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i360 closed all weekend for repairs

The i360 viewing tower will be shut for maintenance over the weekend

The i360 observation tower in Brighton is closed for repairs this weekend following reports that it became stuck mid-air on Friday.

Anyone affected by the closure can apply for a refund or change their dates.

"British Airways i360 will be closed this weekend, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February, for maintenance. We apologise to our customers for any inconvenience caused.

Pre-booked tickets for this weekend will be valid for 3 months for customers who wish to visit on another day (subject to availability).

For refunds please call our Customer Services team on 03337 720 360 – our lines are open from 9.00am – 5.30pm.'

– British Airways i360 company statement

21 crew 'safe & well' after ship fire in English Channel

The fire is believed to have started in the cargo area

A Fire and Rescue Marine Response team was airlifted on board a ship which caught fire in the English Channel after leaving Southampton headed for the USA at about 3.45am on Friday.

The fire took hold in the cargo area of the US car carrier ‘Honor’ while it was en route to Baltimore, in the state of Maryland, USA.

The emergency team was transported to the vessel by the UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Lee on Solent in Hampshire.

Their mission was to investigate the fire damage and determine whether or not it was safe for the vessel to return to the Port of Southampton.

The ship returned to land last night. Its 21 crew have been reported to be safe and well. The vessel will remain in Southampton over the weekend. Further updates will be released on Monday.

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Man jailed for trying to sexually assault women in underpass

A man from Reading has been jailed for trying to sexually assault two women in an underpass in Reading.

Biat Idriss Deen-Kamara, aged 26, formerly of Granville Road in Reading, was sentenced to five and a half years at Reading Crown Court.

The offences took place in the evening of 30th August last year when Deen-Kamara approached two different women in the underpass on Granville Road, Reading.

He approached the first woman and tried to talk to her but she continued to walk. He then grabbed hold of the victim but she managed to get away.

Around an hour later, Deen-Kamara approached a second woman from behind in the underpass and pulled her to the floor. He attempted to sexually assault her but she managed to stop him.

He ran off but members of the public managed to catch him.

Biat Idriss Deen-Kamara tried to sexually assault two women in an underpass Credit: Thames Valley Police

“On the day of trial, Deen-Kamara pleaded guilty to the serious offences that he had committed. He is an offender who approached two women from behind and attacked them whilst they were on their own, and his sentence has reflected this.

“I would like to pay tribute to the victims for the bravery they have shown during this investigation, and I am pleased they will not have to go through the added ordeal of having to give evidence at court.

“I would also like to thank all those members of the public who apprehended the offender on scene until police arrived, and those who came forward with information during our investigation which ultimately helped us to bring the case to court.”

– Investigating officer Det Con Robert Simpson-Jones
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