A CHAINSAW-wielding thief forced shop staff into action after an incident in broad daylight which police did not attend.

Two chainsaws were stolen from Andover Garden Machinery on Sunday, July 21, at around midday when a man entered the shop and took the power tools.

Two employees pursued the man, who then threw one of the chainsaws at one of the staff.

Also in this week’s paper:

- Soldiers’ sponsored cycle in memory of the fallen

- Mum’s petition to bring children’s splash pad to town

- Burst water pipe leaves garages flooded

- Photos from St Mary Bourne’s village fete

- Ashes 2019: England v Australia souvenir guide

- Finalists for Test Valley Business Awards 2019 revealed

- News from our patches, including Whitchurch and Overton and Tidworth and Ludgershall

- Two pages of YOUR letters

- Two pages of local sport

- And much, much more!

- Out now - just 80p!