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Concerns for missing man

Police are concerned for 59-year-old Mark Lucas Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police are urgently trying to locate a man missing from the Portsmouth area.

Mark Lucas is 59-years-old and missing from the Portsmouth area. He was reported missing at around 6.40pm today and officers are really worried about him.

Mark is described as:

5 ft 10ins tall

Slim build

Last ween wearing dark trousers and a dark coloured jumper.

A photograph is being circulated with this appeal, but please note he has lost a considerable amount of weight since this photograph was taken so looks thinner in the face.

He is believed to be on foot, and could be anywhere. We know that he hails from Gosport and has family in Lee-on-Solent, and he could be in any of these areas.

"Together with Mr Lucas's family, we are very concerned for him. He is a vulnerable individual who may put himself in dangerous situations. If anyone has any information concerning his whereabouts or movements please call police immediately."

– Inspector Adam Edwards

Man attacked in row over taxi in Portsmouth

Police hunt taxi rank attacker Credit: Hampshire Police

A 30-year-old man has been assaulted following a row over a taxi in Southsea. The victim was waiting in the rank outside Debenhams when he was attacked. He was treated for cuts to his right eye and cheek at Queen Alexandra Hospital and later discharged.

Police have released CCTV of the attacker. He's described as white, in his mid twenties, 5ft 8ins tall, stocky build with very short dark brown hair. He was wearing a light grey v-neck jumper over a white collared shirt, dark blue jeans and light brown desert boots.

PC Russell Turner said: “Following a dispute over a taxi in the rank outside Debenhams, a 30-year-old man was assaulted. We’d like to hear from one man in particular who was wearing a grey v-neck top and dark blue jeans who is believed to be the suspect in this incident and appeared to be with a group of four other men at the time. We’re releasing a CCTV image of him in the hope he recognises himself or someone else can tell us who he is.”


Renewed appeal following unprovoked nightclub attack

Men needed hospital treatment following unprovoked attack

Police are renewing an appeal for information following an assault on two men in the Liquid & Envy nightclub in Portsmouth just before Christmas.

They'd gone to the club on the evening of Friday, December 20, and in the early hours, at about 1.00am one of them accidentally bumped into another man and his friend.

This has resulted in an unprovoked attack, whereby the two victims, both in there early 20s needed medical treatment for injuries to their head and face.

Although this incident happened two months ago, we are hoping that a fresh appeal for information will help us to identify the men in the cctv.

We would like to talk to them in connection with this assault, which has resulted in both victims needing to go to hospital.

– Investigating Officer, Detective Constable Angela Smith

New hope for Hampshire's last remaining Victorian Pier

Fresh start of historic pier Credit: ITV news

The new owners of Hampshire's last remaining Victorian Pier have revealed plans to re-open it this year. South Parade Pier in Portsmouth has been closed for more than a year and has fallen into disrepair. Now its new owners say they have spent £500,000 on structural repairs and hope to have parts of it open again this summer. The news comes as an event is being held this weekend to ask pier users how they want it to develop.

The Pier on Southsea Seafront has been a huge draw for visitors since the Victorian era. The mix of seaside attractions, performance venue and fishing platform has touched the hearts and memories of generations of visitors. It has survived three major fires and continual changes in fashion to become a classic fixture in the city of Portsmouth.

The public consultation is being held at the Royal Beach Hotel on Saturday. Residents are invited to give their thoughts on how the Pier could be re-developed. The South Parade Trust hopes that the the pier can once again become "both a hub for the local community, a functioning business and an asset for the City."


Prime Minister pledges to safeguard defence jobs at Gosport, Portsmouth and at RAF Odiham

The Prime Minister is visiting Hampshire to confirm millions of pounds in defence investment securing more than 400 jobs.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has signed a £420 million contract with Boeing - which makes the Chinook helicopter - for 'in-service support'.

The contract will last for five years and will safeguard 450 jobs at Fleetlands in Gosport, with other technical support provided at RAF Odiham near Basingstoke and sites across the UK.

David Cameron is expected to tell defence workers based in Gosport, Portsmouth and RAF Odiham that their jobs are secure thanks to a deal to maintain the Chinook helicopter fleet and to prepare the naval dockyard for the new HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier.

One of the RAF's Chinooks based at RAF Odiham flying above the Hampshire countryside Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Chinook is the UK’s only military heavy lift helicopter and can transport up to 54 troops or 10 tonnes of supplies.

The RAF's fleet of Chinooks will total 60 in number by early 2017 and includes the new Mark 6 helicopters.

David Cameron will also announce the preferred bidders to occupy the Portsmouth ship hall facilities.

At the end of last month, it was announced by the MOD that three companies had been shortlisted.

In November 2013, it was announced 940 ship building jobs were to be lost by BAE at their Portsmouth yard.

It was feared at the time that the move would mean the end of shipbuilding in the city bringing to an end a centuries old local industry that built the Tudor warship the Mary Rose.

Vicious doorstep attack on 8-months pregnant woman

The attack happened in the Buckland area of Portsmouth Credit: PA (stock photo)

Detectives in Portsmouth are appealing for information after a 33-year-old pregnant woman was attacked on her doorstep as she held her one year-old child in her arms.

The eight and half month pregnant victim answered a knock at the door, holding her child, sometime between 2.30 and 2.50pm on Friday, February 6 at an address in Agincourt Road.

Three men were stood there. They asked for a man who had previously lived at the address claiming he owed them money. The woman has no connection with the man they wanted and does not know him. She explained this to them but one of the men then punched her in the face causing injuries that then bled over her child.

The phone line to the property was later discovered to have been cut.

The men left in a small dark green two door car. All three were white and in their 30s. The man who punched her was stocky with strawberry blonde hair. He wore a beige pullover with duffle buttons and had a southern accent.

This was a despicable and cowardly attack on a heavily pregnant young mum. It would have been obvious to the men she was expecting and also obvious she had a young child in her arms.

– Detective Constable Peter Bugden
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