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28 suspected illegal immigrants found on lorry in Hampshire

The lorry was searched by police in Portsmouth Credit: Hampshire Police

28 suspected illegal immigrants have been discovered hiding in the back of a lorry in Portsmouth.

The HGV was pulled over by Hampshire Police. Immigration officers and South Central Ambulance Service attended the scene, giving medical aid to those in need.

The driver of the lorry has been arrested on suspicion of facilitating illegal entry into the UK

Police are appealing for anyone with information about the incident to contact them.

Ambulance crew giving medical assistance to those on the lorry Credit: Hampshire Police

Five men jailed for supplying drugs in Portsmouth

Five people have been given sentences totalling more than 30 years in prison, following an investigation into the supply of Class A drugs in Portsmouth.

The Operation Fortress investigation ran between March and August 2015 and focused on drugs supply between Manchester and Portsmouth.

The five people all pleaded guilty.

John Burns Credit: Hampshire Police

27 year-old John Burns of Dingle Close, Radcliffe, Manchester, was sentenced to eight years in prison for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and three counts of money laundering.

Chae Neville Credit: Hampshire Police

19 year-old Chae Neville of no fixed address was jailed for three years and two months for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs

Luke Leighton Credit: Hampshire Police

25 year-old Luke Leighton of Somers Road, Portsmouth, was jailed for nine years for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs

Corey Vaughan Credit: Hampshire Police

21 year-old Corey Vaughan of no fixed address was jailed for five years and five months for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs

James Hull Credit: Hampshire Police

24 year-old James Hull of Dresden Street, Manchester was sentenced to four years and six months in prison for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs

Chief Inspector James Pegler said: “Police in Portsmouth continually work to disrupt and tackle drug-dealing in the city.

“I have said before that we will not tolerate drug-dealing in Portsmouth and I hope this result proves reassuring to the local community and that they can see the benefit of the work of Operation Fortress.

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Police want to trace this van after collision with cyclist

Police issue CCTV of van they want to trace in relation to a collision with a cyclist Credit: Hampshire Police

Police are trying to trace a van they believe was involved in a fail to stop collision with a cyclist in Fordingbridge in Hampshire. The incident happened on the A338 Salisbury Road, at 9.20am on Thursday 28th April.

The 70-year-old cyclist remains in hospital with serious head injuries in a critical but stable condition.

Officers have released CCTV of the vehicle they are trying to trace and say that they are also in a position to confirm that the registration of the white Ford Transit flatbed vehicle is BU53 FVM.

Road policing officers have been carrying out extensive investigations to track down the vehicle and would like the public to help. Anyone with information can contact Hampshire Constabulary by telephoning 101 and quoting Operation Addition, or you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

“This was a serious collision which has left a cyclist fighting for his life in hospital.

“Our investigations have now led us to this vehicle which was captured on CCTV and we would like to speak to anyone who knows where it is.

“We are determined to find this vehicle and we hope the public will help by keeping it in mind when out on the roads of Hampshire.”

– PC Lucy Hawkins, Hampshire Police

Boy, 16, from Kent arrested by police investigating Hampshire murder of father-of-four Michael Freshwater

Police are investigating the murder of Michael Freshwater in Southampton

Detectives investigating the murder of a father-of-four from Southampton have arrested a 16-year-old boy from Kent.

The body of 49-year-old Michael Freshwater was found at a property in Westridge Road in Southampton on the afternoon of Friday 29th April. Hampshire Police have made a nine arrests so far during their inquiry.

Officers are continuing to appeal for anyone with further information to come forward. People can by either telephone the police on 101 quoting Operation Windless, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to leave information anonymously.

UPDATE: Family pays tribute to Hampshire stabbing victim

Michael Freshwater was 49 Credit: Hampshire Police

The family of a father of four who died from a stab wound at a house in Southampton, have paid tribute to him.

Police today named him as 49 year old Michael Freshwater, found dead at an address on Westridge Road in Southampton.

Two men from Southampton, aged 26 and 35, arrested in connection with this incident are still in police custody

Michael Freshwater was a father of four from Swaythling Credit: Hampshire Police

Michael's family have paid tribute to him, with his partner Jenny Downey saying life will never be the same again.

"We had a special kind of love. Not only was he my partner, he was my best friend, my rock and the absolute love of my life. I’m left with the biggest black hole in my heart.

“Micky was a wonderful soul, a happy-go-lucky person with a beautiful heart made of gold. He would help anyone out.

“He was one of a kind, a truly amazing soul. He was a friend to many, a brother, a son and a wonderful father.

“Micky was my world and I'm absolutely heartbroken. Goodnight my Micky, I will always love you.”

– Jenny Downey, Michael's partner

Police told us that they still have a cordon at the scene in Westridge Road but it has been reduced in size.

Following a post mortem examination officers confirmed that Mr Freshwater died as a result of a stab wound.

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Two men arrested on suspicion of Southampton murder

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Two men have been arrested after a man's body was found in Southampton.

A 26-year-old man and a 35-year-old man, both from Southampton, have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Officers were called to the property in Westridge Road shortly after 4.15pm on Friday afternoon. Police believe there may have been a disagreement at the property before the incident.

The body has not been formally identified and the cause of death hasn't been confirmed.

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Murder inquiry police believe it was 'isolated incident'

Police have launched a murder investigation after a body was found in Southampton

A post mortem examination is due to be carried out on the body of a man found at a flat on Westridge Road in Southampton on Friday afternoon.

Hampshire Police have issued a statement to reassure the public. Detectives say they think the crime was an isolated incident.

“Our investigations are continuing today and we are following up several lines of enquiries.

“At this stage we believe this to be an isolated incident and that there is no risk to the wider community.

“However, we understand that news of this incident will have caused concern among residents in the area, so our neighbourhood officers will be carrying out reassurance patrols throughout the weekend.

“The body was found in a multi-occupancy property and today our forensic officers are carrying out extensive searches there.

“To allow this to happen we have moved all the residents from the property and put them up in temporary accommodation.

“We are also anticipating that the scene will be cordoned off for some time yet, so we would like to thank residents for their patience as we continue our investigations.

“We understand that there may have been a dispute at the address earlier yesterday and we are appealing for anyone who may have seen or heard anything to contact us if you haven’t already as you may have information which can assist our investigation.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Nick Heelan, Hampshire Constabulary

Murder inquiry launched after man's body found at flat

Police cordoned off Westridge Road in Southampton

Hampshire Police have launched a murder investigation following the discovery of a man's body at a flat in Southampton.

Officers were called to the property in Westridge Road shortly after 4.15pm on Friday afternoon. A police statement said they were not in a position to confirm the man's identity or any further details at this stage.

“We are in the early stages of an investigation into a man’s death which is being treated as suspicious.

“We understand there may have been a dispute at the address in Westridge Road earlier today (Friday, April 29).

“I am appealing for anyone who may have witnessed or heard this dispute to contact us. We are also keen to speak to anyone who may be able to provide us with any information which could help us establish the circumstances of the man’s death.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Nick Heelan, Hampshire Constabulary

Anyone with information should contact Hampshire Police on 101 quoting Operation Windless. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police make arrest in connection with attack on girl, 17

Detectives investigating a serious assault on a 17-year-old girl in Portsmouth say they have made an arrest in connection with the incident.

The teenager was attacked in Shearer Road on Monday 11th April. A 28-year-old man from Portsmouth is in police custody.

Anyone with information can telephone police on 101 quoting Operation Gather, or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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