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Council looks to secure future of South Parade Pier

Following an agreement with South Parade Pier's prospective new owners, Portsmouth City Council will serve a repairs notice to the current owners Fred Nash and Denise Randall.

This compels the current owners to undertake the proper preservation of a building, within a two month timescale.

Donna Jones, Leader of Portsmouth City Council said: "We have listened to the public's concerns and feel they need confidence that the preservation of the pier is underway. A repairs notice will produce a schedule of work, demonstrating what will be done."

Work is underway to repair South Parade Pier. Credit: PortsmouthCityCouncil

Malcolm Belcher, project surveyor said:

We anticipate completing the works to make the pier safe over the coming winter months, weather permitting, and shall be shortly providing the council with all necessary information demonstrating how this will be achieved.

We remain on schedule of our own programme, and fully except the majority of the essential works to be completed and approved early 2015.

– Malcom Belcher

Aldershot FC knock Portsmouth out of the FA cup

Mark Molesley netted a late winner as Conference side Aldershot knocked 2008 winners Portsmouth out of the FA Cup with a 1-0 victory at the Recreation Ground.

Sky Bet League Two outfit Pompey, who also reached the FA Cup final in 2010, were the victims of a giant-killing as the home side's battling performance was rewarded when Molesley scrambled the ball home after 81 minutes.

In a frantic opening to the first-round replay, the visitors could have taken the lead inside the first minute, but Chris Barker was on hand to clear Jack Whatmough's header off the line.

And the best chance of the opening 45 minutes fell to Portsmouth midway through the first half when Ricky Holmes did well on the left to dig out a cross before Jed Wallace's acrobatic volley was parried to safety by home goalkeeper Phil Smith.

Aldershot top scorer Brett Williams almost broke the deadlock after 71 minutes when his low strike was turned around the post by Paul Jones before Manny Oyeleke flashed a shot wide moments later.

Aldershot pressed forward and Jones had to be alert again to deny Dan Holman from 25 yards with 10 minutes remaining.

But the hosts got their reward from the resulting corner as Molesley bundled the ball over the line after an almighty scramble in the six-yard box to delight the home fans.

Aldershot manager Andy Scott said "I'm very proud of the team. We had a big crowd, on television, and the players took it in their stride.

"We play Rochdale at home next. It's an opportunity to get in the third-round hat and that's what we've been looking for."

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Plans for thousands of new jobs and homes in Portsmouth

Plans for thousands of new jobs and homes came a step closer today - as the Minister for Portsmouth handed over land - earmarked for development - to the city council.

Tipner Firing Range and Horsea Island East - were previously owned by the Ministry of Defence and will be redeveloped.

The Minister also officially opened the city's new Centre for Maritime Intelligence Systems.

Richard Slee reports:

How lottery money has transformed Historic Dockyard

Over the last 20 years, the lottery has paid out billions of pounds in prize money and created 3600 millionaires. It has also raised £32 billion for national projects in the arts, sports and heritage.

For one of our special reports, Martin Dowse has been to Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard to see how £40 million has transformed and protected a piece of our history:

Police release e-fit after two sexual assaults in Portsmouth

E-fit of suspected attacker Credit: Hampshire Police

Police have released an e-fit of a man believed to be responsible for two sexual assaults in Portsmouth. The first one happened in Melbourne Place off Middle Street some time between 11 and 11.30pm on Saturday, October 18th. A 19-year-old woman was having a cigarette when a man came up to her and sexually assaulted. The second happened nearby in Lord Montgomery Way at around 11.35pm. A 20-year-old woman was approached by a man who pulled at her clothing and sexually assaulted her. The woman got away and raised the alarm.

The man is described as white, bald and slim. He was aged somewhere between 30 and 50. One victim said the man was wearing a v-neck woollen jumper with a bird logo on it the other said the man wore a black hoody. Both victims were left shocked by what happened.

Anyone with information is asked to call DC Larder at Fratton CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Sir Robin thanks supporters ahead of transatlantic race

Veteran sailor sets off on Route du Rhum race

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has set off on a solo transatlantic race today.

The veteran sailor is competing in the Route du Rhum race from St Malo in France - forty-five years after he became the first man to sail alone non-stop around the world.

Sir Robin, who is based in Hampshire, founded the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has set off in the Route du Rhum race Credit: Sir Robin Knox-Johnston's website

"There are bound to be questions about my age. They ask what I think of doing this at 75 and I say I am still 45. That is how I feel. I think I am 45 and that is where I stay. I feel no different to when I last raced. I am pretty fit. I lead an active life. I think of myself as young and that is it. I treat myself as young and I am just not ready for the slippers, pipe and television. That is not coming in a hurry."

– Sir Robin Knox-Johnston

HMS Dragon leaves Portsmouth on deployment

HMS Dragon leaves it's base in Portsmouth Credit: Liam Nash

Portsmouth-based warship HMS Dragon sails today for a routine seven-month Atlantic Patrol Tasking.

Less than a year after she returned from operations in the Gulf and Eastern Mediterranean the Type 45 destroyer will take over from HMS Iron Duke to continue the UK’s commitment to the region, building on the UK’s strong ties with its allies.

HMS Dragon leaves it's base in Portsmouth Credit: Liam Nash

During her time away Dragon will visit several ports in the South Atlantic and Pacific Oceans as well as visiting a number of West African States to build on UK relationships.

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