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Talks to sell Pompey will go ahead after vote

Negotiations to sell Pompey will go ahead

The shareholders of Portsmouth Community Football Club have voted in favour of selling the club to the Tornante Group.

The Tornante Group is owned by the family of Michael Eisner, a former Chairman of the Walt Disney Company. 81.4% of the club's equity holders agreed to the sale, passing the threshold of 75%. Therefore talks to negotiate the final terms of the sale will go ahead over the coming weeks.

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Vulnerable people targeted by phone scam

Fraudsters pretend to be police officers Credit: ITV

A warning is being sent to vulnerable people in West Sussex about a phone scam. Fraudsters pretending to be police officers claim victims' bank cards have been copied, with money needing to be withdrawn and given to a courier. One 85-year-old woman handed over £12,500.

Woman jailed for string of purse thefts across county

Hristova was jailed for 20 months Credit: Dorset Police

A woman has been jailed for committing a string of purse thefts across Dorset

Ivalina Hristova, 34, of St Michael's Road in Bournemouth, pleaded guilty to 14 counts of theft and one count of fraud by false representation. She was handed a 20-month prison sentence.

The court heard that Hristova targeted elderly female shoppers in the High Street and Ashley Road in Poole as well as the Dolphin Shopping Centre.

She also preyed on her victims in stores along Wimborne Road in Bournemouth, in the Sovereign Centre in Bournemouth, Dalkeith Arcade in Bournemouth and several other locations.

A number of the thefts were captured on CCTV in various stores. On one occasion where the victim's PIN was with her bank card, Hristova fraudulently obtained money from a cash machine.

After Hristova was identified as a suspect, efforts were made by police to arrest her. She was eventually arrested at Stansted Airport on Thursday 9 February 2017 after returning to the UK from Bulgaria and taken to Bournemouth police station to be interviewed.

Hristova engaged in a campaign of purse thefts across the county, systematically targeting elderly women with cold, brutal efficiency and showed no remorse for her actions.

She would pretend to browse for goods, bump into her victim and simultaneously take her purse or bag. Hristova would then often remove the cash and dump the purse or handbag nearby.

– Deputy Neighbourhood Inspector Steve Houston

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Large increases in cost of parking

Thousands of drivers in the region are facing big rises in the cost of parking. In Basingstoke motorists are seeing increases of up to a third.

That means the cost of parking all day in one of the town's council run car parks goes up from £8.40 to £11. The council says parking still offers good value for money.

Charges have also been put up in Surrey - and in car parks run by Oxford City Council. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.

Parking charges in Basingstoke go up by a third

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}If you're parking in Basingstoke, expect to see a hike in prices. The council have increased charges by a third - it's one of the biggest ever rises in the country. It means parking for a day has risen to £11. Last week it was revealed that the local authority is one of the most lenient with parking fines. The new move has left many drivers wondering why they don't get tougher with those who break the rules, rather than increasing prices.

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