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Steve Deeks

Anger as caravan encampment mars Portsmouth beauty spot

TRAVELLERS at a remote spot in Portsmouth have been accused of transforming it into a ‘filthy’ rodent-ridden illegal campsite.

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The defendant was given a suspended sentence for possessing a sawn-off shotgun

Southsea ‘pillar of society’ avoids jail sentence for possessing sawn-off shotgun

A PILLAR of society narrowly escaped being thrown in jail after police found him with a sawn-off shotgun.

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WI group hits out at collapse of Portsmouth coach firm

THE latest fallout from coach company Vision Travel International going into liquidation has seen a group being left out of pocket to the tune of £650.

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A file photo of Portsmouth Crown Court

Gambling addict watch thief sold Portsmouth relative’s Rolex watches

A GAMBLING addict who was in massive debt stole Rolex watches from a family member worth £70,000 before selling the items across the world, a court heard.

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University of Portsmouth defends new Pompey shirt deal amid cutbacks

THE University of Portsmouth has justified its new shirt-deal with Pompey amid increasing cutbacks by arguing it will generate more funds for the institution and city as a whole.

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WATCH: Fratton music studio helping kids keep off the street - and find their voice

YOUNG people are finding their voice with the help of an expanding music studio in Fratton.

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Sam Ashley, 30, of Lynton Gardens, Fareham, outside Portsmouth Crown Court

Defendant in Portsmouth rape trial tells jury he had to ‘push off’ alleged victim

A MAN accused of drugging his victims before having sex with them has told jurors he was forced to ‘push off’ a student he met before having sex, a court heard.

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RBS is closing branches

Portsmouth and Fareham branches of Royal Bank of Scotland to close

PORTSMOUTH and Fareham branches of the Royal Bank of Scotland will be closing along with 160 others across England and Wales.

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Katrice Lee

Gosport MP hopes riverbank excavation and renewed investigation into toddler’s mystery disappearance will end ‘decades of hell’ for family

AN MP has welcomed the move to look into the case of a missing toddler who vanished nearly 37 year ago in Germany - with the politician hoping it will end ‘decades of hell’ for the family.

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The mum has been spared a jail sentence

Portsmouth mum’s ‘gross neglect’ while on drug and drink bender sees four-year-old child leave his home at night

A MUM who abandoned her four-year-old boy with learning difficulties while she went on a drug-fuelled bender could have caused ‘catastrophic consequences’ after the child cycled across a busy road at night.

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Tattoo festival makes its mark on Portsmouth’s ink lovers

TATTOO lovers flocked to Southsea where they were wowed by leading artists from across the world.

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Eager vinyl fans celebrating Record Store Day at Pie & Vinyl in Castle Road, Southsea     Picture: Duncan Shepherd ((180341-006)

Record Store Day is a smash hit with the eager crowds

THOUSANDS of people descended on record stores across the area for the annual Record Store Day to celebrate the unique culture of vinyl and take in the buzzing atmosphere.

Gigs and Music

Mum’s horror as daughter picks up discarded drug needle in Southsea street

A MUM has hit out after her daughter had a lucky escape when she picked up a drug needle that looked like a toy and had to go to hospital for a blood test.

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Portsmouth Cycle Forum members 'Picture: Duncan Shepherd (180344-002)

Cyclists say safety is a big issue ahead of elections in Portsmouth

CYCLISTS urged politicians vying for their votes ahead of the upcoming local elections to continue making Portsmouth a safer place to ride around.

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Students cross the Anglesea Road junction with Park Road in Portsmouth - this crossing is due to be removed

Crossing work is set to start – but will it make junction safer?

CONCERNS have been raised that removing a crossing from a busy city junction may make the area more dangerous.

People

Hygiene inspectors find hundreds of mouse droppings in ‘filthy’ and ‘dangerous’ Portsmouth takeaway

THE OWNER of a ‘filthy’ rodent-ridden Indian takeaway that was a ‘grave’ risk to public health came under fire from magistrates before he was dished out a £3,500 fine.

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Top, from left: Kevin Griffin, George Rees and Paul McAdam'Bottom, from left: Sean Musson and Thomas Smither

Drugs gang who caused ‘misery’ in Portsmouth and thought they were untouchable are jailed for total of more than 50 years

A DRUGS gang that inflicted total ‘misery’ on people in Portsmouth for years and thought they were untouchable were toppled and thrown behind bars for more than 50 years.

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Sara Hodgkinson

Shooting gang handed 95 years for attack on rival in drug turf war

A GANG of drug dealers who denied shooting a runner from a rival network in the face were sentenced to a combined total of 95 years after a jury found them guilty.

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The court handed down a conditional discharge

Student is given a ‘lucky’ sentence after attacking man at Gunwharf Quays

A BUSINESS student was ‘extremely lucky’ when he escaped with a conditional discharge for his part in assaulting a reveller, a court heard.

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Campaign aims to improve mobile phone coverage in Hampshire

Campaign aims to improve mobile phone coverage in Hampshire

HAMPSHIRE Chamber of Commerce is throwing its weight behind a campaign to identify, share and improve areas of no mobile phone coverage.

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