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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

Appeal to help find vulnerable missing man

Paul Knipe was last seen leaving his home in Portsmouth on Friday Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police are making an urgent appeal for information about the whereabouts of a vulnerable man from Portsmouth.

Paul Knipe, aged 59, was last seen leaving his home address in the Station Road area of the city earlier this afternoon (Friday, March 20, 2015).

Mr Knipe is described as white, 6 ft tall approximately, with short dark brown hair.

He was last seen wearing:

  • A brown jumper
  • Purple trousers
  • Brown shoes
  • Carrying a bag containing clothing and a sleeping bag

Mr Knipe, witnesses to his whereabouts, or anyone with information are asked to contact police by phoning 101. Mini-com users can phone 18001 101. In an emergency, please phone 999.

Royal Navy unveils first new uniform in 70 years

The Royal Navy has unveiled its first new uniform since World War II, on board HMS Lancaster in Portsmouth.

The uniform has been brought into the 21st century, with fire proof material and a more comfortable design that resembles the one worn by the Army and the Royal Marines.

The crew head out to the South Atlantic on Saturday on a nine-month deployment. Imogen Hill went to see their new look:

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