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Southampton launches Black History Month 2017

The launch event featured an afternoon of inspiring talks and entertainment

Imagine your neighbours starting up a petition to have your family moved from the street where you live. Or your young daughter being told she wasn't allowed inside her friend's house. Those were the experiences of some black people when they came to the UK in the 1950s and 1960s.

The 13th Black History Month has been launched in Southampton today with the theme 'knowledge empowers'. Organisers say that, while there is less racism today, it still exists and education is a powerful weapon. Kerry Swain reports.

You can find out more about the events during Black History month nationwide online.


Controversial air pollution billboard hits Southampton

The billboard has a stark message

A controversial billboard which criticises the high levels of pollution in Southampton has been put up on one of the city's roadsides.

Pollution levels have been said to be responsible for one hundred and ten deaths in Southampton every year. The poster was paid for by the Healthy Air Campaign - members want to raise awareness of the threat posed by air pollution. According to NHS figures, pollution costs the city's health service fifty million pounds each year. Andrea Lee from the Healthy Air Campaign told ITV more about their aims.

Appeal for information after teenager raped in late-night attack

Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police are investigating reports a woman was raped after leaving a nightclub in Southampton.

The 19-year-old woman left the Jesters nightclub at around 1am on Sunday and was raped shortly afterwards. Officers believe the incident took place in the Bevois Valley area.

They've released a CCTV image of a man they want to talk to about the attack, as part of their enquiries. He was captured on CCTV at Jesters.

Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police say it was a busy night out for new students during Fresher’s week and believe someone will recognise the man.

They're asking anyone with information to call 101, quoting reference 44170370038.

Man exposes himself to teenage girls in alleyway

Police want to speak to this man Credit: Hampshire Police

Hampshire Police are trying to trace this man who exposed himself to two 13-year-old girls in Netley Abbey.

They've released this e-fit of a man, thought to be around 20, after the incident in an alleyway off of Moore Crescent, at 7.45pm on 11 September.

The incident happened off Moore Crescent

The man is described as being white, of a medium build, aged around 20, with messy blonde hair.

He was wearing beige trousers, a grey hooded top, Adidas trainers and was sat on a white bike.

No physical contact was made but the girls were upset by the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.


Police hunting driver who fled scene of three-car crash

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Hampshire Police is hunting for the occupants of a car that flipped onto its roof after a three-car crash in Southampton.

Emergency services were called to Bitterne Road West at 9.23pm last night following a collision involving a Volkswagen Golf, a Ford Ka and a Vauxhall Corsa.

The Volkswagen Golf overturned, and its occupants fled the scene on foot. Police are trying to find them and are asking for anyone who witnessed the incident, or who has any information, to contact them on 101 quoting 44170344938.

No injuries have been reported.

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