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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

Police appeal after assault in Gosport

Police in Gosport are appealing for witnesses following a serious assault on a man in Wilmott Lane.

It is believed the 30 year old was thrown down some concrete stairs and then assaulted again whilst on the ground.

He was taken to QA Hospital and treated for injuries to his head, shoulders, arms and hands.

Police are looking to trace a man described as:

• White • Aged 19-20-years-old • 6 feet tall • Skinny build • Short, dark blonde hair with a side parting • White t-shirt • Dark coloured tracksuit bottoms • Trainers

Police would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at that time.

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Man charged in connection with serious assault

Officers have charged a 28 year-old man in connection with a serious assault in Gosport on Sunday.

A 69 year-old man was injured during an incident on the one-way system on Bury Road at around 5:50pm.

The injured man is still being treated at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham for a serious head injury.

28 year-old Duncan Snellgrove of Howe Road has been charged with grievous bodily harm and has been remanded in custody.

He is due to appear at Portsmouth Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Haslar Bridge in Gosport closed on way out of town

Hampshire Roads Policing Unit say that the Haslar Bridge in Gosport is closed in the direction heading out of town. The inbound route remans open. Southern Electric are working on the problem.

Taxi driver robbed in Gosport

An investigation is underway after a taxi driver was robbed in Gosport.

The 52-year-old victim drove his vehicle to an address in Tribe Road, at around 1am on Monday to collect a passenger.

A man who used his arms to cover his face, approached the vehicle from an alleyway and opened one of the car’s doors. He jumped into the front of the vehicle and threatened the driver, demanding he hand over cash.

The driver then fled from the vehicle, which he had started to reverse, and ran into Vernon Road, followed by the unknown man.

The driver threw money at the man after which the man ran away in the direction of Whitworth Road.

Police want to hear from anyone who was in Tribe Road or Vernon Road at around this time? Did you see what happened or see a man running away?

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Royal Navy 21-gun salute to mark The Queen's birthday

Crowds watching a gun salute in Hampshire

The Royal Navy will mark the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II with a 21-gun salute at Fort Blockhouse in Gosport today.

The event is one of many taking place at military establishments across the country. At Portsmouth's Naval base, Royal Navy ships will celebrate with flags displayed along their sides.

"The Royal Navy in Portsmouth always celebrates the Queen's birthday in this way, but this year is obviously extra special as it marks such a significant milestone for Her Majesty."

– Commander David Hilton, Naval Base services manager
The 19th century gun which fires salutes at Fort Blockhouse was acquired by the Navy in 1957

Schoolboy, 8, collects 1,000+ tins of food for foodbank

Ronnie, aged 8, has become a 'foodbank hero'

A kind-hearted schoolboy is being praised by charities tonight - for his incredible effort to fill the shelves at his local foodbank.

Eight-year-old Ronnie Hazlie, from Gosport, was so moved after watching a documentary on television that he decided to start his own online campaign. He even asked for tins of food, instead of presents, for his birthday.

Ronnie has since collected more than 11-hundred tins for people in need. Richard Jones has his inspirational story.

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