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Restored Royal Navy warship to open as tourist attraction

HMS M.33 Credit: ITV news

A restored royal navy warship dating from the first world war is to open as a tourist attraction later this week. HMS M.33 is the only remaining British vessel involved in the 1915 Gallipoli campaign off Turkey. It will be berthed near Nelson's flagship HMS Victory and the Mary Rose Museum at Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard. Hampshire County Council and the National Museum of the Royal Navy have returned the vessel to her former glory with the help of £1.79 million pound heritage lottery grant.

Visitors have a chance to go below deck Credit: ITV news

Hampshire County Council Leader, Councillor Roy Perry said: "This is an important and fascinating piece of Hampshire's heritage - the only remaining British veteran of the Gallipoli campaign. I am very pleased that the County Council was able to save it for preservation as a fine example of marine heritage for which Hampshire, and in particular the Solent area, is famous. With tourism playing such a vital role in Hampshire's economy, our vision for the ship has always been to welcome the public aboard to see it, as a valuable education resource and tourist attraction. It is very fitting that we are able to do this, in time for it to be a part of the centenary commemorations of the Gallipoli Campaign."

HMS M.33 was acquired by Hampshire County Council's Museums Service in 1990 in order to preserve her heritage for future generations across the county, and the nation. In 2013, the County Council joined forces with the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) to bid for Heritage Lottery Fund support towards the extensive work required to preserve her.

New volunteer teams to help Portsmouth's elderly

Queen Alexandra Hospital launches new scheme Credit: ITV news

A new scheme to help prepare elderly patients return home after being discharged is being launched at Portsmouth's Queen Alexandra Hospital. Volunteers will assist with shopping, collecting prescriptions or medication, and transportation to medical appointments for up to six weeks. The measure has been found to halve the number of people having to be readmitted within three months.

The scheme will be run by the Royal Voluntary Service. Research conducted by the charity, assisted by the Kings Fund, identified that older people returning home from hospital without enough support are more than twice as likely to be readmitted within three months.

As part of the service, the volunteer will prepare the person's home, making sure the heating and lights are on and that the kitchen is stocked with essentials.

David McCullough, Chief Executive of Royal Voluntary Service said: "This service will mean more older people will receive the support of a caring volunteer who will be there to help them get back on their feet after a stay in hospital. We know that placing a volunteer at the centre of a person's recovery plan can make a huge difference."

Linda Field, Head of Nursing for Medicine for Older People, Rehabilitation and Stroke at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "These volunteers will make a significant difference to the lives of older people after they are discharged from QA. Their support will be invaluable in helping our patients, some of whom may have been in hospital for a length of time, to settle back into their own homes. This ongoing support benefits patients hugely, and has a positive impact on physical health as well as emotional wellbeing.


Concern for missing Sussex teenagers

Police believe the missing girls could be together Credit: SUSSEX POLICE

Police believe that two girls who have gone missing from St Leonards-on-Sea and Worthing have met up and are in the Crawley area.

Amasia Patel, 14, was reported missing from her home in St Leonards at 10.29pm on Sunday August 2nd. She had last been seen at 10pm.

Chloe Woolsey, also 14, was last seen at home in Worthing at 11.15pm and was reported missing at 1.04am on Monday.

The girls are friends and a taxi driver has reported dropping off two girls matching their descriptions in Crawley in the early hours of Monday morning. They were seen at St John Baptist Church in Church Walk in the town just after 9am.

Amasia is Asian, 5' 6" with very long straight brown hair and brown eyes. She was wearing light blue jeans and a turquoise Adidas zip up top with three white stripes on the arms.

Chloe is white, 5' 2", with shoulder-length straight black hair and brown eyes. It is not known what she was wearing at the time she went missing.

Oxfordshire schools and companies join to reduce teen drinking

The campaign has started to help teens curve bad drinking habits Credit: PA

Schools, youth groups and health organisations are joining together in Oxfordshire to reduce teen drinking and anti social behaviour.

The Wantage and Grove Community Partnership hopes to educate people on the impact of alcohol abuse on the community and reduce young people's access to drink.

It's the first scheme of its kind in the county and follows successful trials elsewhere.


Buckinghamshire woodland sites set to be damaged

HS2 set to more damage ancient wildlife habitats than thought before Credit: PA

Fourteen more ancient woodland sites in Buckinghamshire are threatened by the route of the new HS2 high speed rail link than previously thought.

That's according to research from the Woodland Trust.

It says almost one hundred locations including a total of 22 in the county could be affected or destroyed - three however (Mantle's Wood, plus two others) could be saved with a tunnel in the Chilterns.

Erratic driving reported to police on M3 in Surrey

Police are appealing for motorists to come forward following reports of dangerous driving on the M3 in Surrey.

At around 10.30am on Sunday, 2 August officers received a number of reports from motorists regarding a silver vehicle travelling westbound on the M3 between junction 2 (Thorpe) and junction 3 (Lightwater).

Several drivers reported that they had been involved in minor collisions with the car which had then failed to stop. Officers want anyone who was involved or witnessed the driving of any of the vehicles to contact them.

A 39-year-old man from south east London has been arrested on suspicion of driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs and failing to stop at the scene of an accident. He has been released on police bail until October 10 while investigations continue.

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