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Acts of kindness help residents made homeless after fire

Two families have been left homeless after a fire ripped through a row of terrace houses in Gosport.

The fire broke out on Friday and quickly spread.

Now the community is rallying around them to get them back on their feet, including one group set up locally called Acts of Kindness. Mary Stanley reports.

You can find out more about the Acts of Kindness group on their website http://aok.community or email: ActsofKindnessTeam@outlook.com

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Teenager raped in Gosport alleyway after night out

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An 18 year old woman has been allegedly raped in an alleyway in Gosport.

The victim, from Fareham, became separated from a friend after a night out.

She was attacked in an alleyway off the high street in the early hours on Sunday 6th August.

She managed to escape, and ran along Gosport high street where she raised the alarm by banging on the door of the McDonalds restaurant, staff then called the police.

Police are trying to trace a man with blond/mousey coloured short hair with a parting.

Anyone who may have seen the victim or the attacker between 3am and 5.30am in the area is asked to contact police.

They should call the Operation Amberstone Team at Fratton Police Station on 101.

Local officers are carrying out patrols in the area and detectives are following up several leads.

Gosport high street Credit: ITV Meridian

How to stay safe on a night out

  • Where possible use public transport or use a designated driver, who isn’t drinking alcohol, to get you to and from any venue you go to
  • When walking stick only to well lit areas with plenty of other people about
  • Go with friends and try and make sure you stay together

Plans unveiled to protect Gosport from flooding

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People living in Gosport have the chance to have their say on plans to safeguard hundreds of homes from coastal flooding.

The plans outline new or improved flood defences in Forton, Alverstoke and Seafield, designed to protect homes, businesses and vital structures until 2060.

The town was affected by flooding in 2006 and 2016 during heavy rain.

£2.4 million in funding is needed to construct the schemes, work could start in 2019.

Residents can see proposed schemes at a series of drop-in exhibitions:

  • Alverstoke - 17 July, 1pm-6.30pm, at the Scout Activities Centre, Clayhall Road
  • Seafield - 20 July, 1pm-6.30pm, at the Discovery Centre, Gosport High Street
  • Forton - 25 July, 1pm-6.30pm, at St Vincent College, Mill Lane

Protecting ourselves from the risk of flooding is one of the most important tasks we have to think about. These schemes are hugely important if you live or work in these areas, or use the coastline in your leisure time. It's vital that residents see these initial proposals and tell us what they think."

– Cllr Graham Burgess

British sailor aims for Vendee victory

Alex Thomson aiming high. Credit: Lloyd Images

Alex Thomson today began his bid to become the first British sailor ever to win one of the most gruelling sporting challenges on the planet, the Vendée Globe.

The Vendée Globe is a single-handed, non-stop, unassisted race around the world.

Thomson, who's from Gosport, departed from the race start line in France, today alongside 28 other sailors.

After successfully completing the 2012-2013 Vendee Globe and crossing the finishing line in third place, Thomson will this year seek to make history and become the first British sailor ever to win the iconic race. He will do so on-board his new £4.5m IMOCA 60 race boat.

So extreme is the 26,000 nautical mile Vendée Globe, that just 71 of the 138 sailors who have ever attempted to complete the race have successfully made the finish line.

Setting off from France Credit: Lloyd Images
Flying the flag for Britain Credit: Lloyd Images
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