Hedge End News in The News This Week (to 17 January)

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By Caroline_W | Sunday, January 17, 2010, 15:25

On Wednesday the Daily Echo reported on the two incidents of indecent offence that took place near Wildern School.

On Sunday 10 January two 11-year-old girls were approached by a man as they were playing with a sledge on the corner of Westward Road. The man made inappropriate remarks. On the Monday, 11 January, a 15-year-old girl was grabbed as she returned to school along Goodalls Lane track and the man again made indecent comments. He is described as having a tanned skin and speaking with a foreign accent, of 20-30 years of age, and wearing a dark coloured 'beanie hat' and large jacket.

Police later issued an e-fit image – see also Hedgeendpeople story, ‘Two Incidents of Indecent Offence Close to Wildern School, Hedge End’. Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Clarke at Hedge End police station on 101, or phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

An inspiring news story appeared in the Hampshire Chronicle on Thursday 14 January with the tale of how care assistant Izabela Manko from Hedge End battled through the snow to begin the early shift at a care home in Totton – having spent six hours travelling home after her last shift the previous evening and getting only a few hours sleep.

On Friday 15 January there was news in the Daily Echo of the theft of Samantha Ferall’s wheelchair while she was working at the check-out in Hedge End’s Sainsbury’s. If you have any information about the theft of the £700 wheelchair which took place between 7.30 and 9.30pm on Tuesday 12 January please contact Hedge End police station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Yesterday, Saturday 16 January, there was the sad news of a driver having died at the scene of an accident in Bubb Lane. It’s believed that the man who was in his mid 60s lost control of his Land Rover. Road closures were put in place around Bubb Lane, Botley Road and Hedge End Industrial Park while the incident was dealt with. See also the later story in the Daily Echo.

Yesterday, the Daily Echo also carried an article about Hedge End’s new electronics Best Buy store recruiting staff and advising potential job applicants of a Best Buy career open day being held at the Hilton hotel, Southampton during the day. See also Hedgeendpeople story, ‘Hedge End’s Best Buy Store Recruiting Staff’.

The week finished with two pieces of good news. On Saturday the Hampshire Chronicle reported that  Hedge End mum, Kerry Adams, has raised £22,500 for the children’s Piam Brown ward at Southampton General Hospital. The donation is to thank the hospital for the care given to her son Max Adams in his battle against cancer.  Now five, Max’s latest test has come up clear and he’s been able to return to school as a pupil at Wellstead Primary in Hedge End. Max will be returning to the hospital for scans at four monthly intervals to monitor his progress and Kerry will be continuing to raise funds for the ward, with a target aim of £25,000.  

And finally today, Sunday 17 January, the Daily Echo had comforting news for the regular users of the 2000 Centre in Hedge End when they revealed that a grant of £500 to buy new armchairs should be given approval by the Hedge End, West End and Botley Local Area Committee tomorrow, Monday 18 January.



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