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Hoegh Osaka heads for Cornwall to be repaired

The giant car transporter Hoegh Osaka has finally left Southampton, five weeks after making headlines around the world when it was deliberately run aground on a sandbank.

The 51,000 ton ship was in danger of sinking when the decision was taken to run it aground on the Bramble Bank in the Solent.

It's now heading for Falmouth, in Cornwall, for further repairs. Juliette Fletcher reports:

Hoegh Osaka leaves Southampton

The Hoegh Osaka is sailing to Falmouth for repair work Credit: ITV Meridian

The Stricken cargo ship the Hoegh Osaka is leaving Southampton in a short while and sailing to Falmouth for repairs.

The vessel was towed back into Southampton Port last month. She'd been stranded for nineteen days off the Hampshire coast when the ship's captain was forced to beach her.

Investigations are continuing into what caused the ship to list in the first place.

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Residents protest against "Immigration Street" show

People living on a street in Southampton which has been filmed for a controversial television series have been protesting outside the headquarters of Channel Four.

They say the programme "Immigration Street" will have a negative impact on the community in and around Derby Road. And they're calling for it to be cancelled or changed. Richard Jones reports.

Plane, made from toy bricks, goes on display

The plane made of toy bricks Credit: Mick Hopley

A Flybe plane has been brought to life in toy bricks at Southampton Airport.

Bright Bricks, the UK-based LEGO building company, used over 15,000 bricks to build a model of Flybe's iconic Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft.

The aircraft is on display in the airport's passenger terminal. The model is 1:20 scale, measuring approximately 1.8m long, with a wingspan of 1.4m.

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Countess of Wessex opens new cardiac unit in Southampton

Countess of Wessex visits Hampshire Credit: itv news

A new young cardiac unit is being officially opened in Southampton today. The Countess of Wessex will unveil a plaque and meet young patients. £500,000 has been raised for the ward by Wessex Heartbeat - which has been specially designed for young people with lifelong heart conditions.

The Countess of Wessex is Royal Patron of the charity, which was established in 1992 and has raised more than £13 million to help improve cardiac care in Southampton and provide support for patients and their families.

The unit will improve the quality of life for patients whilst in hospital, providing better surroundings and facilities for their physical, psychological and emotional wellbeing. Wessex Heartbeat helps support the care of the 20,000 patients treated at the Southampton centre annually, including 1,000 babies and children born with congenital heart defects.

First of 1400 cars are off-loaded from rescued ship

For sale - nearly new 4x4 Credit: PA

The first of the hundreds of cars which made up the cargo of the rescued car carrier Hoegh Osaka have started to be off-loaded.

Four tugs towed the 51,000-tonne ship back into Southampton Port last Thursday after it had become stranded for a total of 19 days off the Hampshire coast.

Some of the vehicles are noticeably damaged Credit: PA

A spokesman for ship owners Hoegh Autoliners said that most of the cars had survived unscathed, while some had suffered dents and scratches.

An excavator had shifted punching a hole in the hull causing 3,000 tonnes of water to flood some of the car decks. The spokesman said that the condition of cars in this area was not yet known although "a small number" were under water.

1400 cars and agricultural machinery were on board Credit: PA

They were unloading the cargo for most of today, that involved driving the vehicles off, primarily the cars, some Minis and Land Rovers, but not much of the heavy equipment has moved off yet.

"They are expecting the full discharge process to be finished by the end of this week or by early next week depending on how quickly they can get them off.

– Hoegh Autoliners spokesman
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