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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Each machine was physically broken into and infected with malware before large amounts of cash was withdrawn.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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Fewer deaths in hospital, thanks to nurses' computers

The Queen Alexandra Hospital Credit: Meridian

Death rates at a Hampshire hospital have fallen - since nurses began using handheld computers instead of paper charts to record patients' vital signs.

There were 400 fewer deaths at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth in one year following the introduction of the new devices. That's a drop of around 15 per cent.

City's rich history in line for top award

The Mary Rose museum is so much more than one of the most important pieces of Tudor History - it's the creation of a brand new building that's generating as much attention as the ship itself.

The unique boat shaped black structure creates a striking silhouette in Portsmouth Dockyard - and has pushed the boundaries of 21st century architecture.

As a finalist in this year's RIBA awards it's received praise from around the world - an incredible home for one of the country's greatest treasures. Stacey Poole has been to meet those behind the design.

Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock resigns

Mike Hancock has resigned from the Liberal Democrats Credit: ITV Meridian

Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock has resigned his membership of the Liberal Democrats the party has confirmed.

The move came after the veteran MP, who had already been suspended by the party, was forced publicly to apologise to a vulnerable woman constituent for making improper sexual advances.

In June Mr Hancock gave an "unreserved" apology at London's High Court over an "inappropriate and unprofessional friendship" with a single mother known as Annie, who had sought his assistance as her MP and local councillor.

Solicitors for the woman said the apology was part of a "confidential settlement" in which the "vulnerable woman", who suffers from mental health problems, brought a claim for damages against him.

A Lib Dem spokesman said Mr Hancock had quit before an internal party disciplinary hearing.

Lib Dem leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg had previously called on Mr Hancock to resign his membership and said he had "no future" in the party.

A Lib Dem spokesman said: "I can confirm he has resigned from the party. "We have received a letter confirming his resignation. Obviously, there was due to be a disciplinary hearing imminently, so before that has happened he has resigned."

Hospital: 'Our priority has always been Ashya's welfare and we are delighted that he has been found'

The NHS trust in charge of the Southampton hospital where 5-year-old Ashya King was a patient, have released a statement after the boy was found with his family in Spain.

"Our priority has always been Ashya's welfare and we are delighted that he has been found. We are now working closely with colleagues in Malaga to ensure he receives the essential medical support he needs.

"We are aware of the comments made online by his father. Throughout Ashya's admission we have had conversations about the treatment options available to him and we had offered the family access to a second opinion, as well as assistance with organising treatment abroad.

"We understand how distressing this situation is for everyone involved, particularly Ashya's family. We will continue to do what we can to support them and assist the police in providing any information they require."

– Spokesperson, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
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