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Man appears in court over assault on police officers

A man has appeared in court charged in connection with assaulting two police officers in Portsmouth.

Officers were called to an incident at Lloyds Bank in London Road in North End yesterday afternoon after a report of a man stood in the bank holding a knife.

One officer was cut on his arm, while another officer suffered a suspected broken knee bone.

This morning police charged Steven Bradley Wallis, 27, of no fixed abode, with:

  • Affray
  • Possession of a knife blade / sharp pointed article in a public place
  • Assault a person thereby occasioning them actual bodily harm
  • Wound / inflict grievous bodily harm without intent

He's been remanded in custody, to appear at Portsmouth Crown Court on November 9.

Prince Harry 'not that posh' admits 13-year-old award winner

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Prince Harry presented an ‘Inspirational Child of the Year’ award to a 13-year-old patient of the QA Hospital in Portsmouth for her fundraising work

Hope Farren faces gruelling daily medications to combat severe asthma, angioedema, chest, lung and adrenaline problems.

She was picked from hundreds of nominations from across the UK for her efforts donating boxes of toys, games and video consoles to the paediatrics ward.

Hope was first admitted to hospital at just three months old where she was diagnosed with a range of conditions including severe asthma.

This has meant that Hope, now 13, has since been admitted to hospital more than 90 times.

I said to Prince Harry that he didn’t sound as posh as I thought he would, and he replied that he laughs at people who sound too posh.

It was an honour to meet him but just like talking to a normal man and he was so nice and relaxed.

– Hope Farren


Young apprentices meet sailing legend

Ben Ainslie Racing team Credit: ITV news

Sir Ben Ainslie will meet the local apprentices who worked on his Americas Cup RIBS today. Students from City College Southampton hand built the two boats from scratch.

They'll join him at the BAR Racing HQ in Portsmouth. They'll be given a tour of the facility before seeing the boats in action on the water. Organisers say it'll be a really proud moment for the youngsters as they start their careers, having hand built a pair of boats for an Olympic sailor.

Portsmouth people have their say on council's budget

Further cutbacks are planned for Portsmouth Credit: ITV

There is still time for people in Portsmouth to have their say on the council's budget.

Until 19 October they can take part in a Portsmouth City Council consultation, aimed at finding out residents' priorities for spending.

Like all local authorities, the council is facing further cuts to the money it receives from the government.

The council has already made £74.4m of savings over the last five years. But it needs to save at least another £31m over the three financial years from April 2016.

Veterans welcome restoration of last surviving D-Day landing craft

The last surviving - tank landing craft - to have taken part in D-Day is to be restored in Portsmouth. LCT 7074 was rescued from the bottom of a dock in Merseyside where she'd sunk. Veterans of the invasion of Normandy in 1944 say it's vital she's preserved to give future generations an idea of what they went through. Richard Jones has our report.

Emotional visit for D-Day veterans to Portsmouth

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A small group of D-Day veterans has visited the recently raised vessel LCT 7074, for what is likely to be the only opportunity to view the landing craft before the National Museum of the Royal Navy embarks on an assessment of her conservation needs.

Many of the veterans served on landing crafts similar to LCT 7074, for most this was the first time they had seen a LCT since they were in active service in the Second World War. During their visit the D-Day veterans were welcomed by Professor Dominic Tweddle, Director General of the National Museum of the Royal Navy and given a short tour of the vessel.

Ron Smith, a wireman on LCT 947 (a later model than the 7074) said: "Memories immediately came flooding back as soon as I saw her. Her size - two feet longer than HMS Victory apparently - struck me. We were thrilled to get a chance to see her today and can't wait to see her restored."

Professor Dominic Tweddle, Director General of the National Museum of the Royal Navy said “LCT 7074 is one of the last of these vital workhorses known to have participated in D-Day. Ordinary vessels, they performed an extraordinary task; carrying up to ten Sherman tanks, and transporting almost all the heavy artillery and armoured vehicles that landed in Normandy. This allowed the amphibious force to win major engagements and remain equipped to fight for months without a friendly port. It is exceptionally moving to welcome the Veterans today, to share in their memories and ensure they are recorded forever."

LCT 7074 was raised from Liverpool Docks last year by the National Museum of the Royal Navy and transported by sea to Portsmouth Naval Base. More than 800 LCTs took part in Operation Overlord, the D-Day landings on 6 June 1944, each capable of carrying ten tanks or other heavy armoured vehicles into battle. Operation Neptune was the naval dimension of Overlord, the largest amphibious operation in history, in which more than 7,000 ships and craft of all sizes landed over 160,000 soldiers on the beaches of Normandy. Of this fleet, fewer than ten are believed to survive, including LCT 7074 which is understood to be the only vessel of this kind left in Britain.


Work to transform old military barracks into art studios starts soon

The Hotwalls Studios will open next year thanks to £1.75m of government coastal communities funding, £40k PUSH and £100K from the council. Historic England has been closely involved the project, which will secure the future of this historic monument in a creative way.

The build means temporary diversions along the around the site, however visitors will still be able reachthe beach in front of the arches.

There are plans to work witha not-for-profit company to run the studios, and an external company to run thebrasserie and café.

Cllr Linda Symes, Portsmouth City Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport said:

"I can't wait to see the development finished and creative businesses filling the13 studios. We will continue to update residents on the redevelopment's progression and will hopefully have exciting news about the brasserie and café offer soon. Disruption will be kept to a minimum during the development, and the outcome will definitely be worth it as the studios will provide jobs and help prolong the life of the monument."

– Portsmouth City Council

The project will create new jobs and opportunities for new business start ups.

Dr Bev Lucas, Portsmouth City Council's project manager said:

"This is a really exciting development for the city, however we understand the importance of the area and the sensitivities of carrying out work. The contractors have a wealth of experience working on historic buildings and are very conscious of the surrounding residential environment surrounding the site."

– Portsmouth City Council

Site working will be Monday to Friday from 8am - 6pm, with deliveries taketaking place between 9am-4pm. The work will involve sensitively converting the arches into creative studios, refurbishing the public toilets and improving the public space with new surfacing and public seating.

For information about the project visit and search 'hotwalls studios'

Last Type 42 Destroyer to leave Portsmouth

HMS Gloucester will depart for the final time later Credit: ITV Meridian

Forty years of tradition comes to an end today, when the last Type 42 Destroyer leaves Portsmouth.

Crowds will line the waterfront as HMS Gloucester departs for the final time.

The ships, known as the greyhounds of the ocean, have seen active service around the world from counter drugs operations to humanitarian operations.

They've been replaced by new high-tech Type 45s.

Appeal for help to find missing man

Paul Brown was last seen on Wednesday evening Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police are appealing for help to find missing Portsmouth man, Paul Brown.

Paul, who's 60, was last seen at about 6.30am in Estella Road in Portsmouth on Wednesday.

He's described as wearing a green zip up jacket and camouflage trousers.

If you have seen Paul or have any information about his whereabouts please can you contact us on 101 quoting ref 44150325081.

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