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End of an era for sea cadet training ship

Final voyage for TS Royalist Credit: ITV

After 43 years of service and more than 200 thousand nautical miles at sea - the cadet training ship - TS Royalist - has been decommissioned in a special service in Portsmouth.

More than 30 thousand cadets have sailed onboard the ship - but it has not been without tragedy. In 2010, 14-year-old Jonathan Martin died after falling from the ship's rigging.

Today, for those who came to say goodbye - it was an emotional end of an era. Sally Simmonds talks to sea cadets, Commanding Officer, Lt Angie Morris and Coxswain David Rogerson

'Dangerous' teenager jailed for sex attacks on young girls

18 year old Archie Collicut from Finstock has been jailed for ten years Credit: Thames Valley Police

An 18-year-old man was today sentenced after he admitted raping and assaulting underage girls.

Archie Collicutt, of Wilcote Riding, Finstock, West Oxfordshire, was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment and an additional three years on licence at Oxford Crown Court.

On 10 September, he pleaded guilty to two counts of rape, two counts of sexual assault, two counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of the attempted rape of a child under 13.

The offences were committed against seven girls in Oxfordshire between March 2012 and September 2013.

In March 2012, Collicutt raped a 13-year-old and said he would kill her and her family if she were to tell anyone.

In another incident in June 2013, Collicutt attempted to rape a 12-year-old girl and again threatened her and her family to stop her telling police.

He was arrested and charged initially in September 2013.

Investigating officer Det Con Ian Gibbard from Banbury Force CID said: “Collicutt deliberately took advantage of young girls, abusing them and threatening them in order to stop them telling anyone.

“We are pleased he took the opportunity to plead guilty and spare the victims from having to come to court, but that in no way makes up for what he did to them.

“I would like to take this opportunity to commend their bravery in coming forward to tell police what had happened to them.


Gurkha VC veteran gets hero's welcome

They're the fighting force that spearheaded many a British military campaign. The Nepalese Gurkhas fought in two world wars, and more recent conflicts in the Falklands and Afghanistan.

Now, the only living Gurkha recipient of the Victoria Cross for valour has come to Reading, to visit a community which is still fighting its own battles. In his report, Cary Johnston speaks to Pater Beckinsale, founder of charity The Forgotten British Gurkha.

Family teach children to save lives after son died 'from a single punch'

He died from a single punch. Promising footballer Connor Saunders died after a fight in Rottingdean, near Brighton, two years ago.

Today his family held an assembly at a local school telling pupils the lessons they've learned. The Connor Saunders Foundation hopes to provide a legacy for youngsters, teaching them to save lives rather than take them.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Darran Saunders and Courtney Saunders-Jones.


Five arrested after man "hit by car and assaulted"

Dorset Police are appealing for witnesses Credit: PA

Detectives are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward following an alleged serious assault in Poole – with five men being arrested.

Police were called at around 10am on Thursday 13 November 2014 to the viewing point in Sea View Road following reports that a man had been struck by a car and assaulted by several men from the same vehicle.

The vehicle involved in the incident has been described as a silver VW car, possibly a Golf or a Polo.

The victim, a 33-year-old Poole man, sustained a leg injury and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Detective Sergeant Andy Roberts, of Bournemouth CID, said: “The incident happened in a busy area of Poole and I urge anyone who saw what happened to contact me.

“I am also keen to hear from anyone who saw a silver VW car, possible a Golf or Polo, being driven in the area before or after the incident.

“All calls will be treated in strict confidence.”

Five men, aged in their 20s, were arrested today, Friday 14 November 2014, in the Avon and Somerset area on suspicion of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm and are currently assisting police with their enquiries.

Renewed appeal after man assaulted in own home

Douglas Reynolds suffered fractures to his skull Credit: Kent Police

Detectives investigating a serious assault in which a man was attacked in his own home have renewed an appeal for witnesses.

Robert Reynolds, 60, suffered multiple fractures to his skull following a sustained assault in Dorking Road, Tunbridge Wells on Monday, May 26.

The alarm was raised by a friend who found Mr Reynolds lying on the floor and groaning in pain.

Two months on from the incident the victim has now left hospital and is recovering from his injuries. However, his mobile phone has a distinctive JCB yellow cover, and his wallet are still missing.

Detective Dave Bull, of Kent Police, said: ‘This was a vicious and sustained attack which has left the victim suffering shocking injuries. It appears that entry to the property was not forced and we are still actively pursuing a number of enquiries as to establish the motive for this attack, including that Mr Reynolds may have known the offender.’

Anyone with information should contact Kent Police on to 01732 379203, quoting reference YY/10419/14. Alternatively, call Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Dover ferry crash investigations underway

A passenger has been telling of the terrifying moment a ferry crashed into a harbour wall. Several people needed hospital treatment. It happened on a sailing from Dover to Dunkirk. Investigations are underway to find out why it happened. We speak to passenger Shaun Wadey, Dover MP Charles Elphike and Carsten Jensen, Senior Vice President at DFDS.

Reading fan "brought back to life" thanks first aiders

John Hayward back at the Madejski with the men who saved his life Credit: ITV

A football fan who suffered a heart attack while watching Reading play Barnsley, has returned to the Madejski stadium to thank the St John's Ambulance volunteers who saved his life.

Life-long Royals fan John Hayward was welcomed onto the pitch at half time during Saturday's game, after recovering from a triple heart bypass.

Rachel Hepworth spoke to John, to St John's Ambulance volunteer Eddie Chan and Rich Company the pitch-side paramedic from South Central Ambulance Service.

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