SEWAGE was accidentally pumped into a stream in Basingstoke after a leak was discovered by a member of the public.

Thames Water was informed of the emergency on Monday, after a walker noticed the treatment works in Whitmarsh Lane, near Chineham, were “pumping thousands of gallons of raw sewage into the local streams”.

Bradley Atkins, from Old Basing, told the Gazette: “There is a thick cake of sewage now choking the waterway.”

You can read the full storyin this week’s edition of The Gazette. Also in this week's paper:

  • A new artisan bakery and coffee shop has opened in Old Basing, replacing an empty property. 
  • A petition has been launched by Cllr Tristian Robinson, to save The Mole pub in Monk Sherborne from proposed development.
  • Hampshire County Council admits that the true number of Covid cases in the county is likely to be higher than reported, after a lab test results led to an 'underestimate' published this week.
  • A school in Odiham has confirmed that one member of staff has tested positive for coronavirus, while a further two are self-isolating, but the school remains open to students.
  • Councillors have expressed their concern about a lack of progress in the race against time to save Basingstoke's ice rink.
  • A Basingstoke attacker who stabbed a drunk man during an early morning altercation has been jailed for more than eight years.
  • The children of a retired factory worker have paid tribute to their father, who died suddenly at age 64, after he fell off a stretcher and didn’t respond to CPR.
  • Figures show that dozens of children were homeless and in temporary accommodation in Basingstoke and Deane at the start of the coronavirus lockdown.
  • PLUS: All the latest from Basingstoke Magistrates' Court.
  • Two pages of your letters to the editor.
  • Pictures: Basingstoke's adorable 'lockdown babies' 
  • Two pages of news from our communities.
  • A four-page puzzle special.
  • Two pages of business news.
  • Two pages of entertainment news.
  • Four pages of sports news. And much more!