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Hundreds gather to welcome giant aircraft carrier ship

Hundreds of people have lined the coast to view a giant US aircraft carrier arriving for a five-day visit.

The 100,000-tonne ship USS Theodore Roosevelt has anchored off Stokes Bay, Gosport, Hampshire, as it is too big to sail into Portsmouth Harbour. The promenade was packed with visitors wanting to get a glance of the 1,092ft-long carrier which is affectionately known as the Big Stick.

The visit forms parts of an ongoing partnership between the Royal Navy and US

The ship, which is making its first port of call in its round-the-world deployment, is substantially larger than the Royal Navy's next generation of carriers which weigh in at 65,000 tonnes.

More than 5,000 sailors are set to swamp Portsmouth during the visit, giving a boost to local businesses.

The visit forms parts of an ongoing partnership between the Royal Navy and US on carrier operations until the first of the new carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth, enters service in 2017.

Senior officers will call on Royal Navy top brass during the visit to discuss recent global operations and get an update on the UK's carrier programme.

"We warmly welcome the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group - a reflection of the close partnership between our nations and navies, and the value of credible seapower in support of our shared national interests. "Across the spectrum - from Type 45 destroyers providing area air defence for US carriers launching air strikes against ISIL, to generous US support as we regenerate our own carrier strike capability - our common bond has never been richer."

– Admiral Sir George Zambellas, The Royal Navy's First Sea Lord

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British troops keep the peace in Cyprus

Troops from Sussex are taking part in a peacekeeping mission in Cyprus to show how regular members of the army can work alongside army reserves in the future. After years of violence and ethnic cleansing, the island is split in two, with Turkish Cypriots in the north and Greek Cypriots in the south. British troops form part of a United Nations peacekeeping mission to keep the two sides from fighting. Our correspondent David Wood has been given rare access to the demilitarised zone between the two warring factions and met up with soldiers from Sussex serving there.

Police hunt man after body found in burning car

Police have named a man they urgently need to speak to in connection with a murder investigation, after a young woman's body was found in the boot of a car which exploded in flames.

It happened on Friday afternoon at Ifield, near Horsham. John Ryall has the latest on the story.

Officers are still working to identify the victim after the post-mortem revealed the body is that of a woman possibly aged in her 20s.

A 34-year-old woman from Dulwich, London, who was arrested on suspicion for conspiracy to murder, has been released on bail until 30th March.

Man wanted in connection with burning car body

Christopher Raymond Jeffrey-Shaw is wanted by Sussex Police Credit: Sussex Police

Police have named a man they urgently need to speak to in connection with a murder investigation where a body was found in a burning car in Ifield in Sussex.

Detectives are looking for Christopher Raymond Jeffrey-Shaw, 26, from the Lewisham area of London and need to hear from anyone who knows of his whereabouts or has any information about him.

Shortly after 2pm on Friday 13 March a Volkswagen Jetta car parked close to Ifield Golf Club in Rusper Road was reported to be on fire.

When fire crews attended, they found a body in the boot of the car, which had suffered extensive fire damage. A post mortem has revealed the body is that of a woman possibly aged in her 20s. The cause of death has been given as smoke inhalation. Officers are still trying to identify who she is.

Detective Chief Inspector Karen Mizzi, of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, who is leading the investigation, said: 'We need to urgently trace Christopher Jeffrey-Shaw in connection with this murder inquiry.

'A young woman has died in horrific circumstances. If anyone has any knowledge of where this man is or may know the identity of the victim, please come forward.

'Also we would like to hear from anyone who saw anyone acting suspiciously or the vehicle, a Volkswagen Jetta, in Rusper Road, Ifield on Friday 13 March between 2pm and 3pm.

Christopher Jeffrey-Shaw is described as 6 ft, of stocky build with dark hair, and has a stubbly goatee beard.

A 34-year-old woman from Dulwich, London, who was arrested on suspicion for conspiracy to murder, has been released on bail until 30 March.

If you see Christopher Jeffrey-Shaw do not approach him. Phone Sussex police on 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting Operation Maderia or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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Serious assault Dartford

Police in Kent are looking for witnesses of a serious assault in Dartford on Friday afternoon. Officers were called at 2.16pm to a report of an assault in Central Park, Dartford where a 27-year old man was reported to have been in an altercation with another man.

He suffered stab wounds was taken to hospital in a serious condition. His condition has improved and officers say he is now stable. Officers are keen to speak to any witnesses who saw anything either before or after the incident.

The incident took place in a park during the daytime and we are certain there will be witnesses who saw it.

– Detective Sergeant Sam Hudson-Gool

Sailor's families wave off HMS Richmond

Family and friends of the sailors of HMS Richmond have waved them goodbye this Saturday lunchtime as the Type 23 Frigate leaves Portsmouth for the Middle East.

Her task is to provide reassurance to the UK’s allies in the region, whilst conducting maritime security, counter narcotics and counter-piracy patrols to protect British trade and wider national interests.

Around a hundred people wave off the ship Credit: RN Media and Comms

The ship and her crew are replacing HMS Kent in the region. The vessel will take part in anti-piracy and anti-narcotics patrols in the area. It is a routine 9 month deployment for HMS Richmond and her main role is to provide reassurance to the UK’s allies in the region.

This deployment has been a year in the making since our return from the South Atlantic in early 2014. The entire ship’s company has worked hard to ensure that we are ready to take on this important work

– HMS Richmond’s Commanding Officer, Commander Mark Anderson
HMR Richmond leaves Portsmouth Credit: RN Media and Comms
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