6 surreylive.news NEWS & MAIL WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 2020 News Due date – decision looms for libraries HAMPSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL Odiham Library is one of those under threat LOOKS TO SAVE £1.76MILLION PHOTOS: GRAHAME LARTER and undoubtedly inform the proposals I will be considering on July 28 around the future of the library service.” According to HCC, in the week after coronavirus lockdown restrictions were introduced, there were 200 new users to its Borrowbox account, offering downloads of audio and e-books, compared to 23 the previous week. As well as Odiham, the libraries at risk of closure are in Blackfield and Lyndhurst in the New Forest, Fair Oak Library in Fair Oak, Chineham and South Ham libraries in Basingstoke, Elson library in Gosport, Emsworth library in Havant, Horndean in East Hampshire,and Lee-on-theSolent library in Gosport. Additionally, Kingsclere Community Library, Lowford Community HCC confirmed libraries across the county re-opened on Monday (July 6) following months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. Cllr Woodward added: “I am very grateful for the support that residents have shown during the lockdown period. “We’ve seen an enormous increase in the number of people using our digital library services. Our staff have also been delivering online workshops and activities and staying in touch with our most vulnerable customers. “These new and enhanced schemes offer new opportunities for people to access a wide range of library services, demonstrating a shift in the way people are using library resources. “We expect this trend to continue County Council (HCC) £1.76m by 2021. Cllr Sean Woodward, HCC’s executive member for recreation and heritage, said the authority has now considered the feedback received during a public consultation and the recommendations will be published seven days before the meeting. The increase in people joining the digital library service over the past months is also set to be taken into account, Cllr Woodward added. But he stressed that this will not change the proposals. Should HCC decide to propose a change in the libraries opening hours there will be another public consultation. “It would be a local consultation on a library-by-library basis,” Cllr Woodward said. By MARIA ZACCARO @SurreyLive THE future of Hampshire libraries, including Odiham’s, is set to be decided. A decision over the future of all 48 libraries across the county is due to be made at a meeting set to be held on July 28. Under the plans, up to 10 libraries could close and the remaining ones could see a 15% reduction in their opening hours. Alternatively, all 48 council-run libraries could remain open but with their opening hours reduced by 25%. The move – which sparked a campaign backed by several authors including Neil Gaiman and David Nicholls – would save Hampshire Up to 10 libraries could be closed across Hampshire and hours could be reduced at the rest Library, Milford-on-Sea Community Library and North Baddesley Community Library could be turned into independent community-managed libraries, meaning they will no longer be supported by HCC and will have to be run entirely by volunteers. Jail for coffee shoplifter Knife bins initiative sees 40 collected Close on March 11. Theft from motor vehicle – perfume and an iPod stolen from a car parked in Knightwood Close on March 11. Vehicle interference – relating to two cars parked in Woburn Avenue. Shoplifting – stole coffee worth £47.70 from Co-op in Queens Road on March 16. Shoplifting – stole coffee and tuna worth £53.70 from Co-op in Queens Road. Theft from motor vehicle – stole bank cards, cash and medicine from a car parked in Langley Walk on April 12. Vehicle interference – relating to a car parked in Cranwell Road on April 12. Possession of a knife in Lynchford Road on April 30. April 30. A spokesperson for Hampshire Constabulary said: “Shoplifter Jason Reid Kennedy was jailed yesterday for four months for a number of incidents in Farnborough. “He appeared at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court on June 25 where he was handed his sentence.” The offences for which Jason Kennedy was jailed: A PROLIFIC shoplifter and thief from Farnborough has been jailed for four months. Jason Kennedy, 31, of Lynchford Road, Farnborough, was sentenced for a number of offences including shoplifting and possession of a bladed article at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, June 25. His offences included stealing £47.70 worth of coffee from the same Co-op store in Queens Road on two separate occasions on March 4 and March 16. Charges against Kennedy also included multiple counts of vehicle interference, including stealing bank cards, handbags, a laptop and perfume from multiple cars between March 11 and April 12. He was also found in possession of a knife in Lynchford Road on encourage anyone who is concerned about someone carrying a knife, or if you are worried that someone could be hurt soon, please let us know, either by calling 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. “If you are a young person concerned about someone carrying a knife, you can tell us without having to say who you are, by reporting anonymously online at Fearless. org.” Parents, teachers and other professionals who want to know how to talk to young people about knife crime, can also find more information at www.safe4me.co.uk. The bins at both Totland and Aldershot remain in place for people to safely and anonymously discard knives. FORTY knives have been taken off the streets of Rushmoor after being placed anonymously in special bins at Farnborough’s Totland Estate and Aldershot Police Station. Neighbourhood Inspector Phil Mayne said: “Every knife recovered is potentially a life saved. “The damage and fear caused by the illegal possession, sale and use of knives – to victims of knife crime, their family and friends and the community in general – is impossible to quantify. “We continue to work in partnership with schools, colleges, local councils, other partners and charities such as Fearless.org and Crimestoppers to take this scourge off our streets. “Knife bins are just one of a number of tactics we use but we would n n n n Shoplifting – stole coffee worth £47.70 from Co-op in Queens Road on March 4. Theft from motor vehicle – stole a handbag and laptop from a car parked in Syon Place on March 11. Theft from motor vehicle – stole bank cards from a car parked in Clevedon Court on March 11. 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