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Firefighters discover smouldering drawer stuffed with cigarette ends

Firefighters discover smouldering drawer stuffed with cigarette ends Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth Credit: Chris Ison/PA

Cigarette butts disposed of in a bathroom drawer caused a fire alert at Gunwharf Quays this morning.

Residents on the eighth floor were woken by the sound of a smoke alarm just before 6am and crews from Cosham and Southsea were called to the residential tower at East Side Plaza, better known as the Lipstick Tower.

Smoke was discovered on the floor and firefighters in breathing apparatus traced the fire to a bathroom in one of the flats, where a drawer stuffed with cigarette ends was smouldering.

The firefighters were able to remove the drawer and extinguish the smouldering fire before it spread any further. The resident of the flat had managed to escape having been alerted by the smoke alarm and no-one was injured in the incident.

Appeal to help find missing teenager

Elizabeth McKeon was last seen on Monday afternoon Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police are appealing for information to help find a missing teenage girl.

15-year-old Elizabeth McKeon was last seen at around 2pm on Monday, April 20, 2015 in Commercial Road in Portsmouth.

Elizabeth is described as:

  • White
  • Approximately 5 ft 2 ins tall
  • Medium to slim build
  • Collar-length dyed black hair

She was last seen wearing a hat, a gothic-style lace necklace, and a blue jacket.

Elizabeth or anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to contact police by phoning 101. Mini-com users can phone 18001 101. In an emergency, dial 999.


Appeal following shop theft

Police want to speak to these two men in connection with a shop theft Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police are releasing images after two men stole alcohol from a Portsmouth shop.

They entered Handy Stores on Newcome Road, Fratton, around 3pm, Saturday, April 18.

One selected beers and other alcohol from behind the till area and both left without paying.

One is described as white, about 18 to 20-years-old, wearing a maroon hooded top and tracksuit bottom both with the words ‘Duffy’ and ‘St George’ in white on the front and down the side and black trainers.

The other is described as wearing blue jeans, a purple necked top with dark hair and black shoes or trainers.

Police would like to hear from anyone who saw two men matching this description in the area at the time or anyone who knows who they are.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Hampshire Constabulary on 101 quoting reference 44150132277.

Investigation launched following indecent assault

Police have released this efit in connection with an indecent assault Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police are investigating an indecent assault on a 16-year-old girl at Hilsea Lido, Portsmouth.

It happened between 9 and 9.15pm last night.

The girl was walking from the bus stop on London Road, Hilsea on a footpath past Hilsea Lido towards the Mountbatten Centre.

When she reached a set of steps she was approached by a man who indecently assaulted her.

The girl sustained minor injuries and was obviously extremely upset by the assault.

The offender is described as:

  • White
  • Early 20s
  • Clean shaven
  • Less than 6ft tall
  • Slim build
  • Strong Portsmouth accent

“This incident is very concerning and we are doing all we can to identify the offender. My teams are conducting additional patrols in the area over the next few evenings. I would also reiterate our personal safety advice to avoid walking alone in secluded areas in darkness and always let someone know where you are and what time you will be home. Please be alert and report anything suspicious to us."

– Portsmouth North Inspector Claire Taylor

Looking for love at the aquarium

Jackson chameleon Credit: Blue Reef Aquarium

Staff at the Rock-a-Nore Road wildlife attraction are hoping a pair of Jackson’s chameleons will hit it off after moving in to their new home at the aquarium earlier this month.

The pair, named Samuel L and Glenda, are both still relatively young and only measure round 10cms in length. Fully grown males have been known to grow up to 38cms long but 25cms is more common.

Named after a former Governor of Kenya where they were first identified, The Jackson’s are also known as the three-horned chameleon due to the males having three horns; one on the end of their nose and one above each eye.

Most chameleons lay eggs, however Jackson's chameleons give birth to live offspring; up to 30 live babies are born after a six-month pregnancy. Samuel and Glenda are the latest additions to the aquarium’s jungle room which is home to a number of exotic reptiles; including snakes, lizards and iguanas as well as scorpions and spiders.


New exhibition opens to mark 100th anniversary of First World War

It's one of the lesser known campaigns of the first world war, but conditions for soldiers at Gallipoli were probably worse than they were in the trenches of the Western Front.

To mark the 100th anniversary, a new exhibition has opened at the National Museum of the Royal Navy to dispel some of the myths about a struggle that went on for more than a year.

At the same time the restoration of the only Royal Navy ship to have been at Gallipoli is nearing completion. Richard Jones reports.

USS Theodore Roosevelt drops anchor

She's a floating fortress and at more than a thousand feet long is the size of a small town. The USS Theodore Roosevelt has arrived on the south coast and so have her five thousand strong crew.

Weighing in at more than 100 thousand tonnes and with 65 aircraft on board the USS Roosevelt is among the world's most powerful warships. Portsmouth is her first port of call in its latest round-the-globe deployment.

Nicknamed "the big stick", she's TOO BIG to fit in the harbour entrance so is at Stokes Bay. Portsmouth's bars and clubs are now ready for visits from the male and female crew. Richard Jones has been on board.

Hundreds gather to welcome giant aircraft carrier ship

Hundreds of people have lined the coast to view a giant US aircraft carrier arriving for a five-day visit.

The 100,000-tonne ship USS Theodore Roosevelt has anchored off Stokes Bay, Gosport, Hampshire, as it is too big to sail into Portsmouth Harbour. The promenade was packed with visitors wanting to get a glance of the 1,092ft-long carrier which is affectionately known as the Big Stick.

The visit forms parts of an ongoing partnership between the Royal Navy and US

The ship, which is making its first port of call in its round-the-world deployment, is substantially larger than the Royal Navy's next generation of carriers which weigh in at 65,000 tonnes.

More than 5,000 sailors are set to swamp Portsmouth during the visit, giving a boost to local businesses.

The visit forms parts of an ongoing partnership between the Royal Navy and US on carrier operations until the first of the new carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth, enters service in 2017.

Senior officers will call on Royal Navy top brass during the visit to discuss recent global operations and get an update on the UK's carrier programme.

"We warmly welcome the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group - a reflection of the close partnership between our nations and navies, and the value of credible seapower in support of our shared national interests. "Across the spectrum - from Type 45 destroyers providing area air defence for US carriers launching air strikes against ISIL, to generous US support as we regenerate our own carrier strike capability - our common bond has never been richer."

– Admiral Sir George Zambellas, The Royal Navy's First Sea Lord
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