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£420m deal to service RAF Chinook choppers signed

A £420 million deal has been signed to service the RAF's Chinook helicopters, securing 450 jobs, the Prime Minister has announced.

During a visit to Portsmouth Naval Base, David Cameron said the news would be an "economic boost" for Portsmouth, which lost more than 900 jobs when BAE Systems ended shipbuilding at the site.

A £420m deal has been signed to service the RAF's Chinook helicopters Credit: PA

He said the Ministry of Defence had signed the multi-million pound five-year contract with Boeing for the in-service support of the Chinook helicopter.

Mr Cameron also revealed £50m would be spent revamping the infrastructure of the base to accommodate the new Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier when it arrives in 2017.

BAE and Magma Structures have been revealed to be the preferred bidders to occupy the ship hall facilities.


Neighbour: Missing boy's family 'were very ordinary'

ITV News reporter Matt Price tweets from Portsmouth:

Blinds and curtains closed at missing boy's former home

ITV News reporter Matt Price tweeted from outside the missing boy's former home in Portsmouth:


D-Day piper's son plays for British and US veterans

The son of D-Day piper Bill Millin has played a replica version of his father's bagpipes for British and US veterans commemorating the anniversary of the Normandy landings in Portsmouth today.

John Millin, the son of Bill Millin, plays replica version of his father's pipes which led the troops to war. Credit: ITV News/Nicky Russell-Smith

John Millin's father was 21 when he was ordered by his commanding officer Lord Lovat to play the bagpipes as his comrades came under fire at Normandy, on June 6, 1944.

British and US veterans pay a visit to Portsmouth's historic dockyard today. Credit: ITV News/Nicky Russell-Smith

Man arrested after 50 cars damaged through the night

The vehicles were parked in Watts Road, Turner Road and Wingfield Street in Portsmouth. Credit: Google Maps

A man has been arrested after more than 50 cars were damaged overnight in Portsmouth, with many having their tyres slashed.

Hampshire Police said officers had been "working hard all day" following the damage, which they said occurred between midnight and 7am today, before holding a 31-year-old from the city.

Officers, though, will be patrolling the streets where the attacks took place again tonight.

Fire crews contain blaze at Portsmouth Dockyard

Fire fighters attended a blaze in Portsmouth's Naval Dockyard this evening. Ten fire crews from Hampshire Fire & Rescue have managed to contain the fire, the emergency service reported.

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