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  1. Polish warship in Cowes for WW2 commemoration

    Special events are under way to mark the 75th anniversary of the defence of Cowes by a Polish warship during the Second World War.

    On the night of 4 May 1942, the destroyer ORP Blyskawica, which was built in Cowes, opened fire on German aircraft attempting to bomb the town.

    A modern Polish navy ship, ORP Gniezno, has arrived off the Isle of Wight to take part in four days of official commemorations.

    ORP Gniezno
  2. Rise in knife crime in Portsmouth

    A recent rise in recorded knife crime in Portsmouth may be related to more searches of suspects, police have said.

    Officers say they have stepped up activity in relation to drug-dealing by "searching more of the right people who may be carrying weapons".

    In the past week, two people have been arrested in the city for possessing blades in a public space.

  3. Bournemouth bank jobs 'safe' despite Brexit vote

    Staff at American bank JP Morgan in Bournemouth will not be affected by the firm's restructuring plans, it is reported.

    Yesterday it emerged the bank could move up to 1,000 jobs out of London ahead of Britain's exit from the European Union.

    Last year, chief executive Jamie Dimon told workers in Bournemouth that the bank might cut up to 4,000 UK jobs in the event of a Brexit vote.

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  4. In a galaxy not far away...

    Commuters on Red Funnel felt disturbances in the force this morning, as the firm celebrated Star Wars Day.

    The ferry Red Falcon was renamed the Millennium Falcon while cars boarding the ship were greeted by Darth Vader and stormtroopers.

    Red Funnel marketing director Jonathan Green said: "It was a great opportunity to entertain our passengers."

    Red Funnel queue
    Millennium Falcon
  5. 'More help needed' for PTSD veterans' families

    The wife of a Falklands War veteran says more help is needed for families of people who develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

    Anita Roberts' husband, David, was on HMS Sheffield when it was hit by a missile 35 years ago. 

    The couple separated four years ago after deciding the only way to save their marriage was to live apart. 

    HMS Sheffield on fire on 4 May 1982

    Speaking on the anniversary of the missile strike, Mrs Roberts, who lives in Poundbury, says the families of veterans are often forgotten.  

  6. In pictures: Prince Philip in the south

    The Duke of Edinburgh, who has announced his retirement from public duties, paid several visits to the south last year.

    In July, the Duke visited Portsmouth to view preparations for the America's Cup at Ben Ainslie Racing.

    Prince Philip in Portsmouth

    In August he was at Cowes Week, which he has often attended both as a competitor and as Admiral of the Royal Yacht Squadron.

    In October, he accompanied the Queen and Prince Charles on a visit to Poundbury to unveil a statue of the Queen Mother.

    Royal family in Poundbury
  7. BreakingFather jailed for life for killing three-month-old son in Bournemouth

    A father has been jailed for life for murdering his three-month-old son after throwing him "vigorously" against a hard surface in a "moment of anger". 

    Robert Hinz, 34, from Bournemouth, has been sentenced to a minimum of 21 years for killing his son Julian.


    Julian suffered severe skull fractures last April and died in hospital the following day when doctors turned off his life support system. 

    Hinz was found guilty of murder after a trial at Winchester Crown Court. 

  8. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A35 Hampshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A35 Hampshire eastbound severe accident, near B3076 High Street.

    A35 Hampshire - A35 Totton By-Pass in Totton closed and queuing traffic eastbound near the B3076 High Street junction, because of an accident involving Two lorries and recovery work.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  9. Eisner meets Pompey supporters

    The man who wants to buy Portsmouth Football Club addresses Pompey shareholders at the city's guildhall tonight.

    The former Walt Disney Chairman Michael Eisner will present his vision for the club and answer supporters' questions 

    The meeting is private but the BBC has live coverage from 19:00 BST.

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  10. Polls open in local elections

    Voting is under way in polling stations across Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in the local council elections.

    Elections are being held at Dorset County Council, Hampshire County Council and Isle of Wight Council.


    Dorset and Hampshire are currently held by the Conservative party while the Tories run the Isle of Wight as a minority administration.

    Polling stations are open from 07:00 until 22:00 BST. Results are expected in the early hours of Friday.