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Ceremony to remember sinking of HMS Hampshire, with loss of 737 lives

The ceremony to mark 100 years since the tragedy Credit: Trudi Gough

A ceremony was held in Winchester to commemorate the sinking of HMS Hampshire in 1916 with the loss of 737 lives - including Lord Kitchener. HMS Hampshire struck a mine and sank off the Orkney Islands.

Lord Kitchener's 'Your Country Needs You' poster inspired recruitment campaigns.

A series of weekend events took place. In Orkney, a stone wall with the names of all those lost was unveiled.

The wreath laying ceremony in WInchester Credit: Trudi Gough
A poignant reminder of the sinking which claimed 737 lives Credit: Trudi Gough

Angry scenes in Winchester as Boris Johnson campaigns for an EU exit

A carnival atmosphere has surrounded a visit by Boris Johnson to Winchester on his Vote Leave campaign.

Supporters of each side in the referendum battle converged on the historic Buttercross in the city centre ahead of Mr Johnson's arrival. But as Mr Johnson attempted to give a speech, much of it was drowned out by vocal opponents shouting "Liar, liar".

Supporters of Mr Johnson applauded him and several asked him to pose for selfies.

Boris Johnson takes to the streets of Winchester to campaign for an EU exit Credit: ITV Meridian

Local elections: Conservatives hold on to Winchester

The local election count was at the city's Guildhall

Counting has been underway all day at the Guildhall in Winchester following the biggest election in the city since 2002. The results were confirmed this afternoon. The Conservatives have held on to control of the city council, despite a tough battle from the Lib Dems. Kate Bunkall was at the count on Saturday. Here's her report.


Local elections: Winchester City Council count over

The Conservatives retain control of Winchester City Council after this week's local elections. The entire body was up for re-election. The count has taken place at the city's Guildhall today.

'Match4Zara' bone marrow donor campaign leads to transplant operation for teenager after match found

Zara and her family raised awareness of her search for a donor via social media

A teenage blood cancer patient from Winchester who launched a social media campaign to find a bone marrow donor to help save her life has had her transplant operation.

Zara Al Shaikh is half-Arabic and half-English and her mixed ethnicity means she has a very rare tissue type. She urgently needed a blood stem cell donor to treat her leukaemia. Following months of campaigning to raise awareness, a donor match was found in April.

Zara had her operation yesterday and a message on the 'Saving Zara's Life - Match4Zara' Facebook page said that she was sitting up and smiling after a successful transplant operation. Her family also took the chance to thank everyone who spread the message about her search.

Facebook page with Zara's message thanking supporters Credit: Match4Zara Facebook page

Zara's supporters had been working with charities such as Delete Blood Cancer UK to raise awareness. Her family are asking for people to continue signing donor registers so other families can benefit from the support which they have received.

Other donor registers include NHS Blood and Transplant and the Anthony Nolan organisation.

Police granted extra time to question men arrested over armed jewellery raid

A large amount of jewellery was stolen in the raid on the Justice jewellers

Hampshire Police have been granted extra time to continue questioning three men who were arrested in connection with an armed robbery on a jewellery store in Winchester yesterday.

The raid on Justice jewellers on Parchment Street took place just after 9am on Friday 15th April. Several roads were closed off while police carried out their investigation.

Two 21-year-old men from Hertfordshire and a man from London aged 28 were detained on Friday. The three men remain in custody and are being questioned on suspicion of robbery.

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