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Summary

  1. D-day site to be sold by Ministry of Defence
  2. Civilian names added to Portsmouth WW2 memorial
  3. Union 'in u-turn' over bus driver strike talks
  4. Teenager arrested over serious car crash in Weymouth
  5. High-rise flat block in Southampton evacuated after fire
  6. Updates on Tuesday 6 September

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By Marcus White and Michael Stoddard

All times stated are UK

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Amport House, Andover

A total of 13 Ministry of Defence sites will be sold to provide land for up to 17,017 homes and raise £225m, the government says.

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First Group bus

A union representing striking bus drivers in Dorset has withdrawn from arbitration talks designed to resolve a pay dispute, bosses confirm.

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That's all for today

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

Town centre revamp 'must be simpler'

Any future development of a town centre in Dorset will need to be "simpler" than previous proposals, council bosses have said. 

Charles Street site
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West Dorset District Council is considering whether further work should be carried out in Charles Street, Dorchester. 

It follows a decision by developer Simons to pull out of a new retail scheme at the site last year. 

The authority had agreed funding of up to £4m towards the revamp.

Broken Trust - Southern Health NHS Trust investigation on BBC One

A BBC South documentary team has had exclusive access to the under-fire trust and former chief executive Katrina Percy. Watch on Wednesday at 19:30 on BBC One.

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Weather: sunny spells, turning cloudy overnight

Holly Green has the forecast for the rest of today and into Wednesday

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Bus strikes in Dorset 'could continue over Christmas'

Strikes by bus drivers in Dorset could continue over Christmas and New Year, a union has warned.

First Dorset bus in Weymouth
First Dorset

About 60% of Weymouth and Bridport drivers are locked in a pay dispute with bus firm First Dorset, which has so far seen 12 weeks of strike action.

The Unite union said its members voted to reject planned arbitration talks due to the "draconian conditions" demanded by First Dorset.

It added another strike ballot was on the cards which could lead to a further 12 weeks of action. 

First Dorset said it was disappointed by Unite's decision and added it was difficult to picture a resolution in the short term.

Drug addict spent £30,000 inheritance from his mother

Say 'hi' to Tim Peake!

British astronaut Tim Peake is coming to Portsmouth.

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Tim Peake
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He will attend a UK Space Agency schools conference at the University of Portsmouth.

There is still time for schools to attend - applications must be in by 15 September.

Police hunt Weymouth man

Police are searching for a Weymouth man who was released from prison on licence last month.

Jordan McClay
Dorset police

Dorset Police says Jordan McClay, 26, has failed to comply with a condition to live at an address in the town.

He served part of a four-month prison sentence for harassment. 

Dorset blogger mum 'denied' tax credits

Dorset blogger mum Katie Davis 'refused' tax credits.

What on earth is it?

Here is the mystery object which caused a scare when it was spotted floating off the Needles this afternoon.

floating object
Hampshire police

The Hampshire police marine unit which went to the scene said it is not a mine.

But what is it?

A force spokesman said: "We believe it's some sort of environmental marker to measure salinity or temperature."

We'll let you know if we find the owner!

Water main burst affects properties two miles away

Southern Water has confirmed that a burst water main near Chandlers Ford has affected properties in northern Southampton.

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The firm says engineers are on the scene and making repairs.

Water off in Southampton

We are trying to find out why the water is apparently off in the Chilworth/Bassett area of Southampton.

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In reply to our query, Southern Water has said there was a water main burst at 13:15 BST affecting the Chestnut Avenue, Chestnut Close and Tollgate areas of Chandlers Ford, two miles away.

The firm is now re-checking to see if the two incidents are linked.

Civilian names on the war memorial in Portsmouth

The names of 1,000 civilians who were killed in Portsmouth during World War Two are added to the city's war memorial and officially unveiled.

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Nut warning over Waitrose cookies

Hampshire trading standards say cookies could be dangerous for people with nut allergies.

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Floating object 'is not a mine'

Hampshire police have examined an object seen west of the Needles and declared it safe.

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Lee Martin

The family of a cyclist killed by a texting driver hits out at the legal system for not banning his killer on six previous court appearances.

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Holly Green with the latest forecast

Hopefully some brightness coming through later

Police investigate report of wartime mine

BreakingRadical preacher jailed

The radical Islamist preacher and former University of Southampton student Anjem Choudary has been jailed for five-and-a-half years.

He was convicted in July of inviting support for the group known as Islamic State.

Anjem Choudary
AFP

Choudary was convicted alongside confidant Mohammed Mizanur Rahman.  

Names of 1,000 civilians added to city war memorial

Sue Paz

BBC News Online

It is important to remember civilians as much as those in uniform who are killed during war conflict, the grandson of an air raid warden who lost his life in Portsmouth in 1941 has said.

Alfred Andrews
Philip Harris

It comes as the names of 1,000 civilians who were killed in the city during World War Two are added to the war memorial in Guildhall Square.

Alfred Andrews was killed as he tried to save people caught in a heavy bombing raid in Portsmouth. 

His grandson Philip Harris said: "We must remember that all casualties in war leave behind a lot of sorrow and a lot of heartache in families, and they're worth remembering as much as those that fight on our frontline."

Dramatic arrest involving hovercraft off Ryde

Isle of Wight County Press

A hovercraft, Ryde lifeboat and the police marine unit were involved in a dramatic operation this morning to arrest a man who walked into the Solent, off Ryde.

Police were called to the George Street junction with Cross Street in Ryde at around 08:30, following reports of a man with a knife.

Man in sea
Picture by Ian Scales

Gas-fuelled cruise ship is a UK first

A new gas-powered cruise ship will be the first to be built for the UK fleet.

Carnival says it has signed an agreement with a German shipyard for "the largest cruise ship to be built specifically for the British market", accommodating about 5,200 guests.

cruise ship
Carnival

The P&O-branded ship, due to be delivered in 2020, is one of a new generation of cruise ships to be fully fuelled by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Carnival said it would "significantly reduce exhaust emissions".

Union 'in u-turn' over bus driver strike talks

Sue Paz

BBC News Online

A union representing striking bus drivers in Weymouth and Bridport has withdrawn from arbitration talks designed to resolve an ongoing dispute over pay, bus firm First Dorset has claimed.

Striking bus drivers
BBC

The Unite Union had previously agreed to take part in arbitration talks.

Marc Reddy, managing director of First Dorset, said: “This latest u-turn from the union is very disappointing." 

He added: "It’s clear that the union had no intention of entering in to a process whereby an independently appointed arbitrator makes a decision on pay, despite publicly stating an appetite to enter arbitration talks."

He said the firm remained "absolutely committed to resolving this dispute as soon as possible and allow our drivers to revert to what they do best – transporting customers in and around Weymouth".  

BreakingD-day site to be sold by Ministry of Defence

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed plans to sell off Southwick Park near Fareham.

Planning for the D-Day invasion was centred at Southwick House on the site, where a giant map shows how the event unfolded.

D-Day planning room
Matt Cardy / Getty Images

The government also said Amport House near Andover was among 12 other sites expected to be sold.

It said: "These will contribute some £225m toward the MOD's £1bn target for land release sales as set out in Spending Review 2015."

Spot yourself at Victorious

Organisers of the August bank holiday weekend Victorious Festival in Portsmouth have released an official video of the event.

See if you can spot yourself busting a move in the crowd!

festival crowd
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Civilian names added to Portsmouth WW2 memorial

Sue Paz

BBC News Online

The names of 1,000 civilians who were killed in Portsmouth during World War Two have been added to the city's war memorial. 

Civilian names on the war memorial in Portsmouth's Guildhall Square
BBC

Many were killed in heavy bombing raids in the early 1940s. 

The names have been added after a 27-year campaign by Jean Louth, whose father Harry Short died at Dunkirk. 

The updated memorial, in Guildhall Square, has been officially unveiled at a ceremony this morning.

Man had led a 'considerable life of crime'

Travel latest: A354 to be reopened by midday

Work to improve safety on A35 in Dorset

A new right-turn lane on the A35 near Lytchett Minster will improve access to the Axium Centre.

Dorset County Council says work will start on Monday to improve safety following a number of crashes.

Axium junction
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The work, outside of peak hours, is expected to take about 10 weeks.

Travel latest: A354 closed near Blandford

Blogger fury over tax credit rejection

Dorset social media worker Katie Davis said she sent more than 100 documents to support her benefits claim, but HMRC did not accept that she worked 16 hours a week.

Katie Davis and Alyssa

Blogger fury over tax credit rejection

A British parenting blogger says she has been denied working tax credits because she is unable to prove her working hours.

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'Return of the Plaque' proves internet hit

Walks and gardening prescribed by GPs

The group has praised a Dorset scheme, where GPs prescribe walks, conservation work, gardening and sailing.

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Doctors urged to prescribe exercise

Doctors should offer overweight patients "green space" prescriptions to get them exercising outdoors, says the Local Government Association.

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'Lee's death was totally avoidable'

A family has criticised the legal system after a van driver was jailed for nine years for causing the death of cyclist Lee Martin on the A31 at Bentley.

Lee Martin
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Lee Martin

Lee's relatives condemned "leniency" previously shown to van driver Christopher Gard, 30, of Alton, who was texting while driving.

In a statement, they said: "The defendant had been convicted of using his phone at least six times prior to the event.

"Only six weeks before Lee’s death he was in front of magistrates pleading hardship if he lost his driving licence."

Travel latest: A27 accident cleared

All lanes are now open on the A27 westbound near Farlington.

But our travel reporter Judy Goodlet says the delays on the A27 and the A3(M) will take a long time to clear.

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Man 'grabbed woman on nightclub dance floor'

Travel latest: Upton bypass reopened

Travel latest: Accident on the A27

An accident near Farlington is blocking two lanes, causing westbound delays on the A27 and also affecting the A3(M).

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