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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”

Police look for 81-year-old missing from Andover village

Missing Andover man

an you help us find a missing 81-year-old man from the Andover area?

John Underwood, who is known as Brian, was last seen at 10.15am on Monday 25 November at an address on Webbs Lane, Abbotts Ann.

He is described as, 6ft 4ins, with silvery/grey hair and he wears glasses. He was last seen wearing charcoal grey corduroy trousers, a purple polo shirt, a navy blue sweatshirt and walking boots. He may also be wearing a blue/grey coloured coat.

Mr Underwood is a keen walker so it’s possible he may have left the area on foot.  However, officers are keeping an open mind and are appealing for anyone in the Abbotts Ann area or surrounding areas to keep an eye out for him.

If you think you’ve seen him since he went missing, or have any information about where he may be, please call us as soon as possible on 101 quoting incident number 646.

Test Valley Borough Council disapprove of Harewood incinerator

On December 5 2019, Test Valley Borough Council’s northern area planning committee will meet to consider the authority’s response to the incinerator proposed at the A303 Enviropark in Barton Stacey.

The officer report prepared for the meeting includes a number of consultee replies that express concerns over issues such as landscape, tourism and air quality. The report, therefore, recommends that the committee objects to the submission on the basis that the authority has received inadequate information. It also recommends that Wheelabrator, which is the company responsible for the project, conducts further public consultation on their proposals once additional work has been completed.

The proposed facility is a nationally significant infrastructure project and therefore the planning inspectorate will determine whether to issue consent on behalf of the secretary of state. Test Valley Borough Council is consulted as part of the process but it will not make the final decision.

Anyone wishing to submit comments regarding the scheme should visit www.wtiharewood.co.uk/consultation by the close of the current consultation period on December 12 2019. The results of Wheelabrator’s public consultation exercise on the scheme is likely to be submitted to the planning inspectorate for formal consideration next year.

A34, M3, M27 and Southern Roadworks 25/11/19

Traffic news M3, A303

A34 Sutton Scotney, Hampshire: drainage surveys

Work to carry out surveys of the drainage system at the Sutton Scotney service area takes place this week. The northbound exit and entry slip roads will be closed overnight, between 9pm and 6am, on Monday 25 November.

A34 Whitchurch, Hampshire: bridge repairs

Work to replace a joint in the bridge which carries the A34 over the River Test continues this week. The A34 southbound from the B4640 Tot Hill junction to the A303 Bullington Cross junction will be closed overnight, between 9pm and 6am, from Monday 25 November for four nights. A signed diversion will be in place via the A339 towards Basingstoke then the A303.

A34 Oxfordshire: junction improvements

Work to refresh the road markings and install LED road studs at the West Ilsley junction, Chilton junction, Milton Interchange, Hinksey Hill junction and the Botley Interchange, continues this week. The A34 northbound from the M4 Chieveley junction to the A4130 Milton Interchange will be closed overnight, between 9pm and 6am, on Monday 28 November. A signed diversion will be in place via the A4, A338, A417 and A4130.

A34 Oxford, Oxfordshire: drainage

Work to ensure safety by maintaining the drainage system at the A420 Botley Interchange continues this week. The A34 southbound entry slip road at the Botley Interchange and lane one of the A34 southbound will be closed overnight, between 9pm and 6am, until Thursday 19 December (Monday to Friday only). A signed diversion will be in place via the Peartree Interchange and return.

A404 High Wycombe to Marlow, Buckinghamshire: resurfacing

Work to resurface sections of the A404 in both directions between Marlow and High Wycombe continues this week. The A404 northbound will be closed from the Marlow junction to the M40 Handy Cross roundabout overnight, between 9pm and 6am, from Tuesday 26 November for three nights. A signed diversion will be in place via Wycombe Road.

M3 junction 6 Basingstoke, Hampshire: drainage

Work to maintaining the drainage system at junction 6 continues this week. The southbound exit and entry slip roads and the southern side of the roundabout will be closed overnight, between 9pm and 6am, from until Thursday 28 November. Signed diversions will be in place via the adjacent junctions.

M3 junctions 11 to 10 Winchester, Hampshire: bridge joint

Work to maintain journeys by undertaking maintenance to the bridge which carries the M3 over the railway line continues this week. Lane closures will be in place on the M3 in both directions from 9pm on Friday 29 November through to 6am on Monday 2 December.

In addition, the M3 northbound between junctions 12 and 9, and the M3 southbound between junctions 9 and 11 will be closed overnight, between 9pm and 6am, from Friday 29 November to Sunday 1 December. Clearly signed diversions will be in place.

M4 junctions 3 at Hayes to 12 at Theale, Berkshire: upgrade to smart motorway

Work to improve journeys by converting the M4 into a smart motorway between junction 3 at Hayes and 12 at Theale continues this week. 24-hour narrow lanes and a 50mph speed restriction are in place for sections of this stretch of the M4. Carriageway and slip road closures are planned as follows, all fully closed overnight (traffic management will usually be rolled out from 9pm and taken off by 6am).

There is one full weekend closure planned this year, taking place at the end of this week:

  • The M4 between junctions 6 and 8/9 will be fully closed in both directions from 8pm on Friday 29 November to 6am on Monday 2 December. Traffic will be diverted to the A308M, A308, A332 and the A355. Strategic diversions will also be in place in the wider region using the M25, M3 and M40.

There are also overnight closures as follows:

  • The M4 westbound between junctions 6 (Slough-Windsor) and 8/9 (Maidenhead) will be closed overnight on Tuesday 26 November. Clearly signed diversions will be in place utilising the A355, A332, A308 and A308M.
  • The M4 eastbound between junctions 8/9 (Maidenhead) and 6 (Slough-Windsor) will be closed overnight on Wednesday 27 November. Clearly signed diversions will be in place utilising the A308M, A308, A332 and A355.
  • The M4 westbound between junctions 11 (Reading) and 12 (Theale) will be closed overnight on Thursday 28 November. Clearly signed diversions will be in place utilising the A33 and A4.

There are also slip road closures booked as follows:

  • Junction 7 – the westbound entry and exit slips will be closed overnight on Monday 25, Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 November.
  • Junction 8/9 – the eastbound exit slip will be closed overnight on Monday 25, Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 November.
  • Junction 11 – the eastbound exit slip will be closed overnight on Monday 25 November.
  • Junction 12 – the eastbound exit slip will be closed overnight on Thursday 28 November.

M4 junction 14 Hungerford, West Berkshire: surveys

Work to survey the network at junction 14 finishes this week. Lane closures will be in place on the M4 westbound overnight, between 9pm and 6am, until Tuesday 26 November.

M27 junctions 3 to 4 Southampton, Hampshire: bridge reconstruction

Work to maintain journeys and ensure road user safety by replacing the Romsey Road bridge near junction 3 continues this week. A 50mph speed restriction is in place on the M27 in both directions beneath the bridge.

M27 junctions 4 Southampton to 11 Fareham, Hampshire: smart motorway

Work to improve journeys by converting the M27 into a smart motorway continues this week. 24-hour narrow lanes and a 50mph speed restriction will be in place until 2021.

A3 Guildford, Surrey: slip road widening

Work to improve safety by widening the southbound slip road at the University Interchange continues this week.  Narrow lanes are in place on the A3 northbound and University exit slip road 24 hours a day until March.

A27 Bedhampton, Hampshire: traffic lights

Work to maintain traffic flows by maintaining the traffic lights at the Bedhampton/Harts Farm Way junction continues this week. The A27 eastbound entry slip road, the A27 westbound exit slip road and the link from the A3(M) junction 5 roundabout to the A27 will be closed overnight, between 9pm and 6am, until Tuesday 3 December (Monday to Friday only). Signed diversions will be in place via the adjacent junctions and Havant.

A31 Minstead, Hampshire: resurfacing

Work to improve journeys by repairing a section of the A31 westbound near Minstead finishes this week. The A31 westbound will be closed from junction 2 of the M27 to Stoney Cross overnight, between 9pm and 6am, until Tuesday 26 November. A signed diversion will be in place from junction 2 of the M27 to Salisbury via A36, and then south on A338 to re-join A31 at Ringwood Interchange.

A31 St Leonards, Dorset: street lighting

Work to improve journeys by updating the street lighting at the Woolsbridge roundabout continues this week. The A31 eastbound from the Boundary Lane roundabout to the A338 Ashley Heath roundabout, with a lane two closure on the A31 westbound, will be closed overnight, between 9pm and 6am, until Monday 2 December (Monday to Friday only).

A signed diversion will be in place via the A347, the B3073 and the A338 to re-join the A31 at the Ashley Heath roundabout.  Traffic wanting to join the A31 at Woolsbridge Roundabout will be diverted north on Woolsbridge Road, then east on Horton Road to Ashley Heath Roundabout.

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