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Families cheer their loved ones as HMS Kent and Dauntless sail into port

HMS Kent (Foreground) and HMS Dauntless Sail home Credit: Kate Taylor
Twins Aaron and Luke Walker wait for their dad Leading Chef Benjamin Walker on board HMS Kent Credit: Kate Taylor
Families wait on the Quayside for HMS Kent to return home Credit: Kate Taylor
Cheering families welcome home HMS Dauntless Credit: Kate Taylor
Band of the Royal Marines welcome home HMS Dauntless and HMS Kent Credit: Kate Taylor
HMS Dauntless returns to Portsmouth Credit: Kate Taylor
Evie and Lacey Moore fly the flag for dad Petty Officer Joseph Moore aboard HMS Kent Credit: Kate Taylor


TRAVEL - FERRIES: HAMPSHIRE - Disruption on routes from Portsmouth to Caen

Normandie, Brittany Ferries vessel operating on Cherbourg route Credit: Brittany Ferries

There is disruption on Brittany Ferries between Portsmouth and Caen due to industrial action. Due to industrial action by dockers in Caen, the Normandie service will be operating to/from Cherbourg up to and including 23:00 on Sunday 10th May. More updates on company website.

HMS Dragon to return to Portsmouth

HMS Dragon is due to return to Portsmouth tomorrow Credit: Royal Navy

HMS Dragon returns to Portsmouth on Wednesday from a successful six-month patrol across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

The Type 45 destroyer travelled 22,000 miles and visited 15 ports strengthening ties with her allies and continuing the UK’s commitment to the region. The deployment included routine patrols of the Falkland Islands and supporting the community of Tristan De Cunha by moving stores and supplies around the island.

She also worked alongside maritime forces from Africa, Europe, South America and the US in a training exercise in the Gulf of Guinea designed to improve regional cooperation and information-sharing practices, while stopping illegal activity at sea.

HMS Dragon is due to return to Portsmouth tomorrow Credit: Royal Navy


Cyclist injured in hit and run

Police are appealing for information about a collision in Portsmouth on Tuesday in which a cyclist was injured.

The 48-year-old woman was cycling along St Mary’s Road around 10.20am when she was involved in a collision with a van outside City Girls School.

The collision caused the woman to go over the handlebars. She suffered cuts to her face and arms and is now at home recovering.

The van, which is described as a white, drop side van, continued driving.

“There were lots of people around, many who stopped to help the cyclist. None have so far been able to give any details of the vehicle. I’d therefore like to hear from anyone who saw the van or knows who anything that could assist with our enquiries.”

– PC Rob Giles

Firefighters discover smouldering drawer stuffed with cigarette ends

Firefighters discover smouldering drawer stuffed with cigarette ends Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth Credit: Chris Ison/PA

Cigarette butts disposed of in a bathroom drawer caused a fire alert at Gunwharf Quays this morning.

Residents on the eighth floor were woken by the sound of a smoke alarm just before 6am and crews from Cosham and Southsea were called to the residential tower at East Side Plaza, better known as the Lipstick Tower.

Smoke was discovered on the floor and firefighters in breathing apparatus traced the fire to a bathroom in one of the flats, where a drawer stuffed with cigarette ends was smouldering.

The firefighters were able to remove the drawer and extinguish the smouldering fire before it spread any further. The resident of the flat had managed to escape having been alerted by the smoke alarm and no-one was injured in the incident.

Appeal to help find missing teenager

Elizabeth McKeon was last seen on Monday afternoon Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police are appealing for information to help find a missing teenage girl.

15-year-old Elizabeth McKeon was last seen at around 2pm on Monday, April 20, 2015 in Commercial Road in Portsmouth.

Elizabeth is described as:

  • White
  • Approximately 5 ft 2 ins tall
  • Medium to slim build
  • Collar-length dyed black hair

She was last seen wearing a hat, a gothic-style lace necklace, and a blue jacket.

Elizabeth or anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to contact police by phoning 101. Mini-com users can phone 18001 101. In an emergency, dial 999.

Appeal following shop theft

Police want to speak to these two men in connection with a shop theft Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police are releasing images after two men stole alcohol from a Portsmouth shop.

They entered Handy Stores on Newcome Road, Fratton, around 3pm, Saturday, April 18.

One selected beers and other alcohol from behind the till area and both left without paying.

One is described as white, about 18 to 20-years-old, wearing a maroon hooded top and tracksuit bottom both with the words ‘Duffy’ and ‘St George’ in white on the front and down the side and black trainers.

The other is described as wearing blue jeans, a purple necked top with dark hair and black shoes or trainers.

Police would like to hear from anyone who saw two men matching this description in the area at the time or anyone who knows who they are.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Hampshire Constabulary on 101 quoting reference 44150132277.

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