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Several ferry routes disrupted due to strike action

Industrial action by port workers in France has led Brittany Ferries to delay or cancel some services over the bank holiday weekend.

British travellers are being encouraged to think ahead as general strikes over labour law reforms in France have also left fuel in short supply. Blockades by workers have disrupted six oil refineries, meaning fuel rationing may be imposed.

This is the latest on the ferries:

  • 26/05/16 Cherbourg to Portsmouth 17h00 (Normandie Express) - This sailing will be delayed and will now depart Cherbourg at 18h00, arriving into Portsmouth at 20h00.
  • 26/05/16 Portsmouth to St Malo 20h15 (Bretagne) - This sailing will now arrive in St Malo at 09h15 on Friday morning, 1 hour later than scheduled.
  • 27/05/16 St Malo to Portsmouth 10h30 (Bretagne) - This sailing will depart 1 hour later at 11h30. Latest check-in is now 10h45. Arrival remains unchanged at 18h20.
  • 26/05/16 Le Havre to Portsmouth 22h00 (Etretat) has been cancelled.
  • 26/05/16 Portsmouth to Le Havre 23h15 (Baie de Seine) has been cancelled.
  • 27/05/16 Le Havre to Portsmouth 22h00 (Baie de Seine) has been cancelled.
  • 26/05/16 Cherbourg to Poole 18h30 (Barfleur) - This sailing will be delayed and will now depart Cherbourg at 19h30, arriving into Poole at 22h45.
  • All other services are operating to schedule.

Ferry services between Portsmouth and Le Havre cancelled

Brittany Ferries has cancelled services between Portsmouth and Le Havre Credit: ITV News

Strike action in France has led to the cancellation of Brittany ferry services between Portsmouth and Le Havre.

The services cancelled today are:

Le Havre to Portsmouth 2200

Portsmouth to Le Havre 2315

Tomorrow the Le Havre to Portsmouth 2200 has also been cancelled.

All other services to and from the ports of Caen, Cherbourg, St Malo and Roscoff are operating as normal.

Because of the on-going fuel strikes in France Brittany Ferries is urging customers to depart with enough fuel to reach their destination in France, or to leave with a full tank of petrol or diesel.

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28 suspected illegal immigrants found on lorry in Hampshire

The lorry was searched by police in Portsmouth Credit: Hampshire Police

28 suspected illegal immigrants have been discovered hiding in the back of a lorry in Portsmouth.

The HGV was pulled over by Hampshire Police. Immigration officers and South Central Ambulance Service attended the scene, giving medical aid to those in need.

The driver of the lorry has been arrested on suspicion of facilitating illegal entry into the UK

Police are appealing for anyone with information about the incident to contact them.

Ambulance crew giving medical assistance to those on the lorry Credit: Hampshire Police

Five men jailed for supplying drugs in Portsmouth

Five people have been given sentences totalling more than 30 years in prison, following an investigation into the supply of Class A drugs in Portsmouth.

The Operation Fortress investigation ran between March and August 2015 and focused on drugs supply between Manchester and Portsmouth.

The five people all pleaded guilty.

John Burns Credit: Hampshire Police

27 year-old John Burns of Dingle Close, Radcliffe, Manchester, was sentenced to eight years in prison for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and three counts of money laundering.

Chae Neville Credit: Hampshire Police

19 year-old Chae Neville of no fixed address was jailed for three years and two months for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs

Luke Leighton Credit: Hampshire Police

25 year-old Luke Leighton of Somers Road, Portsmouth, was jailed for nine years for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs

Corey Vaughan Credit: Hampshire Police

21 year-old Corey Vaughan of no fixed address was jailed for five years and five months for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs

James Hull Credit: Hampshire Police

24 year-old James Hull of Dresden Street, Manchester was sentenced to four years and six months in prison for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs

Chief Inspector James Pegler said: “Police in Portsmouth continually work to disrupt and tackle drug-dealing in the city.

“I have said before that we will not tolerate drug-dealing in Portsmouth and I hope this result proves reassuring to the local community and that they can see the benefit of the work of Operation Fortress.

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Police call for trouble-free evening at Fratton Park

Fratton Park will house nearly 20,000 fans this evening Credit: ITV

Hampshire Police have issued a statement ahead of the League Two first leg play-off semi-final at Fratton Park this evening. Portsmouth face Plymouth Argyle.

We appreciate that this is a crucial first leg play-off and understand the significance of this match to fans, which is why we want it to run smoothly.

Hampshire Constabulary work closely with Portsmouth Football Club, and it is our intention to prevent crime and disorder and promote a trouble free event to ensure the safety of all fans. Those who are intent on committing offences are likely to be arrested and face lengthy banning orders that prohibit them from attending future matches.

Specially trained Public Order Officers will be used as part of our operation to manage the crowd before, during and after the match.

We know that most supporters will travel to and from the match to enjoy the game and we will be working closely with the British Transport Police, Local Authority and the club to minimise congestion and disruption to local communities in the hope that journeys run smoothly.

This match is suspected to be a sell-out with nearly 19,000 supporters at Fratton Park, of which more than 2,000 will be away fans. The vast majority of supporters attend the football to enjoy the game and do so peacefully.

People should be able to bring their children and family members to the matches without worry, and therefore we hope that everyone will be able to enjoy the evening without incident.

– Superintendent Kelly Whiting

Counting about to begin in Portsmouth

Ballot boxes have arrived at Portsmouth Guildhall Credit: ITV

Ballot boxes have arrived in Portsmouth Guildhall where counting is due to begin shortly. Fourteen seats are up - including the one held by Leader of the Council ,Donna Jones. She has been leading a minority Conservative administration with the support of UKIP and Labour. Seven of the seats being contested are currently held by the Lib Dems who did badly in the city at the general and local elections last year. UKIP currently have four seats on the council and could make more gains tonight.

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