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Prince Charles visits lake where Romsey's Lord Mountbatten was killed

Prince Charles has visited the lake in Ireland where his great Uncle Lord Mountbatten and three others were killed by the IRA.

76 year old Lord Louis Mountbatton - who lived in Romsey in Hampshire - died when a bomb detonated on the boat he was on in 1979.

Two teenagers including his 14 year old grandson and an 83 year old woman were also killed.

At today's memorial Prince Charles spoke of how the loss affected the royal family.

Historic handshake celebrated in Hampshire

An historic handshake, intended to help heal a conflict that has cost thousands of lives - is being celebrated in a small Hampshire town.

Prince Charles today met the Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, 36 years after his great uncle Lord Mountbatten was murdered by the IRA.

Lord Louis Mountbatten was killed in August 1979, by a remote-controlled IRA bomb - while on his pleasure boat in Mullaghmore on the west coast of Ireland.

His 14-year-old grandson and two others were also killed.

More than three decades on - people in Romsey where Lord Mountbatten had his home - say it is time for reconciliation.

A warning of flash photography in Kerry Swain's report.


Teachers train for canoe race in memory of yachstman

Four teachers have started training to take on the world's toughest canoe race, in memory of a former student who was lost at sea.

James Male studied outdoor education in Winchester

23-year-old James Male from Romsey was one of four UK sailors who disappeared after their yacht - the Cheeki Rafiki - capsized in the Atlantic in May.

The lecturers from Sparsholt College in Winchester will race 126 miles from Devizes to Westminster.

James' Outdoor Education lecturers are trying to raise funds for the RNLI Forever by the Seas Fund, which was set up in memory of the Cheeki Rafiki crew.

James' father Graham says the challenge is something his son would have loved to have been part of:

Sam's campaign to save lives in schools

After suffering a cardia arrest at school, Sam Mangoro is now raising money for All Heart to provide life-saving defibrillators and training in schools so more lives can be saved in an emergency.

Schoolboy launches defibrillator campaign

A schoolboy who suffered a sudden cardiac arrest in a PE lesson has launched a fund raising campaign to get defibrillators in all schools.

16 year old Sam Mangoro's life was saved by teachers using a defibrillator at the Mountbatten School in Romsey. But schools are not required by law to have the life saving equipment.


Romsey relay marathon raises cash for charities

Meridian weather presenter Philippa Drew (right) with her team mates following the run Credit: ITV Meridian

A relay marathon was held on the Broadlands estate in Romsey today. Athletes of all ages took part to raise money for their chosen charities. Meridian's weather presenter Philippa Drew ran 2.6 miles in support of Child Bereavement charity Simon Says.

The event was organised by the Rotary Club of Romsey.

Sandbags to be removed from Romsey

Sandbags will be removed from Romsey Credit: ITV News

Sandbags will finally be removed from Romsey following the winter floods. It should take about a week for the council to take away thousands of sandbags once and for all.

Sandbags were put in place following the Winter floods Credit: ITV News

About eighty thousand of them were distributed to help with the floods earlier this year.

Police investigate indecent exposure

Police are investigating after reports of a man indecently exposing himself to a 16-year-old girl in Romsey this morning.

The indecent exposure is believed to have happened between 7.30am and 7.40am at a cut-through between Selsdon Avenue and Winchester Hill, Romsey. The girl was unharmed and officers are treating this as an isolated incident

The male suspect is described as:

  • White.
  • Aged between 30-40 years-old.
  • 5ft 11ins tall.
  • Straight short brown hair.
  • Slim build.
  • Wearing a black raincoat.
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