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Appeal following theft of a taxi

Police want to speak to this man in connection with the theft of a taxi Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police are looking for this man following the theft of a taxi in Portsmouth.

The Silver Ford Mondeo was stolen last Thursday night after this man was picked up as a fare.

The driver's takings were also stolen.

Missing 15-year-old girl last seen at railway station

Missing Jaadine Hobden Credit: Sussex Police

A 15-year-old girl has gone missing from St Leonards-on-Sea.

Jaadine Hobden was last seen at 9.25pm at Lancing Railway Station on Wednesday.

She is described as:

  • white
  • 5ft
  • medium build
  • long wavy brown hair
  • blue eyes
  • she was wearing a light blue Adidas jumper with black leggings, a black coat and navy blue Nike trainers

We are concerned about Jaadine because of her age. She could be in Portsmouth as she has links to the area.

– Missing persons co-ordinator Wai Lee

Anyone with information should email or call 101 quoting serial 1276 of 18/11.


Paris terror attacks remembered one week on

Portsmouth Guildhall Credit: ITV news

A candlelight vigil will take place in Portsmouth's Guildhall Square this evening to remember those affected by the terrorist attacks in Paris. The event will begin at 5pm, a week after the attacks. Candles will be available for people to light or people are welcome to bring their own candles or flowers.

Thoughts and prayers will also be offered to the victims of other recent terrorist attacks around the world. The ceremony will be led by civic leaders, including Lord Mayor Cllr Frank Jonas and Portsmouth City Council Leader Cllr Donna Jones.

Cllr Jones said: "The whole world has been shocked by events in Paris and it is important we remember those affected as well as the victims of similar attacks around the world. Portsmouth is an extremely compassionate city and our strong links with France make it fitting to hold a public display of support."

Former teenage TV star jailed for drink driving on her way to her own hen party

Emily Corrie Credit: Hampshire Police

A former teenage TV star has been jailed for 12 months after she drove at more than four times the drink-drive limit while heading to her own hen party.

Emily Corrie, 36, of Twyford Avenue, Portsmouth, starred in the Channel 4 show As If before joining the Royal Navy.

She was sentenced at Portsmouth Crown Court following the incident on August 28 when she was seen driving erratically on motorways leaving the Portsmouth area.

After she was stopped on the hard shoulder of the A3(M) she gave a breath test that showed she had 155mg of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.

Corrie, who has since married, was sentenced to 12 months for dangerous driving and four months for excess alcohol, to run concurrently.

She was also banned from driving for three years and ordered to take a retest.

New home for sea creatures from Isle of Wight Aquarium

Credit: Aquarium

Special life support machines will be used to deliver fish and marine life to their new home in Portsmouth today. Blue Reef Aquarium is receiving the entire stock from the Fort Victoria Marine Aquarium on the Isle of Wight after it was forced to close after 30 years.

The Aquarium closed its doors to visitors earlier this month blaming rising costs and zoo licensing regulations. It left a question mark over the future of the fish and other marine life. The Blue Reef in Portsmouth stepped in to help.

Blue Reef's Lindsay Holloway said: "It's very sad that such a long-established aquarium has been forced to close and we have every sympathy with the owners who have worked so hard to keep it open. They approached us to see if we were able to provide a secure new home for their fish and, after visiting the aquarium, we decided we could help re-house the entire stock. Wightlink has very kindly agreed to provide a free return crossing so we will be able to use our own van, which has special life support systems on board to bring the fish and other marine creatures safely back to Southsea."

Credit: Aquarium

Once back on site, all the stock will spend time in a quarantine area and be closely monitored before going into the native marine displays. The Fort Victoria Marine Aquarium mainly displayed native marine life including lobsters, crabs, rays and British sharks, however it also has a number of tropical displays which are home to trigger fish, puffer fish and clownfish.

Co-owner Paul Blake said: "Blue Reef was our first choice when looking for a new home for our charges, we are extremely grateful that they have agreed to take them all, it is a huge relief to know they could not have gone to a better home."


Fans fooled into buying fake celebrity memorabilia

Trading Standards officers assessing fake sporting memorabilia

A warning has been issued urging memorabilia fans to be vigilant when buying their celebrity-signed items.

The goods, once owned by music stars - or sporting icons - can go for premium prices. But Trading Standards say some fans are being duped into buying fakes and forgeries.

The warning comes after one man admitted selling thousands of pounds of bogus goods. Steve Pearson, who used to be the stadium announcer at Portsmouth Football Club, used his status to convince people the signed goods were real. Andrew Pate has our report.

A photograph of Steve Pearson appears, courtesy of 'The News, Portsmouth'. The interviewees are: JIm Conway, Collector; Peter Emmett, Trading Standards manager; Craig Copland, Trading Standards investigating officer.

Olympic sailor inspires young sailors

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Sir Ben Anslie will be hoping to inspire the next generation of sailors when he meets them at his training base in Portsmouth today. The Britain's America Cup team skipper is supporting the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. The charity helps young people overcome problems such as juvenile crime, violence and health issues such as obesity.
The four-time Olympic champion will welcome young people from the Big World Impact project, introducing them to sailing by taking them out on the water, before inspiring them with success stories from his illustrious career at the top of the sport.

Two men from Portsmouth found guilty of terrorism offences

Tuhin Shahensha and Mustakim Jaman Credit: Hampshire Police

Two men from Portsmouth have been found guilty of terrorism offences following an investigation by the South East Counter Terrorism Unit (SECTU).

Tuhin Shahensha aged 26 and Mustakim Jaman aged 23, both of Hudson Road in Southsea, were found guilty at Kingston Crown Court under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006 relating to the preparation of terrorist acts.

The court heard both Shahensha and Jaman provided assistance to others to travel to Syria and made their bank accounts available to facilitate the transfer of money for terrorist purposes. The trial also heard how Shahensha purchased equipment and clothing and made plans to travel to Syria and engage in acts of terrorism. SECTU officers arrested the two men in October last year.

Detective Chief Superintendent Richard Humphrey, Head of SECTU, said: “It was clear that Shahensha and Jaman had intentions to travel to Syria to fight for a proscribed organisation. At no point did Shahensha or Jaman plan to attack the UK, however due to the intention of travelling to Syria and the potential of radicalisation taking place, we needed to intervene. Terrorism and support of terrorism is not acceptable in any form. Anyone who has intentions of travelling to a conflict zone to commit terrorist acts will be investigated thoroughly. We hope this shows that we continue to work tirelessly to tackle the threat posed by terrorism.”

The men are due to be sentenced on 18 November.

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