HMS Queen Elizabeth in numbers

The Queen will formally name the Royal Navy's biggest ever ship today, with whisky replacing the more traditional champagne at the ceremony.

Mechanic's "surprise" at honour

An engineer who spent hours in oily waters, to prevent a tug boat from sinking has received a Royal Commendation for bravery.

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Tombstoners risk lives jumping into shallow water

The RNLI has released a video of two tombstoners who have risked their lives by jumping into jagged rocks in Portsmouth.

A member of the public caught people jumping from battlements at Old Portsmouth - a notorious place for tombstoning.

They were seen jumping 35ft into shallow water and jagged rocks across the seabed - a dangerous landing from a great height.

The video is part of RNLI's drowning awareness campaign, called Respect the Water, where the charity will be helping people to stay safe this summer.

Back in 2008, a man was paralysed and confined to a wheelchair when he jumped into the water from Southsea Pier in a tombstoning incident.

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One person is seen jumping from a great height into the shallow depths Credit: RNLI

Tombstoning anywhere is incredibly dangerous but this footage is some of the most dangerous I’ve ever seen. These people are jumping from about 35ft into shallow water which hides jagged rocks on the sea bed. They are risking their lives, there is no doubt about it."

– ogan Wheeldon, RNLI lifeguard supervisor

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Hilsea lido to re-open ahead of school holidays

A lido in Portsmouth couldn't have opened at a better time for residents in Hilsea. With the heatwave set to continue and schools breaking up, the outdoor swimming pool is raring up for a busy summer.

A group of volunteers have been working hard to scrub up the lido and it's expected to be a popular choice for families although all children, including teenagers, have to be in a family group if they want to swim.

We've spoken to Helen Downing-Emms, the lead volunteer of Hilsea Lido about the re-opening of the lido.

Man approaches teen, holds her hand then cycles off

Police have released this e-fit of a man after he approached a 15-year-old girl in suspicious circumstances in Portsmouth.

The teenager was walking by herself through a children's play area in Buckland Park on the morning of Wednesday 2nd July.

A man sitting on a bench with a bicycle approached the girl and took hold of her hand. He let go moments later and cycled away towards North End.

Detective Constable Peter Bugden, said

We are making a fresh appeal for information now that we have an efit. I would urge anyone who recognises the man in the efit, to come forward and speak to us in confidence.

We are still keen to speak with a woman walking with a small brown dog who was in the park at the time of the incident.

– Detective Constable Peter Bugden
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Hampshire Police have released this e-fit of a man after he approached a teenager in suspicious cicrumstances Credit: Hampshire Police

Portsmouth hospital's £6.7m payout after 'errors'

The family of a severely-disabled boy who suffered brain damage because of medical errors has been awarded £6.7m.

The boy, now 12, whose identity is protected by a court order, suffered devastating brain injuries after staff at St Mary’s Hospital in Portsmouth, failed to act quickly enough to spot that he had a serious medical condition.

As a result, he had a cardiac arrest which led to brain damage and left him with severe disabilities.

He has no independent movements, relies on skilled carers 24 hours a day and can only communicate through eye moments and the use of specialist technology.

Lawyers from BL Claims Solicitors pursued a clinical negligence claim on his behalf, alleging that there were delays in performing a chest x-ray to diagnose that the boy had a condition called congenital diaphragmatic hernia.

The very tragic part is that if the doctors had listened or taken any notice of what we kept saying as parents then this event would have been easily avoided.

“Instead our son’s life has been completely ruined. He will never go to his school prom, enjoy playing on the beach or have fun kicking a football around with his friends. He will never eat a meal again or enjoy a drink or ice cream on a hot day.

“We will never see him get married or have children of his own. His active life has been sadly taken away from him and at such a young age.

“One message we would like give to all parents is please always trust your instincts when your child is unwell. If you believe that something is wrong then insist that action is taken by the doctors."

– The boy’s parents

On the 14th July 2014, the High Court approved a settlement negotiated between the claimant and Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs St Mary’s.

The settlement, estimated to exceed £6.7m, is made up of £3.2m plus annual payments of £265,000 a year until the claimant is aged 18 - and then £305,000 a year for the rest of his life. The money will be used to pay for the specialist care the boy needs.

Boy remanded in custody over Portsmouth assaults

A 17-year-old boy from Hilsea charged with three counts of attempted murder and possession of a bladed article appeared at Fareham youth court this morning

He was remanded in custody and is due to appear at Winchester Crown court on Wednesday 30th July.

The charge follows three assaults on women in the north of Portsmouth on the 20th June, 29th June and 11th July.

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Teen charged with 'attempted murder' after Portsmouth assaults

A 17-year-old has been charged over assaults on women in Portsmouth.

The youth from the Hilsea area, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with three counts of attempted murder and possession of a bladed article.

Increased high-visibility police patrols in Portsmouth will continue so we can provide reassurance and factual updates to the public.

I would like to thank the public for their support with our investigation and we are grateful for the considerable co-operation and understanding of local residents during a difficult time for the community.

I hope that we have been able to support the victims and their families in coping with the affect of the assaults."

– Detective Superintendent Victoria Dennis, the senior investigating officer

Police charge youth in connection with assaults in Portsmouth

Police charge youth Credit: ITV news

Police have charged a 17-year old youth in connection with assaults on three women in Portsmouth. The incidents are said to have taken place in the Hilsea area between 20th June and 11th July.

The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is charged with three counts of attempted murder and possession of a bladed article. He will appear before Portsmouth magistrates tomorrow.

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PM: 'We can't defend realm from white cliffs of Dover'

Prime Minister David Cameron has said the £1.1 billion military investment announced today will deal with global terrorism and cyber criminals rather than old-fashioned notions of border defence.

Writing in The Daily Telegraph, he said:

Today's investment demonstrates our approach to national security. There are those who believe we would be safer if we fundamentally retreated from the world. They see new warships and military investment and imagine a Government bent on foreign adventurism.

But the plain fact is that in the 21st century, you cannot defend the realm from the white cliffs of Dover. Terrorist plots hatched thousands of miles away threaten to cause harm on our streets. When fragile and lawless states fracture, migration flows can affect us right here.

Read: Armed forces to get £1.1 billion funds

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