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Police release CCTV after hundreds of pounds worth of cigarettes & phone cards stolen from shop

CCTV from of man police want to speak to Credit: Hampshire Police

Police investigating the theft of cigarettes and phone cards worth hundreds of pounds from a shop in Portsmouth have released a cctv image of a man who may have vital information.

The burglary took place at the Albert Food Store on Albert Road in Southsea, between 3am and 4am on Wednesday 12th October.

Officers are trying to trace a man who is aged in his thirties, around 5ft 6ins tall, of medium build and of a Turkish or Kurdish appearance.

“The offender has got away with hundreds of pounds worth of cigarettes and phone cards.

“I would like to speak to anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV, or anyone who has been offered cigarettes or phone cards for sale, which they think could have been stolen.

”I would urge anyone with information to contact us and speak to us in confidence.”

– PC Ian Swan, Hampshire Police

Anyone with information can contact PC Swan at Fratton police station by calling 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111,

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Investigation after man abducted from a house

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was abducted from a house in Southsea in the early hours of Sunday.

It is alleged that three men targeted a house in Beach Road and assaulted the 59-year-old victim before demanding money from him. The men then drove the victim in a three-door light-grey Peugeot 206 car to a cash point machine in St Catherine’s Street, where they attempted to withdraw money from his bank account.

They drove the victim to a car park on Long Curtain Road, Clarence Esplanade.The suspects threw the victim into the sea. He suffered minor injuries during the abduction.

CCTV shows the suspects entered the car park in the Peugeot 206 on Long Curtain Road at 3.09am and left at 3.23am.

The suspects were described as:

White. About 5’ 7" tall. Late 20s – early 30's. Short, brown hair. Clean shaven. He had a non-local, British accent.He was wearing a blue denim Wrangler jacket and black trousers.

White. About 6’ 2" tall. Early 30's. Medium build. Brown, ‘crew cut’ hair. Stubble.He was wearing a green jumper and blue Levi jeans.

White. About 5’ 9" tall. Stocky build. Brown hair, cut in a very short skinhead hair. He was wearing black trousers, dark brown, v-necked jumper over a shirt, which had a blue and white striped collar.

Were you in the Beach Road area of Southsea in the early hours of Sunday and did you see the suspects? Or were you in the Clarence Esplanade / Long Curtain Road car park area between about 3-4am on Sunday?

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Sea crashes onto car as Storm Imogen strikes

This video captures Storm Imogen pounding the south coast last night.

Jordan Watts, 22, and Aimee Galmoye, 19, both from Leigh Park filmed this footage at Clarence Pier in Southsea.

Appeal after hit and run in Southsea

Police are appealing for information after a hit and run in Southsea. A 42-year-old man was crossing Festing Road at the junction with Albert Road at around 10pm on Saturday 26th September when he was struck by a small dark car. It failed to stop at the scene.

The man was thrown up in the air by the impact but didn’t realise how badly hurt. He later discovered he had a broken hip and will now have to undergo surgery.

Police are now trying to identify the car and want to hear from any witnesses. They say the area would have been busy at that time on a Saturday night and believe lots of people would have seen the incident.

Those with information are asked to call PC Andrew Daw at the Roads Police Unit based in Havant on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Plans revealed for South Parade Pier

The pier closed in 2012 and was in a state of disrepair Credit: ITV

A zip wire, a big wheel and a roof-top restaurant are among plans to transform the derelict South Parade Pier in Southsea.

The pier was closed in 2012 after it was deemed "a danger to the public" but purchased by a business consortium last year.

The redevelopment could also see the pier's theatre brought back into use as a music venue.

The plans will be submitted to the council later this month.

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