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Tesco Petrol Station no Longer 24 Hours

Andover’s Tesco Extra petrol station has stopped operating for 24 hours a day.

The station is closed in the evenings until after 6am in the morning, the forecourt is cordoned off with cones and tape with A4 printed signs stating that due to a technical fault, the station is closed.

One commuter told Andover & Villages, “I always fill up on the way to work as its quieter and more convenient than on my way home in the evening, but for a good few months now, I have turned up and the forecourt is closed.

“There is no indication of when the ‘technical fault’ will be fixed and some mornings, it is open and I think it has been sorted, then the next day its shut.

“It is really inconvenient and means that I have to drive elsewhere to get petrol.”

A Tesco spokesperson said, “Due to technical issues with our pay at pump service, we are currently unable to offer 24 hour service at our Andover petrol station. We are sorry for any inconvenience this is causing to customers and we are working hard to improve the system as soon as possible.

“In the meantime, the petrol station will be open as normal from 06:00 to 22:00 on Monday to Saturday and from 07:00 to 21:00 on Sundays.”

Fire at Kings Arms Pub resolved

Fire in Whitchurch

A fire broke out in Whitchurch, Hampshire in The Kings Arms Pub located opposite the Whitchurch Fire Station.

Initially, four pumps were in attendance along with mobile fire appliances.

The usual Stagecoach South 76 were delayed due to the fire in The King Arms Pub in Whitchurch.

It is thought that the fire started inside the storage area facility.

More follows.

A303 Road Rage Killer Guilty of Manslaughter

A motorist who killed a man after hitting him with his car on the A303 in Wiltshire has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Tarkan Agca, aged 24, of Crusader Way, Watford, had been standing trial at Winchester Crown Court charged in connection with the death of Andrzej Szaruta.

Andover and Villages has been provided with a photo of the killer, but have decided to use a photo of the victim in honour of him and his family.

Today (3/12/19) the prosecution accepted his plea of manslaughter and a murder charge was dropped.

He has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced on 10/01/20.

On the afternoon of 21/06/19 Mr Szaruta, who was known as Andy, was driving his wife and daughter from their home in Bridgwater, Somerset, to London to see his son for a belated Father’s Day celebration.

Agca, who was driving a silver BMW, had been tailgating Mr Szaruta’s silver Mercedes for some time along the eastbound carriageway of the A303.

At around 4.45pm both cars pulled over on the slip road exit for Solstice Park near Amesbury and Mr Szaruta got out of his car and walked towards the BMW to speak to the driver.

However, when he stood in front of the vehicle, Agca accelerated, hitting Mr Szaruta and causing fatal injuries.

He then drove off at speed along the eastbound carriageway.

Mr Szaruta, who was 63, was flown to hospital but sadly died from his injuries two days later.

At the time of his death, his family described the former Royal Marine as a “loyal husband and loving father”.

Agca was arrested in Watford the day after the collision.

Prior to sentencing, the court heard that Agca had a number of previous convictions relating to “road rage” type incidents, including some instances of inconsiderate or dangerous driving, followed by aggressive or violent outbursts.

Detective Chief Inspector Darren Hannant, from the Brunel Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “This was an appalling crime where Mr Szaruta suffered ultimately fatal injuries in front of his horrified wife and daughter.

“Argca inflicted a cowardly assault on Mr Szaruta, with no justification whatsoever. Agca then fled the scene with no regard or concern for how seriously injured his victim was and, until recently, had not accepted any responsibility for what happened.

“I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the family of Mr Szaruta – I know how devastated his wife Susan and grown-up children Christian and Rachel have been following his death.”

Gritter Garbo Gutted in Council Road Wars

winter gritters ready for new year

Local residents in Shipton Bellinger were pleased to observe a Hampshire County Council gritter spreading the icy Bulford Road at 6.30am this morning (4th December 2019), the temperatures at that time were well below freezing.

At 9.30am, the temperature was -1C in the area, which is when the same residents were shocked to see a Test Valley Borough Council road sweeper which arrived and promptly swept all of the grit up off the road.

One of the residents phoned Hampshire County Council who were stunned at what being described to them.

The caller then called Test Valley Borough Council and spoke with the manager responsible for the road sweepers, he was extremely apologetic and said he would speak to the operator concerned.

Andover & Villages have contacted Test Valley Borough Council and Hampshire County Council for comment.


Lucy Rushton ‘told to swallow wedding ring’ before beating her to death

Shaun Dyson charged with murder

man described as “jealous and violent” allegedly beat his estranged wife to death after telling her to “swallow their wedding ring” in a “brutal attack”, a court heard.

Shaun Dyson, 28, is being charged with Lucy Anne Rushton’s murder, 30, by jumping and stamping on her, at their home in Andover, Hampshire.

Winchester Crown Court, Simon Jones, a solicitor, told the Winchester Crown Court that in 2010 the pair had tied the knot at Gretna Green, and fell into a “history of domestic violence”.

Mr Jones said: “The defendant’s and Lucy’s relationship is probably best described as toxic. “Lucy was killed by the defendant; she was the victim of a prolonged and very severe beating, culminating in repeated stamping or jumping or both on her chest and while she was laid on her back.”

He continued: “There was no justification for blow after blow, kick after kick, stamp after stamp on Lucy. This was borne out of jealous rage in a violent man.” He said that a witness had seen the defendant say to Ms Rushton in the early hours: “Swallow the ring because we are not together any more.”

He said the witness told her that Ms Rushton placed the ring in her mouth, but she did not swallow it because it was found later on the stairs.

Mrs. Rushton told her family that in the months before she died she was afraid that Dyson would kill her. Mr Jones said that in February, Ms Rushton had also raised concerns about the defendant and that he “had a bag ready with a change of clothes and weapons”.

Mr Jones continued: “The fact that Lucy had concerns for her life shortly before she was killed is a significant indication of the state of the relationship and the concern Lucy had of the defendant, who could turn to violence on the most extreme scale with the most extreme consequences.

He added: “It’s not disputed the defendant killed Lucy. We say what happened that night was not a momentary loss of control but the culmination of previous episodes of violence.

No More Piercing for Pinz n Needlez as it Closes for the Final Time

Andover Pinz n Needlez

Popular local business, Pinz n Needlez is set to close its doors for the final time in December 2019.

The studio has been piercing various parts of the local population for over eight years from their premises in The Commercial Centre in Picket Piece, but sadly they have decided to cease trading on Friday 6th December 2019.

Run by Andover favourite Spider, he told Andover and Villages, “There just isn’t enough of a flow of clients for it to be sustainable and I need to look after my family and so that is it, I have to close.”

Andover and Villages asked Spider what his favourite piercing is to do, he said reflectively, “The conch or the flat.” he added, “I am really going to miss all of my customers and all of the amazing people I have met along the way, Merry Christmas everyone and thank you for everything.”

Also offering laser tattoo removal, clients are advised to book in quickly to get a treatment on before they close.

Spider will be selling all of the studio equipment, contact the Pinz n Needlez facebook page if you are interested in purchasing any of it.

Police look for dashcam footage in connection with missing John Underwood, 81

Last week police appealed for your help finding missing Abbotts Ann’s John Underwood.

The 81-year-old is still missing, and in order to help with the police appeal, we have some updated information to orginal release.

When this man was seen walking on Fullerton Road just before the intersection with the A343 Salisbury Road, the last sighting of a man matching John’s description was at 1 pm on Monday, November 25.

We’re asking drivers driving through the village or using Fullerton Road or the A343 near Abbotts Ann that day to search your dashcams for footage on Monday between 10:00am and 4 pm.

You might have seen him or captured some footage that might help us find him.

John is identified as, white, 6 ft 4 in tall, silver-grey hair, glasses last seen wearing charcoal grey corduroy trousers, a purple polo shirt, a navy blue sweatshirt and walking boots. He may also have been wearing a light blue/grey coat.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting 44190425904.

18-year-old arrested in Andover drug investigation

Andover police hunt for intruder

A man has been charged as part of an investigation into the supply of Class A drugs in Andover.

Officers executed a warrant at an address in Livia Close, Andover, on the morning of Tuesday 26 November.

An 18-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman were arrested. Class A drugs was found.

Kadeem Hibbert, 18, of Livia Close, Andover, has now been charged with being concerned in the supply of heroin and crack cocaine.

He has also been charged with arranging or facilitating travel of another person with a view to exploitation – an offence under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

He appeared at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 27 November and has been remanded to appear at Winchester Crown Court on Wednesday 8 January, 2020.

The 18-year-old woman has been released from custody but remains under investigation.

Deliveroo Officially launches in Andover

Deliveroo in Andover
British Food delivery company Deliveroo launches today in Andover.
This means that locals can now order food from a range of restaurants, like the Travelling Cupcake and Sea Master and also well-known high street favourites like McDonalds, KFC and PizzaExpress to be delivered to their homes.
Customers need to download the app ‘Deliveroo’ so that they can order food deliveries.
Hundreds of free doughnuts are being given away free in Andover Town Centre on Saturday 30th November 2019 to celebrate the launch and customers paying by VISA will get an automatic 25% off their order for the next four weeks.*
It is hoped that Deliveroo coming to Andover will create more than 50 jobs for people in the area over their first year here.
*Available from participating restaurants displaying the ‘25% off’ tag only. £20 minimum spend applies. Offer available for a limited time only. 

Concern over Emergency Vehicles at Andover Nursing Home

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Andover Nursing Home caused concern last night when residents observed three fire engines and ambulances outside of the premises.

The cause of the situation was a broken lift which had caused smoke to spread in the building.

Andover Nursing Home Estates Manager Hamish Mathews said, “There was a problem with a lift which meant there was smoke in the building, because of our vulnerable residents 3 appliances and an ambulance attended as standard.

“Everything was swiftly made safe and all residents and staff are fine. Thank you for everyone’s concern”


Tesco Petrol Station no Longer 24 Hours

Andover's Tesco Extra petrol station has stopped operating for 24 hours a day. The station is closed in the evenings until after 6am in the...
Fire in Whitchurch

Fire at Kings Arms Pub resolved

A fire broke out in Whitchurch, Hampshire in The Kings Arms Pub located opposite the Whitchurch Fire Station. Initially, four pumps were in attendance along...

A303 Road Rage Killer Guilty of Manslaughter

A motorist who killed a man after hitting him with his car on the A303 in Wiltshire has pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Tarkan Agca, aged...
winter gritters ready for new year

Gritter Garbo Gutted in Council Road Wars

Local residents in Shipton Bellinger were pleased to observe a Hampshire County Council gritter spreading the icy Bulford Road at 6.30am this morning (4th...