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Summary

  1. Government bid to 'get to grips' with Southern rail
  2. Cigarette causes major fire at Bournemouth home
  3. New Milton cyclist sustains serious injuries
  4. Jack Wilshere joins Bournemouth on loan from Arsenal
  5. Cranbourne Chase's Larmer Tree Festival will not return in 2017
  6. Updates on Thursday 1 September

Live Reporting

By Roz Tappenden and Michael Stoddard

All times stated are UK

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The BBC Local Live service for Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight will resume tomorrow at 08:00.

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Beagle Jen posted this picture on our Weather Watchers page of a stunning sunset over Osmington in Dorset last night.

Osmington sunset
Beagle Jen / Weather Watchers

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Listen: Toddler penguins prove a hit at Bournemouth Oceanarium

The penguin's enclosure was specifically designed to replicate the birds' natural habitat

Overnight beach huts construction begins

Work begins next week on 15 overnight beach huts in Bournemouth.

The bespoke huts are being installed at Manor Steps, east of Boscombe Pier.

Boscombe seafront
Chris Downer

Bournemouth Borough Council says Manor Steps zig zag will be closed from Tuesday until the end of October while construction work is carried out.

The huts are due to be completed by Easter 2017.

Southern train

A £20m fund and a new review board is unveiled aiming to improve Southern rail services and "get to grips" with problems on its network.

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Listen: The centenary of the tank is commemorated

The tank was developed and tested at Bovington in Dorset

Listen: Harley the Hampshire Urban Search and Rescue dog

Find out about the role of a rescue dog

Mushroom picking banned in New Forest

Alex McCarthy

Injured Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster is replaced by club-mate Alex McCarthy in England's squad to face Slovakia.

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Supermarket 'infested with rats'

Councils to host Brexit business events

Christchurch and East Dorset councils are hosting two events to address what Brexit means for local businesses.

Going for growth banner
Christchurch and East Dorset Councils

The free business breakfast networking events will be held on 27 September at Highcliffe Castle and 29 September at Queen Elizabeth School.

Two charged over death of cyclist in Fordingbridge

Two people have been charged over a fatal crash in Fordingbridge in April.

A 70-year-old cyclist - Richard White - from Salisbury died in hospital following the crash involving a van on the A338.

A 23-year-old man from Salisbury has been charged with causing death by careless driving and perverting the course of justice.

A 22-year-old woman has been charged with failing to disclose the identification of a driver.

Portchester residents fight to keep postal name

Six charged over A35 motorbike crash

Six people are facing charges after three motorbikes crashed on the A35 near Dorchester in May.

Two people - a 16-year-old girl and a 23-year-old man - suffered life-changing injuries in the crash between Yellowham Hill and Puddletown.

The six men, all from Southampton, are due before Weymouth magistrates next month.

  •  A 29-year-old is charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving
  • A 20-year-old is charged with dangerous driving and committing an act likely to pervert the course of justice
  • A 19-year-old is charged with dangerous driving
  • A 19-year-old is charged with encouraging an act likely to pervert the course of justice
  • Two men, aged 21 and 27, are charged with driving document offences

The Poole 12-year-old with cerebral palsy whose physiotherapy is kickboxing

Gabrielle has found that kickboxing helps her tackle the symptoms of cerebral palsy

Weather Watchers: Sunny where you are?

It's looking like a glorious day in Brighstone, Isle of Wight.

Brighstone
Mike B / Weather Watchers

Thanks to Mike B for sharing this picture on our Weather Watchers page.  

Cigarette warning after house fire

Missing man found safe and well

Missing Poole man Paul McKernan has been found safe and well, police have said. 

A338 closed after four-vehicle crash

The A338 Wessex Way in Bournemouth is closed and there's queuing traffic in both directions between County Gates Roundabout and the B3066 Cambridge Road junction because of an accident involving four vehicles.

Traffic map
Google

There's also congestion on the A3040 Alder Road to Pottery Junction and to St Pauls Roundabout.

For the latest, visit the BBC travel pages.

Bee Tucker with the latest forecast

More cloud on the way tomorrow
Adam Wheater

Hampshire director of cricket Giles White says they will not stand in Adam Wheater's way if he wants to leave the club.

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Jack Wilshere can take Bournemouth to new levels - Eddie Howe
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says that new loan signing from Arsenal Jack Wilshere is "the very best in his position" and will help his Cherries team-mates to raise their game.
West Howe fire

A discarded cigarette in a bin was the likely cause of a fire which severely damaged a house in Bournemouth, investigators find.

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Travel: Airport charges and cruise ship hold-ups

Judy Goodlet

Radio Solent Travel

Southampton Airport's new drop-off charge starts today.

Outside the main terminal it will cost £1 for 10 mins in the short stay priority area. Drivers can park free for 30 mins in the long stay car park and travellers can then use the airport shuttle bus to get to the terminal.

In Southampton, we have two cruise ships in so there may be slight delays to and from the waterfront. 

Councillor 'high on life' at Victorious Festival

BreakingWest Howe house blaze 'caused by cigarette'

A discarded cigarette was the cause of a fire which severely damaged a house in Bournemouth, investigators have found. 

The blaze broke out in the house in Pilot Hight Road in West Howe shortly before 05:30 BST. 

West Howe fire
Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue

Fire scene investigators said the fire started after the contents of an ashtray were tipped into a plastic bin, igniting tissues inside. 

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue said a family of four escaped unharmed from the house.  

Government bid to 'get to grips' with Southern

The Government has unveiled a £20m fund and a new review board to improve Southern rail services and "get to grips" with problems on its network.

Southern train
PA

More details to follow...

New Milton cyclist sustains serious injuries

We can bring you some more details about the serious accident outside Chewton Glen Hotel in New Milton.

A male cyclist has been taken to Southampton General Hospital with serious injuries.

The road has now reopened.

Police say it appears at this stage that no other vehicles were involved.

CCTV car to tackle 'irresponsible' parking

A new CCTV car is to patrol Southampton to tackle illegal parking outside schools and at bus stops.

The city council says it's in response to complaints about irresponsible parking putting children at risk.

School no-stopping sign
Google

This initiative is about stopping dangerous parking not about collecting fines so our message is clear - park legally and responsibly and you won’t face a fixed penalty notice.

Jacqui RaymentCabinet Member for Environment and Transport

Last train on Fawley branch line

Fawley's branch line will have no more trains on it after today. The last rail delivery of oil arrived at the refinery this morning.

Fawley branch line
BBC

The majority of deliveries to the site already come by sea. Now the branch line - the least-used railway line in the region - won't be used at all.  

Trains: Amended Southern timetable

There's an amended weekday timetable on Southern rail services, including routes between Southampton Central and Brighton, due to staff shortages.  

Weather Watchers: Good morning Poole

One of our Weather Watchers - Westy - shared this picture of a breathtaking sunrise in Hillbourne in Poole this morning.

Sunrise in Hillbourne in Poole
Westy / Weather Watchers

You can share your weather pictures on the Weather Watchers page.

Was your car damaged last night?

A 21-year-old man has been arrested amid reports that a car was involved in numerous crashes in Poole yesterday evening.

A black Chrysler was reported to have hit two parked cars in the car park at Alum Chine beach before hitting more vehicles in Poole Road and in the area close to the Civic Centre.

It is not thought that anyone was seriously injured.

I am appealing to anyone who witnessed the Chrysler driving through Poole to contact police. I would also ask anyone who believes their vehicle may have been damaged and has not yet been in contact with us to come forward.

Ch Insp Steve WhiteDorset Police

BreakingSerious accident closes Christchurch Road in New Milton

The A337 Christchurch Road in New Milton is closed and there's queuing traffic in both directions between the Western Avenue junction and the Ringwood Road junction because of a serious accident.

It happened near the Chewton Glen Hotel. An air ambulance is in attendance.

Travel graphic
BBC

Public inquiry into Eastleigh homes plan

Hunt for witness to robbery attempt

Police have released images of someone they believe could have been a witness to an attempted robbery in Bournemouth earlier this month.

CCTV of potential witness
Dorset Police

A 48-year-old man suffered bruises to his eye and body when a group of men tried to steal valuables from his pockets in Old Christchurch Road on 7 August.

Police said there was no reason to believe the man pictured was involved.

New planning rules on pub conversions

Grass fire in Poole

Sport headlines: More football moves and Hampshire cricket

BBC Sport

County town is top location for scammers