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Hoegh Osaka now safely at its berth in Southampton

The stricken vessel arrives in port Credit: ITV

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.


Man jailed for child sex offences

Oliver Sturman has been sentenced to five and a half years in prison Credit: Sussex Police

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."

– Detective Constable Chris Smith of POLIT

CCTV released following Southampton distraction theft

The pair were in the store on December 21

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.

One person arrested after suspicious fire at block of flats in Southampton

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 tackle suspicious blaze at block of flats in Southampton

Fire at block of flats Credit: Hampshire fire and rescue

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 crews hope to refloat cargo ship stranded in the Solent

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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