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Summary

  1. Southern Health 'created new job' for former chief executive
  2. Hundreds of Southern trains are not running as a two-day strike by the RMT union starts
  3. Any future development of Dorchester town centre needs to be 'simpler'
  4. Non-stop reading of the Bible starts at Winchester Cathedral
  5. Updates on Wednesday 7 September

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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.    

You can still get in touch via email, on our Hampshire and Dorset Facebook pages or on Twitter @BBC_Hampshire and@BBCDorset.  

Rio Paralympics: Who to watch out for from our region?

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The opening ceremony of the Paralympics in Rio gets under way tonight and here are the people from our region to look out for:

  • Georgie Hermitage, originally from Alton, will compete in the T37 100m, 400m and 100m relay
  • Dave Henson, from Southampton, for the T42 100m and 200m
  • Dorchester's Paul Blake will take part in the T36 400m and 800m
  • Holly Neill, from Dorchester, will compete in the discus event
  • Southampton's Joy Haizelden for basketball
  • David Smith, from Eastleigh, will take part in boccia
  • Lauren Steadman, from Portsmouth, will compete in the paratriathlon
  • Lorraine Lambert, from Portsmouth, will take part in the shooting event
  • The full GB sailing team is based in Weymouth and Portland
  • Michael Jones and Alice Tain, both from New Milton, will take part in the swimming
  • Will Bayley, originally from Poole, will compete in table tennis, with Lucy Shuker, from Fleet, taking part in wheelchair tennis

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Latest headlines: Missing pregnant woman urged to 'seek immediate medical attention'

BreakingDriver avoids prison following cyclist hit-and-run death

A man has escaped a prison sentence after admitting his part in a hit-and-run which left a cyclist died.

Brian Tozer, 46, was struck by a vehicle in Andover in the early hours of 6 March and was found lying in the road by a passing motorist. He died of his injuries in hospital.

Brian Tozer
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Brian Tozer

Michael O'Shea, 28, of Roman Way, Andover was given a five-month suspended sentence after pleading guilty to failing to stop at a hearing at Basingstoke Magistrates' Court.

The court was told that Mr Tozer was injured "owing to the presence" of O'Shea's car.

Sport headlines: Surrey v Hampshire latest

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  • Day two of Hampshire's County Championship match with Surrey continues - Surrey finished 329 all out, and Hampshire are currently 171 for 3, after 58.5 overs
  • The Poole Pirates are racing at Wimborne Road for the final time in the regular Elite League season tonight 

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 this evening at 19:30 on BBC One in the South or at 20:30 on the BBC News Channel.

Your views: Southern Health's new role for former chief

You've been reacting all day to the news that Katrina Percy, the chief executive who resigned as the head of troubled Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, had a new £240,000-a-year job "created for her".  

Katrina Percy
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Carole McMillan said: "This is one of the reasons the NHS is failing, moving incompetent people to other jobs instead of sacking them!"

Linda Walsh described the news as "incredible".

She added: "I can't believe what they have done, creating a new job, no other candidates! She needs to go and the people that 'created' the new job need to go."

Others have described the move as "disgusting" and "disgraceful".

Weather outlook: Warm and sunny conditions to continue

BBC Weather

After a fine and sunny end to the day, any remaining cloud will melt away to leave plenty of clear skies overnight, allowing the odd mist or fog patch to form.

It will stay on the warm side too, with lows of about 17C (62F). 

BBC Weather chart for the south of England for Wednesday 7 September 2016
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Tomorrow will start on a fairly cloudy note for some, but it should break up again during the afternoon, leading to some warm, sunny spells.

Highs of about 20C (68F).

BBC Weather chart for the south of England for Thursday 8 Septemer 2016
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BreakingUrgent plea to find missing pregnant woman who 'may be in Spain'

Police have urged a missing pregnant woman to "seek urgent medical attention".

Katie Miles
Dorset Police

Katie Miles, 30, was last seen at 18:00 on 30 August following an appointment at Poole Hospital. 

She was due to return to hospital later that evening, but didn't.Following a number of inquiries and reports from the public, officers said they now believed she travelled abroad "of her own accord" with her boyfriend, first to France and then on to Spain.

Great Dorset Steam Fair 2017 dates released

You could soon be breathalysed before entering Weymouth bars

People trying to get into pubs and clubs in Weymouth could face being breathalysed as part of a new scheme aimed at cutting alcohol-related crime.

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The #RU2Drunk, beginning on 16 September, is designed to stop excessive "pre-loading" with alcohol.

It follows a pilot scheme in Torquay which saw violent crime cut by 39% in the Devon resort's busiest night spots.

Pubs, clubs and bars bear the brunt of the issues associated with people coming out late, having already consumed large amounts of alcohol at home.

Keith TreggidenChair of Pub Watch in Weymouth

Man charged over dating websites fraud

A man is due in court accused of using dating websites to meet women, gain their confidence and persuade them to give him money.  

The 38-year-old from Poole has been charged with three counts of committing fraud by false representation. 

He is due to appear at Bournemouth Crown Court on Friday.

Southern rail strike: Your stories

Patients 'left at risk' after booking systems errors

Four injured in Weymouth crash

Missing Isle of Wight teenager Demie Murray found

Some good news on the teenager we told you about earlier...

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Masked men attack man in own home during burglary

Up to four masked men attacked a man in his own home in Winchester during a burglary, police have said.

The 56-year-old victim sustained injuries to his hands and face during the ordeal in Greenham Road yesterday morning.

Jewellery and "a quantity of cash" was stolen.

Southern rail: Strike 'solidly supported', says RMT

A Southern rail strike causing fresh travel chaos is being "solidly supported", the RMT union has said.

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Workers have walked out for 48 hours in the long-running dispute with parent company Govia Thameslink (GTR) over the role of guards on new trains.

RMT spokesman Garry Hassell said the dispute "could last until Christmas".

Southern said the action would "achieve nothing" and it was pressing ahead with its plans.

Christopher Gard

The brother of a cyclist killed by a van driver who was using a phone at the wheel says the motorist sent an "inane" text moments before he ploughed into him.

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Your pictures: Sunset over Swanage

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to Sparky who uploaded this picture of the glistening sunset above Swanage yesterday evening to the BBC Weather Watchers site.

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You can send us your photos of the region via email, on our Hampshire and Dorset Facebook pages or on Twitter @BBC_Hampshire and@BBCDorset.

Surrey v Hampshire: Tea at The Oval

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Rail minister responds to Southern strike

Rail minister Paul Maynard said: “Passengers want a railway that works for them and delivers the timely, modern and convenient service they expect.

“They should not have to suffer any further disruption from strikes as the unions try and prevent the delivery of a modern railway, with additional capacity and improved performance.”

It comes as workers walk out for a further 48 hours in the long-running dispute with parent company Govia Thameslink (GTR) over the role of guards on new trains.

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Cruise ship lifeboats tested in Southampton Docks

Portland helicopter's search and rescue missions down

Portland's coastguard helicopter responded to the lowest number of call-outs of any UK search and rescue base between April and June, government figures show.

The Dorset-based chopper had 33 search and rescue taskings, down 29% on the same period last year when it was called out on 45 occasions.

The Portland site is due to close in 2017 under restructuring plans in which the government claims modern helicopters operating from fewer bases could provide a more reliable service.

Bristow AW189 helicopter
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Casualty cut free after car crash

Dorset church escapes carbuncle award

An extension to Poole Methodist Church extension was likened to an "unimaginative grey box".

Lincoln Plaza, Docklands

Luxury London flats win carbuncle award

A 31-storey luxury residential tower block in London's Docklands described by critics as "jarring, unsettling and shambolic" is judged the worst UK building of the year.

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Weather: Warm and sunny

It will be a very warm afternoon with sunny spells continuing to develop across Hampshire, Dorset and the isle of Wight as the cloud thins and breaks. 

Highs of about 25C (77F).

Weather outlook for Wednesday 7 September 2016

For a full 10-day forecast, visit the BBC Weather site.

Security van robbed in Totton

Thieves have escaped with £10,000 in a raid on a security van in Totton.

Nationwide in Totton
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Police believe three unarmed men robbed the van outside Nationwide on Commerical Road.  

Charity sunflower display in Poole Park

Latest headlines: Southern rail dispute could 'last until Christmas'

Surrey v Hampshire: Lunchtime at The Oval

Adam Williams

BBC Sport at The Oval

Lunch on day two at The Oval and it's bright sunshine and scattered cloud to greet it.

Hampshire will hope to make the best of the batting conditions of this game so far when we resume this afternoon.

Lunch at The Oval
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But, Surrey's four-pronged seam attack plus the experience of Gareth Batty will prove a stiff test for them at a time when they need to make as many runs as possible to keep up their survival hopes.

Surrey finished 329 all out, and Hampshire are currently 12 without loss after 4 overs.

Follow BBC Sport's live page for all the latest on day two of the County Championships.

Bournemouth illustrator wins award

A Bournemouth illustrator has been recognised for his works in a new book.

Nicholas John Frith won the inaugural Klaus Flugge Prize for "the most exciting and promising newcomer to children’s picture book illustration", for his book Hector and Hummingbird - about a bear and his noisy friend.

Hector and Hummingbird illustration
Nicholas John Frith
Nicholas John Frith
Klaus Flugge Prize
Hector and Hummingbird illustration
Nicholas John Frith

Have you seen missing Isle of Wight teenager Demie Murray?

Call for Southern Health to reconsider new role for former chief

Former health minister Norman Lamb has called for Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust to reconsider its decision to create a new role specially for its former chief executive who resigned last week. 

Connor Sparrowhawk
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Katrina Percy had faced calls to resign over the trust's failure to investigate hundreds of deaths, sparked by the preventable death of Oxford teenager Connor Sparrowhawk. 

Ms Percy's new role within the organisation has meant she's kept her pay and benefits of nearly £250,000.

But Mr Lamb says this shouldn't have happened. 

I don't have a difficulty with someone being well paid for a highly-responsible job, but on the proviso that there is accountability with it and that, if things go wrong, you take responsibility for that and you step down ultimately.

Norman LambFormer health minister

Dorset travel latest: A3049 at Wallisdown blocked

BBC Travel

The A3049 Wallisdown Road in Wallisdown is partially blocked and there's slow traffic northbound at Mountbatten Roundabout, because of an accident at the roundabout

For the latest on the roads near you, visit the BBC Travel site.

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