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New flood defences for Purley-on-Thames

It was hit hard by flooding - one of the worst affected areas - today though, defences are finally being installed at Purley on Thames - to try and protect it in the future.

70 homes there were affected by the rising waters over winter but it wasn't the first time - for many years there's been a problem.

Now a five metre wide embankment is being built - but many living there say it won't solve the problem. Divya Kohli reports.

Record breaking year for tourism in Bournemouth

Bournemouth is celebrating a record breaking year for visitor numbers. Seven million people are expected to have travelled to the seaside resort over the Summer season - with one million over the bank holiday and next week alone. The week will culminate in the four day Bournemouth air festival. The council says it will be investing a further four-million pounds into seafront improvements and new attractions this winter.


Has the Gelato stalled the ice cream van?

It's been a bumper year for ice cream sales across the region - thanks to the sunshine and our new appetite for gelato - the italian-style ice cream.

For many of us one cornetto will no longer do, we've got the taste for a scoop - or two - of the continental treat that comes in more flavours than you could ever get in your freezer.

Have lollies been licked and is it the end of the road for the ice cream van? Apparently not as Andrew Pate has been finding out.

The end of an era for shipbuilding in Portsmouth

Centuries of shipbuilding came to an end in Portsmouth today. A section of the last aircraft carrier to be built there was moved out of the dockyards, to begin its journey north to Scotland for completion.

BAE Systems, announced in November last year that it was moving its operations to Glasgow resulting in the loss of more than 900 jobs.

In June, it was announced 100 roles would be saved with the MoD awarding BAE a £70 million pound contract to maintain the Royal Navy's Type 45 Destroyers.

Bids to take over Portsmouth shipyard are currently being submitted to the Ministry of Defence.

Richard Slee was in Portsmouth today to witness the end of an era. Here is his report.

Shipbuilders mark an 'immensely proud moment'

Aircraft carrier section
Staff at BAE in Portsmouth have transferred part of the aircraft carrier onto a barge Credit: ITV Meridian

A milestone has arrived today - as the end of shipbuilding in Portsmouth draws closer.

A large section of the aircraft carrier, Prince of Wales, is being moved onto a large barge ready for its departure for Scotland next week. More than nine hundred workers have lost their jobs, but BAE says most of them are being re-deployed.

Paul Bowsher from BAE Systems, said it was an honour to be involved in the building of the nation's aircraft carriers.


Make-over for locks along the River Thames

Locks along the River Thames to get refurbishment Credit: ITV news

Eleven locks along the River Thames will be refurbished this winter now that the Environment agency is investing nearly 1.8 million pounds in the scheme. Some locks will be closed for a time, but the renovation work will see improved navigation routes for boaters and visitors along the water.

The River Thames is used by millions of people each year - from boaters and walkers, through to anglers and those attending various events all along the river. The Environment Agency will invest the money between September 2014 and March 2015. Among the locks set to benefit are Abingdon Lock , Caversham Lock, Marlow Lock and Cookham Lock.

Pickpockets steal elderly woman's purse

Police release CCTV images in Winchester Credit: Hampshire Police

Do you now who the women are in these CCTV images?

Detectives in Winchester want to speak to them about an incident where an elderly woman had her purse stolen. The incident happened shortly before midday on June 27 this year in the Poundland shop in Middle Brook Street, Winchester. The woman's purse contained £30 in cash, bank cards and a photo of her husband.

The women have also been seen on CCTV approaching other elderly women and attempting to steal their purses, but without success.

Detectives appeal for information Credit: Hampshire Police

The first woman is described as white, aged in her early 20s, and about 5ft 5ins tall. She was of a chunky build and had straight long black hair. She had an olive complexion and is described as maybe of Eastern European origin.

The second woman is described as white, aged in her late 40s to early 50s, between 5ft 8ins - 10ins tall and of proportionate build. She had fair to blonde long hair and was wearing glasses.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Det Con Brown at North Walls Police Station on 101 or call the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.

"These two women were actively targeting elderly women and made several attempts to steal from people shopping in the city. If you know who they are, please contact me as soon as possible. I would also like to advise people to ensure their purses are kept in closed handbags. It seems that one woman tried to distract the victim and the other stole the purse, so I would remind people to be aware of unknown people who may approach you while out shopping."

– Detective Constable Steve Brown
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