Chimes stay unnamed because Harry's in the frame

Controversy over Harry Redknapp is still blocking the Pompey Chimes' naming.

Portsmouth City Council has admitted it probably won't name a bell after the Spurs boss.

Council leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson said: 'It's very unlikely a bell will be named Harry.

'Nothing will happen without full council consideration.'

Names for four of the five bells in Portsmouth Guildhall were chosen by the public in a campaign run by The News and Portsmouth City Council, but the selection of Redknapp - unpopular after leaving Pompey for Spurs - has stopped the plans in their tracks.

In January 2008, more than 1,700 votes were cast to name the four bells (the fifth was already named Victoria), 250 of which were cast in favour of Harry Redknapp.

But an analysis of the voting showed all but 21 for Redknapp came direct from a website where no details were left by voters.

Mr Vernon-Jackson said: 'We think people from outside the city, perhaps Tottenham fans, cast votes.

'We don't know whether we'd use the next most popular name, Isambard Kingdom-Brunel, or hold a new ballot.

'But I don't think it will be named Harry.'

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