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Phone charger may have caused fire in Hampshire home

Credit: Hampshire fire service

Around 20 firefighters have been tackling a blaze at a house in Waterlooville this evening. Crews were deployed from the town and nearby Cosham and Havant. The first floor and roof space in the end of terrace property have been severely damaged. Investigators say an unofficial phone charger is the most likely cause of the fire. The quick action by crews stopped the fire spreading to adjoining properties in Jasmine Grove. No one was injured and an investigation is underway.

Credit: Portchester fire station

Royal Navy warship in Mediterranean drugs seizure

Royal Marine Boarding Team Credit: Royal Navy

The crew of a Royal Navy warship have seized around £3m worth of cannabis during a security patrol in the Mediterranean. The Portsmouth based frigate HMS Richmond sent up her Lynx helicopter that spotted what was believed to be a drug smuggling boat and immediately moved in to investigate. With Richmond nearby her Royal Marine boarding team was sent into action. With the aircraft flying overhead the crew of the smuggling vessel threw their drugs shipment overboard and fled the scene. Richmond's team recovered 1,015kg of cannabis that was bound for mainland Europe and potentially the UK. Officials estimate the drugs would have had a value of around £3 million had they reached the streets of the UK.

Lynx Helicopter from HMS Richmond Credit: Royal Navy

HMS Richmond's Commanding Officer, Commander Mark Anderson, said: "The Mediterranean is a known route for smuggling drugs into Europe and the UK. As soon as the smugglers were detected it took minutes to launch the ship's boarding team and intercept and recover the drugs."

Armed Forces Minister Penny Mordaunt said: "This goes to show the value of the Royal Navy, not just keeping key shipping channels safe but stopping the illicit trade in drugs. Our cutting edge warships and highly trained personnel have once again proved their flexibility to adapt their tasking to the war on drugs with good effect."

The drugs had a street value of around £3million Credit: Royal Navy

Captain Paul Simmons, Royal Marines, who is in charge of the boarding team, added: "The team remains at high readiness throughout their time onboard for exactly this type of situation. With the assets available in HMS Richmond we can detect smuggling vessels over large distances, close with the location and quickly move to intercept."

Richmond is on a nine month deployment, protecting UK interests' worldwide. Since deploying in March she has assisted in the interception of £26.5 million worth of heroin in the Indian Ocean, and disrupted people trafficking in the Mediterranean Sea as part of the European Union led "OPERATION SOPHIA", helping to save hundreds of lives in the process. The ship is due to return to UK waters before Christmas.


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Garage destroyed by fire - along with up to 20 cars

A family-run car garage in Hampshire has been destroyed by fire - along with up to 20 cars inside.

The fire on Main Road in Otterbourne broke out at 3:30 on Monday morning. The building contains a garage, workshops and offices - and it took around 50 firefighters three hours to get the blaze under control.

As Rachel Hepworth reports, crews had to work quickly to remove tanks of propane before they exploded.

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