The motorcyclist who died in a police chase earlier this week had a criminal past.

Alex Sartain, 34, was fleeing the scene of a shooting in MacCallum Road in Upper Enham on Wednesday when he crashed.

Police said he failed to stop for officers and crashed his bike. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

It comes as Cllr James Nash, who is believed to have been shot by Sartain a short time before, remains in hospital in critical condition. His wife Sarah Nash, a scientist, was also injured in the incident. The exact circumstances remain unclear.

Four years prior, Sartain was handed a suspended prison sentence.

In April of 2016, Sartain admitted to stealing a quantity of clothing from TK Maxx during an incident earlier that month when he appeared in Basingstoke Magistrates' Court.

The then 29-year-old also pleaded guilty to stealing meat from Co-op and Marks and Spencer while still serving a suspended sentence.

An eight week prison sentence, suspended for two years, was imposed on Sartain in October 2015 for assaulting another man in Andover and for driving a vehicle along Shepherds Spring Lane while under the influence of drugs.

Sartain was sentenced to eight weeks in prison and ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge.