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The South marks Holocaust memorial day

Candles are lit for the victims of holocaust Credit: PA

Events are due to take place across the south and south east today to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

It's exactly 70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz and special services are being held at public buildings and war memorials all across the region.

Holocaust Memorial Day has been commemorated world-wide since 2000, and provides a specific day to remember the millions of people who have been murdered or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition during the holocaust, and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwandur, Bosnia and Darfur.

Well have a full report in Meridian Tonight at 6pm

Residents to pay extra tax for policing

Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Credit: Daybreak/ITV

Residents in Sussex will pay an extra 1.98% in council tax for policing next year. It will cost taxpayers an additional £2.79 per year per household.

Sussex Police force is struggling to meet the necessary savings target of £57m over the next four years. But members of the Sussex Police and Crime Panel say the tax increase is not an attempt to plug the deficit. The money will instead support police services - such as the ability to tackle child sexual exploitation and cybercrime.

The tax rise has been agreed by local councillors. It was proposed by Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner.

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Hampshire priest suspended amid indecent assault claims

The Rev Simon Sayers has been suspended Credit: ITV Meridian

The rector of a village church has been suspended while he is being investigated by police over an allegation of indecent assault dating back to the early 1990s.

Parishioners at St James CoE Church in Emsworth, Hampshire, and St Thomas a Beckett Church in Warblington were informed by the Bishop of Portsmouth, the Rt Rev Christopher Foster before services on Sunday morning that the Rev Simon Sayers had been suspended from his position.

St Thomas a Becket Church in Warblington Credit: ITV Meridian

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said that the alleged offence took place in the Islington area of London.

"Detectives from the Met's Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command are investigating allegations of non-recent indecent assault.

"The offences are alleged to have taken place in the Islington area during the early 90s.

"A 55-year-old man was arrested on 23 January and has been bailed to return, pending further Inquiries, on a date in early April. Inquiries continue."

– Metropolitan Police spokesman

A spokesman for the Diocese of Portsmouth said: "We are aware of an ongoing police investigation into a serious allegation made against the Rev Simon Sayers.

"Because the investigation is ongoing, we can make no further comment at the moment. The bishop has suspended the Rev Simon Sayers while the investigation takes place, and is making alternative arrangements for ministry in the parish. Our prayers are with all of those involved in this difficult situation."

The £60 million cargo being unloaded from Hoegh Osaka

Combine harvesters are among the vehicles being unloaded Credit: PA

Work continues on the carrier Hoegh Osaka which is moored at Berth 101 at Southampton Port.

The Singapore-registered vessel, which has a cargo of 1,400 cars and 105 pieces of construction equipment, worth an estimated £60 million, was beached deliberately on Bramble Bank sandbank, near Southampton, on January 3 after it began listing as it left port.

The carrier docked in Southampton Credit: PA
Crews have been working round the clock Credit: PA

A large stone cutter machine weighing more than 30 tonnes was in the way of crews being able to remove other cargo from the ship, which also includes JCB construction equipment.

Once moved, it is likely the other vehicles can be driven off under their own power, a spokesperson from Hoegh Autoliners said.

"It is still too early to say more about the status of the cargo. Once the vehicles have been landed, proper cargo surveys will take place by the cargo owners and their surveyors."

– Hoegh Autoliners spokesman

The company hope the discharge operation will be over by the end of the week.

An investigation by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch is underway.

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