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Concern grows for missing 16-year-old from Sussex

David Orman hasn't been seen since 29 December Credit: Sussex Police

Police are growing concerned for a missing 16-year-old from Sussex, who disappeared nearly a month ago.

Officers say David Orman from St Leonards could be in Southampton or Luton.

The teenager was last seen on Monday 29 December at 2.50pm in Hastings.

He may have boarded a train from Hastings or St Leonards Warrior Square railway station to make his way out of the county. He has family and friends in Southampton or Luton in Bedfordshire.

David is described as white, 5' 8', of slim build with black short hair and was wearing a grey hoodie, dark blue jeans and a blue Adidas pump trainers.

Planned ambulance strike action cancelled

Strike action will no longer go ahead tomorrow

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust has announced that planned strike action by its staff will no longer go ahead.

The Trust says it was notified by Unison, Unite and GMB of their intention to strike on Thursday 29 January, but that following talks between unions and the government, the action has been suspended.

We welcome the suspension which means we can concentrate on business as usual.

We recognise the right of our employees to strike and in light of this action we had been continuing to work closely with all our staff, partners and the public to help us reduce demand on our services and help us to continue to protect our patients and achieve an adequate and safe level of 999, 111 and PTS cover.

– South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust



Police target drivers who use mobile phone at wheel

Police target distracted drivers Credit: ITV news

Drivers who use their mobile phones at the wheel are being targeted in a joint operation in Hampshire and the Thames Valley. During a week long operation police offices will focus on offenders.

Reaction times for drivers using a phone are around 50 per cent slower than normal driving and figures show you are four times more likely to crash. Police say even careful drivers can be distracted by a call or text - and a split-second lapse in concentration could result in a crash. Motorists caught using a mobile while driving are warned they could be fined or disqualified from driving

The police campaign is being backed by the family of 28 year old Rachel Titley who was killed on the Isle of Wight. Her car was in collision with another vehicle. The driver had been texting around the time of the crash.

Countess of Wessex opens new cardiac unit in Southampton

Countess of Wessex visits Hampshire Credit: itv news

A new young cardiac unit is being officially opened in Southampton today. The Countess of Wessex will unveil a plaque and meet young patients. £500,000 has been raised for the ward by Wessex Heartbeat - which has been specially designed for young people with lifelong heart conditions.

The Countess of Wessex is Royal Patron of the charity, which was established in 1992 and has raised more than £13 million to help improve cardiac care in Southampton and provide support for patients and their families.

The unit will improve the quality of life for patients whilst in hospital, providing better surroundings and facilities for their physical, psychological and emotional wellbeing. Wessex Heartbeat helps support the care of the 20,000 patients treated at the Southampton centre annually, including 1,000 babies and children born with congenital heart defects.

First of 1400 cars are off-loaded from rescued ship

For sale - nearly new 4x4 Credit: PA

The first of the hundreds of cars which made up the cargo of the rescued car carrier Hoegh Osaka have started to be off-loaded.

Four tugs towed the 51,000-tonne ship back into Southampton Port last Thursday after it had become stranded for a total of 19 days off the Hampshire coast.

Some of the vehicles are noticeably damaged Credit: PA

A spokesman for ship owners Hoegh Autoliners said that most of the cars had survived unscathed, while some had suffered dents and scratches.

An excavator had shifted punching a hole in the hull causing 3,000 tonnes of water to flood some of the car decks. The spokesman said that the condition of cars in this area was not yet known although "a small number" were under water.

1400 cars and agricultural machinery were on board Credit: PA

They were unloading the cargo for most of today, that involved driving the vehicles off, primarily the cars, some Minis and Land Rovers, but not much of the heavy equipment has moved off yet.

"They are expecting the full discharge process to be finished by the end of this week or by early next week depending on how quickly they can get them off.

– Hoegh Autoliners spokesman
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