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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.

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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.

It's like watching paint dry - or not! Work on Spinnaker Tower delayed

Work on the new Spinnaker Tower has started today Credit: KERRY SWAIN

Work on the new Spinnaker Tower has started today but the paint job has been delayed because the van carrying the paint has been delayed getting there.

The Tower is getting a new look Credit: KERRY SWAIN

Workmen can be seen dangling from the Tower as they sand down the structure and prepare it for its new look.

Workmen have been sanding down the structure Credit: KERRY SWAIN

It will be painted blue and gold but keep its distinctive white sails. The tower is being sponsored by the airline Emirates from next month in a £3.5 million deal.

There was outrage from locals when the original design sported red - the colour of Pompey rivals Southampton.

The new design is said to reflect the city's maritime heritage, as well as Emirates' branding.

The view from the water Credit: Portsmouth city council

Emirates will be the first ever sponsor of the famous Portsmouth landmark, which from July 2015, will be renamed the Emirates Spinnaker Tower.The new design will see the bottom 50 metres of the tower take on a distinctive blue, with Emirates gold on the legs and back of the tower.

Call for action to help neglected children in the South

Concern for neglected children Credit: ITV news

A new report from a child welfare charity says more than two thirds of adults in the region don't know what to do if they're concerned that a child is being neglected. Two and a half thousand people were surveyed in areas including Oxford and Portsmouth. Action for Children is calling for more specific advice for the public.

More than a quarter (27 per cent) of adults in Oxford are worried about the welfare or safety of a child in their neighbourhood, according to the survey. While more than three quarters (76 per cent) said members of the public should become involved when they have concerns about a neglected child, nearly two thirds (62 per cent) said they needed more information about sources of assistance and advice about their worries.

Action for Children is calling for a national strategy on child neglect that includes a public awareness campaign containing clear, concise information about where children and adults can seek advice and report their fears.

Operational director of children's services at Action for Children, Laurie Long, said: "Friends, neighbours, the owner of a local corner shop - these individuals within a community can be crucial to a child's safety by acting on their concerns. While our figures suggest an encouraging public awareness of child neglect, it is a scandal that people simply don't know what to do when they think a child is not being cared for or where to go to raise the alarm that a child may be in serious danger. Neglect is our biggest problem, the number one reason for child protection referrals to social services, but there is no vision to tackle it. To protect more children, we need a national strategy to command political and public support for change: only this commitment from Government will truly change children's lives."

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Because they're happy!

From the flight deck - to the parade ground - members of the Royal Marines Band Service have been busy putting together a video showing their fun side. The bandsmen and women, based in Portsmouth, filmed at several locations - including on board HMS Ocean and at Eastney seafront.

The Pharrell Williams' song, Happy, was aimed at raising a smile among colleagues, family and friends. And, seeing as the Band Service are such a musical bunch, usually entertaining the public at big and small events, it seemed only appropriate.

New designs unveiled for Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower

Artists impression Credit: Portsmouth City Council

After weeks of controversy - a new colour scheme has finally been unveiled for Portsmouth's iconic Spinnaker Tower!

It will be painted blue and gold but keep its distinctive white sails. The tower is being sponsored by the airline Emirates from next month in a £3.5 million deal. There was outrage from locals when the original design sported red - the colour of Pompey rivals - Southampton! The new design is said to reflect the city's maritime heritage, as well as Emirates' branding.

Emirates will be the first ever sponsor of the famous Portsmouth landmark, which from July 2015, will be renamed the Emirates Spinnaker Tower.
The new design will see the bottom 50 metres of the tower take on a distinctive blue, with Emirates gold on the legs and back of the tower.

The view from the water Credit: Portsmouth city council

Cllr Donna Jones, Leader of the Portsmouth City Council said: "We have listened to the public and created a new blue, gold and white design that is in keeping with suggestions from residents. This means we can move forward with the partnership with Emirates that will bring in £3.5m to support services for our residents, and gives us a unique opportunity to promote Portsmouth around the world. I want to thank everyone who took the time to send us their suggestions for the design. There were lots of calls for blue because of Portsmouth's association with the colour, something I understand having lived in the city all my life, and there was a lot of support for the inclusion of Emirates' gold in the design. We listened to those residents who told us they love the Spinnaker as it is, which is why the distinctive sail will remain white."

VIDEO: How rogue trader used 'emotional blackmail' to con his victims

A rogue trader from Portsmouth, who made more than £100,000 from carrying out dodgy repairs, has been jailed for three years.

James Saunders, 51, of Cross Street, charged extortionate amounts of money for the building work, targeting the elderly.

Rogue trader James Saunders

In the video below, Steve Ruddy from Trading Standards, tells ITV News Meridian how Saunders would use 'emotional blackmail' to cheat people out of money.

Rogue trader who preyed on the elderly jailed

A rogue trader who made more than £100,000 by conning elderly people has been jailed for three years.

James Saunders, 51, previously of Blacksmith Lane, Chilworth, charged extortionate amounts of money for dodgy repairs, even driving some victims to the bank to ensure he got his payment.

Rogue trader James Saunders

He made money out of nine victims in total, using fake sob stories to get sympathy, making £104,000 altogether.

Saunders, who now lives in Cross Street, Portsmouth, even cheated an 89-year-old war veteran out of more than £40,000.

In the video below, one of his victims describes how Saunders 'got under her skin' to con money out of her.

He used the money to fund his lavish lifestyle, including top-of-the-range cars, a luxury home and designer clothes.

He pleaded guilty to one count of participating in a fraudulent business over a six-year period taking account of 12 incidents. He admitted overcharging nine victims £117,612.50, of which he actually received £104,837.50. He also pleaded guilty to one count of laundering these proceeds.

He was sentenced at Guildford Crown Court on Friday 12 June.

'This sentence sends a powerful message that rogue traders who charge exorbitant sums for poor quality work or no work at all will be tracked down by our trading standards teams and brought to justice.'

– Richard Walsh, Surrey County Council

For advice on issues involving rogue traders contact Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506

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