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Police in Portsmouth are appealing for witnesses following a report of a sexual assault on a 38-year-old woman on Tuesday. The woman was walking south along Hellyer Road at around 9.30pm when a man approached her to ask her the time.
He then pushed her against a wall, punched her and sexually assaulted her. The suspect is described as black, in his 20s, 5ft 4ins to 5ft 8ins, slim and at the time of the incident he was wearing a dark hoody, with the hood up, dark bottoms and white trainers.
Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact CID at Fratton police station by phoning 101 or anonymously by phoning Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
A 'bicycle ballet' has been performed in Hastings at the Stade open space.
The performance was the result of workshops with local cyclists and highlighted dance, circus and physical theatre routines.
The Stade Saturday programme culminates this Saturday with a performance by She Adores - a pop duo from London.
Police in Wareham are renewing their appeal for witnesses after a collision near the town.
The crash between a cyclist and a vehicle occurred on the A352 in East Stoke, near the Stokeford Inn, at 6.10am on Thursday, September 27th.
The cyclist, a local man in his 30s, was travelling in the direction of Wareham when the unknown vehicle hit him from behind.
The driver then left the scene without stopping, leaving the cyclist lying unconscious in the road. He sustained a concussion and was taken to Poole Hospital.
Energy company E.ON has named Newhaven Port as the operations and maintenance base for its proposed Rampion wind farm, to be built off the Brighton coastline.
MP Norman Baker, for Lewes, said: “This is fantastic news for Newhaven, and something I have lobbied hard for. It will not only create close to a hundred jobs but also establish Newhaven as the port of choice for offshore renewable energy development in the future.
This is a real boost for the economy of the town. The tide has turned for Newhaven in general and the port in particular.”
Five people have been arrested after police officers executed a drugs warrant at an address in Maidstone. Officers raided the address in Arundel Square. Drugs and cash were seized.
A new "mini festival" is set to take place in Brighton at the end of the month, featuring legendary punk poet John Cooper Clarke.
Wordsmith hopes to "celebrate the inspiring architects of text and spoken word" and will also feature American songwriter Diane Cluck and "a pocket sized Henry V".
Emerging in the late 1970s as "the poet laureate of punk", Cooper Clarke’s sharp edged verse earned him opening slots for the The Sex Pistols and the Buzzcocks.
The festival will run from Sunday, October 28th, to November 4th.
Kent Police are appealing for information following a fatal collision in Canterbury.
Officers were called at 6.10pm yesterday to Littlebourne Road to a report that a red BMW Mini had hit a tree.
A 54-year-old woman from the Canterbury area was pronounced dead at the scene.
The road was closed until around 10pm while officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit carried out an investigation.
Officers are keen to speak to anyone who saw the red BMW Mini travelling towards Canterbury. Anyone with information is asked to call 01622 798538.
A Canterbury builder has been jailed for VAT offences of over £800,000.
Wayne Harrison, 52, admitted submitting fraudulent VAT repayment claims for two building firms he directed – David Charles Homes and Weybridge Homes.
Revenue and customs officers, searching his former home in Broadstairs, found evidence of money transfers to Russia, golf club membership, designer jewellery and a large newly-built kitchen and conservatory.
Yet Canterbury Crown Court heard that between 2006 and 2009 he fraudulently claimed VAT refunds totalling £812,250.
Upon sentencing, Mr Recorder Alex Milne QC, said: “Your offending strikes at the heart of the taxation system.”
Harrison, of Pilgrims Mead, Harbledown, Canterbury, pleaded guilty to two counts of cheating the public revenue of VAT.
He was jailed for two and a half years and suspended as a company director for five years. Confiscation proceedings are also in place to reclaim the proceeds of the crimes.
A major maintenance scheme continues this week to replace the bridge supports on the M4 junction 14 roundabout near Hungerford. There is a lane closure and reduced 30mph speed limit on the junction 14 roundabout below the motorway.
Work starts this week to resurface sections of both the north and southbound carriageways of the A34 near Oxford, between the Kennington and Peartree interchanges. Work gets underway on Monday 1 October and is expected to be completed by Christmas. All work will be carried out from 9pm to 5.30am.