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Portsmouth selected for new technical college

A new university technical college, which will cater for 14-19 year olds, has been approved by the government today.

More than 600 school places will be created in Portsmouth, as part of a £67 million cash boost nationwide to support the next generation of engineers.

The college will work together with the Royal Navy to train up future generations to become engineers and manufacturers and help the local economy's growth.

Portsmouth is set to benefit from today's announcement surrounding a new technical college in the city Credit: ITV

The new university technical college is set to put local employers in the driving seat – allowing them to develop technical learning plans that will ensure young people have the skills to meet the needs of these growing industries.

The plans announced today will raise standards in maths and physics further to ensure more children leave school with these valuable skills and can go on to compete for the top jobs and succeed in life.

We want to attract more high quality candidates to teach maths and physics and further raise the status of teaching as a rewarding career. By offering more flexible routes, we will open up the teaching profession to talented career changers who can bring a wealth of experience and transferrable skills to the classroom."

– Nicky Morgan, Education Secretary


Concerns for missing man

Police are concerned for 59-year-old Mark Lucas Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police are urgently trying to locate a man missing from the Portsmouth area.

Mark Lucas is 59-years-old and missing from the Portsmouth area. He was reported missing at around 6.40pm today and officers are really worried about him.

Mark is described as:

5 ft 10ins tall

Slim build

Last ween wearing dark trousers and a dark coloured jumper.

A photograph is being circulated with this appeal, but please note he has lost a considerable amount of weight since this photograph was taken so looks thinner in the face.

He is believed to be on foot, and could be anywhere. We know that he hails from Gosport and has family in Lee-on-Solent, and he could be in any of these areas.

"Together with Mr Lucas's family, we are very concerned for him. He is a vulnerable individual who may put himself in dangerous situations. If anyone has any information concerning his whereabouts or movements please call police immediately."

– Inspector Adam Edwards

Man attacked in row over taxi in Portsmouth

Police hunt taxi rank attacker Credit: Hampshire Police

A 30-year-old man has been assaulted following a row over a taxi in Southsea. The victim was waiting in the rank outside Debenhams when he was attacked. He was treated for cuts to his right eye and cheek at Queen Alexandra Hospital and later discharged.

Police have released CCTV of the attacker. He's described as white, in his mid twenties, 5ft 8ins tall, stocky build with very short dark brown hair. He was wearing a light grey v-neck jumper over a white collared shirt, dark blue jeans and light brown desert boots.

PC Russell Turner said: “Following a dispute over a taxi in the rank outside Debenhams, a 30-year-old man was assaulted. We’d like to hear from one man in particular who was wearing a grey v-neck top and dark blue jeans who is believed to be the suspect in this incident and appeared to be with a group of four other men at the time. We’re releasing a CCTV image of him in the hope he recognises himself or someone else can tell us who he is.”


Renewed appeal following unprovoked nightclub attack

Men needed hospital treatment following unprovoked attack

Police are renewing an appeal for information following an assault on two men in the Liquid & Envy nightclub in Portsmouth just before Christmas.

They'd gone to the club on the evening of Friday, December 20, and in the early hours, at about 1.00am one of them accidentally bumped into another man and his friend.

This has resulted in an unprovoked attack, whereby the two victims, both in there early 20s needed medical treatment for injuries to their head and face.

Although this incident happened two months ago, we are hoping that a fresh appeal for information will help us to identify the men in the cctv.

We would like to talk to them in connection with this assault, which has resulted in both victims needing to go to hospital.

– Investigating Officer, Detective Constable Angela Smith

New hope for Hampshire's last remaining Victorian Pier

Fresh start of historic pier Credit: ITV news

The new owners of Hampshire's last remaining Victorian Pier have revealed plans to re-open it this year. South Parade Pier in Portsmouth has been closed for more than a year and has fallen into disrepair. Now its new owners say they have spent £500,000 on structural repairs and hope to have parts of it open again this summer. The news comes as an event is being held this weekend to ask pier users how they want it to develop.

The Pier on Southsea Seafront has been a huge draw for visitors since the Victorian era. The mix of seaside attractions, performance venue and fishing platform has touched the hearts and memories of generations of visitors. It has survived three major fires and continual changes in fashion to become a classic fixture in the city of Portsmouth.

The public consultation is being held at the Royal Beach Hotel on Saturday. Residents are invited to give their thoughts on how the Pier could be re-developed. The South Parade Trust hopes that the the pier can once again become "both a hub for the local community, a functioning business and an asset for the City."

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