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US car carrier turns back to Southampton after fire

US car carrier 'Honor' is heading back towards Southampton Credit: Rolfe Bridde

Update on US car carrier 'Honor' after fire reported.

The ship has full manoeuvrability and has turned back towards Southampton, where it is planned to anchor to the South East of the Isle of Wight.

UK Coastguard is monitoring the situation closely and the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has been notified of the incident. A Fire and Rescue Marine Response team is to be airlifted on board the vessel by the UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Lee on Solent to further investigate the fire damage and determine whether or not it is safe for the vessel to return to Southampton Port.

In addition, a pilot from Southampton Port and a MCA Marine Casualty Officer will be sent to assist the assessment process prior to the vessel being allowed to return to Southampton.

Andy Jenkins, Commander for the UK Coastguard said: ‘The 21 crew are still on board the vessel and they are safe and well. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as it develops.

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US car carrier to anchor off Isle of Wight after fire

An American car carrier is heading towards Southampton after a fire.

At around 3:45am today (Friday 24 February 2017) UK Coastguard was notified of a fire on board the US car carrier ‘Honor’ in the English Channel while it was en route to Baltimore from Southampton.

The vessel’s fixed firefighting systems were used to attack the fire and the cargo space has been sealed. The ship’s crew continue to monitor the cargo area.

The ship has full manoeuvrability and has turned back towards Southampton, where it is planned to anchor to the South East of the Isle of Wight.

UK Coastguard is monitoring the situation closely and the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has been notified of the incident. A Fire and Rescue Marine Response team is to be airlifted on board the vessel by the UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Lee on Solent to further investigate the fire damage and determine whether or not it is safe for the vessel to return to Southampton Port.

Woman may have been blown into path of road sweeper by Storm Doris

High winds may have been the cause of the accident Credit: Swindon Advertiser/Dave Cox

A young woman has died after an accident in Swindon. She may have been blown into path of a road sweeper by high winds.

The 32-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene after the collision. It happened shortly before 4.30pm on Thursday next to the Kingsdown pub.

Police believe she may have been on her way to collect her child. Her next of kin have been informed. An officer said it looked like a tragic accident.

Witnesses have been quoted as saying she was blown into path of the vehicle by the storm.

Officers are still investigating.

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The Regent Centre at Christchurch has just had its first ever surprise marriage proposal live on stage! Mark Dolan got down on bended knee just prior to the grand finale of the Gang Show

He proposed to his partner, Beckie Shaylor, in front of the cast of Christchurch Scouts & Guides and their audience of 300 Gang Show fans.

And, of course, she said yes!

Moment shop staff held at knifepoint caught on CCTV

The moment supermarket staff were held up at knifepoint in Brighton last December was captured on CCTV.

The dramatic footage has been released by police who have renewed their appeal for witnesses after two men robbed the Co-op store in Old London Road, Brighton.

The men threatened staff with a large kitchen knife and demanded that they hand over cash from the safe.

One of the men is seen grabbing cash from the tills and the robbers escaped with around £2,500, running northwards along Old London Road.

Both men spoke with Irish accents. The first man holding the 11" knife wore a black hooded jacket with the hood up, a black jacket over the top, black tracksuit bottoms, black boots and a black scarf over his face.

The second man wore a black hooded top with the hood up, grey tracksuit bottoms and green Nike Air Max trainers.

The robbery happened at at 9.55 pm on Friday, December 16, but footage has just been released.

This was an alarming and violent robbery with staff having a near foot-long knife brandished at them and being forced to co-operate with the men. Thankfully, they were unhurt, but shaken by their ordeal. We are keen to speak with anyone who may have been a witness or have any information that may assist in identifying these men.

– Detective Constable Julian Harrison-Jones, Sussex Police
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