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Funding boost to city's mental health services

Southampton City Council has been given £500,000 to fund services to help children suffering with mental health problems. An NHS-backed study has found more than 5,000 youngsters in Southampton - between the ages of 5 and 16 - suffer with disorders ranging from depression to schizophrenia.

The city council's one-year project will see experts in schools helping to tackle the stigma around mental health. Councillor Dan Jeffery (Lab), Cabinet Member for Education spoke to Meridian.

Southampton university remains 'Centre of Excellence'

The University of Southampton has been awarded £2.6 million to remain as a centre of excellence.

The Southampton Health Technology Assessments Centre (SHTAC) will remain at the forefront of how clinical guidance and policy is made.

The money will be given out over a 5 year period and has been given to the university by the Department of Health National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

The new contract will run from 2016 to 2021 and is the forth, 5-year contract that the institution has secured, raising over £14 million in research funding for the University of Southampton.

Professor Andrew Clegg said:

The success in securing a fourth five-year contract is a reflection of the quality and rigour of our research. It is underpinned by the skills and endeavour of the group and the community of clinicians, service providers, academics and patient representatives that advise and support us."

– Professor Andrew Clegg, SHTAC

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Innovative technology to combat health problems

The very latest cutting edge technology is being used to tackle health problems. Everything from robotic arms to Motion capture sensors are being developed.

University of Southampton researchers believe they could be used to combat the likes of arthritis, dementia and even the all-too common bad back.

Andrew Pate has been to find out.

Defibrillators at Southampton university 'will save lives'

Ten potentially life saving defibrillators will be placed around campuses at the University of Southampton for students, staff and members of the public to use if someone goes into cardiac arrest.

They will be at Highfield, Avenue and Boldrewood campuses, as well as the Winchester School of Arts.

External defibrillators can be used to shock an arrested heart back into rhythm before the arrival of an ambulance. They don’t require any specialist expertise and can be used by anyone, which is particularly important, as evidence shows they can triple the chances of survival.

The University of Southampton’s Professor Charles Deakin recently carried out a study highlighting the need for greater public access to defibrillators in Hampshire.

He said:

Sudden cardiac arrest can happen unexpectedly to anyone and the use of a public access defibrillator greatly increases the chances of survival if available in the seconds before an ambulance arrives. They are very straightforward and safe to use and involve no more than applying sticky pads to the patient's chest and pressing the 'start' button.

The University of Southampton is to be commended in its decision to install ten defibrillators across the campuses which will undoubtedly be used, and in time, save lives. They are setting a standard to which all public institutions should aspire.”

– Professor Charles Deakin

Motorcyclist in hospital with severe injuries after crash

The man in his 60s is said to have sustained "life-changing" injuries Credit: ITV News Meridian

A motorcyclist is in hospital tonight with severe injuries after a crash near Salisbury. The 61-year-old man was taken to Southampton General Hospital when his bike was involved in a crash with a car on the A30 at Firsdown.

It happened yesterday afternoon. A woman, who is 63, was also taken to hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the car was uninjured.

Sexual assault witnesses could have 'vital information'

We are very keen to speak to the occupants of the car and the couple stood in Merryoak Road shortly after the incident. It’s likely these people were unaware that a serious crime was being committed at the time. Neither of these people should be concerned about coming forward but I would urge them to make contact as soon as possible as they may have the vital piece of information that we need to identify a suspect.

– Detective Inspector, Jim Park

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People inside car may have seen attacker

We do not believe that these people have anything to do with the attack, but they may have seen the offender making off from the scene, so may have vital information that would assist with this investigation. Enquiries in the area have also identified that a man and woman were near to the scene at about 2.30am, having a heated discussion.

– Detective Inspector, Jim Park

Police appeal to driver after serious sexual assault

Police want to speak to the driver of this car Credit: Hampshire Police

Police investigating a serious sexual assault are appealing for the driver of a dark coloured saloon car to contact them.In the early hours of Wednesday July 2nd, a woman was sexually assaulted on Merryoak Road in Bitterne.

The 29-year-old woman has been interviewed by specially trained officers and police have confirmed that they are investigating a report of rape. She was also threatened with the use of a weapon, although she did not see one.

Officers have been examining CCTV and have been able to pinpoint the time of the attack to a nine-minute window between 2.16am and 2.25am.

Shortly after, a dark coloured saloon car drove past the scene. Officers believe that the occupants of this vehicle may have seen the offender leaving the area.

CCTV images released as police investigate a rape in Southampton

Police appeal for information Credit: Hampshire Police

Police investigating a report of a rape in Southampton are appealing for the driver of a dark coloured saloon vehicle to contact them. A 29 year old woman was assaulted on the early hours of Wednesday July 2 on Merryoak Road in Bitterne.

Officers have released CCTV of a dark coloured saloon car and believe the occupants may have seen the offender leaving the area.

Detective Inspector, Jim Park said: “We do not believe that these people have anything to do with the attack, but they may have vital information that would help this investigation.”

Enquiries in the area have also identified that a man and woman were near to the scene at about 2.30am, having a heated discussion.

DI Park added: “We are very keen to speak to the occupants of the car and the couple stood in Merryoak Road shortly after the incident. It’s likely these people were unaware that a serious crime was being committed at the time.

Neither of these people should be concerned about coming forward but I would urge them to make contact as soon as possible as they may have the vital piece of information that we need to identify a suspect.”

Southampton man charged with terrorism offence

A 36-year-old man from Southampton has been charged with an offence under the Terrorism Act, following a joint investigation by Hampshire Constabulary and the South East Counter Terrorism Unit.

Mark Colborne, of Butts Road, Sholing, was charged on Monday night with engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts contrary to section 5(1) of the Terrorism Act 2006He was remanded in custody to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court today.

This charge follows an arrest and search at an address in Butts Road on June 3 this year._ It is not part of a wider investigation and there is no threat to the local community.

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