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Domestic abuse protestors interrupt Portsmouth budget meeting

The meeting was stopped for 10 mins as protestors let off confetti and chanted Credit: ITV Meridian

A key Portsmouth City Council meeting on budget cuts had to be temporarily stopped because of protests.

Demonstrators against proposed council cuts to domestic violence services in Portsmouth let off confetti in the chamber and chanted until they were removed.

The council has to find £11m of savings this year - and had proposed cutting funding to domestic abuse services by £130k. Today councillors announced that funding would be found to continue the service for this year at least.

A local tax rise of the maximum 3.99% for the next four years is also being proposed, as are cuts to the fire service.

Watch Sam Holder explain in a live report from outside Portsmouth Guildhall:

Protest on steps of City Hall

Women fearing budget cuts protest on city hall steps head of crunch meeting.

The city council has already made £74.4m of savings over the last five years. But city hall bosses needs to save at least another £31m over the three financial years from April 2016.

The £31m will have to come out of the £207m of spending under the council's control. Almost half of the £207m is spent on looking after vulnerable adults and children.

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A food addict - who has lost four stones - is shocked at what he used to eat every day

Chris Mardin began losing weight in January 2014 Credit: ITV Meridian

A self-confessed food addict from Southsea has managed to shed four stones and is determined to help others also lose weight.

27-year-old Chris Mardin has lost weight before but then piled it back on. He once weighed more than 33 stones and couldn't walk more than 200 yards.

Chris lost 14 stone before piling the weight back on Credit: ITV Meridian

He is now 29 stones and is being supported by experts in obesity at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth.

Watch the video to see Chris' reaction when our reporter Kerry Swain showed him what he used to eat every day:

Chris wants a career in health and fitness and help others struggling to control their eating.

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New engines for Royal Navy warships which 'keep breaking down'

They are world class, described as the 'backbone of the Royal Navy'. But the Ministry of Defence has been forced to admit that the six Portsmouth-based Type 45 destroyers need new engines - because they keep breaking down at sea.

There has been persistent problems with the engines and power systems on the warships, which cost a billion pounds each.

In 2014, HMS Dauntless had to abandon a training exercise. And in 2009, HMS Daring lost power in the Atlantic, on her first voyage to the US.

The MoD won't disclose how much the work will cost - but it's thought it could run to tens of millions of pounds.

Richard Jones reports.

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