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England fan, attacked by Russian thugs, opens his eyes

Credit: Bache

An England fan left seriously injured after being attacked by Russian supporters, has opened his eyes.

Andrew Bache, 51, suffered a cardiac arrest, extensive brain injuries and a lung infection after being attacked by a group of Russians armed with iron bars ahead of England's match with Russia in Marseille.

His brother, Dean Bache, revealed Andrew has begun to move his arms and opened both eyes when his son Harry visited him in hospital.

A JustGiving fundraising page had been setup for Mr Bache's treatment, and has raised more than £19,000 towards a £30,000 target.


Portsmouth football fan still critical as French police clash with England fans in Lille

Andrew Bache, known as Pepe, suffered severe brain injuries Credit: Jason Ricketts

A Portsmouth man, who was attacked by Russians armed with iron bars in Marseilles, remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Andrew Bache, known as Pepe, suffered a cardiac arrest, extensive brain injuries and a lung infection.

His son Harry has travelled to France to be with his 51-year-old father.

On a message posted on a fundraising page set up for Mr Bache, he said: "Have just seen dad for the first time, very briefly as they were taking him into a CT scan.

"The doctor said he had suffered a cardiac arrest and also has a lung infection plus extensive brain injuries."

He said he would be meeting with French police before returning to the hospital later.

England fans drinking in Lille before trouble started Credit: PA

It comes as French Police fired tear gas at England fans in Lille ahead of England's match with Wales in nearby Lens on Thursday, and after Russia's match against Slovakia in the city.

It is unclear which set of fans the police were targeting and what caused the unrest.

Credit: Just Giving

The JustGiving page set up for Mr Bache, from Portsmouth, Hampshire, has now reached more than £18 000

His brother Dean Bache previously posted on Facebook: "I have just had a call from the British Embassy and they say the hospital had informed them that Pepe's injuries are no longer life-threatening but could be life-changing.

"He is still in a serious condition and they won't know the extent of his injuries until he is taken out of the induced coma.

To support his cause please click here: Just Giving page

England fan: "The worst violence I have ever seen"

A football fan from Hampshire is in a coma - fighting for his life - after being caught up in a violent clash between Russian and England supporters in France.

Fifty-year-old Andrew Bache - known as Pepe - was among fans attacked with iron bars, glass bottles and metal chairs in the hours before England's Euro 2016 opener in Marseille on Saturday.

Meanwhile, a fan from Abingdon - Mark Heelis - told us it was the worst violence he had ever seen. Divya Kohli reports.

Pompey fan in a coma after attack by Russian fans

Andrew will be in a coma for several days Credit: Just Giving, Jason Ricketts

A Portsmouth fan who was attacked by Russian hooligans will be in a coma for several days.

Andrew Bache was struck over the head repeatedly with an iron bar or hammer in Marseille.

Andrew, 51, has been placed into an induced coma to help the swelling in his brain to go down.

Jay Rickets, who set up a fundraising page for Mr Bache, said his brother and son were on their way to the hospital.

"His life was saved by French police who gave him CPR. It was a completely unprovoked attack."

Mr Bache was with a group of six or seven friends who had gone out to follow England in Euro 2016.

A fundraising page has been set up for Andrew.


French strikes- latest from Brittany Ferries

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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.

Travel information on the Brittany Ferries website Credit: Brittany Ferries

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 and

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.

– Brittany ferries spokesman

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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