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.
We are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this incident or anyone who recognises the suspect from the description.
“The victim has been left shocked and upset by this assault. Thankfully this is a rare occurrence, however increased police patrols have been put in place to help to reassure the community."
– PC Nick Jackson
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.
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.”
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.