local residents.

To take advantage of this group, or to volunteer yourself, you can contact the Parish Clerk Jenny Hollington on Petersfield (01730) 264 336 or by mobile 07900 028 619.

Pylon fire at Heath Farm

Several Petersfield businesses sent their staff home for the day after this dramatic electrical fire cut off their power supply.

Electricity pylon on fire in Petersfield
Electricity pole on fire in Petersfield

Flames and smoke poured from the wooden pole which was left charred by the fire at Heath Farm. It is one of a string of poles that carry live cables across the site to homes and businesses that operate on the site.

Two fire appliances and electrical safety specialists attended. SSE staff were scrambled from their local base on Bedford Road.

Emergency services deal with the blazing pole

The businesses affected all operate at the farm and include the global headquarters of online recommendations service Feefo and the PR and marketing agency Azalea.

Around one hundred Feefo staff have been sent to work from home while some company operations have transferred to their smaller London office. Other businesses on the site have also closed for the day and have invoked their contingency plans.

A total of six businesses and homes have been affected, according to SSE Networks which operates the power infrastructure in Petersfield.

The first reports of the fire came from Hampshire Fire Service and local workers at 9.15am. SSE staff were on site within fifteen minutes to isolate the pole.

SSE says it is not uncommon for fires to occur on electricity poles. Sometimes they can be caused by birds hitting the wires or by lightning.

Engineers from SSE Networks inspect the charred structure

Petersfield Town and EHDC councillor Jamie Matthews, a technical infrastructure specialist, suggested on social media that ice causing a short circuit could be to blame.

SSE says they won’t know until their detailed inspection which must wait until engineers can take the pole down but there there is no evidence of any lightning in the Petersfield area at the time.

SSE apologies for any inconvenience to customers and says its teams are working to restore the power as quickly as possible. They managed to restore power before their target time of 4pm.

Big dig

Today’s fire comes just weeks before a major electricity infrastructure upgrade starts in the Petersfield area.

The project will place new high voltage cables under several streets in the town and remove overhead cables on a route from Petersfield to Fernhurst.

SSE Networks is running two public consultation events where local people can look at the plans and raise concerns.

Event in Milland on 19 February

Event in Liss on 24 February

Parts of Rake also off

A second power cut was reported at 9.07am this morning affecting premises in Rake. SSE confirms the two incidents are not connected.

How to report a power cut

There’s a dedicated shortcode you can dial if you suffer a power cut or witness damage to any electrical distribution infrastructure like this fire.

The number is 1 0 5 and it works from mobiles and landlines alike.

Passengers report burning and smoke on a train at Petersfield

Emergency services on platform 1

Emergency crews from the fire service and police attended Petersfield railway station today after passengers reported a fire on board a Northbound train.

South Western Railway staff stopped and evacuated the ten-carriage train at Petersfield after passengers noticed smoke and a smell of burning in the fifth carriage.

Fire crew members told us that nobody was hurt.

We spoke to these eyewitnesses and passengers affected by the incident.

The train on which the fire was reported is one of the recently-refurbished “Class 442” units which are 30-years old. They entered service on the London Waterloo to Portsmouth line this month.

The affected service was the 10.15 from Portsmouth Harbour to London Waterloo.

It arrived into Petersfield just one minute behind schedule at 10.48 but didn’t leave the station until 12.51 when it was driven to Haslemere. The onward service to London was then cancelled.

Portsmouth News journalist Tom Cottterill was in Petersfield when the train was evacuated

Control point in the car park

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service deployed four vehicles including three fire engines and established a control point for the incident in the car park off Frenchmans Road. We counted 18 fire service staff at the railway station.

South Western Railway organised replacement buses to take passengers to their destinations. Some trains started to run after one o’clock but delays and cancellations continued to show on the station boards into the afternoon.

Eyewitness tells of smoke and smell

Sarah was one of scores of passengers on the train who were caught up in the drama. The disruption meant Sarah had to reschedule a hospital appointment. She told Petersfield Community Radio what happened to her.

I was on the carriage in front of where it happened and apparently it filled with smoke and there was a smell. Most people left the train because of an electric fire smell. Then we were all told to get off, and all told to steer clear of the train and then we were all told to evacuate the platform.

What could have caused it?

We know Fire and Rescue Service personnel used heat-detecting equipment to identify an overheating brake. The brake would have caused a lot of firey smoke and heat but nobody has reported seeing flames.

Railway experts who have spoken to Petersfield Community Radio suggest that the brakes in the fifth carriage could have been locked because of a fault or even human error. We understand this train was in for overnight maintenance last night.

While modern trains will alert the driver to a locked or “dragging” brake, our experts say the only indication a driver would have of such a fault on these older ‘442’ units would be if they could feel the train not pulling properly, or if somebody raised the alarm.

Another bad day for train users

In addition to the fire scare in Petersfield, a piece of railway track was damaged between Rowlands Castle and Petersfield today. This meant that trains had to travel through that area Northbound as slow as 5 miles per hour at one time.

There is no suggestion of any connection between the damaged rail and the overheating brakes that caused today’s evacuation.

Three fire engines were in the station car park
Railway workers closed the line in both directions

Family and friends raise urgent funds for Wendy

The Wilson family joined the Petersfield Post‘s Jon Walker, left, to discuss their fundraising

Petersfield mother of two Wendy Wilson, 54, was told just before Christmas that she needed urgent, expensive treatment on a tumour.

Her family and friends needed to raise £60,000 in just three weeks. 

Wendy, husband Grant, and daughter Mollie joined the Petersfield Post‘s Jon Walker, at a recording of the P pod, to discuss their fundraising efforts.

To donate to the appeal visit the GoFundMe page.

Don’t forget the bins!

East Hampshire residents are being reminded to check their bin collection calendar for changes over the Christmas and new year period.

The changes will affect collections over a three-and-a-half-week period from Christmas Day.

Collection calendars that began at the start of collections by Norse South East (on Monday 30 September 2019) include the changes.

Residents who do not have a calendar can find it by searching for their address in the council’s ‘where I live’ section. 

More information is available on the council website.

Louise campaigns in memory of her father

Louise is pictured with her late father, in happier times

Last month saw the launch, in London, of a pressure group called the ‘5FU Test Alliance’.

Petersfield resident Louise Brown is heavily involved in this campaign after losing her father two-and-a-half years ago following the prescription of the chemotherapy drug 5FU.

Louise popped along to a recording of the P pod and discussed the campaign with presenter Joff Lacey.

For further information visit 5futestalliance.org, or follow the group on Twitter at @5futestalliance.

Damien Hinds, Conservative, answers your questions

Damien Hinds

Petersfield Community Radio asked all six candidates in the East Hampshire constituency to answer some questions suggested by P pod listeners.

Unfortunately, Eddie Trotter, the Justice & Anti-Corruption Party candidate, has been ill and unable to meet with us.

However, five candidates did join us and we posed the same six questions you suggested to each of them.

The interviews were carried out by P pod volunteers Alan Cosh and Dave Bowers.

Here is the interview with the Conservative candidate, Damien Hinds.

Gaynor Austin, Labour, answers your questions

Gaynor Austin

Petersfield Community Radio asked all six candidates in the East Hampshire constituency to answer some questions suggested by P pod listeners.

Unfortunately, Eddie Trotter, the Justice & Anti-Corruption Party candidate, has been ill and unable to meet with us.

However, five candidates did join us and we posed the same six questions you suggested to each of them.

The interviews were carried out by P pod volunteers Alan Cosh and Dave Bowers.

Here is the interview with the Labour Party candidate, Gaynor Austin.

Jim Makin, UKIP, answers your questions

Jim Makin

Petersfield Community Radio asked all six candidates in the East Hampshire constituency to answer some questions suggested by P pod listeners.

Unfortunately, Eddie Trotter, the Justice & Anti-Corruption Party candidate, has been ill and unable to meet with us.

However, five candidates did join us and we posed the same six questions you suggested to each of them.

The interviews were carried out by P pod volunteers Alan Cosh and Dave Bowers.

Here is the interview with the UKIP candidate, Jim Makin.

Zoe Parker, Green Party, answers your questions

Zoe Parker

Petersfield Community Radio asked all six candidates in the East Hampshire constituency to answer some questions suggested by P pod listeners.

Unfortunately, Eddie Trotter, the Justice & Anti-Corruption Party candidate, has been ill and unable to meet with us.

However, five candidates did join us and we posed the same six questions you suggested to each of them.

The interviews were carried out by P pod volunteers Alan Cosh and Dave Bowers.

Here is the interview with the Green Party candidate, Zoe Parker.

David Buxton, Liberal Democrat, answers your questions

David Buxton

Petersfield Community Radio asked all six candidates in the East Hampshire constituency to answer some questions suggested by P pod listeners.

Unfortunately, Eddie Trotter, the Justice & Anti-Corruption Party candidate, has been ill and unable to meet with us.

However, five candidates did join us and we posed the same six questions you suggested to each of them.

The interviews were carried out by P pod volunteers Alan Cosh and Dave Bowers.

Here is the interview with the Liberal Democrat candidate, David Buxton, and his interpreter Zoe.

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This week: Household debt rises; HSBC to introduce new overdraft rate; £ hits seven-month high; and an increase in ‘premium’ car thefts …

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Police seek witnesses to ‘flashing’ incident

Hampshire police would like to speak with this man

Hampshire police have released a CCTV image after an alleged flashing incident in which a man reportedly exposed himself to a 12-year-old girl.

Officers say a man reportedly followed the girl before approaching her and exposing himself to her. The girl quickly left the area.

The alleged incident is said to have taken place on the Causeway, near Tesco, in Petersfield, at 3.45pm on Thursday 7 November.

Officers have now released CCTV of a man they would like to speak to following the incident.

A spokesperson said: “We appreciate it is not the clearest picture.

“The man is described as being white, aged between 35 and 45, slim build, and wearing black sweatshirt, dark blue trousers with a white stripe up the outside of the leg and trainers

“If you recognise this man, or witnessed anything in the area of The Causeway and Hylton Road on 7 November, officers would like to hear from you.

“Anyone with information can call 101, quoting 44190400985. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Via dailyecho.co.uk.

Free parking on Sunday

East Hampshire District Council is offering free parking this Sunday, to coincide with local festive events.

At the beginning of the crucial Christmas shopping period the council is removing car parking charges as an early gift for visitors.

Petersfield car parks will be free on Sunday 1 December, to coincide with the Hometown Christmas Festival. (The Tesco Car Park in Petersfield is not included).

Parking meters will be bagged and clearly signed on the dedicated days. Penalty Charge Notices will still be issued if cars are parked improperly or in disabled bays.

Purple reigns as EHDC looks to improve experience

East Hampshire District Council (EHDC) will go purple on 12 November to join in with Purple Tuesday.

Purple Tuesday is an international call to action focused on changing the customer experience for disabled people.

To take part in the day, organisations must make at least one pledge that will improve the experience that disabled people have.

EHDC is pledging to carry out an accessibility audit on its website, make any necessary improvements and to deliver disability awareness training to all staff.

Brian Wood, head of customer services at EHDC said: “It is really important to us that everyone has a positive customer experience, regardless of ability.

“We are dedicated to making sure of this every day of the year but taking part in Purple Tuesday is a great way to show the public our commitment.”

Throughout the day the council will be sharing stories and advice on the subject of accessibility on Facebook and Twitter.