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Restored Royal Navy warship to open as tourist attraction

HMS M.33 Credit: ITV news

A restored royal navy warship dating from the first world war is to open as a tourist attraction later this week. HMS M.33 is the only remaining British vessel involved in the 1915 Gallipoli campaign off Turkey. It will be berthed near Nelson's flagship HMS Victory and the Mary Rose Museum at Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard. Hampshire County Council and the National Museum of the Royal Navy have returned the vessel to her former glory with the help of £1.79 million pound heritage lottery grant.

Visitors have a chance to go below deck Credit: ITV news

Hampshire County Council Leader, Councillor Roy Perry said: "This is an important and fascinating piece of Hampshire's heritage - the only remaining British veteran of the Gallipoli campaign. I am very pleased that the County Council was able to save it for preservation as a fine example of marine heritage for which Hampshire, and in particular the Solent area, is famous. With tourism playing such a vital role in Hampshire's economy, our vision for the ship has always been to welcome the public aboard to see it, as a valuable education resource and tourist attraction. It is very fitting that we are able to do this, in time for it to be a part of the centenary commemorations of the Gallipoli Campaign."

HMS M.33 was acquired by Hampshire County Council's Museums Service in 1990 in order to preserve her heritage for future generations across the county, and the nation. In 2013, the County Council joined forces with the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) to bid for Heritage Lottery Fund support towards the extensive work required to preserve her.

New volunteer teams to help Portsmouth's elderly

Queen Alexandra Hospital launches new scheme Credit: ITV news

A new scheme to help prepare elderly patients return home after being discharged is being launched at Portsmouth's Queen Alexandra Hospital. Volunteers will assist with shopping, collecting prescriptions or medication, and transportation to medical appointments for up to six weeks. The measure has been found to halve the number of people having to be readmitted within three months.

The scheme will be run by the Royal Voluntary Service. Research conducted by the charity, assisted by the Kings Fund, identified that older people returning home from hospital without enough support are more than twice as likely to be readmitted within three months.

As part of the service, the volunteer will prepare the person's home, making sure the heating and lights are on and that the kitchen is stocked with essentials.

David McCullough, Chief Executive of Royal Voluntary Service said: "This service will mean more older people will receive the support of a caring volunteer who will be there to help them get back on their feet after a stay in hospital. We know that placing a volunteer at the centre of a person's recovery plan can make a huge difference."

Linda Field, Head of Nursing for Medicine for Older People, Rehabilitation and Stroke at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "These volunteers will make a significant difference to the lives of older people after they are discharged from QA. Their support will be invaluable in helping our patients, some of whom may have been in hospital for a length of time, to settle back into their own homes. This ongoing support benefits patients hugely, and has a positive impact on physical health as well as emotional wellbeing.


73 year old man robbed during epileptic fit in Portsmouth

A 73 year old man has been robbed while suffering from an epileptic seizure in his own home. The man was alone in the house when he heard persistent knocking at his door. Still unwell, he managed to answer and found two men at the door. The men claimed to be from the water board and said they needed to sort out a problem inside his home.

One of the men went upstairs and the other to the kitchen. £50 was taken before both men left the house and appeared to meet up with a third man outside. They then men walked off towards an underpass.

The first man is described as white, early 30s, slim build, 5ft 10ins tall and wearing a white ‘windcheater’ jacket. The second man is described as white, between 30 and 40 years of age, stocky build, 5ft 7ins tall and wearing a black jacket and baseball hat.

Detective Constable Rebecca Brown said: “It appears the homeowner was targeted as a result of his vulnerability. It would have been clear to the offenders that the man was unwell. Allaway Avenue is a busy road which runs through Paulsgrove, someone must have seen these men. I would urge anyone with information to come forward.”

Police believe the robbery could be linked to a similar incident which was reported a few hours later in Windmill Lane at Bursledon. Three men were involved and a similar motive was used. £170 cash was taken from this address.

The America's Cup 'auld mug' officially arrives in Portsmouth

The America's Cup arrives in Portsmouth aboard a Navy assault craft Credit: Sarah Gomme/ITV Meridian
The America's Cup is the oldest sporting trophy in the world Credit: Sarah Gomme/ITV Meridian
Sir Ben Ainslie and Sir Keith Mills carry the America's Cup into the race village Credit: Sarah Gomme/ITV Meridian


Mexican tall ship invites visitors on board for Armed Forces Day

Mexican tall ship visits Portsmouth Credit: ITV News Meridian

The Mexican Navy sail training ship, ARM Cuauhtémoc, has opened to visitors this weekend in Portsmouth Naval Base, as part of her five day stop-over in the city.

The ship, which acts as a training vessel for the Mexican Navy, will open to visitors today and tomorrow. Access to the ship is free but visitors will need to enter Portsmouth Historic Dockyard via the visitor centre before going on board.

Abseilers start applying blue paint to Spinnaker Tower

Abseilers have started painting part of the Spinnaker Tower blue, as part of a £3.5 million sponsorship deal with the airline Emirates.

Painting was due to start yesterday, but the paint delivery was delayed.

The tower will be painted blue and gold but keep its white sails. The tower was going to be painted red and white, but the plans were scrapped when local people objected to the fact the colour scheme was the same as Pompey rivals Southampton.

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