Mechanic's "surprise" at honour

An engineer who spent hours in oily waters, to prevent a tug boat from sinking has received a Royal Commendation for bravery.

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Fleet of Royal Navy ships due home in next few days

HMS Westminster is due back in Portsmouth today.

The Type 23 Frigate has spent the past six and half months out in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf on counter piracy patrols.

Portsmouth will also see the return of HMS Daring tomorrow and HMS Kent is also nearing her deployment.

HMS Westminster is due back in Portsmouth today Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire/Press Association Image

The royal tour of the Mary Rose Museum continues

A tour inside the Mary Rose Museum Credit: ITV News Meridian

Prince Charles is on a tour of the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth - almost 40 years after making his first dive to the wreck of the 16th century ship on the bed of the Solent.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall Credit: ITV News Meridian

Joined by the Duchess of Cornwall, it has been the Prince's first visit to the £35 million building, opened last May. His Royal Highness is the President of the Mary Rose Trust - and as well as viewing the ship and its thousands of artefacts, he met staff, supporters and volunteers.

A posy for the Duchess of Cornwall Credit: ITV News Meridian


Chinese takeaway shut down and owner fined £6,000

The inspector found chicken defrosting in a bucket of water Credit: Portsmouth City Council

A Chinese takeaway in Portsmouth, which had mouse droppings on the floor and no toilet seat, has been shut after an inspector said it was the worst he’d seen.

Tiger King was so dirty the council branded it a risk to public health and closed it immediately.

Dirty floors and walls Credit: Portsmouth City Council

The inspector found a chicken defrosting in a bucket, dirty shelves and mouse droppings coating the floor.

A toilet without a seat Credit: Portsmouth City Council

The owner of the restaurant has been fined more than £6,000 and banned from operating any food businesses until further notice.

Dirty surfaces inside the restaurant Credit: Portsmouth City Council


HMS Daring crew send loved ones Valentines message

200 men and women on board HMS Daring send their loved ones back home a Valentines Day message Credit: Royal Navy

Crew on board Portsmouth based HMS Daring have shown their loved ones just how much they're missed by spelling out a heartfelt message on the flight deck of the ship.

The Type 45 destroyer is on its way home after 9 months away, with the 200 men and women on board helping out in the Philippines.

Birds eye view of the message on the back of HMS Daring Credit: Royal Navy

Man who drowned in rescue attempt is hailed as hero

A coroner today said a man who drowned while trying to save two young girls caught in strong currents at the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour was a hero.

Marco De Araujo, who was 33, went into the water at Old Portsmouth in July 2012 to try and rescue the girls. The two youngsters made it back safely, but Marco drowned. Martin Dowse was at today's inquest.

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