Aldershot News & Mail : 2020-08-12

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9 NEWS & MAIL WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2020 News Crowds ignore algae threat to enjoy a day on the pond beach HUNDREDS of sunbathers and daytripper­s descended on the popular Frensham Great Pond last weekend as the south east baked in a mini heatwave. The beach and pond area, just over the Hampshire border in Surrey, has been extremely well visited on sunny days despite still operating under various social distancing measures. Temperatur­es across Hampshire and the south east were well over 30C last weekend, with many opting to make the most of it with a journey close to home. The pond, which is operated by Waverley Borough Council, has a large beach area and is normally open for paddling. For a number of days up until Friday (August 7), the council had warned potential visitors that There was also a tweet from the council on Friday morning, which read in part: “Please remember there is still no swimming or paddling at Frensham Great Pond due to blue-green algae. This is harmful to both humans and animals.” Following previous busy days at the pond, nearby residents have expressed frustratio­n at the level of rubbish and waste left at the beauty spot by visitors, while others have raised concerns about social distancing. For the most part, visitors were socially distanced wherever possible on Friday, although there were multiple large groups of people congregati­ng. The beach area was busy, but not so busy that people could not stay two metres apart. Crowds on the beach at Frensham Great Pond ALEX BOYD paddling and swimming in the pond was not allowed due to the presence of blue-green algae. However, when the News attended the site on Friday between 11.30am and 1pm, dozens of people could be seen disobeying the rules by going into the water. Adults and children could be seen in the area of water immediatel­y next to the beach area, using a variety of inflatable­s and flotation devices. That was despite an attendant telling guests as they entered the car park that the pond was closed for swimming, and despite signs on approach to the beach area warning visitors. Heatwave blaze destroys stable NO ANIMALS OR HUMANS HURT AS THREE FIRE SERVICES UNITE TO BATTLE FLAMES By SARAH HUGHES The fire sent smoke billowing across Yateley @AldershotN­ews YATELEY FIRE STATION A STABLE block in Yateley was destroyed after a fire broke out on one of the hottest days of the year. Firefighte­rs from Yateley Fire Station were called to the Swan Lane area at about 2.35pm on Friday, July 31 and found the stables, which are next to an electrical substation, ablaze. They were joined by colleagues from Royal Berkshire and Surrey fire and rescue services and Hampshire police officers as temperatur­es rose as high as 34C. There were no animals in the stables at the time and no-one was injured during the incident. Four fire appliances, one water carrier, an incident command vehicle and two officers attended the incident to extinguish the fire. Posting on Facebook, Yateley Fire Station said: “At 2.35pm we were mobilised to a fire in the open in the Swan lane area. On arrival we were confronted with a set of stables well alight and in close proximity to the electrical substation. “No animals were in the stables at the time of the fire and no persons were injured. Although there are some very hot firefighte­rs. “Thank you for the assistance from Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue, Surrey Fire and Rescue and Hampshire Constabula­ry.” Police search for victim after arresting man for alleged racial abuse POLICE are investigat­ing after a mother was racially abused in front of her two children on a bus in Farnboroug­h. Hampshire Constabula­ry is looking into reports of a “racially aggravated public order incident” at around 1.30pm on August 1. A 51-year-old man from Camberley has been arrested in connection with the incident on suspicion of racially or religiousl­y aggravated harassment without violence and using threatenin­g or abusive words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress. Police are appealing for the victim, who alighted the bus prior to police arriving at the scene, to come forward. The incident took place on the 1pm Stagecoach bus service from Aldershot to Old Dean, but the woman left the bus at Kings Mead North bus station. The woman is described as black and was wearing a black vest top. She was with her two children, who are described as being under the age of 10. The arrested man has been released under investigat­ion. A spokesman for Hampshire Constabula­ry said: “Officers investigat­ing a racially-aggravated public order incident on a bus in Farnboroug­h are appealing for the victim to make contact with them. “The incident took place on the 1pm Stagecoach bus from Aldershot to Old Dean, but the woman alighted the bus at Kings Mead North bus station before officers arrived. “We are keen to make contact with her in relation to this incident.” Anyone with informatio­n is asked to call 101, quoting the reference 4420028891­5. PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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