Southampton strongman aiming to become world’s best

Southampton local Tom Hibbert is pledging to become the World’s Strongest Man, after falling just short of the top prize last time around.

The 30-year-old burst onto the world stage clinching second place in the 90KG contest, having already earned the title of England’s Strongest Man and second in Britain.

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Tom Hibbert is aiming to win a quadruple of tournaments next year. (Credit: Daily Echo)

The determined Hibbert is now aiming to go one better and win the competition next year as part of a quadruple challenge, just months after he is due to tie the knot.

The Hampshire fitness enthusiast runs Winning Health Solutions in Shirley, where he met his fiancée for the first time.

He now has the not so envious task of juggling training, tournaments and wedding plans in what is sure to be a jam packed 2017 for the couple.

The event is for athletes weighing under 90KG involving 18 of the world’s strongest men in that weight category.

The contest includes a load medley, press medley, power stairs, carry and drag and a tyre deadlift, with Hibbert lifting a 318KG tyre weighing more than three times his bodyweight in the last competition.

“I am delighted by my performance, this was the pinnacle of the year for me and what I had been training for,” said Tom.

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Hibbert can deadlift around three times his own bodyweight. (Credit: Daily Echo)

Now he has his sights firmly set on preparing for next year, with the hope of winning the England, Britain and European titles in the process.

“I am looking now to how I can improve. I want to return next year and come first, and hopefully take home all four titles.”

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Are students safe in Southampton?

STUDENTS are being told to be extra vigilant after a burglary attempt in a student home in the Southampton area earlier this month.

The attempt happened at a shared student home on Belmont Road in Portswood in the late hours of the morning on October 5.

Since then, there have been a string of break-ins in student houses and accommodation, including at Austen House, The Student Housing Company’s new building near the city centre.

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On October 25, a man broke in to the student residence and stole a student’s bike.

The perpetrator was caught on CCTV, and the incident is now being investigated by local police.

Abigail Boxall, the owner of the bike, had this to say about the incident:

“I originally moved to Austen House student accommodation because the idea of living amongst many students, CCTV and having a secure system in place gave me a sense of security.

“I had been away from university for five days and as I was just about to leave for work I noticed that my bike was missing… I spoke to the security [who] told me that someone had forced their way into the accommodation and completely tore my bike from its locks and the bike stand.

I cannot fault the staff whatsoever as they did try and chase the man who stole my bike, and they are helping me greatly with trying to catch the man… Hampshire Constabulary are also doing an amazing job, within 24 hours they have investigated the scene and are keeping me up to date with this issue.”

According to Abigail, the staff at Austen House and Hampshire Constabulary have been incredibly helpful and “investigated the scene within 24 hours”.

With regards to living in Southampton, she added:

“I’ve never felt safe in Southampton. Some of the locals here don’t like students!”

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Hampshire Constabulary have given some advice to students living in the area, encouraging that they take the following steps to protect themselves and their property:

  • Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property
  • Ensure rear fencing is in good repair
  • Lock all windows and doors, remembering to double lock UPVC doors
  • Keep all keys out of reach and sight from the letterbox
  • Consider fitting security lighting and a burglar alarm and make use of timer switches to make the property appear occupied
  • Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows
  • Store any high value items such as jewellery and passports in a properly secured safe or bank vault
  • Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on their property
  • Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme

Statistics which were released by in June show that crime rates in Southampton were higher than the average crime rates across similar areas.

Compared to the rest of Hampshire, Southampton has the highest rate of crime overall.

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Southampton has the highest crime rates in Hampshire overall

Opinions of the levels of danger and safety in Southampton are varied among students at Southampton Solent University. Hear what they have to say below, and share your opinions with us on social media.

by Chris Milligan (@chrismilliganUK), Charlotte Beattie (@charbeattie31) and Perdi Mansfield (@perdi_mansfield)

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Advice issued over ‘stranger danger’ fears

ADVICE on staying safe has been given to schoolchildren across Southampton after an incident last week.

Last Thursday an 11-year-old girl was spotted being approached by a man on Romsey Road as she was on her way to Oasis Academy.

Police were called to the scene at around 11am, whilst the incident is reported to have happened at 8.30am that same morning.

Schoolchildren have been advised by the NSPCC to stay away from parks at night, or walking alone.
Schoolchildren have been advised by the NSPCC to stay away from parks at night, or walking alone.

Detective Constable Simon Bembridge said: “We have been in the area carrying out routine enquiries and reassurance patrols.

“We are also working with the local school to ascertain the exact circumstances of the incident.”

The incident is being described as suspicious, and is evidence that stranger danger is still a significant threat.

Schools across the area are being given advice on dealing with situations such as these
Schools across the area are being given advice on dealing with situations such as these.

Stranger danger is a concept taught to children at a young age, raising awareness not to be involved in a situation with dangerous adults.

It affects people of all ages as, but young people tend to be targeted more, as police statistics show.

According to statistics from, there has been a 47% increase in non-parental child abductions.

There has also been a 350% rise in child kidnappings in Hampshire.

These tweets show that stranger danger is a still a widespread issue.
These tweets show that stranger danger is a still a widespread issue.

A spokesperson from the NSPCC said: “Deciding if it’s the right time for your child to venture out on their own is a dilemma every parent faces. Strange as it may seem, there’s no set age for letting your child go out alone.

“Before making a decision, it’s important to consider your child’s maturity and ability to cope if they find themselves in an unsafe situation.”

Anyone with information on the Romsey Road incident last Thursday should dial 101.

For more advice from the NSPCC, click below:

by David George (@DavidGeorgeMMJ) and Fred Blagden (@FredBlagden)