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Hampshire and Isle of Wight weekly summary: April 27

A story about the arrival in Southampton of Cunard’s first new cruise ship in 14 years was one of the most read this week in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

A variety of local issues can be seen on the BBC News website, BBC Radio Solent and South Today.

To keep you informed, we have selected five stories.


Thumbbite Deliveroo driver worked after pleading guilty

Jeniffer Rocha puts food in a delivery bagJeniffer Rocha puts food in a delivery bag

Jenniffer Rocha was filmed picking up a delivery despite her conviction for biting off a customer’s thumb (BBC)

A delivery driver who bit off a customer’s thumb continued to work for Deliveroo even after the account she was using at the time was suspended.

Jenniffer Rocha, 35, from Aldershot, Hampshire, previously pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm after an argument over a pizza in December 2022.

After her court appearance, Deliveroo canceled her account.

But BBC News filmed Rocha still delivering food in April, apparently again using a Deliveroo rider account.


Cathedral’s new peregrine falcon eats the remaining eggs

Mel in Winchester CathedralMel in Winchester Cathedral

Mel arrived at the cathedral in March (Steve Grundy)

A peregrine falcon nesting in Winchester Cathedral has ended its hopes of raising chicks by eating her two eggs.

Mel, who took over as the cathedral’s female falcon in March, bred with male bird William.

Her eggs were pushed out of the nest box early on Monday and the decision was made to put them back in the hope that she would continue to breed.

Keith Betton, from the Hampshire Ornithological Society, said it appeared she thought they were “not viable”.


New Cunard cruise ship arrives in home port

Queen AnnaQueen Anna

Tugboats welcomed Queen Anne as she sailed into Southampton (PA Media)

The crowd in Southampton watched the arrival of Cunard’s newest cruise ship on Tuesday.

Queen Anne sailed into her home port from the Fincantieri Marghera shipyard in Venice.

The ship is the company’s first new cruise ship in fourteen years.

The ship’s maiden voyage, with 3,000 passengers, sold out in minutes, Cunard said.


Floods leave couple homeless for eighteen months

Michael and Christine CooperMichael and Christine Cooper

Michael and Christine Cooper blamed highway drainage and river silt for the problems (BBC)

A retired couple has been living in a caravan and hotels for 18 months after their bungalow was repeatedly flooded.

Michael and Christine Cooper, from Brading, Isle of Wight, blamed highway drainage and the build-up of river silt for the problems since September 2022.

The Environment Agency said the island has experienced the “heaviest rainfall in decades due to climate change”.

Island Roads said the site was in a low-lying area vulnerable to flooding from the Eastern Yar River.


Call for more diversity among train drivers

Donna PryceDonna Pryce

Donna Pryce is a learner driver for Southern Railway (BBC)

The average operator is 46 years old, male and white, according to new data collected by an industry group.

Figures from the National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) show that only one in ten drivers are non-white, and even fewer are women.

The rail sector has long recognized itself as one of the least diverse employment sectors.

Southern Railway said it was trying to enable a wider range of people to apply.


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