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Billy Ocean gives coffee morning unexpected boost

Billy Ocean meets the fundraisers Credit: Polymedia

Fundraisers, who decided to hold a coffee morning to support a cancer charity, ended up bringing in £10,000 after it got Billy Ocean's backing. The group had a surprise when the recording artist turned up at the event at Bunn Leisure Holiday Park in West Sussex.

Billy Ocean, who was performing at the park, gave organisers his support by posing for photos and offering a signed shirt for auction.

Exclusive: The Mayor banned from his town's pubs or clubs says "I was neither drunk not threatening".

The Mayor of Gosport Wayne Ronayne has been telling ITV Meridian that he was "neither drunk or disorderly" when he was banned from his town's pubs and clubs.

Speaking exclusively to us, he said he wanted to tell his side of the story. He is appealing against a six month ban, imposed by Pub Watch, a group made up of local publicans.

His partner, Mayoress Paula Carter has been told she can't step into a bar or club in Gosport for 12 months. Both deny improper behaviour.

Liberal Democrat councillor Peter Chegwyn says the Mayor should resign.

But Mr Ronayne says he's a hard working councillor at Gosport Borough Council and does not need to step down.

So what exactly happened on the night - and what now for a councillor elected Mayor? Mr Ronayne tells us his side of the story.


Gosport Mayor: "I was neither drunk nor threatening"

Cllr Wayne Ronayne wishes it to be known, that whilst he was in company with a group of family and friends post the Mayor Making ceremony on Wednesday last week, he was neither drunk, abusive or threatening to any one at any time. Furthermore, he did not witness any abusive or threatening behaviour by any of those who were in his company. Wayne has secured a witness statement of the events of the entire evening and has submitted a request in writing for an appeal against the 6 month ban imposed by Pub Watch.

– Spokesperson for Wayne Ronayne

In regard to the Mayoress, Paula Carter, Cllr Ronayne states that he will not allow her to be the focus of further allegations which may be subjective.

– Spokesperson for Wayne Ronayne

Gosport Mayor banned from pubs just hours into office

The Mayor of Gosport and the Lady Mayoress Credit: Gosport Borough Council

There are calls tonight for the Mayor of Gosport to resign after he was banned from the town's pubs just hours after taking office. Tory Councillor, Wayne Ronayne, was in a group asked to leave The Star in the High Street following the mayor-making ceremony.

The organisation Pubwatch says the mayor has been banned from the town's pubs for six months. The Mayoress, Paula Carter, has been banned for a year.

The Mayor says he was neither drunk nor abusive and he's appealing the ban. But Lib Dems on the council are calling for resignations.

Teenager arrested after fire in block of derelict flats

Derelict flats set on on fire Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue

A 16 year-old has been arrested for arson after fire broke out in a block of derelict flats in Gosport.

Emergency services were called to Livingstone Court, Grange Road, Rowner, where smoke was seen coming from a derelict block of flats in the court, which is being demolished at the moment,

Firefighters at scene of suspected arson in Gosport Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue

Officers investigating the cause of the fire, which started in a third floor flat, have arrested a 16-year-old boy on suspicion of arson; he has been released on bail.

Appeal after dog attack in Gosport

Police in Gosport are appealing for witnesses after a 7-year-old boy reported that he was bitten by a dog near to Monks Walk at around 1pm yesterday.The child said that he was bitten several times on his arms and back by a Rottweiler puppy or similar breed of dog.

He was left with cuts, scratches and bruises that needed to be treated at hospital.Police would like to speak to an older couple seen with the dog. The woman was in a wheelchair and the man was of large build and had very short grey hair.


Man attacked on cycle track

Police are appealing for witness after a man was attacked on the cycle track south of Cambridge Road in Gosport. The 23-year-old was knocked from his cycle and assaulted by two unknown men sometimes between 12 and 12.40pm on Thursday, May 8.

He was then punched and hit with a metal pole causing him injuries consistent with grievous bodily harm

We think this was a targeted attack and not random. This is a very rare occurrence in our area. I am appealing for witnesses who may have seen what happened. It’s likely there would have been other people around at the time of day it happened. I would ask anyone with any information about the incidents gives me a call at Fareham CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymoously on 0800 555 111.”

– Detective Constable Debbie Barron

Prince William visits Royal Navy Submarine Museum

Prince William has been in the south today, paying a second visit to the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport. He was there for the official opening six years ago.

Today the prince attended a service of re-dedication for the newly-restored HMS Alliance. It's had a £7 million refurbishment. Afterwards - he was taken on a tour of the sub, as Andrew Pate reports.

Police appeal for witnesses after woman hit by car

Hampshire Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was hit by a car in Gosport. The incident happened at 10.50am on Tuesday 18th March 2014. A blue Citroen C3 collided with a pedestrian at the junction of Cambridge Road and Hartington Road.

A 59-year-old woman from the area is being treated at Southampton General Hospital for serious head injuries. The driver - a 74-year-old man, also from the local area and his 67-year-old passenger were uninjured.

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