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Man approaches teen, holds her hand then cycles off

Police have released this e-fit of a man after he approached a 15-year-old girl in suspicious circumstances in Portsmouth.

The teenager was walking by herself through a children's play area in Buckland Park on the morning of Wednesday 2nd July.

A man sitting on a bench with a bicycle approached the girl and took hold of her hand. He let go moments later and cycled away towards North End.

Detective Constable Peter Bugden, said

We are making a fresh appeal for information now that we have an efit. I would urge anyone who recognises the man in the efit, to come forward and speak to us in confidence.

We are still keen to speak with a woman walking with a small brown dog who was in the park at the time of the incident.

– Detective Constable Peter Bugden
E-fit of man
Hampshire Police have released this e-fit of a man after he approached a teenager in suspicious cicrumstances Credit: Hampshire Police

Portsmouth hospital's £6.7m payout after 'errors'

The family of a severely-disabled boy who suffered brain damage because of medical errors has been awarded £6.7m.

The boy, now 12, whose identity is protected by a court order, suffered devastating brain injuries after staff at St Mary’s Hospital in Portsmouth, failed to act quickly enough to spot that he had a serious medical condition.

As a result, he had a cardiac arrest which led to brain damage and left him with severe disabilities.

He has no independent movements, relies on skilled carers 24 hours a day and can only communicate through eye moments and the use of specialist technology.

Lawyers from BL Claims Solicitors pursued a clinical negligence claim on his behalf, alleging that there were delays in performing a chest x-ray to diagnose that the boy had a condition called congenital diaphragmatic hernia.

The very tragic part is that if the doctors had listened or taken any notice of what we kept saying as parents then this event would have been easily avoided.

“Instead our son’s life has been completely ruined. He will never go to his school prom, enjoy playing on the beach or have fun kicking a football around with his friends. He will never eat a meal again or enjoy a drink or ice cream on a hot day.

“We will never see him get married or have children of his own. His active life has been sadly taken away from him and at such a young age.

“One message we would like give to all parents is please always trust your instincts when your child is unwell. If you believe that something is wrong then insist that action is taken by the doctors."

– The boy’s parents

On the 14th July 2014, the High Court approved a settlement negotiated between the claimant and Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs St Mary’s.

The settlement, estimated to exceed £6.7m, is made up of £3.2m plus annual payments of £265,000 a year until the claimant is aged 18 - and then £305,000 a year for the rest of his life. The money will be used to pay for the specialist care the boy needs.


Boy remanded in custody over Portsmouth assaults

A 17-year-old boy from Hilsea charged with three counts of attempted murder and possession of a bladed article appeared at Fareham youth court this morning

He was remanded in custody and is due to appear at Winchester Crown court on Wednesday 30th July.

The charge follows three assaults on women in the north of Portsmouth on the 20th June, 29th June and 11th July.

Teen charged with 'attempted murder' after Portsmouth assaults

A 17-year-old has been charged over assaults on women in Portsmouth.

The youth from the Hilsea area, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with three counts of attempted murder and possession of a bladed article.

Increased high-visibility police patrols in Portsmouth will continue so we can provide reassurance and factual updates to the public.

I would like to thank the public for their support with our investigation and we are grateful for the considerable co-operation and understanding of local residents during a difficult time for the community.

I hope that we have been able to support the victims and their families in coping with the affect of the assaults."

– Detective Superintendent Victoria Dennis, the senior investigating officer

Police charge youth in connection with assaults in Portsmouth

Police charge youth Credit: ITV news

Police have charged a 17-year old youth in connection with assaults on three women in Portsmouth. The incidents are said to have taken place in the Hilsea area between 20th June and 11th July.

The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is charged with three counts of attempted murder and possession of a bladed article. He will appear before Portsmouth magistrates tomorrow.



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
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