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Portsmouth told to 'clean up air or face congestion charge'

Portsmouth is being told to clean up its air or face a congestion charging zone.

Monitoring from 2018 revealed an increase in the number of points on city roads where nitrogen dioxide emissions broke legal levels, including on the M275 and London Road.

The council has written to the government asking for cash to fund schemes to try to get people to use public transport.

One idea is a free bus pass for every resident which could be used anytime.

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Survey shows level of violence against police in Hampshire

One in five Hampshire police officers surveyed had suffered one or more injuries that required medical attention as a result of work-related violence in the last year, the local Police Federation branch has revealed.

It resulted in 484 days in sickness absence.

Hampshire Police Federation Chairman Alex Charge criticised sentencing policy for those convicted of assaulting police officers.

“Sadly the message doesn’t seem to have got through and we continue to see perverse, weak and unacceptable sentences for those who assault officers across our county," he said.

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Waterloo track and signal work carried out

Major rail engineering work has taken place over the weekend to try to reduce delays for commuters into London.

Worn tracks and signal points have been repaired at Waterloo station where speed restrictions have frequently had to be imposed.

Last month South Western Railway trains were significantly delayed for seven consecutive working days as a result of infrastructure failures. More maintenance is planned when a new five-year funding period for the railway begins later this month.

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M27 reopens after overnight resurfacing

The eastbound carriageway of the M27 motorway has reopened after a crash involving a lorry yesterday.

The crash happened between Junctions 11 and 12 near Portchester on Sunday morning but a fuel spill meant the road had to be resurfaced and remained closed overnight.

No-one was injured in the crash.

“Delighted to get over the line and very proud to play for this club” – Gareth Evans on Pompey contract extension

Portsmouth midfielder Gareth Evans speaks to Andrew Moon after 2-0 win over Scunthorpe.

Friday's weather forecast: Windy, cloudy with spells of rain

Today it will be a windy and mostly cloudy day with outbreaks of rain, which could be heavy at times.

Staying windy into this evening with further rain.

Fresh to strong westerly winds.

Maximum Temperature: 10 to 13C (50 to 55F).

A windy and mostly cloudy day

South weather: Yellow warning for wind in the South

The Met Office has issued another yellow warning for South due to the strength of wind.

We could be looking at gusts of up to 45-55mph, and there will be outbreaks of rain to contend with too.

Into the evening clouds will build and rain can be expected, Friday will again be cloudy and windy with some spells of rain.

Fall in children's dentists visits in Portsmouth

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There has been a fall in the rate of children visiting the dentist in Portsmouth, NHS figures show.

As of June 2018, 55.3% of under-18s in the city had visited an NHS dentist in the past 12 months, down from 56.4% the previous year.

But figures from NHS Digital showed that overall in England appointment attendances had grown with 58.6% of children seeing a dentist in 2018, up from 58.2% in 2017.

Children in the catchment areas of Southampton City Council, Hampshire County Council and the Isle of Wight Council also improved on attendance.

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Wednesday's weather forecast: Very windy for a time with showers

Bright and breezy at first with the odd shower.

Turning increasingly windy for a time this morning, with further showers.

Winds easing down this afternoon with some sunny spells expected.

Maximum Temperature: 8 to 11°C (46 to 52°F).

Bright and breezy at first with the odd shower
Young wheelchair player has 'no one to play with'
Flo plays tennis in a wheelchair because of her cerebral palsy, but she cannot find find anyone to play against.

Hampshire parks to get nearly £19m in bid to attract more visitors

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Almost £19m have been pumped into Hampshire's parks in a bid to attract more visitors and make them self-sufficient in the future.

The money will go towards refurbishing buildings, improving play equipment, building fresh trails and constructing new catering facilities.

Lepe Country Park, Manor Farm, Queen Elizabeth Country Park, River Hamble Country Park, Royal Victoria Country Park, Staunton Country Park, and Titchfield Haven Nature Reserve have all received a share of £18.8m, of which £11.8m has come from the council's own coffers.

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Plans for city's new space to be revealed

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Councillor Ben Dowling
Councillor Ben Dowling at the former site of the old Drift in the City bar

Plans for a newly created space in Portsmouth city centre will be made available to the public next week.

Following the demolition of the former Drift in the City bar, which closed in 2003, drop-in sessions will run from 20 March to show what could occupy the land.

Visitors will also have the chance to discuss the plans with the designers and other experts.

Ben Dowling, the councillor in charge of regeneration in the city, said: ‘We have a great opportunity here to use good quality landscaping, planting, seating, paving and lighting to make the most of this important part of the city."

Teenager arrested after boy attacked in street

A 14-year-old boy is in a "serious but stable condition" after being attacked in Portsmouth.

Hampshire Constabulary said it had arrested another 14-year-old boy on suspicion of grevious bodily harm with intent.

The force appealed for witnesses following the assault in Moneyfield Avenue at about 19:45 GMT on Monday.

Councils raise flags for Commonwealth Day

Councils across the region have been raising flags outside their offices to mark Commonwealth Day.

This year also marks the 70th anniversary of the London Declaration, when nations of the Commonwealth agreed to move forward together as free and equal members.

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Weather: Bright start, showers later

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Some early sunshine will be followed by showers and then more persistent rain this afternoon or evening.

Saturday should be mainly dry with bright skies in the afternoon.

Bee Tucker has Friday's forecast for the south of England.

Thursday's weather forecast: Some bright spells today

Bright periods at times this morning but there will be the chance of a few showers as well, driven in on brisk winds.

A few further showers this afternoon with bright spells and areas of cloud.

Maximum Temperature: 8 to 11°C (46 to 52°F).

Some bright spells today but with the chance of a few showers

Wednesday's weather forecast: Rather windy with rain clearing

A cloudy start with outbreaks of rain.

The rain will then clear to leave some sunny spells, but also showers pushing east.

The showers could be heavy with the risk of hail and thunder. Rather windy.

Maximum Temperature: 9 to 12°C (48 to 54°F).

A cloudy start with outbreaks of rain
D-Day bullet sculpture remembers 4,414 soldiers killed
A sculpture depicts a D-Day soldier kneeling on 4,413 bullets, which represent the men killed alongside him.

Weather: A bright start but showers expected later

Dry and bright in the morning but rain is expected to push in from the west in the evening.

Bee Tucker has the forecast for this part of England

Weather: Sunny spells and scattered showers

After a dry start, heavy showers will push in from the west today with some brightness in between.

Tonight will be cold but frost-free.

Explaining to schoolchildren why she wears the hijab
Hinna visited a school in Hampshire to explain why she's chosen to start wearing the hijab.