Watch staff at B&Q Havant take on the mannequin craze for Christmas

TO CELEBRATE their new range of Christmas trees, lights, and decorations, staff at a store in Havant caught up with the latest craze to sweep social media – The Mannequin Challenge.

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Police called to rescue four horses from busy Havant roundabout

Police were called to Havant in the early hours of yesterday morning after the discovery of four horses on a busy roundabout.

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Figures show how much profit councils have made from parking

Portsmouth council makes profit of £3.5m from parking charges

PORTSMOUTH City Council made more than £3m profit from parking charges, figures released today have revealed.

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Alan Mak MP inside the Hayling Lions grotto

ALAN MAK: Celebrate community spirit that unites us

OUR area’s community spirit is strong, but Christmas shines a light on it.

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Members of the Material Girls embroidery group with decorations they made for The Rowans

Material Girls get creative with charity decorations

A GROUP of embroidery and textile enthusiasts have taken great pride in donating a collection of handmade Christmas gifts and decorations they have been working on throughout the year to a hospice.

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The joy of wildlife encounters  Lianne de Mello at Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
The Wildlife Trusts are delighted to be John Lewis Christmas charity campaign partner for 2016. This years John Lewis Christmas advert celebrates - with sparkle and a flash of magic - the joy of encountering wildlife in a garden. But how well do you know this cast of wild creatures?
Fantastic foxes are very adaptable, and thrive in cities and countryside alike. They arent fussy eaters - they hunt rodents and rabbits but will also eat earthworms, birds, fish and even fruit and vegetables given the chance. Meanwhile badgers are one of the most recognisable, well-known British mammals; theyre sociable and live together as families in a sett, made up of over 100m of tunnels, with up to 40 entrances.
Did you know that adult hedgehogs travel between 1-2km a night searching for food, and have up to 7,000 spines? Meanwhile cheeky squirrels can be seen at this time of year hoarding nuts, see

LIANNE DE MELLO: Driftwood hints at the area’s history

AN INCREDIBLE exhibition of 70 paintings currently hangs in Portsmouth Museum’s main exhibition space, sprung from the hand of the great artist Edward King.

Emsworth Food Festival in St Peter's Square this year Picture: Habibur Rahman

Food celebration sees Emsworth runner-up

EMSWORTH has come runner-up in a competition that honours the best celebrations of British food, held during British Food Fortnight.

Alan Mak with the Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary, Liz Truss MP, discussing plans for tougher sentences on killer drivers

Justice secretary backs Drive for Justice campaign

THE justice secretary has praised The News campaign calling for tougher sentences for those who kill on the roads.

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Firm ‘has broken its promise’ on chemicals

AN OIL company has been criticised for not disclosing information about chemicals despite a promise to do so over the summer.


Johnny Coppin brings Christmas spirit to Havant

As Christmas steadily approaches, there are some artists who seem to thrive on the festive celebrations.

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Havant police warn of fake £20 notes

Havant police warn of fake £20 notes

POLICE in Havant have issued a warning to retailers after a number of fraudulent £20 notes were found in circulation.

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Bill and Louise Jones, right, plant a tree in memory of son Tom, with their daughter Kitty Jones, centre, friend Will Prior, and Toms grandfather Laurie Vinten, far left, in the orchard

Family plants tree to remember beloved Tom

DOZENS of people from across Westbourne and Emsworth gathered to plant trees at a new community orchard.

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Mandi Myers, Tesco community champion with Rev Mark James with one of the food hampers

REV MARK JAMES: I have learnt that nothing is impossible

WE’RE all guilty at times of looking at the state of the world and thinking, ‘What possible difference could I make?’

11,300 homes are set to be built across Havant in the next 20 years

Fierce opposition fails to stop plan for 11,300 homes

TENSIONS rose as residents’ groups fought for councillors to reconsider a major plan that is set to earmark land for an extra 6,300 homes.

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Hampshire County Council is likely to join a new group that aims to improve transport in the south east

Council set to join group to help drive transport plans

A COUNCIL looks set to join a new transport body to oversee major road and rail improvements.

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Fundraising fair is coming to precinct

A FUNDRAISING fair is coming to Leigh Park in aid of a charity that helps to send families with sick children on respite breaks.


Capital fund is set up to support Havant business

A NEW capital fund offering grants, loans, forward-funding or equity-shares for entrepreneurs, individuals and SMEs across Havant will be launched by Alan Mak MP and Solent LEP.

From left, Tesco Fratton's clothing manager Philippa Smith, fresh lead Ryan Faulkner, store manager Jon Roberts, customer services manager Sally Noice and community champion Gemma Morrison Picture: Sarah Standing (161624-8392)

Portsmouth Tesco throws its weight behind city’s homeless campaign

HIGH street giant Tesco has backed The News’ campaign to help the area’s homeless people this Christmas.

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Carolyne Jacobs, Jeanette Smith, Elaine Davenport and Stephanie Lafferty from Solent Waspis at Havant Borough Council

Victory for Havant women in state pension age battle

WOMEN campaigning against ‘unfair’ changes to pensions won a promise from councillors to take their cause to government.

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Havant train station.
 Picture credit: Ian Hargreaves

Strike action leaves schoolgirl ‘terrified’ at Havant station

A 15-year-old schoolgirl was left stranded at a railway station with boys taunting her after no bus replacement service was provided.

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