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Brittany Ferries say that despite strike action at French ports, the vast majority of their sailings today are unaffected.
Earlier today on their website there were warnings of delays between Portsmouth and Le Havre, and Portsmouth and St Malo.
But now it appears the only sailing to be cancelled is tonight's overnight ferry from Le Havre to Portsmouth.
However they've also issued us a statement in the last hour with advice for passengers taking their cars to France, because of problems with the fuel supply
All our services to and from France are operating to schedule (these operate from Portsmouth, Poole and Plymouth to Caen, Le Havre, Cherbourg, St Malo and Roscoff).
In general the fuel situation in the North West of France (and indeed across the country) continues to improve. For example, most of the stations in Brittany are back in operation and there is now almost no rationing at the pump.
We are advising customers to travel with a full tank of fuel and to fill up when they can in France, but there is certainly no suggestion that France is running dry. And the fuel supply situation continues to improve.
Despite the difficulties, our crew, staff and customers have been able to find fuel (we have 2,000 crew in France), sometimes with the help of external websites like www.carbeo.com and www.mon-essence.fr.
For safety reasons, petrol cans are strictly forbidden onboard our ferries, and the transport of diesel in vehicles is only permitted in containers/jerry cans specifically constructed for the carriage of diesel and to a maximum of 5 litres per vehicle.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
19 year-old Chae Neville of no fixed address was jailed for three years and two months for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs
25 year-old Luke Leighton of Somers Road, Portsmouth, was jailed for nine years for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs
21 year-old Corey Vaughan of no fixed address was jailed for five years and five months for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs
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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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.
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