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HMS Dragon leaves Portsmouth on deployment

HMS Dragon leaves it's base in Portsmouth Credit: Liam Nash

Portsmouth-based warship HMS Dragon sails today for a routine seven-month Atlantic Patrol Tasking.

Less than a year after she returned from operations in the Gulf and Eastern Mediterranean the Type 45 destroyer will take over from HMS Iron Duke to continue the UK’s commitment to the region, building on the UK’s strong ties with its allies.

HMS Dragon leaves it's base in Portsmouth Credit: Liam Nash

During her time away Dragon will visit several ports in the South Atlantic and Pacific Oceans as well as visiting a number of West African States to build on UK relationships.

Portsmouth man appears in court on terror charges

A 26-year-old man from Portsmouth has appeared in court accused of planning to fight in Syria.

Tuhin Shahensha was remanded in custody following a brief first appearance at Westminster Magistrates' Court in central London.

He allegedly bought military gloves and a solar shower and had a bag packed ready to leave the country before being arrested by counter-terror police.

Shahensha, who is charged with one count of preparing acts of terrorism, is the brother of Ifthekar Jaman, who was confirmed to have been killed fighting in Syria last year.

Sporting a long beard, dark brown top and glasses and with his hair tied back in a ponytail, Shahensha spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth.

District Judge John Zani remanded him in custody and sent the case to the Old Bailey, where the defendant will appear for a preliminary hearing on November 14.

Shahensha, of Hudson Road in Southsea, is charged with having the intention to commit acts of terrorism or assist another to do so between August 1 2013 and October 14 this year, contrary to Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

He is accused of asking social media users, some of whom he believed to be in Syria and taking part in the fighting there, how to travel without a passport, how to get through security at the airport and what to expect when he arrived.

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Ashya King parents 'do not feel safe' to return to UK

The parents of five-year-old cancer patient Ashya King have said they do not feel safe to return to Britain.

Brett and Naghmeh King are set to travel to Spain after their son's proton therapy treatment came to an end.

The five-year-old has completed proton therapy treatment in Prague. Credit: PA Wire

Asked why he was reluctant to return to the UK, Mr King said there was "so much still at stake" and did not want to risk losing Ashya.

"At the moment we don't feel 100% safe, I suppose you would call it, contemplating being in England until perhaps they do this investigation into how everything was conducted for us," Mr King told Sky News.

"Once that has been established then we can think about going back to England. But for the time being we have been in contact with a doctor in Spain so we are continuing with (Ashya's) treatment in Spain instead of England."

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Ashya King parents release new photos after treatment

The parents of five-year-old cancer patient Ashya King have released images of their son after he finished proton therapy treatment in Prague.

Brett and Naghmeh King sparked an international search when they removed Ashya from Southampton hospital in August without medical consent.

The family are now preparing to leave for Spain after the youngster's condition improved.

Ashya with his mother Naghmeh King. Credit: Family handout
Doctors say Ashya is now well enough to play with toys. Credit: Family handout

Ashya 'responding well' to brain cancer treament

Doctors at the Czech proton therapy centre where Ashya King is being treated for brain cancer, have said he has responded well to treatment. The 5-year-old from Portsmouth was removed from Southampton Hospital by his parents earlier this year, sparking an international search.

Ashya King responding well to proton therapy treatment Credit: PA Wires

Man, 26, from Southsea charged under Terrorism Act

A 26-year-old man from the Southsea area of Portsmouth has been charged with the preparation of terrorism acts.

Tuhin Shanesha of Hudson Road, Southsea, Portsmouth was charged last night, under section 5 of the Terrrorism Act of 2006. He was remanded in custody to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today.

He was one of four people arrested when a number of warrants were carried out by the South East Counter Terrorism Unit (SECTU) on Tuesday 14th October in Hampshire and London.

A 23-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman remain in police custody.

A 29-year-old woman from Greenwich was released without charge.

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Final preparations underway for Great South Run

Twenty five thousand people are in last minute training for the Great South Run in Portsmouth on Sunday.

Among the charity runners is Sean Gonzales-Lambert from Southampton. Sean is on the autistic spectrum, his identical twin brothers have Downs Syndrome.

Sean is raising money for Rose Road which provides help and respite care for hundreds of disabled children.

Hants arrest after £1.6m stolen from cash machines

A man has been arrested in Portsmouth after £1.6 million was stolen from cash machines all over the country in a 'cyber attack'.

The operation was launched after an organised Eastern European crime gang are believed to have inserted malware into the machines.

The London Regional Fraud Team (LRFT), a specialist unit containing detectives from British Transport Police, City of London Police and the Metropolitan Police Service, arrested a 37 year old man at a house in Portsmouth today (23 October).

The machines were situated in standalone public places including in Blackpool, Brighton, Doncaster, Liverpool, London, Portsmouth and Sheffield.

Each machine was physically broken into and infected with malware before large amounts of cash was withdrawn.

Detectives believe the malware subsequently deleted itself, making it difficult to identify the cause of the attacks. The physical nature of the attacks meant customer data was not compromised.

The National Crime Agency’s Economic Crime Command was instrumental in gathering intelligence that led to the LRFT’s apprehension of those believed to have stolen £1.6 million from a total of 51 cash machines over the May Bank Holiday weekend.

HMS Kent leaves Portsmouth for 6-month deployment

Portsmouth-based Type 23 frigate - HMS Kent - leaves Portsmouth today for a six-month deployment focusing on maritime security operations in the Indian Ocean.

HMS Kent

HMS Kent will continue the Royal Navy's long-term presence East of Suez as she replaces HMS Northumberland currently on station.

Having been through intense training the ship is ready for a deployment as part of the Royal Navy's standing commitment in the Middle East.

HMS Kent's Commanding Officer, Commander Andrew Block, said: "I am immensely proud of my ship's company and all they have achieved preparing HMS Kent to deploy on operations East of Suez. HMS Kent will return to the Middle East, a part of the world she knows well, to provide reassurance to the UK's allies in the region, whilst conducting maritime security, counter narcotics and counter-piracy patrols to protect British trade and wider national interests."

Andy Vernon encouraging youngsters to get running

The 25th annual Great South Run takes place in just over a week and one of the region's most successful distance runners has been encouraging youngsters to take to the track.

Andy Vernon was in Portsmouth this week to take part in a fun run event which has so far enabled more than 40,000 youngsters nationwide to run a mile long race.

Sarah Gomme reports:

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