News in Brief – Monday 25 September


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Welcome to your news in brief for Winchester and beyond for Monday 25 September

Police investigating an incident which left the M3 closed for the best part of 11 hours on Saturday say they were already investigating a similar incident on the same bridge last week.

Flammable material was thrown from the bridge which leads to St Catherine’s Hill.

Here’s a film recorded by District Commander for Winchester, Chief Inspector Mark Lynch.

Winchester’s MP Steve Brine says the closure was a “nightmare for all concerned” – but praised police and security services for the way they handled the situation.

He says he has asked Highways England for a full explanation of how they handled the closure.

In his statement, Steve also says that too much speculation about the cause of the incident and the reasons behind it are never helpful.


Runners we spoke to who took part in the Winchester Half Marathon on Sunday have praised the “fantastic organisation.”

Thousands took part in the hilly race – either running or watching – in warm conditions which had already hit 19c by lunchtime.

See separate story on Half Marathon

The race was started by Steve Brine and Deputy Mayor Cllr Frank Pearson.

Winchester Half Marathon


In sport, A 3-0 win for Winchester City over Mangotsfield United has put them in 7th place in the league with games in hand.

No such luck though for Alresford who lost in the FA Vase to Newport IoW.


Weather today

Rain throughout much of the day for Monday – and a high of 17