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HMS Richmond to return to Portsmouth

HMS Richmond will return to Portsmouth today Credit: ITV Meridian

HMS Richmond returns home to Portsmouth later.

Her crew has clocked up forty thousand miles during the nine month deployment.

It joined the fight against people smugglers in the Mediterranean as well as seizing twenty nine million pounds worth of drugs.

HMS Richmond will return to Portsmouth today Credit: ITV Meridian

Royal Navy band hits the right note in Portsmouth

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A video calling on the public to remember naval personnel and their families at Christmas has been filmed at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth. Shoppers were suprised by the sudden arrival of the Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines Portsmouth performing Carol of the Bells.

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It is hoped the public will show their support for the Royal Navy by sharing the video on social networks. Royal Navy, Royal Marine and Royal Auxiliary personnel are on duty around the globe 365 days a year. Deployed at home or overseas, they are supported by 1,000's of loving family and friends. It's hoped the video will encourage the public to remember naval personnel who remain on duty this holiday season.


Appeal following theft of a taxi

Police want to speak to this man in connection with the theft of a taxi Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police are looking for this man following the theft of a taxi in Portsmouth.

The Silver Ford Mondeo was stolen last Thursday night after this man was picked up as a fare.

The driver's takings were also stolen.

Missing 15-year-old girl last seen at railway station

Missing Jaadine Hobden Credit: Sussex Police

A 15-year-old girl has gone missing from St Leonards-on-Sea.

Jaadine Hobden was last seen at 9.25pm at Lancing Railway Station on Wednesday.

She is described as:

  • white
  • 5ft
  • medium build
  • long wavy brown hair
  • blue eyes
  • she was wearing a light blue Adidas jumper with black leggings, a black coat and navy blue Nike trainers

We are concerned about Jaadine because of her age. She could be in Portsmouth as she has links to the area.

– Missing persons co-ordinator Wai Lee

Anyone with information should email or call 101 quoting serial 1276 of 18/11.

Paris terror attacks remembered one week on

Portsmouth Guildhall Credit: ITV news

A candlelight vigil will take place in Portsmouth's Guildhall Square this evening to remember those affected by the terrorist attacks in Paris. The event will begin at 5pm, a week after the attacks. Candles will be available for people to light or people are welcome to bring their own candles or flowers.

Thoughts and prayers will also be offered to the victims of other recent terrorist attacks around the world. The ceremony will be led by civic leaders, including Lord Mayor Cllr Frank Jonas and Portsmouth City Council Leader Cllr Donna Jones.

Cllr Jones said: "The whole world has been shocked by events in Paris and it is important we remember those affected as well as the victims of similar attacks around the world. Portsmouth is an extremely compassionate city and our strong links with France make it fitting to hold a public display of support."


Former teenage TV star jailed for drink driving on her way to her own hen party

Emily Corrie Credit: Hampshire Police

A former teenage TV star has been jailed for 12 months after she drove at more than four times the drink-drive limit while heading to her own hen party.

Emily Corrie, 36, of Twyford Avenue, Portsmouth, starred in the Channel 4 show As If before joining the Royal Navy.

She was sentenced at Portsmouth Crown Court following the incident on August 28 when she was seen driving erratically on motorways leaving the Portsmouth area.

After she was stopped on the hard shoulder of the A3(M) she gave a breath test that showed she had 155mg of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.

Corrie, who has since married, was sentenced to 12 months for dangerous driving and four months for excess alcohol, to run concurrently.

She was also banned from driving for three years and ordered to take a retest.

New home for sea creatures from Isle of Wight Aquarium

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Special life support machines will be used to deliver fish and marine life to their new home in Portsmouth today. Blue Reef Aquarium is receiving the entire stock from the Fort Victoria Marine Aquarium on the Isle of Wight after it was forced to close after 30 years.

The Aquarium closed its doors to visitors earlier this month blaming rising costs and zoo licensing regulations. It left a question mark over the future of the fish and other marine life. The Blue Reef in Portsmouth stepped in to help.

Blue Reef's Lindsay Holloway said: "It's very sad that such a long-established aquarium has been forced to close and we have every sympathy with the owners who have worked so hard to keep it open. They approached us to see if we were able to provide a secure new home for their fish and, after visiting the aquarium, we decided we could help re-house the entire stock. Wightlink has very kindly agreed to provide a free return crossing so we will be able to use our own van, which has special life support systems on board to bring the fish and other marine creatures safely back to Southsea."

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Once back on site, all the stock will spend time in a quarantine area and be closely monitored before going into the native marine displays. The Fort Victoria Marine Aquarium mainly displayed native marine life including lobsters, crabs, rays and British sharks, however it also has a number of tropical displays which are home to trigger fish, puffer fish and clownfish.

Co-owner Paul Blake said: "Blue Reef was our first choice when looking for a new home for our charges, we are extremely grateful that they have agreed to take them all, it is a huge relief to know they could not have gone to a better home."

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