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Growing concern for girl who has gone missing from hospital

Ellena Hagin, 17, went missing from hospital today Credit: Hampshire Police

Police are growing concerned for the welfare of a vulnerable teenager who has gone missing in Marchwood.

Ellena Hagin, 17, went missing from the Priory Hospital Southampton around 11.20am today.

She is described as white, about 5ft 6ins tall, with red shoulder length hair. She was wearing a black trilby hat, glasses, black leggings and a white jumper.

Ellie is a vulnerable young woman and has been receiving care at the hospital. We believe she is on foot and could still be in the vicinity.

There are lots of people out walking and enjoying the sunshine in the New Forest this afternoon and so I’m hoping someone will spot her.

I’d like to hear from anyone who has seen her or a girl matching her description.

– nspector Korine Bishop

Anyone with information is asked to contact Hampshire Constabulary on 101 or 999 in an emergency.


World's third largest cruise ship to arrive at Southampton

The new cruise liner 'Anthem of the Seas' in March this year Credit: Ingo Wagner/DPA/PA

One of the largest and most expensive ships ever built will arrive in Southampton later today.

Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas, the joint third largest cruise ship in the world, will be launched next week.

She has cost more than one billion US dollars and was built in Germany.

Able to carry over 6,000 passengers and crew the superliner will base itself in Southampton for the summer before sailing to her permanent base in the United States.

Facilities in the Southampton passenger terminals have been enlarged to cope with the large number of passengers and crew.

The ship is being launched just a month after Southampton based Britannia was named by the Queen.

She has cost £500 million and can carry 3,600 passengers and 1,500 crew and is the largest ever built for the UK market and is registered in Southampton.

Key facts and figures about Royal Caribbean's newest ship:

  • At 1,142 feet (348m), Anthem is longer than both The Shard and New York's Chrysler Building
  • Her 18 decks can hold up to 4,905 guests and 1,500 crew
  • Of the 2,090 cabins, 1,571 have a balcony and 375 come with a "virtual" balcony
  • Her combined bow thrusters have 4,694 horsepower giving the ship a top cruising speed of 22 knots

Saints on track for highest finish in three decades

James Ward-Prowse celebrates his spot kick Credit: PA Sport

This has been a remarkable season at St Mary's, with Ronald Koeman's side confounding the naysayers to such an extent that a highest finish in three decades is a realistic prospect. Bettering the fifth place of 1985 looks a big ask but not impossible after Ward-Prowse's penalty and a late Pelle strike secured Saints a hard-fought 2-0 against embattled Hull, seeing them level last year's best-ever Premier League points tally of 56. This was City's sixth straight loss to Southampton and leaves Steve Bruce's side worryingly close to the relegation zone with an unenviable run-in lying in wait. There were times when the Tigers threatened to secure a first win on the south coast since 1951, with Sone Aluko proving a nuisance and Jake Livermore forcing Kelvin Davis into a save early in the second half. They were made to rue those missed chances and possibly the decision to pick Steve Harper ahead of out-of-sorts Allan McGregor when Alex Bruce fouled former City team-mate Shane Long. McGregor has saved the two previous penalties City have conceded this season, but Harper was unable to stop Ward-Prowse's venomous strike - his maiden league goal and a first for the club in all competitions since January 2012. Pelle's wait has not been quite as long but would have been even more relieved to find the net. Having seen a James Chester header cleared off the line by Ryan Bertrand earlier, Saints ensured there would be no nervy ending when the Italy international slotted home his first league goal since December 20. Ahead of this match, eyebrows were raised by Koeman's decision to leave England right-back Nathaniel Clyne on the bench as one of three changes. Hull counterpart Steve Bruce plumped for five alterations and one of those quickly made an impression. Aluko certainly justified his inclusion early on, scooping wide after an uncharacteristic Toby Alderweireld mistake before driving past Maya Yoshida and forcing Kelvin Davis into a save. Dame N'Doye was next to get an effort away as the Tigers continued to impress against a Southampton side lacking the visitors' determination and composure. Long's overrun one-on-one and a miscued Morgan Schneiderlin volley was all Saints could muster until the 20th minute, when Harper raced off his line to impressively deny Pelle. Aluko came close to capitalising on the fine save by whizzing a left-footed strike just wide from 25 yards, while Stephen Quinn should have done better than volleying into the ground shortly afterwards. The chances soon dried up, though, as the first half ended sloppily, with Alderweireld's stoppage-time attempt the only effort of note. Ward-Prowse replaced the booked Victor Wanyama when play resumed after half-time - a period which was just eight minutes old when Davis shifted his body impressively to get down to deny Livermore from 20 yards. It was a missed opportunity Hull were punished for shortly afterwards as Alex Bruce foolishly gave away a penalty. The City defender held his head in his hands after clattering Long and Ward-Prowse, having persuaded Sadio Mane to give him the ball, fired into the top right-hand corner. The penalty was the 20-year-old's first league goal for Saints and one which would have been cancelled out moments later had Bertrand not cleared Chester's glancing header off the line. N'Doye came close to latching onto a cross and Paul McShane headed wide as City continued to push for a leveller which would never arrive. Instead, Southampton doubled their advantage as the clock wound down. Italy international Pelle may have scored against England recently but he had not scored a league goal since December 20, so the relief was clear when he tucked home Morgan Schneiderlin cutback. Steven Davis wasted a glorious late chance to add extra gloss to the scoreline, which would have been harsh on the struggling visitors.

Koeman targets Europa League

Southampton FC manager Ronald Koeman has admitted that qualifying for the Champions League is improbable

The Saints sit seventh in the Premier League, eight points behind fourth-placed Manchester City.

Speaking about his side's position, he said the difference is too big to make up with only seven games left of the season.

"If Saints reach the Europa League, it's like the rest reaching the Champions League.

– Ronald Koeman, Saints Manager

On reaching the Europa League he said:

" It means more games and buying more experienced players. But, I don't like to speak about these things until we have qualified."

– Ronald Koeman, Saints Manager

Southampton welcome Hull City to St. Mary's on Saturday.


Hampshire woman campaigns for better safety at level crossings after brother's death

Louisa New campaigns for change Credit: ITV news

A woman from Southampton, whose brother was killed when he accidentally wandered onto a railway line from a footpath, is calling for more safety at level crossings. Ryan New had been on a night out with friends when he was struck by a train at Bradford on Avon in Wiltshire. The 33 year old was a budding footballer from Southampton and described as a great friend and true gentleman. An inquest ruled his death could have been prevented if there had been a fence between the footpath and the railway line. His sister Louisa New has launched an online petition calling for better safety measures.

Flights cancelled as French air traffic controllers go on strike

Flybe has cancelled flights Credit: ITV Meridian

Thousands of Britons flying abroad are facing travel chaos, with Gatwick and Southampton among airports affected, due to a strike by French air traffic controllers.

UK and Irish airlines have had to axe scores of flights while others are being disrupted, with the delays and cancellations affecting not only services to and from France but also flights to other parts of Europe.

EasyJet has cancelled 118 flights. Most of the axed services involve flights within France - but the scrapped services do include return flights to Paris from Gatwick, Belfast and Luton, as well as a Gatwick-Toulouse return service.

British Airways was among the other carriers that had to cancel flights, while Flybe axed 16 services including flights to Paris from Birmingham, Manchester and Exeter, as well as some flights from Southampton.

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