Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day 18 March 2019

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Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual abuse that involves the manipulation or coercion of young people under the age of 18 into sexual activity or other forms of exploitation.

The National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding CSE; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero-tolerance approach to adults who develop inappropriate relationships with children or children developing inappropriate relationships with other children. Continue reading “Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day 18 March 2019”

Fly-tipper fined £1,000

Kevin Wright drove to Fawcett Road, Southsea last July and dumped about 10 bags of builders’ waste and household rubbish from a flat clearance.

But he was spotted by a resident who had a private security camera fitted on his home. It filmed Wright taking the bags from his car.

The resident contacted Portsmouth City Council, who tracked Wright down using his car licence number and clues found in the rubbish.

Wright, 32, of Thurbern Road, North End, who had been paid to dispose of the waste, pleaded guilty at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court to one offence of fly-tipping, one offence of failing to produce a waste transfer note and one offence of failing to properly complete a waste transfer note.

The court heard that after an arrest warrant was issued, he handed himself in to police and spent more than 30 hours in the cells.

He was fined £1,000 and told to pay £250 towards the council’s costs, plus a £100 victim surcharge.

Cllr Dave Ashmore, the council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety, said: “Flytipping is a disgusting thing to do – it blights people’s neighbourhoods. This was a particularly blatant offence, in broad daylight, on a main road. We’re grateful to the resident who spotted him, and glad that justice has been done.”

Before handing waste over to a private waste disposal service, residents should ask to see its waste carriers licence, and check it is registered.

If residents do not check a service is registered and the waste is fly-tipped, they could be held responsible.

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Events for Fairtrade Fortnight


Fairtrade Fortnight 2019 runs from 25 February-10 March. This year the focus is on the people, particularly women, who grow the cocoa in the chocolate we love so much. Numerous events are being planned in Portsmouth and surrounding areas from Wednesday 20 February to Saturday 9 March. Details of events may be found on the Campaign Exchange website.

Wed 20th Feb Fairtrade coffee morning at St Joseph, West St, Havant with pancakes and a Fairtrade workshop.10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. Continue reading “Events for Fairtrade Fortnight”

University of Portsmouth Global Week, Monday 18 March-Wednesday 20 March

Global Week is the University’s annual celebration of worldwide culture and friendship for everyone. Whether you’re an international or British student, or a member of the local community, join us to celebrate our diversity. You can attend various free events throughout the week, including sports competitions, guest lectures, film screenings and our flagship event, the Festival of Cultures. With 4,000 international students from 150 different countries at the University, you’ll experience a huge range of cultures. Full programme


Be quiet and calm my countrymen: the story of SS Mendi, Wednesday 20 February, 6:00-7:00pm, followed by a drinks reception.

Be quiet and calm my countrymen: the story of SS Mendi, Wednesday 20 February, 6:00-7:00pm, followed by a drinks reception. University of Portsmouth, Richmond Building, Lecture Theatre 1, Portland Street, Portsmouth PO1 3DE Continue reading “Be quiet and calm my countrymen: the story of SS Mendi, Wednesday 20 February, 6:00-7:00pm, followed by a drinks reception.”

Christmas Crime Prevention


We wanted to take this opportunity to thank the 1200 people who completed our Community Safety Survey this year. They have helped us to get a picture of crime and anti-social behaviour in the city and also to shape our Christmas Crime prevention messages. While worries about crime were far greater than actual experience of crime, we thought we should share with you the most common worries and the most commonly experienced crimes. Continue reading “Christmas Crime Prevention”

Domestic Abuse at Christmas (and why a brick may be the best Christmas present you buy this year!)

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Research shows that incidents of Domestic Abuse rise at Christmas whilst most of us will be ‘enjoying’ more family time this Christmas for some it will be a time of terror and walking on eggshells.

In Portsmouth a shocking 38% of all assaults take place in a family setting. Continue reading “Domestic Abuse at Christmas (and why a brick may be the best Christmas present you buy this year!)”

County Lines

County Lines

The Home Office has published updated guidance to help frontline workers identify and protect victims of county lines gangs

County lines is a model used by criminal gangs whereby urban gangs supply drugs to suburban areas and both market and coastal towns. These gangs frequently exploit children and vulnerable adults to courier drugs and money. Some vulnerable adults have their homes taken over by the gangs (cuckooing) using force or coercion.

More information for professionals, front line workers and the voluntary sector can be found on the Home Office website.