Slavery experts come to city for conference

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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

Four arrested after police crackdown in Commercial Road

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TOP officials working to combat modern slavery are to meet in the city.

Simon Hayes, Hampshire police and crime commissioner, will open the meeting next week.

It comes after his office and the county’s police launched the Modern Slavery Partnership to tackle the crime.

The News revealed that people are being trafficked through Portsmouth’s port and prostitution rings are investigated over slavery.

Mr Hayes said: ‘Recognising and responding to modern slavery requires a partnership approach, and being part of this conference will give our partners the awareness and tools to tackle these crimes happening around us.’

Across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight there were 35 adults and five children of 13 different nationalities found to be modern slaves in 2014. In fact, UK nationals were the sixth-highest nationality referred to the centre.

Speakers include Robin Brierley from the West Midlands regional Anti-Trafficking Network, Rev Roger Stone – port chaplain in Southampton, and Philip Ishola from the association of directors of children services.

Home Office officials and the children’s charity Barnardo’s will attend at Portsmouth Guildhall on Wednesday.