Salvors who successfully brought the Hoegh Osaka back to port have been praised for avoiding an environmental disaster
But after 19 days stranded in the Solent - what now for the cargo ship - and the millions of pounds worth of cars and machinery on board? Richard Slee reports.
The Hoegh Osaka is now safely at its berth at Southampton Port. The salvors are currently in charge of the vessel and working to transfer responsibility for the ship back to its owners. Once the ship is safely transferred back to the owners, the Secretary of State's Representative, Maritime Salvage & Intervention, will have no further involvement.
The Hoegh Osaka ran aground on the Bramble Bank on Saturday 3 January.
Yesterday, at 1415, the Hoegh Osaka moved from her position in Alpha anchorage towards the port of Southampton. This was slightly ahead of schedule because the ship’s crew managed to lift the anchor quicker than planned.
The vessel was safely delivered to Berth 101 in the Port of Southampton, four hours later, at 1815.
There are delays of up to 45 minutes on First Great Western between Fareham and Southampton Central due to emergency services dealing with an incident at Swanwick.
First Great Western expects the disruption to continue until at least 11am.
A nineteen year old man has been sentenced to five and half years in jail for child sex offences.
Oliver Sturman contacted young girls online while living in Crawley and Southampton. Many of his offences took place over webcam. He will be placed on the sex offenders register for life.
"We received intelligence that Sturman was engaging in indecent live on-line video chat with one of the girls. When we arrested him and seized his computer we found evidence of all the other offending. It became clear that he had for some time been systematically approaching teenage girls on-line via websites, and coercing them into performing indecent acts for his enjoyment and sexual gratification, threatening to tell their friends if they refused to co-operate. However this behaviour came to our notice, and we moved swiftly to arrest him and put a stop to his vicious and unpleasant activities. This case serves as a further reminder to parents and teenage children that great care needs to be taken in making contacts on-line."
Police have released CCTV images of a man and a woman whom they suspect stole from a Superdrug store on Victoria Road on December 21.
The man distracted staff at the sales counter and placed a holdall on the floor. The woman then filled up the bag with perfume products before the man picked up the bag and left without paying.
A person has been arrested on suspicion of arson and is being questioned by police.
Emergency crews were called to the fire at a block of flats in Southampton at 7:30 last night.
Some nearby residents on Warburton Road in Thornhill were evacuated as a precaution.
Three police officers at the scene were affected by smoke inhalation. Two of them were taken to hospital for assessment but their conditions are not thought to be serious.
Police are appealing for witnesses.
Firefighters have been tackling a blaze at a block of flats in the Thornhill area of Southampton. It broke out on the 12th floor of Hightown Towers just after 7.30pm tonight. 10 pumps attended the scene.
Police are treating the fire in Warburton Road as suspicious and are appealing for any witnesses, or anyone who saw or heard any disturbances inside the block of flats to contact them.
All residents have been accounted for. Some neighbouring residents were evacuated as a temporary precaution, but were allowed to return to their properties a short time later.
Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact CID at Shirley police station by phoning 101. Information can be given be anonymously by phoning the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.
Salvage experts are planning to refloat the stricken cargo ship stranded on a sandback in the Solent on the high tide tomorrow lunchtime. The car carrier Heogh Osaka was deliberately run aground on the Bramble Bank on Saturday night after it began listing and was in danger of sinking. Salvage teams have been on board the ship and now believe they can right her and pull her free. Here's our report from Richard Slee.
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