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Portsmouth City Council vote 'no' to more asylum seekers

Portsmouth City Council has tonight voted to send a letter to the Government saying the city can't take any more refugees.

The urgent debate held earlier comes after Conservative Council leader Donna Jones says the city has done its fair share to help asylum seekers. Protesters gathered outside the city's guildhall.

Our reporter Sam Holder was there.


Concern for missing man

Norman Mitchell was last seen last night at his home Credit: Sussex Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of Norman Mitchell who has gone missing from Littlehampton.

Norman, 76, was last seen at around 11pm last night at his home in Broad Strand.

Norman is described as white, 5' 11", slim, with short grey hair and a beard. He was possibly wearing a blue and white checked shirt, light coloured trousers, a blue jacket, brown shoes and a dark brown cowboy shirt.

If anyone has seen Norman or knows of his whereabouts, please contact police on 101 quoting serial 0332 of 12/10.

"This is out of character for Norman. He suffers from epileptic fits and memory loss. He was due to attend an appointment with his GP which he missed."

– PC Ben Whitehead

BREAKING: Portsmouth Council says 'no' to more refugees

Councillors in Portsmouth have voted to send a letter to the Government asking to be taken off the list of cluster areas for asylum seekers.

In an urgent debate held tonight the decision to send the controversial letter to the Government asking for the city to be removed from the list will be taken.

In the first quarter of this year 43 percent of asylum seekers housed in the South East of England were given accommodation in Portsmouth.

The council says the costs are only partially reimbursed by central government. But the British Red Cross says now is the worst time for the city to withdraw.

Designer sunglasses recovered

Police want to know if anyone recognises these sunglasses Credit: Kent Police

Police are trying to trace the owners of several pairs of designer sunglasses that were recovered in Westgate-on-Sea.

Police want to know if anyone recognises these sunglasses Credit: Kent Police

Officers believe the sunglasses may have been taken from vehicles parked in the Westgate area.

Police want to know if anyone recognises these sunglasses Credit: Kent Police

If you recognise them please contact Detective Constable Pete Frampton on 01843 222283 quoting reference number ZY/30884/15.

Police want to know if anyone recognises these sunglasses Credit: Kent Police

Two men charged with sexually assaulting 13 girls

Police investigating alleged child sexual exploitation in Sussex have charged two men in connection with a series of 24 sexual offences against 13 local teenage girls in Littlehampton.

Osmon Koroma, a labourer, 30, of Norton Road, Hove, has been charged with eight offences against six girls. They were; two rapes, five sexual assaults and one offence of sexual activity with a child.

Max N'Gasa, a gardener, 24, of Cranmer Avenue, Hove, has been charged with 16 offences against nine girls. They were; two offences of rape, five sexual assaults, one attempted sexual assault and eight offences of sexual activity with a child.

The charges follow an intelligence-led child sexual exploitation investigation by detectives from the Sussex Police Safeguarding Investigation Unit (SIU), which focused on allegations that local teenage girls, known to the suspects, were sexually exploited between 2010 and 2014.


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Fatal crash: family talk of their loss

'It was a big, big mistake for which they paid the price.' Those words from the brother of a speeding driver, killed in an horrific high-speed crash.

Kyle Careford - and passenger Michael Owen - were high on drugs when they crashed the Renault Clio in Crowborough in April. Yesterday the family released a video of their final moments as a warning to others. It has been seen by more than 3 million people.

Kyle's brother said the decision to release the video had not been taken lightly - but done in the hope of saving others from making the same mistakes. David Johns has our report.

Parents already fundraising for primary school after blaze

A school in Eastbourne badly damaged by fire remained closed today, and for a number of parents that's caused some childcare problems. But not to be deterred they have already begun fundraising to help the school re-open.

The blaze is believed to have been started deliberately. A 14-year-old boy has been arrested and released on bail.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to head teacher Theresa Buttery, parents Tracey Monck and Anna Deacon.

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