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Traffic warning ahead of arrival of three cruise ships

Three cruise ships will arrive in Southampton today Credit: ITV Meridian

Southampton City Council is advising motorists of possible congestion on city centre roads around Town Quay today, when three cruise ships will be in port at the same time. Thousands of cruise passengers will be travelling from Dock Gate 4 through works at Platform Road and Western Esplanade.

The busiest times are expected to be between 11am and 2pm around the southern part of the city coming in from the M271. If journeys to this part of the city are not essential drivers may wish to travel outside of the peak times or come into the city using a different route.

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Check before you travel by rail around Southampton

Passengers using and going through Southampton Central train station this Easter bank holiday are being warned to check before they travel as work and improvements continue.

The station is currently going through extensive work to improve reliability of trains.

The £20 million improvements could affect services from South West Trains, Cross Country, Southern and First Great Western.

Replacement buses are in operation but passengers are reminded to add an extra 60 minutes onto their journey times.

Jim Morgan, infrastructure director for the Network Rail/South West Trains Alliance said:

We recognise that this is not ideal and we are sorry for the inevitable disruption that will be caused to passengers. We have sought to keep disruption to a minimum whilst we undertake this essential work.

There will be replacement bus services through Southampton over those weekends, and we will have customer service staff available at stations to help everyone get where they are going.

– Jim Morgan, Network Rail/South West Trains Alliance

Appeal for witnesses to assault and robbery

At 10.30pm, on Wednesday April 2, two men forced entry into a house on St Elizabeth Avenue in Bitterne.

The offenders threatened and assaulted the four occupants of the house with what was described as a hammer and stole a large sum of money.

The men had their faces covered and may have used motorbikes to get away.

The victims sustained injuries and received medical treatment at the scene.

This type of crime is very usual, and the homeowner’s understandably have been shaken up by the incident. I would appeal to anyone who was in the area, who may have seen or heard anything usual to contact me at Bitterne Police Station on 101.”

– DC Rob Dawson

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Man threatened with firearm after gang break into flat

Police are appealing for witnesses after an assault and firearms incident in Millbrook, Southampton.At 8pm on Tuesday March 25, three men forced their way into a flat in Irving Road.

They threatened a man living there with a firearm and assaulted him.

The three men who were all wearing black clothing and balaclavas searched the flat. A friend of the occupant was also assaulted.

The men made off with a mobile phone.

We believe this is an isolated and targeted incident and that there is no danger to the wider public. It’s believed a firearm was used to intimidate the victims but it was not discharged. We would like to hear from anyone who saw these men force their way into the flats, or who saw them as they left the building. If you know who they are, please contact us.

– PC Jess Lawlor, Hampshire Police

Burglary in Southampton

Police investigating a burglary in Southampton are appealing for information about some distinctive items that were stolen. On Wednesday March 12, a flat in Lumsden Mansions, Shirley Road was broken into.

A number of extremely distinctive items were taken:

  • a jade buddha approximately 12 inches tall
  • several Chinese paintings
  • five ivory bracelets (including two with unqiue Chinese decoration),
  • a brass lion statue
  • a Chinese sword
  • an ivory jewelley box
  • a set of silver 25 piece cutlery,
  • one silver tea pot
  • two ivory statues
  • other several Chinese jade and stones decoration

DC Kate Gillingham who is investigating said: “These items are unique and have been collected by the family over a number of years. We’d like to hear from you if you have been offered any of these items for sale, or have seen them for sale anywhere. “

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