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"Tragedy was avoided by a whisker" - judge sentences Kent people smugglers to a total of nine years

Two men, jailed for smuggling eighteen Albanians onto the Kent coast, have been condemned as greedy, reckless and deceitful. The judge said the pair, Mark Stribling from Farningham and Robert Stilwell from Dartford, avoided tragedy by a whisker, when their boat started to take on water. They had their own lifejackets; but the Albanians in the sinking craft had none. They were rescued in a joint operation by the Coastguard, RNLI and Border Force patrol boat HMC Valiant. The perpetrators, who claimed they were fishermen who'd 'found' them' in the water were brought to justice following an investigation by Immigration Enforcement. Andrea Thomas reports from Maidstone Crown Court. She spoke to the man who led the investigation Dave Fairclough.

Celebrating the work of the Sisters of Bethany

Hundreds of people gathered in Portsmouth today to celebrate the 150th anniversary of one of the south's oldest religious communities.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby was among those at the city's Anglican Cathedral to honour the work of the Sisters of Bethany who live in a convent in Southsea.

He praised their work in promoting Christian unity. Richard Jones went to meet the nuns to find out more about their lives.


Dramatic video as police and public catch armed robbers

A gang who held a gun to a Hampshire jeweller's head - before robbing his shop - have been jailed tonight for a total of 32 years.

David George, Domingo Nsita and Joshua Tiloye brought Winchester to a standstill when they stole £200,000 worth of watches and diamond rings from Justice Jewellers in Parchment Street in May.

The drama only ended when their getaway car got stuck behind a bin lorry. Richard Slee reports from Winchester Crown Court.

Southern Health boss under fire over consultancy payments

Katrina Percy denies any suggestion of financial mismanagement Credit: ITV Meridian

The Chief Executive of Southern Health NHS Trust has come under fire once again, this time over huge payments made to consultancy companies run by former acquaintances.

Katrina Percy is already under the spotlight after the organisation, which provides mental health services for vulnerable people in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hampshire, failed to investigate hundreds of deaths and was heavily criticised in a report by the Care Quality Commission.

Southern Health says there has been no financial impropriety, that proper channels were followed, and Ms Percy was acquainted with company bosses in a professional capacity.

Click below for our report in full from tonight's programme:

You can read a statement from Southern Health here.

Police search for Foyle's War actress Honeysuckle Weeks

Police are concerned for Honeysuckle's welfare Credit: Sussex Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of Honeysuckle Weeks, who starred in the ITV wartime crime drama, Foyle's War.

Honeysuckle, who is 36, lives in Petworth. She was last seen in Graylingwell Drive, Chichester at 9pm on Thursday night and was reported missing around 10pm.

She is around 5'4" with cropped gingery blonde hair. She was last seen wearing a blue anorak and faded blues jeans.

Detective Kate Witt said: "We are concerned about Honeysuckle as her recent behaviour has concerned family and friends and she has expressed to them she is feeling anxious.

"Although she travels around a lot and has links in London and has family in Wiltshire, it is unlike her not to be in touch with family.

"If you read this Honeysuckle, please get in touch to let us know you are ok."

Anyone with information or has seen her, please contact police on or call 999 in an emergency, quoting serial 1632 of 28/07.


Project launched to save endangered dormice

Conservationists say urgent action is needed to help save one of our most endearing - but endangered - wild animals.

Hazel Dormice have vanished from much of our countryside. Habitat loss and climate change are among the reasons why.

Now, work is underway to protect our remaining dormice, and find ways to increase their numbers.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to ecologist Petra Billings, and Mark Monk-Terry of the Sussex Wildlife Trust.

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