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Soldiers from 1 Mechanized Brigade have attended a Thanksgiving & Memorial Service at Salisbury Cathedral in Wiltshire.
The service marked the return of the Brigade from its recent tour of Afghanistan, and commemorated personnel who lost their lives in Helmand and the UK.
More than 6,000 personnel from the Brigade deployed on Operation Herrick 18 from April to October 2013 as Task Force Helmand (TFH), the first and last deployment that the Brigade will undertake.
– Philip Dunne MP, Minister for Defence, Equipment, Support and Technology,
“It was a very moving service we were unfortunately commemorating the loss of three personnel in Afghanistan and four from the Brigade who died in the UK.
“So it was a very touching service for all those who knew them including their families.
“This was also a thanksgiving both for the senior officers to thank the troops under their command and for the nation to thank the troops who have been serving in Afghanistan on Operation HERRICK 18 for the magnificent work they have done in support of the Afghan National Forces.”
Michael Boateng and Hakeem Adelakun are the third and fourth people charged in connection with the investigation into an alleged international illegal betting syndicate.
Chann Sankaran and Krishna Sanjey Ganeshan were charged on November 28 and remain in custody.
Two footballers from Whitehawk FC, a Conference South team in Brighton, have been charged over match-fixing allegations. Michael Boateng and Hakeem Adelakun, both 22 and from the Croydon area of south London, were charged with conspiracy to defraud contrary to common law.
Ninety million pounds is being spent on upgrading and maintaining our electricity network ahead of the Winter and potentially devastating storms that may come our way.
Last Winter towns and villages in the Thames Valley and Hampshire were cut off by impassable roads and downed power lines.
Penny Silvester has been taking a look at the preparations of the engineers who are called out to make repairs when the lights go out.
Due to strong winds our Dover/Calais/Dover services are running between 60 and 90 minutes behind schedule.
Police have discovered some material which was thought to be explosive when they searched for a suspect in an outbuilding at Bitterne Triangle in Southampton.
The incident happened around 11.30pm last night. A bomb disposal unit was called in to deal with the material.
A police spokesperson said the incident is isolated and involved no risk to the public.
A 28-year-old Southampton man was arrested on suspicion of making an explosive substance. He remains in custody at Southampton Central police station.
Pop group Rizzle Kicks, from Brighton, are supporting a Christmas campaign to raise awareness of testicular cancer. The male cancer charity Orchid is running the campaign over the festive period.
Orchid has created these testicle-shaped tree ornaments for Christmas with the slogan ‘Check Your Bauballs’.
Orchid male cancer nurse Rob Cornes says: “Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men aged 15-35. 98% of cases are curable if caught early, so it’s vital that men know how to check themselves and recognise the symptoms. "
The Environment Agency have updated their severe flood warnings. There are not 3 warnings in Kent.
- Properties seaward of the tidal defences in Gravesend, Denton and Greenhithe
- Coastal areas from Higham Marshes to Seasalter, excluding Sheerness and Queenborough
- The Quay, Sandwich
Thames Valley police has had thousands of online hits for a hard-hitting video warning about drink driving. The short sketch showing an office party aims to remind people about the dangers of driving after a night out.
The Police force is running its Christmas drink drive campaign alongside Hampshire. Last year, 73 drivers were arrested for being over the limit.