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Final Ford Transit van comes off production line

The last Ford Transit has come off of the production line at the company's Southampton plant, which closes for good on Friday.

Staff at the Ford Transit plant have worked their last shift Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

More than 500 staff at the factory were told they were losing their jobs last October. The plant has made more than two millions Transits, which were introduced by Ford in 1965.

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Last Ford Transit rolls off production line

The last Ford Transit leaves the production line at Southampton Credit: Andrew Pate

The last Ford Transit has come off of the production line at the company's Southampton plant, which closes for good on Friday. Over 500 staff at the Swaythling factory were told they were losing their jobs last October. Ford vans have been made there for over 60 years.



Police officer's death: 'immensely sad day'

Hampshire Police have confirmed that a police officer has died following a road traffic collision in Thomas Lewis Way, Swaythling. The police officer was on duty and riding an unmarked police motorcycle when he was in collision with a silver BMW outside the Shell petrol station at around 2pm.

He was taken to Southampton General Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. His immediate next of kin and colleagues have been informed. The driver of the BMW, a 35-year-old man, sustained serious, but not life-threatening injuries. He was taken to Southampton General Hospital for treatment.

Chief Constable Andy Marsh said: “This is an immensely sad day for the constabulary and the force will be deeply affected".

No flights at Southampton Airport until 3pm


Latest on the snow at Southampton Airport - really sorry but we will not have any flights until 1500 today due to the weather.


It is currently snowing heavily at Southampton Airport. Passengers are advised to check with their airline before coming to the airport.


Breath tests advised after Navy nuclear sub shooting

HMS Astute docked in Southampton
HMS Astute docked in Southampton Credit: ITV Meridian

A coroner has said he would recommend that random breath testing for Royal Navy personnel be implemented following the shooting dead of an officer by a drunk naval rating on a nuclear-powered submarine.

Southampton coroner Keith Wiseman told the end of the inquest into the death of Lieutenant Commander Ian Molyneux that he would write to the Navy with 18 areas it should look at.

Lt Cdr Molyneux was shot dead by Able Seaman Ryan Donovan, who was at least three times the drink-drive limit and on guard duty on HMS Astute in April 2011.

Two people held by stabbing investigation police

Two people have been arrested after a man was found with suspected stab wounds at a Sainsbury's supermarket.

A 26-year-old man was discovered with two wounds to his shoulder in Lordshill in Southampton just after 6.30am this morning.

The victim, who has not been named but is from Southampton, was taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries, which are serious but not life-threatening.

Hampshire Police said that they think the alleged assault happened at a property in Saturn Close early this morning.

A 28-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman, both locals, were held in the same road just after 7.30am on suspicion of causing GBH with intent.

Forensic examinations were being conducted at the scene and CCTV footage was being looked at.

The spot has been sealed off to preserve potential evidence.

Fiona Phillips blasts former school as she returns to open its replacement

Former GMTV presenter Fiona Phillips surprised an audience with a speech at her former secondary school by saying her time there "crushed her aspirations".

TV presenter Fiona Phillips. Credit: Press Association

The 51-year-old bitterly accused Millbrook Community School in Southampton of rubbishing her dreams of becoming a doctor, asking her 'if she had thought about hairdressing' instead. She added that she left the school with one O-level in English language and most of her education came from home.

Ms Phillips was speaking as the school was re-opened as an academy but those at the school at the same time accused her of 'dramatic licence,' saying it 'wasn't nearly as bad as she painted it.'

The TV presenter later tweeted that when she attended the school it was failing but described its replacement as 'inspiring'.

To watch Fiona Phillips' speech in full visit the Daily Mail website.

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