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Fire breaks out on cruise ship which sailed from Southampton

The fire, off the coast of Morocco, has been extinguished Credit: Fred Olsen cruises

A cruise ship which sailed from Southampton,carrying more than 1,000 people, was left without power off the coast of Morocco, after a fire in the engine room.

The ship listed for a short time but is now fully stable, and the fire has been put out.

Boudicca is carrying 784 guests and 356 crew on board and the firm said today it has kept everyone informed of the situation.

The ship is now on the move again near Casablanca, with three auxillary engines and two main engines running.

No one was injured in the incident.

The ship left Southampton on Tuesday and sailed from Cadiz in Spain, yesterday.

It is scheduled to arrive at Arrecife in Lanzarote, tomorrow.

The Boudicca is one of four cruise liners owned by the UK-based, Norwegian-owned company Fred Olsen Cruise Lines.

Murder detectives invite more men to DNA screening

Police investigating the unsolved murder of Valerie Graves are reminding men who work or live in, or visit, Bosham, that a DNA screening facility is open in the village from 10am to 8pm today, as well as the next four days.

Police want to rule out as many people as possible from the investigation

More than 500 men have already come forward since the screening began on Wednesday, to eliminate themselves from the investigation.

The screening is taking place at the Millstream Hotel in Bosham Lane, Bosham, and you can also meet the police at their major incident vehicle in Delling Lane, Bosham, at the back of the Co-op.

Anyone who attends is asked to bring along photo identification, a passport or the photo driving licence. An officer will fill out some details, check their identification and take a photo of them. Their thumbprint will be taken and a swab will be taken from inside their mouth.


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Quadruple amputee Alex gets support from injured soldiers

Double amputee Jim Wilson meets quadruple amputee Alex Lewis

Soldiers who lost limbs in Afghanistan have pledged their support for a man who had both legs and arms amputated after a devastating infection. Alex Lewis from Stockbridge says there's little help for civilian amputees who want to get fit and their help will make a huge difference to his life.

The Pilgrim Bandits charity, based in the New Forest, was set up to help wounded soldiers live life to the full by pushing them into tough physical challenges. And just over a year after he lost all four limbs and part of his face, Alex has been invited to go sky diving.

The soldiers say they can also offer valuable advice about the best prosthetics. The high tech artificial limbs Alex wants are not available on the NHS and over his lifetime will cost around a million pounds. He has launched a trust to raise the money.Kerry Swain has this report.

Father and son who preyed on the elderly are jailed

A father and son team who deliberately set out to con elderly people across the south of England have been sentenced.

51 year old Albert Webb from Surrey and his son 26 year old, Jimmy Chuter travelled far and wide looking for older people to target.

Many were in Hampshire, Surrey and Oxfordshire, in their 70s and 80s, and often with dementia. The oldest was 98.

Albert Webb and his son Jimmy Chuter targeted vulnerable victims across the south Credit: Hertfordshire Police

They would stop the victims, usually close to their homes, claim they had completed roofing work on their property and had returned to collect payment for the work.

Often their victims, some of whom suffered from memory impairment through dementia or Alzheimer’s, would believe the pair.

In some cases the victim would give them cash from their home or if they didn’t have cash, Chuter and Webb would drive the victim to their bank and get them to withdraw large sums of money.

"This pair showed absolutely no regard for their victims, some of whom they would follow from local shopping centres. They particularly preyed on older people who may be more easily confused into believing work had been done to their property.

“Their behaviour really is the lowest of the low but through the sheer determination of the Operation Manhunt team, who are specialists in this type of criminal activity, they soon had their comeuppance."

– Detective Constable Kieran Doyle from Operation Manhunt

Chuter was sentenced to four years for conspiracy to defraud.

Webb was sentenced to 3½ years for conspiracy to burgle, conspiracy to defraud and a stand-alone charge of fraud for a historic matter.

This sentence will run consecutive to a sentence of 3½ years received in December 2014 for a similar offence.

Police are still searching for 19 year old Jessie Webb Credit: Hertfordshire Police

A third man is wanted in connection with the series of crimes. Jessie Webb, aged 19 and of The Paddocks, Lyne Road, Virginia Water, Surrey is believed to be in the areas of Surrey and London.

Police hunt pensioner over mobility scooter 'hit and run'

The KFC where the 'hit-and-run' took place. Credit: Google maps

Police are hunting an elderly woman who allegedly ploughed into pedestrians in her mobility scooter and failed to stop.

A woman in her late 60s and another in her 80s suffered a sprained ankle and cut heel in the incident outside the KFC in Sandgate Road, Folkestone on December 22.

Officers are now trying to trace the culprit, who is described as a white woman in her 60s, of medium to large build with a plump face.

She was wearing a bobble hat, camel coat, laced shoes and glasses at the time and her burgundy mobility scooter is described as being "bigger than average".

‘These ladies have really suffered as a result of the incident and I’m very keen to trace the woman who was riding the scooter who failed to stop after crashing into them.

‘On behalf of the ladies I’d also like to thank the public who rushed to help them as they were knocked to the ground and their kindness was greatly appreciated.’

– PC Kate Broadbridge

Anyone who knows the identity of the rider is asked to contact PC Broadbridge on 07870 252452.


Hundreds of DNA samples screened to help catch killer

Hundreds of men who live and work in and around the village of Bosham in West Sussex took part in a mass DNA screening today as Detectives try to crack the unsolved murder of a grandmother.

Valerie Graves, who was 55, was beaten with a hammer while house-sitting at the waterfront property, along with her sister and mother in December 2013.

Despite carrying out more than nine thousand interviews, police have never found her killer.

There was a big turnout today - as men, over the age of 17, turned up to voluntarily give a DNA sample to rule themselves out. Andrew Pate reports.

Voluntary DNA testing in hunt for killer

Detectives investigating the unsolved murder of a grandmother in West Sussex have begun mass voluntary DNA testing.

Valerie Graves was killed as she house-sat for friends in Bosham in December 2013.

Men aged seventeen and over, are being asked to provide a mouth swab to be eliminated from the investigation.

ITV Meridian spoke to Ch Insp Justin Burtenshaw of Sussex Police.

Fresh appeal for missing elderly deaf man

Thomas Swan is 70 years old and profoundly deaf Credit: Sussex Police

Sussex Police are issuing a fresh appeal for help to find missing Thomas Swan. He is 70 years old and profoundly deaf.

He has not been seen since he left his home in Hove on Friday (16 Jan).

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for him as they have been unable to confirm where he is or where he has been.

He was last seen in Old Shoreham Road in Hove Credit: Sussex Police

DNA screening to 'eliminate' men from murder inquiry

Detectives investigating the murder of Valerie Graves will today start mass voluntary DNA screening to eliminate men who live or work in Bosham, West Sussex.

No one has ever been charged with the murder of Valerie Graves

Screening, involving a mouth swab and thumbprint will take place at the Millstream Hotel, in Bosham Lane.

The 55-year-old was bludgeoned to death with what's believed to have been a claw hammer, as she house-sat in Smugglers Lane on 30 December 2013.

Valerie Graves was house-sitting while the property's owners holidayed abroad over Christmas

Despite an exhaustive inquiry, no-one has been charged.

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