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PM: 'We can't defend realm from white cliffs of Dover'

Prime Minister David Cameron has said the £1.1 billion military investment announced today will deal with global terrorism and cyber criminals rather than old-fashioned notions of border defence.

Writing in The Daily Telegraph, he said:

Today's investment demonstrates our approach to national security. There are those who believe we would be safer if we fundamentally retreated from the world. They see new warships and military investment and imagine a Government bent on foreign adventurism.

But the plain fact is that in the 21st century, you cannot defend the realm from the white cliffs of Dover. Terrorist plots hatched thousands of miles away threaten to cause harm on our streets. When fragile and lawless states fracture, migration flows can affect us right here.

Read: Armed forces to get £1.1 billion funds

Second arrest in connection with Hilsea attacks

Officers from the Hampshire Major Investigation Team have arrested a second man in connection with three unprovoked assaults on lone women in Portsmouth. A 17-year-old youth from Hilsea has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent.

he 30-year-old man from Waterlooville, who was arrested on Friday remains in police custody.

The first assault took place on Southampton Road, the second along the shoreline of Ports Creek in Hilsea, and the third in an alleyway between Colwell Road and Northern Road in Cosham.

Women and the wider community are advised to continue to be vigilant.

Increased police patrols remain in place over in the area to continue to provide reassurance to the community.


Farnborough and Portsmouth set to benefit from Government defence pledge

In the announcement expected at Farnborough later today, the Prime Minister has set out new investment for defence projects in Farnborough and Portsmouth.

The statement sets out plans for establishing a UK Defence Solutions Centre in Farnborough to bring together industry, with support from Government, to develop the new defence technologies of the future.

Also outlined are plans for a £4 million UK Centre for Maritime Intelligent Systems based in Portsmouth. Government, industry and the Local Enterprise Partnership will bring together naval specialists to develop technology for use in autonomous unmanned boats, submarines or other vessels.

PM announces new intelligence gathering funding for Armed Forces at Farnborough International Air Show

In an announcement from the Prime Minister's office, an extra £800 million of investment is promised for Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance. The intentnion is to extend the range and flexibility of defence options, including that of our Special Forces.

The statements says the money will be used to respond to the threat of global terrorism and hostage taking, with an investment of £300 million in existing capabilities including a new E-Scan radar for Typhoon and the purchase of the Portsmouth-based Ice Patrol Ship HMS Protector.

David Cameron will provide more details at the Farnborough International Airshow. The Prime Minister will also set out action taken by the Defence Growth Partnership of industry and Government to boost the UK defence sector.

Having modern, technologically advanced and flexible Armed Forces to protect us and our interests is vital. Because of the difficult decisions we have taken to tackle the deficit we are able to make these vital investments in our defence capabilities. We are also taking action to sustain our thriving defence industry, as part of our long-term economic plan to back business, create jobs and secure a brighter future for hardworking people.”

– Prime Minister David Cameron

Man arrested after attacks on three women

A 30-year-old man from Waterlooville has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent Credit: Press Association Images

A man has been arrested after three unprovoked attacks on women in Portsmouth. The first assault took place at 10.40pm on June 20 when a 20-year-old woman was attacked whilst walking along Southampton Road. She received a chest injury, which was serious but not life-threatening.

In the second attack, a 45-year-old woman was stabbed in the chest by a man along the shoreline of Ports Creek in Hilsea. The third attack happened after 1pm yesterday in an alleyway between Colwell Road and Northern Road in Cosham. The woman was treated in hospital for her injuries.

A 30-year-old man from Waterlooville has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent. Increased police patrols will continue over the weekend to provide reassurance to the community.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Hampshire Major Investigation Team (HMIT) at Fratton Fratton Police Station on 101 quoting Op Bedham, or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

HMS Diamond is home in Portsmouth

Portsmouth based HMS Diamond has returned home after six months away in Syria.

The ship has been removing chemical weapons from the country to be destroyed.

HMS Diamond coming into Portsmouth Credit: Royal Navy
Crowds gathered in Portsmouth to welcome home loved ones onboard HMS Diamond Credit: Royal Navy

It set off in January for the Gulf but was asked to head to Syria in February to help in Operation RECSYR (Removal of Chemical Weapons from Syria)

The ship spent a lot of time escorting Danish and Norwegian merchant vessels as they sat in international waters waiting for each pick up of chemical substances.

The crew have been away for 6 months Credit: Royal Navy
HMS Diamond crew disembarking to see their family and friends Credit: Royal Navy


HMS Diamond to return home to Portsmouth

HMS Diamond will return home to Portsmouth Credit: ITV Meridian

After six months away at sea, Portsmouth based HMS Diamond will return to port today after its operation in Syria, removing chemical weapons.

HMS Diamond will return home to Portsmouth Credit: ITV Meridian

The ship left Hampshire in January to head to the Gulf but was re-directed in February to help with the situation in the war-torn country.

Rise in life-saving kidney transplants in Portsmouth

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust has seen an 11% increase in the number of life-saving kidney transplants carried out in the last year.

Figures published today show the renal team at Queen Alexandra Hospital performed 87 kidney transplants between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014 – up from 78 last year.

The Organ Donation and Transplantation Activity Report 2013/14 also shows the number of people waiting for a transplant in the Portsmouth area decreased from 235 in 2012/13 to 228 in 2013/14.

Despite the rises in the number of people benefiting from a transplant, around 3 people die each day across the UK due to a shortage of organs.

This week’s National Transplant Week has the slogan ‘Spell It Out’, which urges us all to tell those closest to us whether we want to be an organ donor.

Family refusal is our biggest problem and it’s sad we lag so far behind some other countries in terms of consent/authorisation rates to donation. The truth is every potential donor is precious and whenever a family cannot bring themselves to donate; patients waiting for an organ may die. We understand that families often have to consider donation in their darkest hour. So rather than wait for that moment, please ask yourself now whether you think it is right to accept people dying in need of a transplant in the UK?"

– Sally Johnson, NHS Blood and Transplant

Police describe stabbing suspect

The suspect has been described as a white man, aged in his late teens to early 20s.

He was wearing a blue hooded top with yellow writing and blue jeans.

“We’d like to thank members of the public who’ve responded to our appeals and helped us with enquiries so far," said Acting Detective Inspector Liam Davies from the Hampshire Major Investigation Team.

“Detectives continue to pursue several lines of enquiries including appeals for potential extra witnesses, some of whom were seen in the Foxes Forest area on the morning of Sunday, June 29, 2014."

Double stabbing: Police appeal for witnesses

Detectives have appealed for witnesses to the second assault to come forward.

The witnesses seen in the area on Sunday morning are described as:

• Two white men walking together with a small dog.

• A white woman, aged in her mid-20s with blonde/brown hair tied up, walking with a pushchair and a young girl on foot with light brown/blonde hair.

• A white man with long wavy light brown hair down to his shoulders riding a mountain bike.

• A group of people sitting in a field, possibly having a picnic. The group included a white female and a white dog.

• A white man and white woman, aged in their 60s or above, walking together with a black and tan German Shepherd dog.

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