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Hundreds attend Portsmouth Pride parade

Portsmouth Pride parade takes place through Southsea

Hundreds of people have attended the Portsmouth Pride rally in Southsea today. This is the third time that the event has come to the city. It has been organised by a committee of local volunteers who say the event is not just for the LGBTQ plus community, but a chance for everybody to get together in a celebration of unity in a safe space. Sally Simmonds sent this report from the seafront in Portsmouth.

HMS Queen Elizabeth to dock in Portsmouth on Wednesday

HMS Queen Elizabeth is expected to arrive in Portsmouth on Wednesday morning Credit: Royal Navy

The UK's newest aircraft carrier will arrive in her home dock in Hampshire on Wednesday after completing the latest round of sea trials, the Royal Navy has confirmed.

The £3 billion HMS Queen Elizabeth is expected to arrive in Portsmouth on Wednesday morning, two days earlier than previously expected, after weather conditions had formerly prevented the exact date from being set.

The 65,000-tonne carrier, the largest warship ever to be built in Britain, is expected to be the Navy's flagship craft for at least 50 years.

HMS Queen Elizabeth is expected to arrive in Portsmouth on Wednesday morning Credit: Royal Navy

The 280-metre vessel was previously forecast to reach its base between August 17-22, after setting out from Scotland's Rosyth dockyard in June. More than 60 Royal Navy sailors and Royal Marines took part in a training exercise aboard the American USS George HW Bush earlier this month, in preparation for the ship's entry into service.

The carrier will remain without aircraft until flying trials are conducted in the United States next year, with 10 F-35 Lightning II jets and 120 aircrew expected to take part.

Preparations for the ship's arrival, along with her 700 staff, saw more than 3.2 million cubic metres of sediment removed from Portsmouth harbour to enable her to reach her future docking at Portsmouth Naval Base.

HMS Queen Elizabeth is expected to arrive in Portsmouth on Wednesday morning Credit: Royal Navy

In a statement on August 7, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon heralded the HMS Queen Elizabeth's impending arrival, and declared that she would be deployed "across the seven seas, using her strike power to deter our enemies".

Sir Michael visited the craft for the first time in July, when he hailed the return of "big decks and fast jets", and described the large-scale engineering project as "great for British industry".

The warship is expected to arrive in Portsmouth shortly after 7am on Wednesday, where it will become the latest in a long line of prestigious ships to be docked in the port.


Two men injured in Portsmouth assault

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Two men have suffered injuries after an assault in Portsmouth.

A 29 year old man had a verbal exchange with another man on Astley Street before being attacked, leaving him with facial injuries.

A third man, aged 54, tried to intervene and suffered serious leg injuries as a result.

The suspect has been described as:

  • Black
  • Aged 25-30 years
  • Approximately 5ft 9ins tall
  • Large build
  • Short black hair
  • Wearing a black t-shirt

We would like to hear from witnesses to establish the exact circumstances surrounding this incident, which left two men injured. Anyone with information can contact me on 101, quoting 44170270868, or call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

– Detective Constable Sharon Lewry, Hampshire Police

Teenage boy exposes himself to dogwalker

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Police are trying to identify a teenage boy who indecently exposed himself to a woman at Farlington Marshes near Portsmouth.

A woman in her 30s was walking her dog on Saturday at around 6.15pm when she saw a boy on a bench indecently exposing himself.

The boy is described as:

  • White male
  • 14-16-years-old
  • Slim build
  • Short dark hair
  • Wearing glasses
  • Black T-Shirt
  • Dark trousers
  • We believe he may ride a mountain bike.

The woman walked away and told the boy she was calling the police.

Hampshire Police would like to hear from anyone who recognises the description to get in contact, and let them know if there have been any similar incidents.

Thousands of homes without power after 'fault'

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Thousands of homes are without power this morning after a 'fault' affecting areas in Oxfordshire, Hampshire and Berkshire.

Scottish and Southern Energy say most of the 3,800 homes affected will be reconnected by 11am.

Below is a list of the affected areas:

  • Aldershot - 150 properties
  • Portsmouth - 56 properties
  • Oxfordshire - 1,600 properties
  • Poole - 84 properties
  • New Forest - 1,900 properties

For information about what to do in a power cut click here.

Teen in hospital with fractured skull after assault

Detectives are reviewing cctv cameras in the area

Hampshire Police are appealing for witnesses after an 18 year old was left in hospital with a fractured skull following a serious assault this morning.

The young man was walking along Arundel Street near its junction with Holbrook Road in Portsmouth at about 1.30am with a group of friends when he was assaulted by a group of three men walking in the opposite direction towards the city centre.

The 18-year-old was hit in the head and officers say he is being treated at the Southampton General Hospital for potentially life changing injuries including a fractured skull. The three men who assaulted him are described as:

  • White and in their twenties
  • All around 6ft tall with slim builds
  • One was wearing a black hooded top and another a blue round-necked jumper.

The three assailants ran off towards the city centre afterwards.

“Did you hear or see anything that could help our enquiries following this serious assault?

“We are reviewing CCTV this morning to identify whoever is responsible for this assault and will be in the area if you need to speak to us.

“It’s important that the people of Portsmouth feel free to move around their city without the fear or threat of violence at any time”.

– DC Les Leithes, Hampshire Police

Detectives are asking anyone who was in the area at the time to come forward if they saw what happened. You can contact DC Les Leithes at Fratton Police by telephoning 101 and quoting 44170209417, or get in touch wit CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Talks to sell Pompey will go ahead after vote

Negotiations to sell Pompey will go ahead

The shareholders of Portsmouth Community Football Club have voted in favour of selling the club to the Tornante Group.

The Tornante Group is owned by the family of Michael Eisner, a former Chairman of the Walt Disney Company. 81.4% of the club's equity holders agreed to the sale, passing the threshold of 75%. Therefore talks to negotiate the final terms of the sale will go ahead over the coming weeks.

Family tribute to motorcyclist who died after A27 crash

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The family of a motorcyclist who died after a collision with a car on the A27 have paid tribute to him.

51-year-old Mark Copley, of Cherry Tree Walk in Basingstoke was injured in the accident on 30th April. He was taken to Southampton General Hospital where he died on 10 May. In tribute to him, Mr Copley's family said: “He was a loving husband and a great dad, who will be sadly missed by all those who knew him.”

The accident happened on the eastbound carriageway of the A27 at Portsmouth, just after 12.10pm on 30th April.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Team. A 32-year-old man from Havant was arrested in connection with the incident and was released pending further enquiries. The investigation continues.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Hampshire Police by telephoning 101, quoting 44170160985, or to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Man runs off with woman's underpants after sexual assault

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Police are appealing for information after a woman was sexually assaulted in Portsmouth.

The 19-year-old victim was walking along Bradford Road in the early hours of yesterday morning when she was approached by a man who tried to talk to her.

When she ignored him, the man pulled her underpants, causing them to rip off. He then ran away with the underwear.

The man police want to speak to is described as -

  • White
  • Aged between 20 and 23
  • Of a skinny build and with a skinny pale face
  • 5ft 11ins to 6ft
  • Wearing a black / dark blue hooded top with the hood up
  • Wearing tracksuit bottoms which matched his top

“At this time we believe this was an isolated incident. We would like to speak to anyone who has any information about this incident.

“As always we would ask people to avoid walking alone at night. Keep to well lit areas and try to stay with friends. If you see anyone acting suspiciously or have any information about this incident, please call us immediately."

– Detective Constable Peter Eamer
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