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Falklands 35 years on: veterans board the Queen Elizabeth to mark anniversary

Thirty five years ago Britain was at war in the Falklands.

More than 250 British troops were killed during the conflict in 1982, which began after the small islands in the South Atlantic were invaded by Argentina.

A number of merchant ships from the South were used to transport troops and materials, including the QE2 which was based in Southampton.

Today, veterans and volunteers went aboard the QE2's successor, the Queen Elizabeth, to mark the anniversary.

Kevin Ashford reports from the port.

Kevin spoke to volunteer Jacqui White and Former Guardsman Rob Nicholls.


Craig David cancels homecoming gig at Ageas Bowl

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Southampton pop star Craig David has cancelled his homecoming gig at Hampshire's Ageas Bowl.

The singer will instead play four dates at the Mayflower Theatre in September, because of what his promotors are calling 'unavoidable circumstances'.

Anyone who has already bought a ticket will be offered a seat at one of the Mayflower shows within the next 48 hours.

142 weapons handed in during knife amnesty

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One hundred and forty two weapons have been handed in during Southampton's knife amnesty.

Bins were placed outside Southampton Central and Portswood Police stations throughout the last month in a bid to reduce drug-related knife crime in the city.

A 33% reduction in crime has been recorded compared with the previous month.

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Officers also carried out search warrants and patrols to seize weapons and disrupt violent drug-related crime.

Sixteen people were arrested for drug offences and for carrying weapons.

Twenty people and 11 vehicles were searched.

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“We are really pleased with the results of this amnesty. Tackling violent crime is a priority for us and we can help protect people from harm by working together and carrying out these kind of campaigns. Our message to those people who insist on bringing violence to the streets of Southampton remains the same, we will take robust action against anyone found to be illegally in possession of a knife or bladed article in this city.”

– Sergeant Charlie Ilderton, Southampton Central Neighbourhood Team

Woman charged after attempted murder

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A woman has been charged with attempted murder after a 20 year old woman was stabbed in the back in Southampton on Tuesday.

33 year old Sarah-Jane Hall of Bourne Road has also been charged with possession of a bladed article.

The stabbing took place in Blechynden Terrace just after 1pm on Tuesday 16th May.

The victim suffered serious but not life threatening injuries and has been discharged from hospital.

Hampshire Police would like to hear from anyone who was in the Southbrook Road and Millbrook Road East areas between 12.15pm and 1pm on Tuesday 16th May.

They are urging anyone with information to call 101 and quote 44170183647.

Surrey Police appeal: Two men wanted for questioning

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Detectives in Surrey are appealing for the public's help to find two men wanted by police.

Francis Ward who's 20 and from Southampton, and Noel Devlin who's 27 and from Cambridgeshire are wanted for questioning.

Officers are urging anyone with information about where they are to contact them immediately.

Noel Devlin is wanted by Surrey Police for questioning Credit: Surrey Police

If you have any information, please contact Surrey Police on 101 (or 999 in an emergency) and quote reference: 45170047499 or report online at

Alternatively, you can anonymously call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Police appeal to find 'dangerous' bikers from park trip

A police search is underway to find two motorcyclists who rode their bikes dangerously through a public park on Monday morning.

Officers say the off-road motorbikes were ridden illegally - and in an anti-social manner - through Mansel Park in Southampton at about 11am on Monday 8th May. The riders were a threat to the safety of other people using the park at the time including mothers with children in pushchairs.

On the appearance of a Police Community Support Officer - the bikers rode off, but they were seen again later - riding on roads in the Millbrook and Coxford areas of the city.

The incident happened in Mansel Park on Monday morning

“These two bikes were seen numerous times around the Millbrook and Coxford area riding illegally and in a manner that was dangerous to themselves and other road users and pedestrians.

“These two bikes were riding around Mansel Park in the late morning when the park was busy with people. I would like these bikers named.

“If you have seen these bikes or recognise any of the clothing in the images please contact me.

“If you are a family member and recognise these bikes or any of the clothing, I ask that you speak to me, confidentially if required.

“These riders are dangerous and have the potential to cause harm to innocent members of the public.

“Please call 101 and quote 44170171753.”

– PC Simon Peacock, Hampshire Constabulary

CCTV released after assault that put man in coma

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Police have released CCTV of two men they want to speak to as part of an investigation into an assault which put a man into an induced coma.

Three men who were walking through the Above Bar area in Southampton around 4am on Saturday 17th December were involved in an altercation with five other men.

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Two men from the group of three received minor injuries, but the other was left with a fractured skull and was in an induced coma.

He is now recovering slowly after the incident outside the Golden Touch amusement arcade and the Nationwide on Above Bar Street.

Anyone who recognises the men is asked to call Hampshire Police on 101 quoting 44160474610.

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