Brazen thief pushed Portsmouth family to breaking point

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Even though George V proclaimed all German titles were to be given up by his family a century ago (July 17 1917), there is still physical evidence in our city of the Germanic royal house that once existed. Two commemoration stones relating to members of the royal house previous to the House of Windsor are so readily a part of the fabric of our daily lives but are probably in the most part overlooked.

A walk along Queen Street and on the corner with Aylward Street will present a building with a foundation stone that was laid by HRH Princess Henry of Battenberg in 1912. This was the married title of Queen Victoria's daughter Beatrice which was relinquished on 14 July 1917. From 17 July 1917 she was known as HRH the Princess Beatrice.

A visit to Sainsburys foyer in Commercial Road will provide the opportunity to see a commemoration stone for the opening of the Child's Ward of the Royal Hospital in 1909 by HH Princess Victoria of Schleswig

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THE owner of a family-run shop has told of her ordeal after an employee gave away tens of thousands of pounds of goods.

Stacey Lajoie, 30, of Lake Road, Portsmouth had worked at the nearby Falcon News for 11 years and pleaded guilty to theft.

Linda Sood and her son Harmeet, who run Falcon News

Linda Sood and her son Harmeet, who run Falcon News

Now, her former boss, Linda Sood, has told how Lajoie’s crimes pushed the family to breaking point.

‘We couldn’t pay our bills, our rent, our rates – the tax people,’ she said.

‘There were arguments at home about where the money was going missing - It had a great impact on us.’

She added that she ‘hadn’t lost faith in humanity’ but said: ‘I think she should be locked up for life.

‘I think they should do what they do in other countries and chop her hands off because she knew what she was doing.’

Lajoie is due to be sentenced on March 11.