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Spate of Portswood burglaries
Police have reported 34 dwelling & non-dwelling burglaries in the past three weeks in Portswood, most at insecure properties. They are conducting high visibility patrols and offering advice, particularly at student houses, about security and leaving technology on display.
'Ultra local' business network mooted
Would an informal and 'ultra local' business networking group that encourages support, collaboration and inter-trading be of interest?
Bus route links Portswood with Eastleigh
wheelers orange bus Local bus operator Wheelers Travel has launched a new service linking Portswood with Eastleigh, and which complements other new services recently introduced by the company.
Audio: Listen again to top local talent
Pod Cast If you missed our recent one-and-a-half hour live audio stream, which featured some of the very best Southampton spoken word and musical talent, plus the usual jolly japes, worry not: the 'listen again' facility is now available via our sister site bitternepark.info. 
Top winter motoring tips from Highways Agency
breakdown highways agencyHere are some handy hints and tips from the Highways Agency for avoiding breakdowns and making sure your vehicle is in top condition for the colder months ahead.
Calling enthusiastic knitters!
knitting croppedNHS Blood and Transplant is looking for enthusiastic knitters to help raise awareness of blood donation for a campaign which runs in February 2014.
Two injured following Portswood pub brawl
Portswood Road sign An assault in a Portswood pub aggravated the landlord’s old back injury and left him with bruising. And a 62-year-old friend who came to his aid will probably require surgery.
Have you seen stolen bike & white 'tagalong'
bike stolen from St DenysThis bike was stolen from a garage at the back of Eastfield Road (entrance on Griffin Court) in St Denys, it's thought during Saturday night / Sunday morning (Nov 2/3), along with a white child's 'tagalong' bike similar but not identical to this one.
Hospital treatment for Westwood Road assault victim
Police are appealing for information after a man was assaulted in Westwood Road, Portswood.
Police issue 'pink pill warning'
Police in Southampton have warned about a batch of dangerous pink-coloured pills they say are in circulation.

Roadworks: Highfield Road
traffic coneHighfield Road is scheduled to be closed from Highfield Avenue to the entrance of the University of Southampton's Avenue Campus from November 11-18 for road improvement works.
Time to give blood in November
With the clocks going back at the end of October, local people are being urged to use their extra hour to give blood in November.

New local history project for Portswood
ImageNew members are being invited to join a friendly new group to learn more about the history of the area of Portswood known as Bevois Mount.
Sir Bevois' head on the front of Portswood's 'forgotten currency'
Chris Packham recalls growing up in Southampton
chris packham under CC3 by Waggers frm Humphrey the Camel‘Local lad’, naturalist Chris Packham was Kirsty Young’s recent castaway on Radio 4’s ‘Desert Island Discs’. He recounted tales of growing up in Southampton, of studying at the University of Southampton, and explained how he has no wish to have children of his own.


Man attacked by gang for mobile phone
Detectives have issued an appeal for witnesses following an attempted robbery and assault at Lawn Road, between Portswood Road and St Denys.
Portswood People: Stephen Smith
ImagePortswood Hardware is something of a Portswood institution, offering everything from a light bulb and pet food through to DIY accessories. Read on for more photos.
Pics: Ann MacGillivray
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Formula One tech to reduce bus emissions
first no 7 busThe council has been awarded a £632,700 government grant to install the latest pollution-reducing and fuel saving technology on the city's buses.

Weekly ticket for First’s 7 bus service
First has introduced a £10 weekly ticket, available from drivers, for its Service 7 route which links Townhill Park, Midanbury, Bitterne Park and Portswood with Southamtpon city centre.
Celebrating Peace Day in Southampton
peace walk sept 2013 elham soleimaniMarching for peace on the UN's International Day of Peace. (Sept 21). Around 50 locals met at the Queen's Peace Fountain in East Park to sing and walk hand in hand down through Southampton's beautiful parks. See previously. Pic: Elham Soleimani
Youths push woman to ground and make off on her mountain bike
Police are appealing for witnesses after a 56-year old woman was left badly shaken having been pushed to the ground by two youths, who then both made off on her mountain bike.
Free online courses from University of Southampton
University of Southampton EEE building courtesy University of SouthamptonThe University of Southampton, along with a host of other universities, is now offering free online courses, enabling anyone to study from anywhere in the world.
Fancy investing in a pub?
Here's a pub and flat investment opportunity - that is if you've got £250,000 available, for the freehold of Lime Bar at 59 Lodge Road, currently being marketed by Primmer Olds. Full property details here (pdf).
New minibus for city community groups
ford minibusFord has donated a Transit minibus to the council for use by local community groups.

Free wi-fi for parts of Southampton
wi-fi screenshot cropped under cc2 by zcopleyIt should soon be even easier to access your favourite websites on the move following the go ahead for Southampton to become a "first-class Wi-Fi and next generation enabled wireless city".


Call for music donations follows charity shop break in
oxfam shop BringUsMusic croppedOxfam Music Shop in East Street is calling for urgent donations following a stock room break in.
Council apprentices make a difference in St Denys
MADD Bellamy CourtThe Tenants' Association for Pettinger Gardens in St Denys has given some recent work to transform a garden by council apprentices a big thumbs up following a 'Make a Difference Day'.

Bogus caller targets Portswood elderly for cash
police signPolice have issued a warning to residents to be wary of a man who is targeting elderly people in Portswood and Shirley.
Councillors' plea for school investment
michael gove under cc2 by Policy ExchangeA cross-party group of Southampton councillors has written to education secretary Michael Gove (left) calling for much-needed investment in the city's school buildings.

Man, 92, robbed of £500 after visiting Portswood bank
 barclays portsooeA 92-year-old partially sighted man required surgery after being assaulted and robbed of £500 after visiting a Portswood bank on Tuesday, August 6.
Supporting victims of domestic abuse
Sainsbury’s in Portswood is starting a two-week campaign to support vulnerable women who have been the victim of domestic abuse, by asking customers to donate food items at the store.
Street light ‘dimming down scheme’ approved
street_lights_adapted_under_CC2_by_HarshWCAM3The council says there’s no evidence to suggest safety will be affected when it moves ahead with dimming new streetlights later this year, in a bid to reduce energy use and CO2 emissions.
Keeping it fresh at Long's
ImageIt's out with the old sign, with missing letters, and in with the fresh new signage at Long's greengrocers on Portswood Road. Pic: Ann MacGillivray
New guide offers dementia support
A new booklet to help guide people with dementia and their carers through their journey with dementia has been launched by the Alzheimer’s Society.
Glass collection service on its way
bottles under CC2 by Aine DThe council will roll out a city-wide glass collection service, beginning this autumn with communal collection facilities for most living in flats, and then with a phased introduction for kerbside collections from houses next year.

Plenty to explore at new Houndwell play area
houndwell play areaWhen in town with younger people, they may well appreciate a visit to the newly landscaped play area in Houndwell Park. 


Search following attack on Southampton Common
There was a heavy police presence on Southampton Common after a woman was attacked on Wednesday morning (July 17).
Get involved with Portswood's Community Fun Day
Portswood Rec Friends of Portswood Rec are organising a fun day on September 21 – and if anyone can spare a couple of ours to help out, either on the day or before, they'd love This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it from you.
Have green waste collected

garden recycling bagYou can now have your garden waste collected by the council for £17.50 until the end of March 2014. More info here or call 023 8083 3005.

Sula’s promises taste of the Med
Sula'sA new restaurant has opened in Portswood offering ‘a taste of the Med’, with fresh food to eat in or take away. Pic & report: L Weedy
Landlords now need licences for HMOs
 to let signsA scheme to licence Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in Portswood and Bevois came into force at the beginning of July. 

HMO landlord fined £40K for poor housing
HMO landlord fined £40K for poor housing
Following on from our story about the need for landlords of Houses in Multiple Occupation to obtain licences, a landlord has been fined nearly £40,000 for poor housing conditions at an HMO in the city centre.

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