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Young Waterlooville sailor spends first Xmas on duty

Hannah went to South Downs College and is spending Christmas in the Gulf Credit: Navy

A 22-year-old sailor from Waterlooville is spending her first Christmas away from home.

Hannah Watson has been deployed on HMS Kent to the Gulf where she'll be serving on board Royal Navy frigate.

While her mum and dad will be tucking into Christmas dinner in Hampshire, Hannah will be out on her first deployment until May.

£200 million to make journeys easier for rail travellers

Work continues on the rail network over the festive period, with 11,000 staff working on track and signals. Among the key projects in the south are:

London Bridge - Over 1,000 staff are laying new track, signals and working on the station redevelopment that will ease capacity. It is part of the £6.5 billion Thameslink Project. It will lead to improvements to rail services from Sussex, Surrey and Kent to London. Work continues until January 5th.

Reading - A new flyover is being completed to ease congestion outside the station costing £45 million. It is one of the final phases of the £900 million station upgrade. The new flyover opens on January 4th.

South West Trains - Hundreds of staff are working on the lines into Waterloo to renew points. Work continues during weekends in January and February.

West Coast - At Watford major work is being carried out to improve services through Buckinghamshire to the north and Scotland.

“Making the railway better is what we aim to do every day and our investment programme this Christmas, the biggest yet, is fully focused on delivering a better service for passengers.

“Passenger numbers have doubled since 1997 and this Christmas investment programme forms a key part of the record £25 billion being invested in our railway over the next five years to meet growing demand and improve and expand our congested railway network.

“With an 11,000-strong army we will deliver a huge amount of work during a quieter time for train travel. New technology and working practices mean we can keep lines open while our people work safely alongside, causing much less disruption than would otherwise be the case.”

– Jim Syddall, Route Manager, Network Rail
Hundreds of Network Rail staff at London Bridge work to improve the lines from Kent, Sussex and Surrey to London. Credit: ITV Meridian/Mike Pearse
In the festive spirit on Christmas Dayy Credit: ITV Meridian/Mike Pearse


Solent NHS Trust retain support centre for sex victims

Solent NHS Trust has managed to keep its services for a sexual assault referral centre across the South.

The Trust has been selected to continue running Treetops in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight's sexual assault referral centre.

Hampshire Police and rape crisis services work with the Trust to ensure the centre provides a supportive environment - and victims of rape or serious sexual assault can receive expert care and support following their involvement.

Specially trained doctors and crisis workers, who saw 461 men and women at the centre during 2013/14, offer medical and emotional support, practical help and information.

We are delighted to have been selected to continue to provide Hampshire and Isle of Wight’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre. As the current provider, we have a deep understanding of the impact rape or sexual assault can have on a victim. Our skilled staff at the centre are extremely committed and offer a professional, high quality service to clients when they need it most.”

– Sue Harriman, Chief Executive of Solent NHS Trust

Havant Naval sailor sends Christmas message home

Jonathan Roberts, 43, from Havant in Hampshire is serving on board RFA Gold Rover Credit: Navy

Royal Fleet Auxiliary sailor, Jonathan Roberts, will be spending Christmas thousands of miles away from his family in Havant, Hampshire, this year.

He's serving on board tanker ship RFA Gold Rover in the South Atlantic, while his wife and children, Callum,21, Dylan, 18 and Mackenzie,5.

Woman,22, jailed for supplying drugs on Dorset streets

A 22-year-old woman from Christchurch in Dorset has been jailed for supplying drugs to people on the streets of Boscombe.

Kelly Cooper received a 40 month sentence for dealing heroin and crack cocaine.

She was sentenced on Monday 22nd December at Bournemouth Crown Court.

A woman has been jailed for drug dealing on the streets of Boscombe Credit: Dorset Police

Gosport sailor sends love to family from South Atlantic

Leading writer Dean Goodey, 29, from Gosport has been deployed on board HMS Protector Credit: Navy

Gosport sailor Dean Goodey will be enjoying Christmas day apart from his fiancee and his two sons this year as he's serving on board HMS Protector in the South Atlantic.

Leading writer Goodey's fiancee Amelia and his two young sons George and Henry will be spending Christmas at their family home in Gosport, Hampshire with one less place around the dinner table.


Bracknell police stop 100 cars in anti-drink drive campaign

Thames Valley Police officers from Bracknell stopped just over 100 vehicles during an anti-drink drive operation over the weekend.

On Saturday 20th December and Sunday 21st December, officers breathalysed 24 drivers and no one failed the tests.

One driver was given three points and a £100 fine for driving with bald tyres, while two motorists driving with defective lights were given tickets to fix their vehicles within 14 days or face a fine.

Drivers were stopped to see if they had been drinking in Bracknell Credit: PA

PC Dan Tidball, from Bracknell police station, said: “All-in-all it was a successful operation and was very well received by the public we encountered.”

The operation was part of Thames Valley Police’s ‘Is it worth the risk?’ campaign, which aims to reduce the number of alcohol-related driving incidents on our roads.

Rail workers tuck into some festive cheer: Chips rather than turkey

A record 11,000 rail engineers are working over the festive period to maintain and renew track and signals.

Network Rail staff are out at 3,000 locations with £200 million being spent.

Among the key projects in the south are:

London Bridge - Over 1,000 staff are laying new track, signals and working on the station redevelopment that will ease capacity. It is part of the £6.5 billion Thameslink Project.

It will lead to improvements to rail services from Sussex, Surrey and Kent to London. Work continues until January 5th.

Christmas Day dinner .... with chips Credit: ITV Meridian
Mayonnaise with chips on Christmas Day Credit: ITV Meridian

Fancy dress and splashing about in the sea on Christmas Day

People in fancy dress have been taking part in the annual White Christmas Dip at Boscombe Pier, Bournemout,h to raise money for Macmillan Caring Locally. It must have felt VERY cold in the water!

A Christmas Day dip Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
A chilly dip in the sea Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Beats the hot desert sand Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
A snowman at Boscombe Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Splashing about for a good cause Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Ready for the big dip Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Let's hope Frosty doesn't melt Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
More than just a little dip in the sea Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Braving the elements for charity Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Bet they're glad it's all over! Looks cold enough! Well done all! Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Gosport sailor misses family Xmas: 'I miss and love you all'

A Royal Navy sailor will be celebrating Christmas in the South Atlantic this year - working away from his five young children and wife.

Adam Bartle, aged 26, is working on board HMS Clyde in the South Atlantic over the festive period and has said he misses his family back home in Gosport, Hampshire.

Adam Bartle's first deployment was on HMS Southampton Credit: Navy

“I would like wish my five young beautiful children a very merry Christmas, I miss and love you all very much and can’t wait to see you. Love you all so much, miss you all millions see you soon daddy. “To Kelly, I love you so much and miss you, wish I could be there with you to see our kids open their presents on Christmas morning.”

– Adam Bartle
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