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Michelle Keegan opens Southampton Boat Show 2016

Michelle Keegan sets things off at the 2016 Southampton Boat Show

The actress and former Coronation Street star Michelle Keegan has opened proceedings at this year's Southampton Boat Show in Hampshire.

'Speech, speech' Michelle Keegan says a few words to mark boat show launch

“I am thrilled to be opening the Southampton Boat Show this year. As an avid fan of all types of activity on the water, I’m really excited to spend some time at the Show, soaking up the atmosphere and experiencing some of the brilliant attractions on offer.”

– Michelle Keegan, Actress

"We’re delighted to welcome Michelle to the Show this year. As Britain’s biggest boating festival, the Southampton Boat Show is a much-loved event and one of the leaders in the global boating calendar.

"The Show attracts visitors from those new to boating to avid sailors as well as a host of famous names, and we’re thrilled that Michelle will be joining us to help open the Show.”

– Murray Ellis, British Marine Boat Shows Managing Director


Southampton Airport celebrates record Summer

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Southampton Airport is celebrating its busiest summer on record. Almost 430,000 passengers travelled through its doors during July and August. That's an increase of 14.6% compared to the same period last year.

August proved to be the airport's busiest month on record with 219,757 passengers whilst 207,631 passengers used the airport in July. Prior to this year, the airport's busiest month had been in August 2007 when 205,500 passengers took to the skies. It comes as the airport welcomes four new airlines this year.

Dave Lees, Managing Director at Southampton Airport, says 'It has been a record summer here at Southampton Airport which is due to the amount of popular new flights and routes that we have secured this year. We hope to see this trend continue into 2017'

Police patrol area of Southampton after fracas

Police are to carry out patrols in the Lordshill area of Southampton this week following a public order incident at a house in Jersey Close at around 9.45pm on Saturday.

Seven people were arrested and have since been released on bail until 1 December pending further enquiries.

Offices are continuing to treat this as an isolated incident, although they understand it may have caused some concern for nearby residents.

If anyone would like to speak to a member of the Neighbourhood Policing team you can contact them at Redbridge on 101.

Pride Festival goers parade through Southampton

Hundreds of people have paraded through the streets of Southampton this afternoon in the city's first Pride Festival in more than a decade.

Marchers walking through Southampton in pride event
Members of organisations joined in the parade too bearing banners and waving flags
Many people wore colourful costumes


Woman passes out after burglars place cloth over mouth

Police are appealing for information following an aggravated burglary in Southampton.

Between 12.30pm and 1.05pm on Sunday, August 7, two men knocked on the door of an address on Caerleon Drive, Bitterne. A woman opened the door to them and they told her they were Jehovah's Witnesses.

One of the men then put a cloth over the woman’s mouth at the front door, forcing her to pass out. They then entered the house and stole a quantity of high value gold jewellery.

When the woman came round, the men had gone. The woman received medical attention but did not suffer any ongoing symptoms.

I am appealing for anyone with information about this incident to come forward. Do you live in the area, did anyone knock at your door claiming to be Jehovah's Witnesses? Did you see two smartly dressed men wandering around the area who could be connected to this incident?

As always, we would urge residents to be vigilant when opening their door to strangers. If you're unsure of who is at your door, use a door chain and do not open the door fully until you are satisfied they are a genuine caller.

I would urge anyone with information to get in touch with us as soon as possible.

– Detective Constable Martin Brewer

Youth to captivate with swash-buckling performance

Most large scale musical productions spend months in rehearsals before finally taking to the stage.

But more than 180 young people from Hampshire and beyond will be performing on the biggest and most prestigious stage in the South this weekend having put together their show from scratch in less than a fortnight.

Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance includes sword fights and a giant pirate ship. The cast for the Mayflower Theatre's Summer Youth Project were selected through open auditions. They work with professional directors, choreographers and musicians but are all talented amateurs aged 18 and under.

Man's ear slashed in unprovoked attack

The attack happened on St Mary's Road Credit: Google Images

Police in Southampton are appealing for witnesses after a man had his ear slashed with a penknife during an attack by a stranger.

The 22-year-old man was walking along St Mary’s Road at 4am on July 17 when he was approached by a man who asked him for a cigarette.

The victim refused and the man then asked for one of the cans of beer he was holding, which again he refused.

At this point the unknown man is reported to have become aggressive and revealed what the victim believed to be a penknife.

The victim saw this and ducked out of the way. The blade connected with the top of his left ear, causing a cut which required stitches.

The unknown man walked off towards Onslow Road.

He is described as being aged between 24 and 26, around 5ft 7ins tall, of a skinny build, with short dark hair and some stubble.

He was wearing blue jeans and a grey short sleeved t-shirt.

Parade of zebra sculptures in Southampton

Shoppersand workers in Southampton’s city centre got a lunchtime treat today, as 31 gorgeous zebra sculptures paraded past on trucks. It was the official launch of the public art extravaganza ‘Marwell’s ZanyZebras’.

Showcasing their colourful and zany designs, the magnificent large sculptures rolled through the city centre to give people a glimpse of what to expect when the trail goes live this Saturday.

The parade route took in some of Southampton’s top landmarks, including the Bargate, the Civic Centre, Guildhall Square and the city’s new arts complex, Studio 144.

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